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Under the 1996 Welfare Reform Act, undocumented pregnant women are ineligible for federally-funded prenatal care.[1]  The Act also denies them access to care funded by state and local governments, unless the state passes a law affirmatively extending eligibility to unauthorized immigrants.[2]  In 2002, the U.S.

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This webinar reviews some of the anti-immigrant and pro-immigrant laws passed by states in 2013 on topics including state-issued identification and driver's licenses, refugee resettlement, immigration enforcement, and access to higher education. Panelists also provide proactive and defensive advocacy strategies. Finally, they address the state-level immigration policy outlook for 2014.

Held on: 11/22/13


With the support of the Four Freedoms Fund, and in conjunction with other immigrant right organizations,[1] CLINIC is tracking trends in immigration enforcement abuse in order to form a litigation strategy.  To support this goal, CLINIC is asking affiliates to share information about cases that may be in need of litigation before state, local, and federal court systems. 

     What was arguably the most reprehensible state anti-immigrant law in the country - Alabama’s HB 56 - has finally been defeated! Last month, a settlement was reached in two lawsuits challenging Alabama’s infamous law which sought to make life so difficult for the undocumented that they would leave the state of their own volition.  The terms agreed to by the State of Alabama put an end to the two lawsuits (Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama v.

CLINIC supports the legislative advocacy efforts of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office of Migration and Refugee Services, including the priorities outlined below. 


1. Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Each year CLINIC presents its Administrative Advocacy Priorities for the coming year to the board of directors for review and approval. These priorities serve as a guide for the work of CLINIC’s Advocacy section and the Executive Office in its dealings with USCCB, the federal government, and nongovernmental partners. The full list of Administrative Advocacy Priorities follows.