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.
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.
Diakonia - Although this word is certainly a familiar concept for CLINIC affiliates who are guided by a philosophy of selfless service, it was not until the Holy Father’s Lenten message that this word entered my vocabulary. Diakonia, Pope Francis explains, is the universal call to “meet needs and bind the wounds which disfigure the face of humanity.” As we embark on Ash Wednesday, I look to the Holy Father’s Lenten message to identify who and how I can help with my Lenten
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
Dear friends of CLINIC,
The month of January, following National Migration week, brings us additional opportunities to reflect on opportunities of pastoral care for our immigrant families.
As we work together in the sometime complicated world of R-1s, F-1s, and so on, there are always individuals and families behind these letters with real needs and real concerns who have come to us because they see us as a family of Faith, the Body of Christ, and they often do not know where else to turn.
National Migration Week 2014 has begun and the theme, “Out of Darkness,” calls to my mind the inspiring efforts of the CLINIC network striving to be a light to our fellow sisters and brothers in need. I recently spoke with a staff member at one affiliate organization that I believe embodies the spirit of this week -- the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (¡HICA!).
We are in the season of Advent, a time of reflection on the second coming of Christ and His First coming at Birth. This a season of preparation, anticipation and reflection on life, mission and Faith. *Presione aquí para la versión en español.
On Election Day, it can seem like a burden to wake up early and stand in line at your local polling place, but the ability to vote is a prized benefit of citizenship and an important step in the journey to full integration in the United States. The benefits of citizenship are numerous and the CLINIC network has long advocated naturalization for all eligible permanent residents.