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Empowering Latinos in Iowa

Apr 7, 2016
Leya Speasmaker

Students in Des Moines, Iowa who have received immigration status through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, are testing their cinematography skills each year in a contest sponsored by American Friends Service Committee.

Free tax service optimizes immigrant integration at the local level

Mar 14, 2016
Leya Speasmaker

For 11 years, the Tax EZ program, offered by Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County has helped clients prepare nearly 15,000 returns, generating millions of dollars in refunds.

For the 2016 tax season, Steve Hicken, Division Director of Economic Development Services, shifted the location of services from the Catholic Charities offices to parishes. This approach encourages interactions between newcomers and the people of their new hometowns, epitomizing immigrant integration on the local level. Ultimately, it may also result in higher numbers of tax returns being filed.

Is immigration working for America? The answer continues to be “yes”

Mar 8, 2016
Jeff Chenoweth

When one’s friends and relatives -- let alone candidates of public office -- question the benefit of welcoming immigrants separating fact from opinion can be challenging.

Immigration issues are so large and consequential that they require thoughtful and accurate answers to the hostile and manipulative sound bites tossed about by political candidates and pundits.

Asylum for domestic violence survivors: immigration advocates urge Board of Immigration Appeals to publish more precedent cases

Mar 1, 2016
Sital Kalantry and Carolyn Wald

Although Matter of A-R-C-G, the landmark board of Immigration Appeals  decision, gave women fleeing domestic violence a pathway to asylum, survivors continue to be routinely denied asylum by immigration judges who interpret the decision narrowly.

CLINIC’s board chairman reflects on its work in light of Pope Francis’s border visit and the season of Lent

Feb 25, 2016

In an article for the web page of the Diocese of Orange, Bishop Kevin W. Vann, who chairs CLINIC’s board of directors, explained what we do and how it fits into the Catholic Church’s social teaching. This is a slightly edited version of the original blog.

By Bishop Kevin W. Vann

Prisoners’ handmade cards show compassion and solidarity with families held in Texas

Jan 21, 2016
Aline Barros

Shortly before Christmas a large box arrived at CLINIC’s office in Silver Spring, Maryland.

There was no note of explanation. The return address was for the Toledo Correctional Institution.

The contents: 550 handmade greeting cards, illustrated with favorite children’s cartoon characters, religious symbols and other colorful drawings.

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