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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 legal immigration programs.


CLINIC’s text4refugees project is an innovative effort to reach more refugees and asylees in a unique way – through their cell phones. Refugees, asylees and anyone interested in learning more about citizenship will benefit from our monthly text messages about the citizenship application process.

This project is funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

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Paola Marquez

Susana Caterina Quiroga was born in Puno, Peru on May 25, 1978, not 1943 as her American lawyer indicated on her immigration forms. An attorney herself, Quiroga was wary of her lawyer’s suggestion to sign the forms without looking them over. Trusting her instinct, she insisted despite not fully understanding them; which turned out to be a good idea because she caught the mistake the attorney later blamed on his paralegal. This experience still stands out to her as one of the main reasons she decided to work in immigration.

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LaRia Land

At the end of the summer, CLINIC partnered with faith and community-based organizations around the country to bring awareness to the growing number of immigrant mothers with infants and young children who are locked in detention centers. Supporters held symbolic baby showers in 10 cities, sent cards denouncing family detention to Jeh Johnson, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, while using social media to document the campaign and continue to raise awareness.

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On Friday, Oct. 21, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued its final guidance explaining how the “extreme hardship” standard should be applied to certain waiver applications. USCIS’ Policy Alert can be found here. The final guidance is incorporated into the USCIS Policy Manual Volume 9, Part B

On September 21, 2016, USCIS released important information regarding Adjustment of Status filing dates for October 2016. The USCIS announcement coincides with the Department of State’s October Visa Bulletin and should be read together.