On May 26, 2015, CLINIC, the American Immigration Council (AIC), and Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) hosted Executive Actions on Immigration: The Critical Role of Consulates in Protecting and Preparing their Nationals.
CLINIC welcomes Jill Marie Bussey as Advocacy Attorney. Her efforts will engage CLINIC affiliates, other advocates, and government agencies to guide the implementation of President Obama’s executive orders on immigration. Jill focuses on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), enforcement priorities, and other topics.
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CLINIC’s 15th annual Convening took place in Salt Lake City, Utah last week. Each year, the Convening presents an opportunity for dialogue between federal agencies, direct service providers, and advocates on immigration issues affecting communities across the nation. This year, we were honored to have two distinguished government speakers: León Rodríguez, Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Juan P. Osuna, Director of the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR).
Last December, at CLINIC’s Southeast Legalization Planning Conference in Atlanta, we dedicated a morning to discussing immigration advocacy on the state and local levels. Legal service providers and advocates shared troubling stories about local law enforcement engaging in immigration enforcement efforts in their communities.
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 allows children under the age of 21 to qualify, but many potential beneficiaries between the ages of 18 and 21 are left out. Their state courts only have jurisdiction over children younger than 18, so they cannot obtain the necessary court order to app
Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. At CLINIC, we are ever mindful of the need to advocate for the protection of the most vulnerable immigrants. Those who are detained face significant barriers to asserting their legal claims to remain in the United States. People living with mental disabilities are doubly vulnerable and face an impossible task when the government seeks to expel them from the country. Indeed, disabled immigrants often merit humanitarian protection precisely because of their heightened vulnerability, but may be unable to articulate their need for protection to the authorities.
On August 5, 2013, CLINIC's Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson sent a letter to USCIS Director Mayorkas highlighting CLINIC’s concerns about the agency's improper use of the "reason to believe" standard in adjudicating provisional waiver applications. Prompted by CLINIC affiliates' reports of recent denials of provisional waivers, CLINIC asked that Director Mayorkas instruct adjudicators to employ the proper standard and reopen cases that have been wrongfully denied.