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In the pretty college town of Ithaca, New York, Sue Chaffee, a BIA accredited representative, heads the Immigrant Services Program of Catholic Charities Tompkins /Tioga.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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