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  • Jun 21, 2017: The Growing Threat to the US Asylum System: An Analysis of the Trump Administration’s Expansion of...
    Jun 21, 2017: Our friends at the Center for Migration Studies posted this blog by CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson on problems with how the asylum system is working.
  • Jun 16, 2017: Honoring thy father, together!
    Jun 16, 2017: Father’s Day is observed by dozens of cultures around the world in a variety of traditions. This year, consider how your community can invite newcomers into traditional celebrations, as well as explore ways to adopt new inclusive activities
  • B1C clients join local officers for Coffee with a Cop
    May 15, 2017: Building trust with a cup of Joe
    May 15, 2017: Building One Community brings Coffee with a Cop to residents in Stamford, Connecticut!
  • Mother and child in a field (stock photo)
    May 12, 2017: Mother’s Day, another opportunity for promoting integration
    May 12, 2017: A central fixture in how American culture honors families, Mother’s Day is often a time when parishioners come together as one and celebrate their different customs and traditions.
  • Memebers of St. Camillus in Silver Spring, Maryland, created an alfombras for their Via Crucis procession.
    Apr 26, 2017: Sharing traditions, that’s what holidays are for
    Apr 26, 2017: CLINIC’s Immigrant Integration Program Manager Leya Speasmaker joined Jacob Popcak on the Son Rise Morning Show in Cincinnati to discuss holiday traditions embedded in American culture that were brought to the United States by immigrants. This blog goes on to show how incorporating those faith traditions from other countries embodies the definition of integration.
  • Students on the culinary track of Building One Community’s Skills Development Program
    Apr 26, 2017: Building community through job development training
    Apr 26, 2017: Building One Community’s Skills Development Program is transforming relationships between immigrant communities and local businesses in Stamford, Connecticut. Launched in 2015, the program now offers three career training tracks: culinary, home health aide, and construction and landscaping. With significant support from local elected officials and community leaders, B1C’s Skills Development Program is helping immigrants adapt effectively in professional settings, while promoting acceptance and participation. It is truly a successful integration initiative.
  • Andrea Vazquez, CLINIC Fellow with Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama
    Apr 26, 2017: CLINIC Fellow Profile: Andrea Vazquez, how DACA changed her life
    Apr 26, 2017: As a DACA recipient, Andrea Vazquez of Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama, relates first-hand to her client’s experiences. It wasn’t too long ago that she was in their shoes.
  • Gaudy Garcia, CLINIC’s Southeast Fellow with Hispanic Services Council
    Mar 29, 2017: CLINIC Fellows Profile: Gaudy Garcia, here to help
    Mar 29, 2017: Meet Gaudy Garcia, CLINIC’s Southeast Fellow with Hispanic Services Council in Tampa, Florida.

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  • Mar 29, 2017: Letter to Homeland Security decries proposal to separate parents and their children
    Mar 29, 2017: CLINIC joined more than 180 national and local organizations in calling on Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to reconsider a draft proposal to separate migrant parents from their children when they arrive at our borders. The letter calls the proposal cruel and inconsistent with the fundamental right to family unity; an unnecessary drain on resources and contrary to the stated objective of deterring families from making the journey to the U.S.

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  • Jun 21, 2017: Legal Aid Group: 15 Percent of Immigrants Eligible for Citizenship
    Jun 21, 2017: During CLINIC’s Annual Convening 2017, a data announcement revealed approximately 600,000 undocumented immigrants were potentially eligible for legal status. Communications Director Pat Zapor offers examples of the types of immigration relief available. Read the full KTRH article here.
  • Jun 16, 2017: Senators, human rights groups demand answers on migrant detention
    Jun 16, 2017: CLINIC Advocacy Director Jill Bussey spoke with the Daily messenger on what is at stake if more humane immigration procedures are not extended to immigrants, especially those held in detention centers. Read the full article here.
  • Jun 13, 2017: Advocates Discuss Strategies To Counteract The Problems Of Undocumented Immigrants
    Jun 13, 2017: Immigration advocacy organizations, including Catholic Legal Immigration Network, met in Houston, Texas, to strategize ways to better help undocumented immigrants. One of the main conclusions drawn was the need for more low-cost or pro bono representation to help those at risk for deportation. Read the full Houston Public Media story here.  
  • May 18, 2017: Op-Ed Latinos must engage, not just resist, the Trump White House
    May 18, 2017: Javier Palomarez, president of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and CLINIC board member, argues the organization needs to work with the administration to best serve the 4.2 million Latino-owned businesses it represents. Read the full Los Angeles Times Story here.
  • May 2, 2017: Collaboration key to navigating the ‘new normal’ of immigration law
    May 2, 2017: Pat Zapor expands on how CLINIC is collaborating with organizations like Catholic Charities USA to protect and advocate for immigrants under the changed political climate. Read the full article, and others on immigration and refugees, in the Spring 2017 issue of the Catholic Charities USA Magazine.
  • People on the Mexican side of the border reach through the fence to receive communion from Bishop Kicanas during Mass on 4-1-2017, in Nogales, Ariz.
    Apr 24, 2017: Bishop Kicanas: Attorney General Sessions heard only part of the story
    Apr 24, 2017: Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, and CLINIC board member, wrote a guest opinion article for the Arizona Daily Star highlighting the perspectives Attorney General Jeff Sessions missed during his visit to the border – those about the families and communities affected (and misrepresented) by the administration anti-immigrant rhetoric
  • Mar 31, 2017: Working with the Donald
    Mar 31, 2017: Javier Palomarez, president and CEO of the U.S Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Clinic board member, informally joined the president’s National Diversity Coalition. Read Texas Monthly’s article here.
  • Mar 30, 2017: Bishop recognizes leader for work in immigration
    Mar 30, 2017: CLINIC board member D. Taylor, president of the UNITE HERE labor union, was honored for his commitment to immigrant workers. The reception was held at the historic Friars Club in Manhattan. Watch NET TV’s full story here.

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  • Jun 2, 2017: Lawsuit Challenges Government’s Interference with Legal Representation of Mothers and Children...
    Jun 2, 2017: The Dilley Pro Bono Project (DPBP), a consortium of the American Immigration Council, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), filed suit to challenge a new ICE policy that arbitrarily restricts the types of legal services that DPBP may provide and interferes with the ability of DPBP staff to effectively represent their clients.
  • May 25, 2017: New estimate: more than 15 percent of undocumented immigrants in 7 southern states could qualify...
    May 25, 2017: ATLANTA – At least 15.4 percent of the undocumented immigrants in southern states are potentially eligible for some kind of immigration status, according to data drawn from legal screenings this year. That would mean at least 600,000 of the unauthorized immigrants living in the seven states surveyed -- about 4 million people -- could be eligible for legal status. 
  • May 22, 2017: Short TPS extension for Haitians just continues unsettled situation
    May 22, 2017: The decision to extend for six months the Temporary Protected Status that has enabled certain Haitians to remain in the United States, leaves TPS holders worried that they will be sent home to an unstable country a few more months down the road, according to the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
  • May 2, 2017: More than 400 faith leaders and organizations nationwide urge support for Haitians at risk for...
    May 2, 2017: CWS and Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. announced today that 248 leaders from across faith traditions and 168 faith-based organizations delivered a letter to DHS Secretary Kelly, urging him to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS), currently set to expire in July, for at least 18 months for our Haitians neighbors in the United States.
  • Apr 24, 2017: CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson receives Peter M. Cicchino Award for Outstanding Advocacy...
    Apr 24, 2017: CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson received the Peter M. Cicchino Award for Outstanding Advocacy in the Public Interest, from American University Washington College of Law, in the category of “An Alum Whose Career has spanned 15 years or more.” The award was presented in an April 13 ceremony.
  • Apr 24, 2017: CLINIC calls on Secretary Kelly to extend TPS for Haiti
    Apr 24, 2017: SILVER SPRING, Maryland – CLINIC is deeply disturbed by reports that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has recommended that Temporary Protected Status for Haiti be discontinued.
  • Apr 19, 2017: CLINIC decries the cruel deportation of Ohio mother; Countless supporters disregarded by government
    Apr 19, 2017: Despite a massive public effort to plead for mercy on her behalf, Maribel Trujillo Diaz was deported to Mexico today. Her forced removal from the country she has called home for 15 years is a crushing blow to her four children, husband, extended family and a nationwide community that has worked tirelessly on her behalf.
  • Apr 7, 2017: CLINIC pide al gobierno que desista en su intento de deportar a la madre de cuatro ciudadanos...
    Apr 7, 2017: SILVER SPRING, Maryland – CLINIC hace un llamamiento para que el Gobierno Federal desista en su cruel intento de deportar a una mujer de Ohio, que es una parte integral de su comunidad y el pilar que sostiene a su familia. Desde 2016, CLINIC ha formado parte del equipo de organizaciones confesionales y legales que han trabajado en nombre de Maribel Trujillo Díaz, una mujer mexicana que, tras huir de la extorsión de bandas violentas en su país hace 15 años, se ha convertido en una parte integral de su comunidad en Hamilton, Ohio.

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  • Apr 21, 2017: Sign On Letter for Extension of TPS Designation for Haitians
    Apr 21, 2017: Along with other Catholic partners, CLINIC April 17 called on DHS Secretary Kelly to extend the designation for Haiti for Temporary Protected Status for 18 months. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration & Refugee Services, Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA were partners in the letter to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. It said that the conditions in Haiti caused by a devastating earthquake, an ongoing cholera outbreak and a Category 4 hurricane have left the country too damaged and fragile for its citizens to safely return home.
  • 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.