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State & Local Involvement in Immigration Enforcement Not Worth the Cost

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.

Maryland Law Expands Eligibility for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

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 appl

Support CLINIC’s Efforts to Assist Immigrants

This month CLINIC is launching a campaign to support its State and Local Immigration Project.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Protecting Rights, Respecting Dignity

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.

Advocating for Affiliates on Provisional Waiver Denials

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.