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Electing to Naturalize: The Importance of Planning Ahead

Nov 5, 2013
Megan Sahar Turngren

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.

Embracing a Culture of Encounter

Sep 24, 2013
Jeanne M. Atkinson

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.”

A Concern for Immigrant Workers This Labor Day

Aug 29, 2013
D. Taylor

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.

DACA One Year In: Not the End of the Road

Aug 15, 2013
Jeanne M. Atkinson

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. 

Advocating for Affiliates on Provisional Waiver Denials

Aug 14, 2013
Debbie Smith

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.