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ICE and Family Detention - Update

NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, welcomes the July 13 announcement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that, moving forward, “ICE will generally not detain mothers with children, absent a threat to public safety or national security, if they have received a positive finding for credible or reasonable fear and the individual has provided a verifiable residential address.” This continues to build on the reforms announced by ICE in May and Secretary Jeh Johnson in June, and serves as an important and significant step forward in implementing these changes.

June 2015 Update on our Issue Agenda

Tax Justice: Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit

By Colleen Ross, Government Relations Associate

Many have believed it possible for the new Republican leadership in Congress and President Obama to reach some consensus on tax reform. Since Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) became chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee in January, he has tried with Senate Finance Committee chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and the president to outline possible reform packages.

President Obama's Decision to Seek to Overturn Block on Executive Action on Immigration

February 24, 2015

NETWORK strongly supports President Obama’s executive action on immigration and is equally supportive of the administration’s effort to remove legal impediments to implementing that action. As people of faith, we believe that we have a moral obligation to welcome the stranger and embrace those living at the margins of society. Further, our faith calls us to protect families and the president’s executive action provides real relief to families who live in fear of deportation every day.

Update on NETWORK’s Legislative Agenda

December 10, 2014

NETWORK continues to be strongly engaged in lobbying Congress during these last few days of the 113th Congress. At the same time, we are gearing up for new challenges in 2015. Here is a brief overview:

Evaluating the Customs and Border Protection Authorization Bill

On June 11, the House Committee on Homeland Security passed eight bills with border security, transportation security and emergency communications changes that will affect the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Immigration Reform -- Update on What Is Happening in Congress

Leading up to and immediately after the 2012 election, it was clear that immigration reform was a bipartisan priority for 2013. When the Senate passed the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” in June with an unprecedented vote of 68-32, activists and lawmakers alike were hopeful that Speaker Boehner and House leadership would follow suit to fix what is mutually agreed upon as a broken system. Unfortunately, Speaker Boehner has been adamant the House would not vote on a Senate-passed measure and would instead produce its own legislation.

Immigration Reform – What Is Happening in Congress (updated)

This is a critical time for immigration reform legislation in Congress.  Read more

Our Immigration System Must Work For All

We shortchange ourselves if we continue to perpetuate a broken immigration system. Read more