USCCB Report Offers Recommendations for Moving Haiti Forward Post-Quake
A report from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops outlines several recommendations for helping Haiti move forward in the post-quake period. The recommendations are the result of a visit by a delegation of bishops and advocates, including CLINIC Executive Director Maria Odom, to Haiti and the Dominican Republic in August.
Washington, DC - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) was selected by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to expand and introduce citizenship programs to Legal Permanent Residents in four cities in the United States.
CLINIC was one of only seven national organizations chosen under the USCIS Citizenship and Integration grant program to offer naturalization and citizenship services in communities that currently lack or have limited resources. CLINIC, a network of more than 195 nonprofit immigration programs, has partnered with Immigration Legal Services in Stockton, CA; Catholic Social Services of Macomb & Lapeer Counties in Clinton Township, MI; Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program in Buffalo, NY and Refugee Resettlement Services in Cleveland, OH, all emerging cities for immigrants seeking citizenship services.
“As immigrants settle into new gateway cities like Cleveland, Macomb County, Buffalo and Stockton, it is important that services are available to ease their transition and that they are educated on opportunities for engagement,” said Maria M. Odom, CLINIC executive director. “CLINIC and its affiliates are committed to introducing and improving services to immigrants that would help them to participate and contribute to their communities.”
CLINIC will work with the programs to develop English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) citizenship classes and civic education programs; to promote naturalization and immigrant integration; and to provide guidance and technical assistance to create and strengthen immigration legal services programs that would expand the availability of naturalization services.
URGES COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM
WASHINGTON (July 29, 2010) — As chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration, Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City applauded the July 28 decision by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton to halt some of the most controversial provisions of Arizona SB 1070 from going into effect the next day. Bishop Wester lamented the status quo on immigration as “unacceptable” and called for the Federal government to act immediately on immigration reform.
WASHINGTON (July 14, 2010) — Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Arizona, Vice-president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, testified before Congress on the ethical imperative for reform of the U.S. immigration system. He spoke July 14, before the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law.
Washington, DC (May 14, 2010) – The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) will host its Annual Convening at the JW Marriott downtown hotel in New Orleans, LA from May 19-21. Bringing together more than 250 legal service providers, the conference will offer a wide range of trainings and seminars, and promote advocacy on behalf of immigration reform.
Urge bipartisan action affirming rule of law, human rights in 2010
See need to address root causes of migration
Urge not using immigration reform to promote same-sex marriage
WASHINGTON, DC— In solidarity with the Catholic bishops of Arizona, Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration, issued a statement April 27, opposing the enactment and implementation of Arizona SB 1070, which criminalizes undocumented immigrants.
March 19, 2010
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday afternoon, March 18, 2010, Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Lindsey O. Graham (R-SC) announced their blueprint for comprehensive immigration reform in The Washington Post. They outlined four pillars of their plan:
Washington, DC – The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) has joined four national and international social service organizations in urging special protections for Haitian children and families affected by the January 12 earthquake in that country.