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The administration’s recently announced priorities, which threaten legitimate asylum seekers and place no value on families, fly in the face of American history, public opinion and, most importantly, human dignity.

 

Beloved Baltimore community members, Serbando Rodriguez and Segundo Paucar, were released from detention with the help of CLINIC Senior Attorney Michelle Mendez

Read the full Baltimore Sun here  

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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.

Sister Maliya
LaRia Land

Called to live a religious life as a young woman, Sister Maliya Suen immigrated to the United States to join the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan, in December 2012.

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Paola Marquez

This month’s featured fellow is Sylvia Arias with Catholic Charities in Biloxi. The Peru native told CLINIC about how she came to work with immigrants and what she finds more rewarding about her job.

Paola Marquez

Susana Caterina Quiroga was born in Puno, Peru on May 25, 1978, not 1943 as her American lawyer indicated on her immigration forms. An attorney herself, Quiroga was wary of her lawyer’s suggestion to sign the forms without looking them over. Trusting her instinct, she insisted despite not fully understanding them; which turned out to be a good idea because she caught the mistake the attorney later blamed on his paralegal. This experience still stands out to her as one of the main reasons she decided to work in immigration.

 

This past August, CLINIC Director Jeanne Atkinson presented at an event sponsored by SC Ministry Foundation, which gathered nearly 70 community partners.

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13th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference
Andrés Abella

The Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference, co-sponsored by CLINIC, typically focuses on nonpartisan policy discussion with an academic focus. This year it offered an electorally timely twist: not just policy, but politics as well.

 
Nathaly Perez

U.S. immigration law is complex and it can take many years for a family to be reunited in the United States through the current immigration system. It is also expensive! It costs thousands of dollars per person in fees to the U.S. government agencies responsible for processing applications, conducting background checks, interviewing applicants and issuing official documents for identification and work authorization. 

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CLINIC's Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson among the many activists to speak out on behalf of immigrants in response to the Supreme Court’s tied decision in United States v. Texas. Read more here.

 

José and Marina Aguilar have overcome many obstacles on their road to becoming American citizens. This in-depth feature by the National Catholic Reporter and Global Sisters Report tells their story and how the upcoming Supreme Court ruling can impact many families like theirs. CLINIC’s Pat Zapor expounds on why the Catholic Church supports and advocates for fair immigration practices. Read more here.   

 
Leya Speasmaker

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 filed.

 
Jeff Chenoweth

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.

Ashlynn Polanco

Twenty-eight years ago my mother fled her home in Nicaragua, a country embroiled in civil war. For years, her life and that of her family had been ravaged by a country with corrupt government officials and oppressed by a rebel group that brought nothing but violence to civilians like my parents.  My mother saw family members and friends killed or forced to fight for a cause they did not believe in. At one point, she was taken hostage and held at gunpoint by militant groups and forced to drop out of school.

Bradley Jenkins

"I am deeply grateful for your welcome in the name of all Americans. As the son of an immigrant family, I am happy to be a guest in this country, which was largely built by such families. I look forward to these days of encounter and dialogue, in which I hope to listen to, and share, many of the hopes and dreams of the American people." – Pope Francis