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Update from Ciudad Juarez

By Susan Schreiber and Charles Wheeler The highlight of CLINIC’s annual family immigration law training in El Paso on November 16-17, 2011 was a presentation by consular and USCIS officials.  Catherine Holt, Chief of the Immigrant Visa (IV) Section, and Yolanda Miranda, Field Office Director at the USCIS office located at the consulate, each spoke and then answered questions for over two hours.  The following is a summary of the information they provided at the conference and during the consular tour on November 18th.

CLINIC Celebrates Pro Bono Project's Ten Years of Service for Immigrants

Washington, DC (October 24, 2011) - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) celebrated the ten-year anniversary of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Pro Bono Project through which nearly 800 vulnerable immigrants have received free  representation in their appellate cases.  Washington DC law firm Fried Frank hosted the reception with special guests in attendance, including the Honorable Immigration Judge Paul Schmidt, Acting Director of EOIR Juan Osuna, and Acting Chairman of the BIA David Neal.  

Alabama Resource Center

Back to State and Local Immigration Project Page   Click here to meet CLINIC’s Alabama Affiliates (in Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile, Robertsdale and Hoover)  

BIA Agency Recognition and Staff Accreditations

Congratulations to the following programs and staff: Sr. Janet Yurkanin, Program Director at Migration and Refugee Services in the Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey, renewed her full BIA accreditation status on August 16. Jennifer Zurek of Catholic Charities of Allentown, Allentown, PA, received BIA partial accreditation on July 13, 2011. St. Brendan Parish, Shallotte, NC, branch office of Catholic Charities of Raleigh, NC was granted BIA recognition on September 2, 2011.

NSC Call: Refugee and Asylee Issues

The Nebraska Service Center held a teleconference on September 15, 2011 that was hosted by Sean Allen.  The following are unofficial minutes from that meeting.

“Pray for the DREAM” Events

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Justice for Immigrants (JFI) Campaign will be holding its “Pray for the DREAM” events from September 18th through October 9th.  Dioceses, parishes and other faith groups will be planning events and/or incorporating petitions, homilies, and prayers into the Sunday Masses in support of DREAM Act eligible students and youth.

Secure Communities

Throughout the month of August, the Task Force on Secure Communities held a series of four public meetings in Dallas, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; and Arlington, VA.  CLINIC staff and/or affiliates were in attendance at each, and many who were not able to attend a Task Force meeting shared their concerns in response to the call for public comments.  The Task Force is expected to release its report and recommendations by the end of September.


On August 18, 2011, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) held a telephonic meeting announcing the process for exercising prosecutorial discretion in the 300,000 immigration removal cases currently pending in the United States.

Introduction to Immigration Consequences of Crimes

Introduction to Immigration Consequences of Crimes Co-Sponsored by Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), and
Catholic Charities of Portland November 15 - 16, 2011  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. – Day One
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Day Two Location:

CLINIC Letter to Secure Communities Task Force

CLINIC offers our faith-based perspective to recommend improvements to the Secure Communities program.