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  • Jul 25, 2016: CLINIC Fellow Profile: Estella Tirado, called to help immigrants like her parents
    Jul 25, 2016: Estela Tirado, a CLINIC Fellow working with the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA), moved to the United States this past September and is excited to have a job she is personally connected to.
  • Jul 22, 2016: Advocates seek changes to DACA at program’s four-year anniversary
    Jul 22, 2016: Reproduced with permission from Daily Labor Report, 139 DLR A-5 (Jul. 20, 2016). Copyright 2016 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) <http://www.bna.com>   The deferred action for childhood arrivals program has successfully boosted the career and educational opportunities of its more than 700,000 participants, but there’s still more the Obama administration could do to improve it, a coalition of immigration advocates said in a report.
  • Jul 7, 2016: CLINIC Fellows aim to educate while celebrating World Refugee Day
    Jul 7, 2016: Nathalie Dietrich and Silvia Arias Barber, both CLINIC Fellows in the Southeast, work with immigrants on a daily basis. Though they are always looking for ways to better serve this population, this past World Refugee Day offered a unique opportunity to also educate those unfamiliar with the experiences of immigrants in America.
  • Jun 28, 2016: CLINIC Fellows Profile: Nathalie Dietrich, from immigrant to BIA-accredited representative
    Jun 28, 2016: Nathalie Dietrich knows immigration from multiple angles. Although she “never could have imagined that she would be living in the United States” one day, that journey has brought her to advocate for immigrants, first as a volunteer, then as a legal assistant and now as a BIA-accredited representative.
  • Jun 24, 2016: USCIS proposed fee increases would be hard to absorb for lower-income families
    Jun 24, 2016: U.S. immigration law is complex and it can take many years for a family to be reunited in the United States through the current immigration system. It is also expensive! It costs thousands of dollars per person in fees to the U.S. government agencies responsible for processing applications, conducting background checks, interviewing applicants and issuing official documents for identification and work authorization. 
  • Jun 20, 2016: A ceremony on World Refugee Day: Naturalization of new citizens is a fitting observance
    Jun 20, 2016: Today, on World Refugee Day, I had the honor of attending a naturalization ceremony at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Thirty-six men and women who left their homes and sought protection in the United States took the oath of allegiance and waved American flags as they were proclaimed citizens of the United States of America.
  • Jun 8, 2016: GUEST BLOG: “More than a grade: How our Salvadoran asylum client taught us what it takes to be an...
    Jun 8, 2016: “Ok, I’d be willing to stipulate to humanitarian asylum.” We were approximately 30 minutes into the recess the Immigration Judge took, during which we were supposed to negotiate a favorable solution for our client, when DHS said the words we had been waiting to hear since we first met our client in October.
  • May 11, 2016: U.S. v. Texas: Perspectives from the Supreme Court
    May 11, 2016: Weeks of planning went into our logistics to hear oral arguments in the biggest immigration case to come before the Supreme Court since I’d become an attorney. But when I finally approached the court grounds that Sunday afternoon before the April 18 argument, it was all a bit disorienting. After all I was preparing to camp out on the grounds of the august Supreme Court building.

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  • Nov 10, 2015: CLINIC disheartened by 5th Circuit ruling; remains hopeful for immigrants on appeal
    Nov 10, 2015: Silver Spring, MD—The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is disheartened by the Nov. 9 ruling in Texas v. United States by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The continued delay of administrative relief fails to recognize the contributions of those eligible for potential relief from deportation and poorly positions our nation to respond effectively to changing economic and social conditions. 
  • Jun 23, 2016: Supreme Court tied vote continues block on Obama’s immigration actions
    Jun 23, 2016: SILVER SPRING, Maryland -- The Supreme Court’s 4-4 ruling today in U.S. v. Texas shatters the hopes of millions of immigrants who might otherwise have obtained temporary relief from immigration enforcement under two Obama administration programs. “We’re extremely disappointed,” said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., the largest network of nonprofit immigration legal services programs in the nation. 
  • Jun 15, 2016: CARA Report on Mothers Targeted by DHS Enforcement Actions Shows Disturbing Due Process Concerns
    Jun 15, 2016: DILLEY, TX –The stories of Central American mothers who were picked up for deportation in the latest round of federal enforcement actions shows a pattern of targeted scrutiny towards individuals who have viable asylum claims, states CLINIC and its partners in the CARA Pro Bono Family Detention project in a new report. 
  • May 25, 2016: Federal Government Steps Up Efforts to Deport Central American Mothers and Children Without Due...
    May 25, 2016: SAN ANTONIO, TX – Since news broke two weeks ago of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) renewed targeting of families and unaccompanied children fleeing violence in Central America, attorneys with the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project at the South Texas Family Residential Center (STFRC) and the Karnes County Residential Center in Texas, have already seen 16 such families.
  • May 20, 2016: Mothers and Children Detained in Violation of Court Order Plead for Freedom
    May 20, 2016: Pleading for an end to their imprisonment, 69 mothers who have been detained with their children at the South Texas Family Residential Center, an immigration detention facility in Dilley, Texas, wrote a public letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
  • May 12, 2016: CARA: Government Continues to Undermine Access to Counsel and Due Process for Children and Mothers...
    May 12, 2016: SAN ANTONIO, TX – CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project partners pointed to a growing collection of evidence that the federal government and private prison companies are failing to provide child care adequate to ensure access to counsel and meaningful representation in family detention. This situation substantially increases the risk that legitimate asylum claims will go unheard and that such children and their mothers will be wrongfully deported back to the very dangers they fled.
  • Mar 31, 2016: One Year Later - Immigrants’ Rights Groups Providing Pro Bono Legal Services to Families Detained...
    Mar 31, 2016: Washington D.C. – Today, the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project marks its one-year anniversary.
  • Mar 29, 2016: CARA project files complaint about continued detention of traumatized families
    Mar 29, 2016: The CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project filed a formal complaint with the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and the Office of Inspector General to register ongoing concerns regarding the detention of traumatized mothers and children in ICE family detention centers.

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  • Nov 30, 2015: CLINIC joins calls to ‘welcome the stranger,’ particularly Syrian refugees
    Nov 30, 2015: A majority of the nation’s governors have declared that their states will no longer welcome refugees from Syria. The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to block resettlement of Syrians for an undetermined length of time, demanding that the State Department revamp its already comprehensive and strict vetting process.
  • Sep 26, 2014: Migrant Children, Uninvited Guests, and Welcoming the Stranger
    Sep 26, 2014: The debate over the large-scale migration of children from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico has characteristically devolved into political theater. Perversely, as the evidence builds regarding the dangers that have driven the children's flight, opposition remains high in Congress and the Administration to a fair and full review of their claims to protection under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA).
  • Nov 11, 2013: First Generation Civil Rights Fellowship (FirstGEN)
    Nov 11, 2013: FirstGEN is a ten-week, summer program for undergraduate students who are the first in their immediate families to attend an institution of higher education. These individuals must be passionate about pursuing careers in social justice. Fellows gain hands-on experience working on civil rights matters as full time Public Policy and Social Justice interns while also participating in a parallel advocacy training program. FirstGEN creates a greater community of advocates by linking emerging leaders with existing ones and by creating a FirstGEN alumni network. Each fellow...
  • Oct 4, 2013: Tropical Storm Karen Guidance
    Oct 4, 2013: DHS has just issued the attached tropical storm guidance, identical to guidance issued during past storms, to encourage immigrant communities to evacuate and seek shelter without fear of immigration enforcement actions. Since all the DHS technical staff have been furloughed, the department and components have no way to post this guidance on their websites. They are seeking our help in distributing it.
  • Oct 1, 2013: Update from the NBC on Provisional Waivers
    Oct 1, 2013: On September 26-27, 2013, CLINIC conducted a two-day training in Kansas City on provisional adjudication of unlawful presence waivers. The training included a presentation by Robert Blackwood, Assistant Section Director for Adjudications at the National Benefits Center (NBC), who gave an update on the waiver adjudication process at the NBC and answered questions from training participants. A summary of the information he provided appears below.
  • Sep 24, 2013: New Policy on Minors and False Claims to U.S. Citizenship
    Sep 24, 2013: In two separate letters to Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Departments of State (DOS) and Homeland Security (DHS) indicated that both federal agencies are adopting a new policy regarding minors who make false claims to citizenship.
  • Jul 31, 2013: CLINIC has a new home!
    Jul 31, 2013: As of Monday, July 29, CLINIC’s National office will relocate from the Theological College in Washington, D.C. to nearby Silver Spring, Maryland. The new office location will allow CLINIC to offer trainings in-house and consolidate D.C.-based staff into a single location.CLINIC’s new contact information is8757 Georgia Avenue, Suite 850Silver Spring, Maryland.Main telephone: 301-565-4800Main fax: 301-565-4824 We look forward to seeing you in our new space!
  • Jun 28, 2013: CLINIC Welcomes Senate Vote on Immigration Reform, Notes More Work to Be Done
    Jun 28, 2013: The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) commends the United States Senate for voting in favor of important changes to the nation’s broken immigration system. Yesterday, the Senate passed S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Competitiveness, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. The measure includes significant reforms to family- and employment-based immigration programs, provides an earned path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and provides for additional enforcement measures along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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