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Embracing the Gospel value of welcoming the stranger, CLINIC promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants in partnership with a dedicated network of Catholic and community immigration legal programs.
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If you are a CLINIC affiliate, one of your best benefits is access to our expert team of attorneys. Use the Ask the Expert webform to contact a CLINIC attorney about questions on individual cases or other issues concerning immigration law practice or strategy. You must be logged in as an affiliate to access this form.
Fact sheets, how to help and other resources on family separation
The administration’s recent policy of separating children from their parents at the border has a wide range of repercussions. Meanwhile, due to deportations and enforcement actions, family separations also occur on a regular basis across the country, far away from the border. We've compiled resources including suggestions for how people can help and facts about the situation.
Stories of Immigration
During her week-long mission at an improvised migrant family shelter in Yuma, AZ, Jenny encountered a young mother from Guatemala who had been separated from her 4-year-old daughter. Working through a language barrier, Jenny was faced with the insurmountable task of locating her daughter and reunifying the family.
As Immigration and Customs Enforcement activity increases every day, so does the fear and concerns of immigrants in the United States. This has made nonprofit organizations and coalitions work together and prepare to rapidly respond when needed. Catholic Charities of Dallas partnered with CLINIC to develop a Rapid Response Toolkit based on best practices.
Featured Resources & Analysis
On Aug. 15, 260 faith organizations and leaders from across traditions submitted a joint public comment opposing an interim final rule that denies access to asylum to people who have passed through any other country before arriving at the southern border, requiring them to have applied for asylum in at least one country they passed through in order to ask for safety in the United States.
CLINIC has submitted comments in response to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ proposed changes to Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence. This form is used by conditional residents who obtained status through marriage to request USCIS remove the conditions on his or her residence. CLINIC’s comment supports USCIS’ proposed changes to clarify the status of the petitioner and opposes the addition of questions that solicit irrelevant information for purposes of adjudication.
More than 250 faith leaders and organizations urged the federal government, to withdraw “a backdoor asylum ban” in the form of a requirement that asylum seekers be turned away from the United States if they don’t first seek protection in countries along their way to U.S. borders.
SILVER SPRING, Maryland — The Department of Homeland Security’s final rule on public charge, which is expected to be formally published Aug. 14, is a direct assault on the American immigration system and threatens one of its core principles: family unity. The new rules are scheduled to take effect 60 days after formal publication.