Public Policy


June, 2021

From the New York State Catholic Conference:

(Kathleen M Gallagher, Respect Life)

The Hyde Amendment – Sign a petition to preserve this amendment which prevents Americans’ federal tax dollars from funding most abortions. Go to

Composting of Human Bodies (to be scattered and used as fertilizer in cemetery gardens). This process does not provide for proper reverence and respect of bodily remains. Take action to ask your legislators to reject this bill which authorizes the composting of human bodies. at

On the Federal side:

Affordable Care Act (ACA) – The enrollment period under the ACA has been extended to August 15. This special enrollment period is designed to help people who lost their health insurance due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act – Signed into law in May will give extra resources to all levels of law enforcement to investigate and prosecute anti-Asian hate crimes.


Temporary Protected Status (TPS) – Haiti has been redesignated for TPS for 18 months. Haitian nationals or stateless persons who last resided in Haiti and who have been residing in the US as of May 21are eligible.

Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) – “Remain in Mexico” policy has been terminated as of June 1 after a comprehensive review of the program by the Department of Homeland Security. New enrollments have been paused and a phased processing of those already enrolled is ongoing.

Dedicated Docket – DHS and the DOJ announced a Dedicated Docket to expedite the asylum cases of certain families who arrive between ports of entry along the southern border of the US. Families may qualify if they were apprehended on or after May 28, 2021, placed in removal proceedings, and enrolled in an alternative to detention (ATD). NYC is one of 10 cities with immigration courts to be selected for the Dedicated Docket.

World Refugee Day – June 20

Thank you for your advocacy.
Marie Copeland, Co-­‐chair