Washington, DC. - Immigration is definitely a hot topic, and not just in Washington. On May 20-22, 2009, more than 150 immigration legal services providers, private attorneys, and advocates will gather in Colorado Springs for the 2009 Annual Convening hosted by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC).
Catholic News Service writer
May 10, 2009
Wednesday, 06 May 2009
In June 2008, CLINIC celebrated its 20th Anniversary. Founded in 1988, the organization has expanded from 17 immigration programs to more than 170 in 48 states.
Learn more about CLINIC's accomplishments through the years.
CLINIC has launched an audio series on Catholic social teaching. The recordings emphasize the lessons inherent in our faith that promotes dignity of all human beings and our work on behalf of immigrants and other vulnerable populations. We invite you to listen and share your comments.
Our first podcast is an interview with Bishop Jaime Soto, bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento and chairman of CLINIC's Board of Directors. He shares his views on immigration as an American Catholic bishop and as the grandchild of migrants.
Held April 16, 2009
BISHOPS SUPPORT INTRODUCTION OF DREAM ACT
Say it will make difference in the life of many immigrant young persons
MIGRATION COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN APPLAUDS INTRODUCTION OF DREAM ACT, EXPRESSES USCCB SUPPORT
Through the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance and Continuing Appropriations Act of 2009 (Public Law 110-329), Congress created the Fiscal Year 2009 Citizenship Grant Program. This competitive grant program provides approximately $1.2 million of federal funding—in the form of 12 $100,000 individual awards—to support citizenship preparation programs for legal permanent residents (LPRs).
County clerks in a number of states have refused to issue marriage licenses to undocumented immigrants. The clerks argue that federal law requires marriage license applicants to provide a Social Security number. Undocumented immigrants, who are not eligible to apply for a Social Security number, are therefore denied marriage licenses. This article explains why states cannot deny marriage licenses to undocumented immigrants.
The article addresses a number of questions.