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  • Jan 25, 2016: CLINIC Fellows Profile: Enid Colón, fellow at Hispanic Services Council in Tampa, Florida
    Jan 25, 2016: This month we would like to introduce Enid Colón, the fellow at Hispanic Services Council in Tampa, Florida. Enid became a fellow in October of 2015, but she had previously been working as the organization’s “intra-agency connector” for more than a year.
  • Jan 21, 2016: Prisoners’ handmade cards show compassion and solidarity with families held in Texas
    Jan 21, 2016: Shortly before Christmas a large box arrived at CLINIC’s office in Silver Spring, Maryland.There was no note of explanation. The return address was for the Toledo Correctional Institution.The contents: 550 handmade greeting cards, illustrated with favorite children’s cartoon characters, religious symbols and other colorful drawings.
  • Jan 19, 2016: Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio
    Jan 19, 2016: At the start of 2015, John Cranley, the Mayor of Cincinnati, made public his commitment to make Cincinnati the most immigrant friendly city in the United States. He assembled a taskforce that wrote a plan to make Cincinnati more welcoming for all. A community ID was chosen as a priority initiative. The ID is set to be distributed in the first quarter of 2016. Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio (CCSWOH), and in particular, Ms. Alisa Berry, Chief Operating Officer, have been instrumental in making this goal a reality.
  • Jan 13, 2016: CARA: 33 Mothers and Children Protected from Immediate Deportation
    Jan 13, 2016: DILLEY, TX – In the last week, 121 mothers and children were brought to the South Texas Residential Family Center in Dilley, Texas, after being rounded up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project reviewed the cases of 13 families, filed appeals for 12, and won stays of removal from the Board of Immigration Appeals for all 12 families – 33 mothers and children.
  • Jan 7, 2016: Treat Central American asylum seekers with dignity and fairness
    Jan 7, 2016: “Welcome to the United States.” This is what refugees and asylum seekers should hear when they first arrive in the United States, but unfortunately it is a welcome that often comes excruciatingly late, if at all.
  • Dec 23, 2015: A Christmas border tale: Posada reveals Mary and Martha at the soup kitchen
    Dec 23, 2015: Religious men and women and a host of volunteers minister to deported migrants at an aid center located just over the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Sonora.
  • Dec 16, 2015: White House reports on work of its New Americans task force
    Dec 16, 2015: A little more than a year after President Barack Obama established the White House Task Force for New Americans, a progress report has detailed steps taken so far. The task force’s goal is, in part, to encourage the deliberate development of communities that are welcoming to newcomers. The Dec. 15 report outlines a range of activities launched by various federal offices, from the Small Business Administration through the White House itself.
  • Dec 9, 2015: Preparing your agency for immigrant integration work
    Dec 9, 2015: The following blog is derived from the text of a workshop talk given by CLINIC Integration Program Manager Leya Speasmaker Nov. 12 at the Justice for Immigrants convening in Chicago. Integration has increased in importance and scope for our organization and our network.

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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. 
  • Jan 28, 2016: Central American Mothers Targeted in Immigration Raids and Still Detained Pen Letter to President...
    Jan 28, 2016: DILLEY, Texas -- Seven women picked up and detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in early January in widely publicized raids have made a direct and personal appeal to President Barack Obama to allow their release while they pursue ongoing appeals of their deportation orders.
  • Jan 19, 2016: As Supreme Court accepts DACA/DAPA case, CLINIC joins in renewed hope for immigrant protections
    Jan 19, 2016: Silver Spring, MD -- With the announcement Jan 19 that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear U.S. v. Texas, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) joins millions of immigrants in celebrating the possibility that they might soon have the chance to work or attend school without daily fear of deportation.
  • Jan 8, 2016: CLINIC advises: Stay calm, know the facts about recent deportations
    Jan 8, 2016: Silver Spring, MD—The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., (CLINIC) has produced an information sheet to help people understand the recent enforcement actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to take into custody and deport families. Although the Jan. 2-3 actions took place in a handful of states, they have led to an environment of confusion and fear in immigrant communities around the country.
  • Jan 6, 2016: CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project Succeeds in Winning Stays of Deportation of Four Mothers and...
    Jan 6, 2016: Washington D.C. – Last night, the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project succeeded in halting the deportation of four Central American families apprehended by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over the weekend, who had been scheduled for deportation this morning. Based on interviews with the families, who are currently detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, the CARA Project appealed their asylum cases to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and requested emergency stays of deportation.
  • Dec 24, 2015: Denial of Due Process to Incarcerated Immigrant Families Worsens in Spite of Court Ruling
    Dec 24, 2015: WASHINGTON, DC – Today, attorneys and advocates are calling the government to account for rushing detained Central American children and mothers seeking protection in the United States through the legal processes designed to protect them from danger. The glaring due process violations highlighted in the letter to high-level DHS officials have led to the deportation of many families with valid claims for asylum or other protection under U.S. law.
  • Oct 23, 2015: Government Continues Incarcerating Mothers and Children Despite Judge’s Ruling
    Oct 23, 2015: SAN ANTONIO, TX – 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, are calling on the government to fully comply with U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee’s ruling concerning the inhumane incarceration of mothers and children fleeing violence and persecution.
  • Oct 22, 2015: CLINIC Materials Highlighted in Education Department's New Resource for Assisting Undocumented...
    Oct 22, 2015: Silver Spring, MD— Resources from the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), including the Educators’ Back to School Toolkit, are featured in a new guide released Oct. 20 by the U.S. Department of Education, aimed at helping educators support undocumented students.  

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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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