State and Local Advocacy Attorney, Jennifer Riddle reflects on her experience working with refugees in Kyrgyzstan as she sees trends of state and local resistance to welcoming resettled refugees in the United States.
Today Pope Francis released the annual statement for World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which will be celebrated January 19, 2014. Pope Francis said that in countries around the world we should welcome and respect immigrants and not treat them as “pawns on the chessboard of humanity.”
Citizenship Day (September 17) is an opportunity to celebrate the importance of U.S. citizenship and to recognize the new Americans who once immigrated to the U.S. from all corners of the world.
Recently it was my honor to be elected to CLINIC’s Board of Directors. CLINIC has been providing a life-saving service to immigrants across the country since 1988. Many of the 300,000 members of the union I serve are themselves immigrants, and many have been helped by CLINIC’s important work. So in this Labor Day reflection I’d like to focus on the reality of immigrant workers and what they face every day.
One year ago today, USCIS launched the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA provides, for two years, suspension of deportation and work authorization for certain individuals who came to the U.S. as children. Since the program was implemented, more than a half a million young adults have applied. CLINIC affiliates have been instrumental in assisting the immigrant community with this new process. In fact, a recent survey of CLINIC affiliates revealed that 88% of respondents—153 programs—provide DACA services in their communities, often in more than one location.
On August 5, 2013, CLINIC's Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson sent a letter to USCIS Director Mayorkas highlighting CLINIC’s concerns about the agency's improper use of the "reason to believe" standard in adjudicating provisional waiver applications. Prompted by CLINIC affiliates' reports of recent denials of provisional waivers, CLINIC asked that Director Mayorkas instruct adjudicators to employ the proper standard and reopen cases that have been wrongfully denied.
June was an important month for a small group of Washington D.C.’s residents. On June 6, 2013, at a public library in Mt. Pleasant, 20 immigrants from 11 different countries became U.S. citizens.
“He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither; and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands” - Declaration of Independence
July 4 is popularly associated with the Declaration of Independence. At its very foundation, it is the assertion that people are, and ought to be, equal. This inherent equality of humans is not a passive status. It carries with it the endowment of basic, God-given human rights. The most familiar of these to American audiences are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
"Good morning, CLINIC staff!” This is how my day usually begins as I pass by the offices of my busy colleagues, one after the other, before I get to mine and settle-in behind the desk to start the day’s work as an intern with The Center for Religious Immigration and Protection at the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. It has been a privilege to assist with the process of bringing foreign-born religious workers into the United States to serve the Catholic C