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  • 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.
  • May 1, 2016: A Southeast Fellow profile: From user of legal services to provider, Miriam knows the paths
    May 1, 2016: An immigrant herself, Miriam Martinez understands the challenges her clients face. She was separated from her parents when she was young, had a painful journey to the U.S. as a child and has lived as an undocumented immigrant in the United States.
  • Apr 7, 2016: Empowering Latinos in Iowa
    Apr 7, 2016: Students in Des Moines, Iowa who have received immigration status through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, are testing their cinematography skills each year in a contest sponsored by American Friends Service Committee.
  • Mar 22, 2016: CLINIC Fellows Profile: Claudia Perez, Fellow at Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc. in Jacksonville,...
    Mar 22, 2016: This month we introduce you to Claudia Perez, the fellow with Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc. in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Mar 14, 2016: Free tax service optimizes immigrant integration at the local level
    Mar 14, 2016: For 11 years, the Tax EZ program, offered by Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County has helped clients prepare nearly 15,000 returns, generating millions of dollars in refunds. For the 2016 tax season, Steve Hicken, Division Director of Economic Development Services, shifted the location of services from the Catholic Charities offices to parishes. This approach encourages interactions between newcomers and the people of their new hometowns, epitomizing immigrant integration on the local level. Ultimately, it may also result in higher numbers of tax returns being...
  • Mar 8, 2016: Is immigration working for America? The answer continues to be “yes”
    Mar 8, 2016: When one’s friends and relatives -- let alone candidates of public office -- question the benefit of welcoming immigrants separating fact from opinion can be challenging. Immigration issues are so large and consequential that they require thoughtful and accurate answers to the hostile and manipulative sound bites tossed about by political candidates and pundits.
  • Mar 1, 2016: Asylum for domestic violence survivors: immigration advocates urge Board of Immigration Appeals to...
    Mar 1, 2016: Although Matter of A-R-C-G, the landmark board of Immigration Appeals  decision, gave women fleeing domestic violence a pathway to asylum, survivors continue to be routinely denied asylum by immigration judges who interpret the decision narrowly.
  • Feb 26, 2016: CLINIC Fellows Profile: Matthew Young, Fellow at Catholic Charities of Jackson, Inc. in Jackson,...
    Feb 26, 2016: This month we introduce you to Matthew Young, the fellow with Catholic Charities of Jackson, Inc. in Jackson, Mississippi.

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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. 
  • 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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    Mar 23, 2016: Religious, legal advocates call upon Obama administration to stop detaining immigrant families
    Mar 23, 2016: As the White House grounds are the scene of joyful families celebrating Easter by participating in the 138th Easter Egg Roll on March 28, other families will mark the greatest feast of the Christian calendar while locked away in immigration detention centers.
  • Mar 9, 2016: CLINIC joins call to Supreme Court to lift stay on deportation-deferral programs
    Mar 9, 2016: SILVER SPRING, MD -- In an amicus, or friend-of-the-court, brief replete with personal stories of immigrants, Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. (CLINIC) joined more than 325 immigrant-serving agencies as well as civil rights, labor and social service organizations in urging the Supreme Court to uphold Obama administration executive actions.
  • Feb 25, 2016: Immigrant Rights Organizations Argue Against Government's Inhumane Family Detention Policies
    Feb 25, 2016: Washington, DC –This week, immigrant rights organizations filed an amicus brief explaining how the government has misinterpreted the Flores settlement and failed to comply with Judge Dolly Gee’s August 2015 ruling in the case.  Signing on to that brief were the four CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project partners who are outraged by the continued incarceration of children and mothers who are seeking asylum in the U.S.

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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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