From Jesuit Refugee Services and Jesuit Conference Office for Justice and Ecology
On January 26, the White House released its framework on immigration reform and border security. It continues to link migration with national security threats, and suggests limiting existing family reunification components, and eliminating the visa lottery. While it does suggest a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, it extends the timeline for them to attain it to 10-12 years.
On January 9, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a preliminary injunction, temporarily and partially halting the termination of the DACA program. The order requires the Administration to keep the DACA program in place on a nation-wide basis and continue to accept DACA renewal applications. It does not, however, require the Administration to accept new applications for DACA or advanced parole based on DACA, and it does not prevent the Administration from deporting DACA recipients who pose a security or safety risk. As a result, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun to accept renewal applications for DACA recipients.
Legislation: New proposals and negotiations continue.
Justice for Immigrants (JFI) developed the attached backgrounder to outline principles that should guide ongoing negotiations on legislation for Dreamers from the viewpoint of the Church.
JFI also has developed this toolkit to clarify the Church's position on family-based immigration in light of recent threats to it and to help guide advocacy on legislation for Dreamers that upholds a commitment to families.