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Circuit Court Split on Constitutionality of Local Anti-Immigrant Housing Ordinances (Aug 2013)

Circuit Court Split on Constitutionality of Local Anti-Immigrant Housing Ordinances (August 2013)                                                         

CLINIC Encouraged by Supreme Court Decision on Immigration

CLINIC ENCOURAGED BY SUPREME COURT DECISION ON IMMIGRATION Washington, D.C. (June 25, 2012)  The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is encouraged by today’s 5-3 Supreme Court decision to strike down three of the four provisions of Arizona’s immigration law that were challenged earlier this year.   

Federal Judge Delivers Tough Blow to “America’s Toughest Sheriff” (June 2013)

More than eight months after hearing testimony in the civil trial, a U.S.

Arizona and Nebraska Still Battling to Keep DACA Recipients Off the Road (June 2013)

Last August, the Obama Administration began implementing its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program – a policy through which certain undocumented individuals receive temporary permission to stay in the U.S. for two years as well as the right to apply for employment authorization. After some initial resistance to issuing driver’s licenses to DACA grantees, most states eventually decided to do so. At this time, only two states – Arizona and Nebraska – continue to deny state driver’s licenses or identification cards to DACA recipients.   

The Myth of the Immigration Line

As Congress tackles immigration reform, a central issue in the debate revolves around the fate of the estimated 11 million undocumented individuals living in the U.S.  CLINIC, and others, are advocating for a path for qualifying undocumented immigrants living in our country to earn permanent residence and, eventually, citizenship.  Perhaps the most common opposing argument to allowing the undocumented to earn permanent residence is the sentiment that they sho

Preparing for CLINIC/JFI Advocacy Day

Advocacy Day is Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Get ready for your day on Capitol Hill!  Kevin Appleby, Director of USCCB's Office of Migration Policy and Public Affairs and Allison Posner, CLINIC's Director of Advocacy will speak about the Church's position on immigration reform and how to frame your "asks" when speaking with your representatives.  We will also review the agenda for Advocacy Day and provide practical tips about getting around the Hill and what to expect from the day.    Held on May 7, 2013.

CLINIC Comments on Age-out Protections for U Visa Derivatives

On January 10, 2013, CLINIC shared comments on USCIS’s policy memo, “Age-Out Protection for Derivative U Nonimmigrant Status Holders: Pending Petitions, Initial Approvals, and Extension of Status.”  CLINIC welcomes the issuance of the guidance, as this policy will provide much needed security for the immigrant crime victims and their families that CLINIC members serve.  We are encouraged by USCIS’ statement that the preservation of family unity is a benefit to law enforcement.  The policy provides important protections for U visa derivatives who age out after the approval of the principal’s

CLINIC Comments on Employment Eligibility for VAWA Beneficiaries

On January 10, 2013, CLINIC shared comments with USCIS on its guidance entitled “Eligibility for Employment Authorization upon Approval of a Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Self- Petition; and, Eligibility for Employment Authorization for Battered Spouses of Certain Nonimmigrants.”  CLINIC’s comments addressed concerns regarding the employment authorization process for approved VAWA beneficiaries, as well as the eligibility for employment authorization for battered spouses of A, E (iii), G, and H nonimmigrants.  To read the full comments,

USCIS Issues Policy Memos on VAWA EAD Eligibility and U Visa Derivative

 CIS has just released interim guidance on age-out protection for U derivatives. Per the guidance: U-3 derivatives will be approved for the full four-year eligibility period, allowing the U-3 to remain in status past his or her 21st birthday CIS will promulgate regulations to "provide protection" for U derivatives who age-out while the 918-A is pending. In the meantime, aging-out derivatives will be considered for deferred action, which allows for work authorization U derivatives whose status expired upon turning age 21 may now file for an extension of status to receive enough time in U status to allow them to apply for adjustment  The interim guidance does not address derivatives who age-out abroad while the application for derivative status is pending. The guidance is effective immediately.

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