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Tragic images of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border are flooding the airwaves, begging a humanitarian response, as well as hard questions.  Why are these children coming here?  Why now and why in such large numbers? 

Jul 24, 2014
by Abigail Marshall

Like most of us these days, we are all faced with how to respond in a pastoral way to the humanitarian challenges in front of us with unaccompanied minors coming into our country. I recently visited with a number of these young people with some of our staff members of the Diocesan Pastoral Center here in Orange.

Jul 22, 2014
by Bishop Kevin Vann

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) allows undocumented minors who have suffered abandonment, neglect, or abuse by a parent to become lawful permanent residents.  To qualify, the child must have an order from a juvenile court demonstrating that he or she is dependent on the state and cannot be safely reunited with parents.  Federal law...

Jul 17, 2014
by By Kelly Kidwell Hughes, Advocacy Intern

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On February 20, 2015 the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia responded to the desperate pleas of detained Central American women and their children. The women had been found to have a credible fear of future persecution by an Asylum Officer or the Immigration Judge yet they remained detained on account of the U.S. government’s...
Apr 22, 2015
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CLINIC has created a self directed e-learning course to help train new immigration legal staff and volunteers on completing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. The 90 minute course covers: 
Apr 21, 2015
March 17, 2015   President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC  20500   Dear Mr. President,
Mar 20, 2015
Did you know that public libraries in your community can help with your program’s naturalization efforts? Join us for a free webinar to learn how libraries are prepared to support the immigrant community.
Mar 10, 2015

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