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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.

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.

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.

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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