On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced his support for the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program and the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. These programs are expected to prevent some immigrants from being deported and grant temporary permission for many to stay in the US. As of right now, the number of qualified attorneys and Board of Immigration Appeal (BIA) accredited representatives available to provide affordable and quality immigration legal services does not meet the demand for services.
One of CLINIC’s most fundamental goals is to boost legal capacity in underserved areas in the United States. An area seeing a severe shortage in low-cost, professional immigration legal service providers, the Inland Empire (or the “IE” as it is known) region of Southern California is home to over one million foreign-born persons. Training Occupational Development Education Communicates (TODEC) is one service provider assisting newcomers with quality, charitable legal help in the IE.
The Inland Empire region of Southern California, east of Los Angeles, is home to over one million foreign-born persons. Comprised of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, the Inland Empire (or the “The IE” as it’s known) has a severe shortage of low-cost, professional immigration legal service providers.
As the nation’s largest network of nonprofit immigration legal programs, CLINIC’s network currently consists of 250 affiliates with 340 office locations in 46 states and continues to grow. Even as CLINIC’s network expands, however, there are still not enough immigration programs to meet the need for low-cost immigration legal services.
Although the successes of immigrant entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley’s technology industry are well known, the startling reality is that Silicon Valley’s legal support infrastructure cannot accommodate the high number of low-income immigrants in need of legal immigration services. According to The Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at the University of Southern California, 36% of the population of S
CLINIC's National Capacity Building Project, funded by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office of Citizenship, has provided technical assistance and funding to four local affiliate agencies to establish new programs in English as a Second Language (ESL)/citizenship education and/or naturalization application assistance.
There’s no question that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has touched the lives of thousands of young people and, in turn, continues to inspire activism for immigration reform, transcending communities to inform federal action. At CLINIC, we are moved by the journeys of so many DREAMers. One such inspirational young woman is Denia Perez, the nation’s first Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited DREAMer.