On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced his support for the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program and the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. These programs are expected to prevent some immigrants from being deported and grant temporary permission for many to stay in the US. As of right now, the number of qualified attorneys and Board of Immigration Appeal (BIA) accredited representatives available to provide affordable and quality immigration legal services does not meet the demand for services.
In call to faithful service to all whom the Lord sends our way, we remember that there is a name and human story (and often a story of Faith) behind each name and form we fill out , and we remember to always step forward in faith each day in the call and the mission that the Lord gives to each one of us in all of the ways that we are involved with CLINIC to serve “the least among us.”
I grew up in Denver Colorado in a pious Catholic family, the middle of three children. Both of my parents considered the possibility of entering religious life when they were young people, so the thought of a priestly or religious vocation for us children was always present alongside that of the married state. I attended the parish school, and then went on to an all-boys Catholic preparatory school run by the Jesuit Fathers. It was there that I first met religious order priests, and it was there in high school that I first seriously considered becoming a priest and a religious myself.
CLINIC is pleased to welcome Isabel Saavedra to the CARA Pro Bono Project to assist the women and children detained at the Dilley, Texas detention facility (Southern Texas Family Residential Center). As an attorney for CLINIC, Isabel will primarily assist in project management and the coordination of volunteers. We pray for her important work and that of Brian Hoffman, Lead CARA Project Attorney, and project volunteers as they continue to facilitate due process for vulnerable asylees on the ground.
“Children’s lives are at stake.” These poignant words were written by Jeanne Atkinson; CLINIC’s Executive Director, in an article posted to Roll Call last month, and they could not be more accurate. In 2014, our nation witnessed an unprecedented increase in the immigration of unaccompanied migrant children and families fleeing persecution in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. On July 7, 2015, a hearing was held by the U.S.