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    Feb 1, 2017: In the fight for sanctuary cities, advocates are stronger together
    Feb 1, 2017: Protecting immigrants on the local level, known commonly as the sanctuary cities movement, was among the top immigration issues addressed by state legislatures in the 2016 legislative session. Sister Colleen Dauerbach, social justice coordinator for the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, was one of many advocates working diligently as a voice for immigrants afraid to speak up for themselves.
  • Jan 30, 2017: South Bend Community Resident Card: A simple way to help a complex problem
    Jan 30, 2017: Residents in South Bend, Indiana, now have access to the South Bend Community Resident Card, a new community ID available for those with no other forms of legal identification.
  • Jan 19, 2017: MARCC ID Card: Strengthening communities and partners
    Jan 19, 2017: Since Mayor John Cranley’s 2015 announcement affirming his commitment to making Cincinnati the most immigrant-friendly city, Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio was at the forefront of this endeavor. Cranley assembled a task force to write Cincinnati’s welcoming plan, which included creating a community ID as a priority initiative. Alisa Berry, chief operating officer of the CLINIC affiliate, in particular, was instrumental in turning this goal and legislative premise into action.
  • Jan 17, 2017: Want to understand immigrant labor? Spend some time in a hospital
    Jan 17, 2017: There’s nothing like a close encounter with the nation’s health care system to shift one’s perspectives. One lesson I learned after a nasty bike accident is just how dependent health care is on the labor of immigrants.
  • Jan 11, 2017: FaithAction ID Card: Turning Strangers into Neighbors
    Jan 11, 2017: FaithAction International House, a CLINIC affiliate led by the Rev. David Fraccaro, a minister in the United Church of Christ, is continuing to make great strides in promoting and encouraging immigrant integration in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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    Dec 8, 2016: CARA Family Detention Project Lauds Ruling to Deny Child Care Licensing to Immigration Detention...
    Dec 8, 2016: The partner organizations in the CARA Family Detention Project applaud the December 2 decision by a Texas state court to block the federal government’s effort to obtain licenses allowing it to detain immigrant children at detention centers in Dilley and Karnes City, Texas. Travis County District Court Judge Karin Crump struck down a regulation that would have allowed these for-profit detention centers to obtain state child care licenses while detaining asylum-seeking children and mothers for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
  • Nov 30, 2016: Welcoming our neighbors
    Nov 30, 2016: Located in the heart of Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, the 35-foot high Positivi-Tree towers above the crowd, filled with brightly colored umbrellas. The artists created the installation with their multicultural community in mind, saying, “Positivi-Tree was designed to represent coming together, feeling safe as well as friendship, unity and inclusivity.
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    Nov 30, 2016: Fellows Profile: Sylvia Arias, on finding work that is rewarding
    Nov 30, 2016: This month’s featured fellow is Sylvia Arias with Catholic Charities in Biloxi. The Peru native told CLINIC about how she came to work with immigrants and what she finds more rewarding about her job.

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  • Feb 14, 2017: Trump orders put Central American children between the sword and the wall (Spanish)
    Feb 14, 2017: During an interview with Hoy, Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC executive director, spoke up for undocumented youth, who are especially vulnerable because of the executive actions. Read the full article in Spanish here.
  • Feb 2, 2017: Catholic leaders on refugees urge Trump to scrap order
    Feb 2, 2017: Alongside six Catholic organizations, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. Executive Director Jeanne M. Atkinson spoke out against President Trump’s immigration-related executive orders. “The executive order is appalling, and deserves our attention and action." Full Crux’s story here.
  • Feb 2, 2017: Advocates stress that the U.S. has moral obligation to welcome refugees
    Feb 2, 2017: Leaders from six Catholic organizations, including Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., spoke out against President Trump’s immigration-related executive orders. CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson spoke to the dangers of increased detention and deportation. “An increase in enforcement by federal and local officials “threatens due process and makes our communities and their residents, American and foreign-born, less safe,” Atkinson said. Full Catholic Philly’s story here.
  • Jan 26, 2017: Nearly 900 organizations urge support for DACA
    Jan 26, 2017: CLINIC Advocacy Director Jill Marie Bussey talked with Alan Scaia about the success of DACA and why it should be supported. This interview aired on both NewsTalk 820 WBAP and News and Information 570 KLIF.
  • Jan 26, 2017: Son Rise Morning Show - National Migration Week Special
    Jan 26, 2017: During National Migration Week 2017, CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson discussed the church’s history of working with immigrants with Jacob Popčak of the Son Rise Morning Show.
  • Jan 12, 2017: Utah wraps its arms around refugees
    Jan 12, 2017: CLINIC affiliate Catholic Community Services of Utah was featured in the PBS Visionaries documentary “The Story of Us.” Read the National Catholic Reporter's feature story about the organization’s work with refugees.
  • Jan 3, 2017: Catholic organizations, faith groups glad to see end of Muslim registry
    Jan 3, 2017: In light of the Obama administration ending the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System, commonly known as NSEERS, Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson confirmed CLINIC's support for the action because of it discriminatory nature. Read the National Catholic Reporter article here.
  • Dec 16, 2016: Refugees, migration a front-burner topic throughout 2016
    Dec 16, 2016: Advocacy Director Jill Marie Bussey spoke with Catholic Philly about the fear Central American immigrants face in their homelands, and the support cities across the nation are giving to immigrants when the cross the border.

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  • Jan 30, 2017: National Catholic organizations oppose executive orders that affect immigrants and refugees
    Jan 30, 2017: The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., along with the Center for Migration Studies, Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Relief Services, Migration and Refugee Services of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, held a press conference on Feb. 1 at the Casa Italiana at Holy Rosary Church, in response to the recent immigration-related executive orders issued by President Trump.
  • Jan 27, 2017: Refugee order closes door to vulnerable refugees
    Jan 27, 2017: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—President Trump signed an executive order Jan. 27 that erodes the United States’ commitment to the protection of refugees, weakens our country’s security, and harms our standing in the international community. “At a time when war and persecution have driven more people to flee in search of safety than any other time in modern history, we need to protect refugees rather than reject them out of misplaced fear,” said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of CLINIC.
  • Jan 26, 2017: Immigration orders weaken core American values
    Jan 26, 2017: SILVER SPRING, Maryland – Immigration-focused executive orders signed Jan. 25 by President Trump “greatly challenge and weaken the United States’ history and core value of offering refuge to the persecuted,” said Bishop Kevin W. Vann, chairman of the board of directors of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., the nation’s largest network of nonprofit immigration services agencies.
  • Jan 18, 2017: On the Cusp of Inauguration Day, Nearly 900 Organizations Urge President-elect Trump to Continue...
    Jan 18, 2017: Nearly 900 religious, civil rights, ethnic and immigrant rights organizations who work on behalf of immigrants and their families are urging President-elect Trump to protect the more than 740,000 individuals who currently hold Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA.
  • Dec 22, 2016: CLINIC applauds end of NSEERS immigrant registry program
    Dec 22, 2016: The Obama administration had welcome news with its Dec. 22 announcement that it will permanently dismantle the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System, known as NSEERS. CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson said the decision, which is effective Dec. 23, “is a victory for our Muslim brothers and sisters, and all people of faith and good conscience.”
  • Dec 16, 2016: CLINIC welcomes change to immigration R&A program
    Dec 16, 2016: The Department of Justice’s rule on the Recognition and Accreditation of Non-Attorney Representatives is now available at the Federal Register website. The final rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Dec. 19. It will take effect Jan. 18, 2017. The rule makes substantial changes to the Recognition and Accreditation Program, which includes removing the nominal fee requirement and requiring renewal of recognition. The leadership of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., welcomes the changes.
  • Nov 2, 2016: CLINIC joins Catholic partners in call to protect Haitians after Hurricane Matthew
    Nov 2, 2016: CLINIC, joined by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA, asked Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and State Department Secretary John Kerry to do more to care for and protect Haitians following Hurricane Matthew.
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    Oct 11, 2016: End Family Detention Share Federal Government Must Adopt Own Advisory Committee’s Recommendations...
    Oct 11, 2016: Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers issued a report in which it unanimously concluded that "detention is generally neither appropriate nor necessary for families." Without a doubt, the harsh treatment of asylum seeking families, as described in the report, is consistent with what the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the American Immigration Council (Council) and Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

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  • Jan 30, 2017: Travel Warning to ALL International Religious Workers in the U.S.
    Jan 30, 2017: The past 48 hours have demonstrated how quickly the U.S. immigration landscape can change. President Trump’s executive order banning individuals from certain countries entry into the U.S. has been severely criticized not only here but also around the world. As with his other recent executive orders, clarity, guidance, and even legality of the orders are in question. The current travel ban is limited to people from seven countries:
  • 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.