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The Dream of Family Reunification

Last month I joined 500 immigrant youth organizers as they convened for the United We Dream congress.  As organizers shared their stories, I was struck by how deportations have broken so many of their families.  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was a victory, allowing many young people to live and work in the United States without fear of removal, but for many who are still separated from loved ones abroad, the dream is now to see their families reunited and protected from the threat of deportation.
Five year old migrant child from El Salvador entered the US by himself.  He drew this plane saying it reminded him of God because if he had God in his heart, God would be the plane to take him to his mother.

The Plight of Migrant Children

By Luis  Enrique Jacquez, El Paso, Texas

Our Lampedusa Moment

Today is an occasion to pause from our busy lives and remember our migrant sisters and brothers who have died trying to reach the United States.  The mass and procession at the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona, hosted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, awakens us to the plight of the more than 6,000 migrants who have perished at the border in pursuit of a better life.  Whether joining in prayer at the border, gathered with co-workers in your office, or in silent reflection at your computer, each of us is encouraged to take up the Holy Father’s call to solidarity with

Cambia tu Vida, New York

On March 2, 2014 I had the pleasure of partaking in the Cambia tu Vida Campaign media launch in New York City and experiencing the excitement brewing as community, religious, and government leaders gathered to promote naturalization as a benchmark of integration.
Photo of accountant and two clients

Promoting Immigrant Integration During Tax Season

Immigrant integration is a joint effort between newcomers and the receiving society to create a new community that reflects the needs and wants of everyone.

Luisa’s Story

After crossing the length of Mexico over ground to get to the border, “Luisa,” a 36 year old widow from the indigenous municipality of Tamazulápam de Espíritu Santo in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, and her 20 year old son “Pedro” attempted to cross into the United States by walking through the harsh and unpopulated desert near Nogales, Arizona. Unlike most unauthorized migrants who attempt to cross the U.S. – Mexico border, Luisa and Pedro did not contract the service of a guide.

Support CLINIC’s Efforts to Assist Immigrants

This month CLINIC is launching a campaign to support its State and Local Immigration Project.

Our Lenten Pilgrimage

As we entered the first full week of Lent, following the Mass and Gospel with the story of the Lord 's forty days in the desert, I was able to chair my first meeting as CLINIC Board Chair at their new offices.

Widian's Story

Raised in a tiny village in Galilee, my father, the eldest of 5 children, was raised by loving parents who made a meager living as poor farmers. My mother, who was raised in an orphanage from a young age by a community of Sisters in Jerusalem, married my father at seventeen. During my childhood, my father worked as a mechanic and my mother as a teacher. While our home was filled with love, my parents recognized that their children would have better opportunities for education, advancement, and success in the U.S.

Ministry to Victims of Domestic Abuse: CLINIC, Affiliates, and Partners Rise to the Call

This is a very special time.  We find ourselves in the first week of Lent, recalling that Christ suffered for our sins and arose on the third day.  We also find ourselves marking the one year anniversary of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on March 7th,  and International Women’s Day on March 8th. 

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