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Update on the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform  

Issue: # 83  July 2012
In This Issue
IAUSA to Hold Meeting
Catholic Church Supports Evangelical Statement on Immigration Reform
Overview of Key SB 1070 Provisions in Supreme Court's Ruling
Immigration Statistics
Who and Where the DREAMERS ARE Fact Sheet
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Current Articles 


More Than 40 US Olympians are  Foreign-Born


National Journal



Don't Jump to Conclusion About Costs of Deferred Action


Immigration Impact



Facing Reality in the Immigration Debate


Huffington Post 



Religious Leaders Support President Obama's Stance on Immigration Reform


White House Blog

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IAUSA to Hold Meeting in conjunction with the CIIC meeting
 in NYC

Although the plans are still being developed, the Board of the Irish Apostolate USA has decided to hold an Annual General Meeting in conjunction with the AGM and training meeting of the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers planned for the last week in September.  Details for the CIIC meeting are being organized by Aileen Dibra, CIIC National Coordinator, who will be in touch with all CIIC Members.


This IAUSA meeting will be in lieu of the planned September 13th ALL MEMBERS CALL.


A SAVE THE DATE Email will be sent in the near future to all Member Centers of the Irish Apostolate USA. 


We hope you will be able to join us! 


News from CLINIC 


The recording of CLINIC's recent webinar, "Arizona's SB 1070 at the U.S. Supreme Court," is now available on their website:  




Deferred Action for DREAMERS

 This information is provided by the National Immigration Law Center.


IN LESS THAN ONE MONTH, the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) is scheduled to begin accepting applications for deferred action status available to certain immigrant youth. Announced on June 15, this new policy, if implemented correctly, will provide much-needed temporary relief to hundreds of thousands of young people so that they can remain together with their friends, family, and community and continue to fight for the rights of all immigrants.

Updated "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) Resource


We encourage you to use the National Immigration Law Center's Spanish and English-language FAQ, created in collaboration with the United We Dream (UWD) Network, to learn the latest details about the deferred action process. This document is a work in progress and is being updated as DHS and U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) release more details about this new policy. The FAQ was most recently updated on Friday, July 20.

Some of the most recent updates to the FAQ include:

 *  August 1: DHS is scheduled to announce the procedures for applying for deferred action.

    *  August 15: DHS is scheduled to begin accepting applications.

    *  Fees:  There will be a deferred action application fee, but the amount hasn't been announced by USCIS yet. A fee waiver may be available, but on a very limited basis. In addition, the costs will include fees of $380 for the employment authorization application and $85 for fingerprints.


 *  GED: It appears that enrollment in a GED program at the time you submit your deferred action application would meet the "be in school" requirement, but USCIS has not confirmed this.



While the administration's directive regarding deferred action for immigrant youth took effect on June 15, 2012, the federal government has 60 days to create a process to accept deferred action requests and is unable to accept requests at this time. If you apply now, your application will be rejected.
Here are some rules to follow for now.

Also, we urge individuals who may have had contact with the criminal justice system, or with the juvenile justice system, to have their criminal history reviewed by an experienced practitioner who is skilled in deportation defense before applying for deferred action. Use this advisory -
English | Spanish
- by UWD, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and the National Immigrant Youth Alliance as a guide.   


For more information, please contact Shiu-Ming Cheer, a NILC immigration attorney, at  cheer@nilc.org.


Immigration Public Opinion Polling 
Public opinion polling has shown that most Americans strongly favor smart and balanced solutions to fix a broken immigration system that is currently failing to serve our core national interests.


Americans reject mass deportation and reward smart and balanced solutions
  • Voters overwhelmingly reject mass deportation. Only 19 percent of voters believed that all unauthorized immigrants should be sent back to their home country, according to a December 2011 Fox News poll. A National Journal poll released in the same month found that only 25 percent of voters believed that all unauthorized immigrants should be deported, regardless of length of residency.
  • Most Americans believe in a balanced approach. 66 percent of voters believe unauthorized immigrants should be allowed to stay in the country and eventually become citizens after paying back taxes, learning English, and passing a background check according to the December 2011 Fox News poll. And 67 percent support allowing unauthorized immigrants to stay if they have been here for many years and broken no laws, according to the National Journal poll released in December 2011.
  • The public at large strongly supports the Obama administration's decision to grant undocumented youth protection from deportation and work permits.A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released in late June 2012 showed that nearly 7 in 10 Americans are in favor of the Obama administration's new immigration policy toward DREAM-eligible youth. A Bloomberg News poll released just days after the administration's announcement showed that independents backed the decision by more than a 2-to-1 margin.
  • Support for the DREAM Act remains robust among the general electorate.Even in the "show me your papers please" state of Arizona, polling conducted by the Merrill/Morrison Institute release in April 2012 showed that nearly three-quarters of Arizona registered voters support the DREAM Act.
  • Americans' views toward immigration are more positive today than they were in the recent past. A Gallup poll conducted in early June 2012 showed that 66 percent of Americans say that immigration is a "good thing" for the country today. 59 percent said they felt this way about immigrants last year.
This report was compiled by the Center for American Progress.  To read the entire report, go to:  

The Immigration Policy Center has just released a new fact sheet on Who and Where the DREAMERS Are.

Nearly half of potential beneficiaries live in California and Texas, but there are significant numbers in other states across the country.


The states with the most potential beneficiaries (both immediate and future) are California (412,560), Texas (226,700), Florida (85,750), New York (70,170), and Illinois (67,460). 
To read the entire Fact Sheet, go to the Immigration Policy Center website.

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The Justice for Immigrants Campaign continues to build its grassroots support for comprehensive immigration reform.  
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The Irish Apostolate USA is the umbrella organization for the Irish Immigration Pastoral and Outreach Centers in the United States, under the direction of the Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants. 

Please visit our website for more information: 
Geri Garvey, Administrator
Irish Apostolate USA
Phone/Fax:  301-384-3375     Email: administrator@usairish.org