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Comments on Public Meetings: Proposed Changes to Regulations Governing Recognition and Accreditation [EOIR Docket No. 176]

The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) submits these comments in response to the request for public comment by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) in advance of its two public meetings on the agency's proposal to amend the regulations governing the recognition of organizations and accreditation of representatives who appear before EOIR.

Position Openings

West Coast Mennonite Central Committee, a CLINIC subscriber, has two position openings immediately available for and Legal Services Advisor and.. Staff Associate for Immigration (caseworker) (both Bilingual). Immigration Legal Services Advisor

Court Helps Define False Claim of Citizenship

By Charles Wheeler If you are an undocumented alien who is arrested by the police and during booking you lie and state you were born in the United States, is that a false claim of citizenship for immigration purposes?  The Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that it was not and overturned the BIA and immigration judge, who held that it was.

Nebraska Service Center Teleconference on Asylee and Refugee Issues

On February 9, the USCIS Nebraska Service Center held a stakeholder teleconference on Asylee and Refugee Issues.  Questions raised by stakeholders and responses from the Service Center are below. Refugee Issues: Q. How is a newly arrived follow-to-join refugee who is joining a spouse who has been to the US for more than two years treated?  Are they classified as refugees or a different status? A. Classification is not affected by the amount of time the spouse has been in the US.

CLINIC Needs Your Input

This month, CLINIC's Advocacy staff is working on several issues with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and we need to hear from you!  Is there a detention facility in your area that doesn't allow detainees to make telephone calls to 800 numbers?  Do you have examples of ICE conducting enforcement actions in "sensitive locations" such as schools, places of worship, funerals or others places where children and families are present?  Contact me at or 202-635-2567. 

CLINIC Launches State and Local Policy Map.

By Allison Posner On February 6, CLINIC launched its new, interactive web feature highlighting state and local immigration initiatives across the country. This feature is publically available for free, thanks to a grant from the Ford Foundation.

New Members - Subscribers

CLINIC welcomes the following new subscribers to its network: IMPORTA – Center for Immigrant Integration, Santa Barbara, CA.  Russell Trenholme,  Executive Director, is in the process of applying for BIA agency recognition and staff accreditation for staff Patricia Carlyon and Vanessa del Toro. International Club of Southwest Louisiana, Lake Charles, LA. The agency is applying for BIA recognition and staff accreditation for Dalia R. Matheus, Executive Director, and Ann Simien, paralegal.

Agency Recognition and Staff Accreditation

CLINIC congratulates the following programs and staff on receiving Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) recognition and accredited representative status respectively: On February 2, 2012, the Apostle Immigrant Services (Affiliate), New Haven, CT, received agency recognition and Sister Doreta D’Alberto was granted partial BIA accreditation. The Atlantic City Sub-Office of Catholic Charities of Camden (Affiliate), Atlantic City, NJ, was granted agency recognition on December 1, 2011.  Staff Truc Tang and Kim Ngon Tran received partial BIA Accreditation.