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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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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

Anna Marie Gallagher will join CLINIC as executive director effective Feb. 1, 2019. Gallagher’s selection was announced on Nov. 27 by Bishop Kevin J. Vann, chairman of CLINIC’s board of directors and head of the Diocese of Orange in California.

Posted: Dec. 3, 2018
by Paola Flores-Marquez, Michelle Fordice and Leya Speasmaker

Not all of the food on our tables today was eaten at the first Thanksgiving. Many traditional American dishes have been shaped by immigrant contributions over the years. Here are just of the few of the reasons we should thank other cultures for our delicious meals.

Posted: Nov. 20, 2018

Featured Resources & Analysis

CLINIC is among the more than 210,000 organizations and individuals that submitted comments in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s Notice of Public Rule Making (NPRM) entitled “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds.” CLINIC opposes the NPRM, which would drastically change the definition and scope of the public charge ground of inadmissibility.

Last updated: Dec. 11, 2018

This practice advisory provides practitioners guidance on Matter of L-A-B-R-, a decision issued on August 16, 2018. In L-A-B-R-, former Attorney General Jeff Session addressed the factors that an IJ must consider when a respondent requests a continuance in order “to await the resolution of a collateral matter.” This practice advisory suggests strategies practitioners may use to fight for continuances for their clients.

Last updated: Dec. 6, 2018

Press Releases

SILVER SPRING, Maryland—­­The administration’s proposal to drastically change the way it calculates whether immigrants pose a risk of becoming a financial burden on society is morally and legally flawed, said the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., in a formal comment submitted to the Department of Homeland Security Dec. 9.

Posted: Dec. 11, 2018

SILVER SPRING, Maryland—­­Anna Marie Gallagher, an experienced litigator and immigration law expert, will join the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., as executive director, effective Feb. 1, 2019, announced Bishop Kevin J. Vann Nov. 27. Bishop Vann is chairman of CLINIC’s board of directors and head of the Diocese of Orange in California.

Posted: Nov. 27, 2018