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  • Oct 2, 2015: New Americans Pathways
    Oct 2, 2015: Through creative programming and a sharp focus on immigrant integration, New American Pathways, an Atlanta-based CLINIC affiliate, contributes immensely to the integration of the 3,500 refugees it serves yearly. New American Pathways was established on October 1, 2014 after two long-standing organizations, Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta and Refugee Family Services, merged. Capitalizing on their collective expertise in refugee resettlement, New American Pathways is changing its community for the better.
  • Oct 1, 2015: Pope Francis Connects with Catholics
    Oct 1, 2015: Reading the September 28 article “Why American Catholics may not be persuaded by Pope Francis’ message on immigration,” I was disappointed on many levels – in part, due to the article's misplaced reliance on a non-scientific “experiment” – but most importantly because it totally missed the point of Pope Francis’s strong and consistent comments on immigration.
  • Sep 29, 2015: Pope Francis, Son of Immigrants
    Sep 29, 2015: "I am deeply grateful for your welcome in the name of all Americans. As the son of an immigrant family, I am happy to be a guest in this country, which was largely built by such families. I look forward to these days of encounter and dialogue, in which I hope to listen to, and share, many of the hopes and dreams of the American people." – Pope Francis
  • Sep 23, 2015: The Arduous Journey Ahead for Families Freed From Detention
    Sep 23, 2015: I had the opportunity to volunteer for a week with the CARA Pro Bono Project which provides legal assistance to women and children detained in the South Texas Family Detention Center. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) erected this facility last year in the desolate town of Dilley (population 3,674). It is managed and operated by a for-profit entity called Corrections Corporation of America.
  • Sep 17, 2015: Citizenship: A Step on the Pathway to Integration
    Sep 17, 2015: As Citizenship Week comes to a close, it is worthwhile to remember that naturalization is but one step on the pathway to the larger goal of immigrant integration.  Immigrant integration is the creation of something new in the places where we live – a more inclusive community that reflects the needs and wants of all its residents. Immigrant integration takes deliberate and on-going work by both the receiving community and the newcomers, and it requires a community to grow and change as it stretches to allow everyone a chance to access services, make an impact, and...
  • Sep 17, 2015: Citizenship Day: Honoring Newcomers and Immigrant Champions
    Sep 17, 2015: On Constitution and Citizenship Day, we honor, not only the newcomers who have and will naturalize, but also the champions who guide them through complex immigration processes and embark on innovative ways to overcome obstacles to immigrant integration.
  • Sep 16, 2015: The Immigration Journey of Fr. Gustavo Adolfo Montañez
    Sep 16, 2015: I believe that dreams come true and that a good dream becomes true life. Without dreams, all we have is reality. Sometimes on our most important dreams, all we can do is give them our best shot, hope for the highest good, and let go. Knowing I could use all the help available, I contacted CLINIC to fulfill my dream in becoming a Citizen of United States of America.
  • Sep 15, 2015: Advocacy in Action: Scenes from a Naturalization Ceremony
    Sep 15, 2015: “…I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; … that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God."


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  • Jun 24, 2016: Family Detention Detrimental to Children
    Jun 24, 2016: Central American asylum seekers continue to suffer in family detention and, due to Senate funding cuts, legal representation remains out of reach for many unaccompanied minors.  CLINIC Executive Director, Jeanne Atkinson urges necessary funding for legal support, due process for unacco
  • Jun 20, 2015: CARA Pro Bono Attorneys Provide Crucial Services to Detained Asylum Seekers
    Jun 20, 2015: Volunteers attorneys at the two South Texas immigrant detention centers in Dilley and Karnes County are making a difference for detained Central American asylum seekers.  The CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, an initiative of CLINIC,
  • Jun 12, 2015: Bishops Describe Inhumane Practice of Family Detention
    Jun 12, 2015: Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California and member of CLINIC’s board of directors reported on the Catholic Church’s migration-related work in the United States at the U.S. Bishops’ Spring Annual Assembly.  Bishop Soto described the efforts of CLINIC staff to provide legal services at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.
  • Jun 11, 2015: Bishops: Holding Families at Detention Centers a Violation of International Law
    Jun 11, 2015: Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California and member of CLINIC’s board of directors addressed the June 2015 meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in St. Louis.
  • Jun 10, 2015: South Texas Residential Center Receives Child Care License
    Jun 10, 2015: The South Texas Residential Center in Dilley, Texas received a Temporary Shelter Program  certificate on May 22, 2015.
  • May 28, 2015: Catholic Immigration Advocates Disappointed by Fifth Circuit Appeals Court Decision
    May 28, 2015: On May 26, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals maintained a stay of the injunction against President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.  “Obviously, we're extremely disappointed,” Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director, explains on behalf of the organization and its network of community legal immigration programs.  “Every day makes a difference” for parents, children, and siblings of lawful residents.  Source:  Catholic News Agency.  Read the Article.  May 28, 2015. 
  • May 28, 2015: CARA Volunteers Blocked from Detention Facility
    May 28, 2015: Two CARA (The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council and the Refugee and Immigrant Center of Education and Legal Services, and AILA) volunteers have been barred from entrance to South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.  These and other volunteers provide critical support to detained asylum seekers in need of legal representation.  “We see 80 to 100 clients a day so having two more people who both speak Spanish and can talk to clients and can help with paperwork, we can see more clients,” explains Brian Hoffman, an attorney...
  • May 27, 2015: Catholic Reaction to Continued Hold on Immigration Action
    May 27, 2015: EWTN’s News Nightly highlights the challenges within the immigration court system. In an interview, CLINIC Executive Director, Jeanne M. Atkinson and FAIR’s Dan Stein react to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision to maintain a temporary halt of Executive Action.  The segment begins at 10:12. Source:  EWTN News Nightly.  Read the article.  May 27, 2015. 


Press Releases

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  • Oct 5, 2015: CARA: Coercion and Intimidation of Detained Mothers and Children Must Stop
    Oct 5, 2015: SAN ANTONIO, TX – Today, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), the American Immigration Council, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), partners in the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, submitted  the latest in a series of formal complaints to the Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG), this one
  • Sep 29, 2015: Catholic Legal Immigration Network Provides Funding to Address Dearth of Legal Services in the...
    Sep 29, 2015: Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is pleased to announce the establishment of an innovative program to create capacity for high quality charitable legal immigration services in the southeastern United States. The initiative will build a stronger community of expert service providers in largely underserved states where the population of at-risk immigrants is on the rise.
  • Sep 25, 2015: Pope Francis Greets Migrants, Inspires Renewed Hope for Immigration Action
    Sep 25, 2015: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tessa McKenzie, Public Education Officer (301) 565-4812 or Email:  (September 25, 2015) – Today, Pope Francis blessed migrants and refugees at Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem, New York in an act of solidarity with at-risk newcomers.  Located in a section of Harlem called “El Barrio,” Our Lady Queen of Angels School is a resource to 295 students, 70% of whom are Hispanic.
  • Sep 18, 2015: CLINIC Affiliates Receive USCIS Awards for Citizenship and Integration Services
    Sep 18, 2015: CLINIC Affiliates Receive USCIS Awards for Citizenship and Integration Services FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tessa McKenzie, Public Education Officer (301) 565-4812 or Email:
  • Sep 18, 2015: Obama Administration Again Hands Families Over to Private Prison Company
    Sep 18, 2015: SAN ANTONIO, TX - Today, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), the American Immigration Council, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), partners in the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, responded to the news that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had awarded a private prison company the grant to establish a new case management alternative to detention initiative for families.
  • Sep 11, 2015: Five Incarcerated Refugee Families Finally Released After Being Held for Months on End
    Sep 11, 2015: Shameful Government Mistreatment of Mothers and Children ContinuesSAN ANTONIO, TX - Today, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), the American Immigration Council, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), partners in the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, responded to Friday's release of five families who had been subjected to many months of incarceration despite repeated efforts to advocate for their release pending the adjudication of their claims f
  • Aug 24, 2015: CLINIC Applauds Court’s Order to Release Immigrant Children and Families from Detention and...
    Aug 24, 2015: Washington DC - On August 21, 2015, Judge Gee of the District Court of Central California denied the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) motion to reconsider its July 24, 2015 ruling and ordered the release of immigrant children from the current family detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania “without unnecessary delay”.
  • Aug 7, 2015: CLINIC: Government’s Response to Detention Ruling Does Not Reflect Reality on the Ground for...
    Aug 7, 2015: Washington D.C. - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)  is disappointed at the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) response to U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee’s ruling on the detention of young mothers and children fleeing persecution in their home countries and seeking asylum in the United States. In its response filed on August 6, 2015, the DOJ requested that Judge Gee reconsider her ruling in light of the government’s recent detention policy and practice changes announced in May and June.


News Articles

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  • 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.
  • Jun 26, 2013: CLINIC Encouraged by Supreme Court Decision on Immigration
    Jun 26, 2013: 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.