Stories of child migrants leaving their violence-ridden countries in Central America continue to unfold a year after 2014’s record high levels of refugee migration. Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras remain plagued by crime, mostly associated with drug and gang activity. Case in point, Honduras has the highest murder rate per capita in the world. All the while, Mexico’s deportation rate of Central American children has risen, contributing to the decline in the numbers of those who reach the U.S.
Littleton Immigrant Resources Center (LIRC), a Littleton, Colorado-based CLINIC affiliate, is making extensive advancements in the area of immigrant integration. Led by Petula McShiras, this city government funded program emphasizes the importance of community connections in its work to encourage integration. The LIRC offers a cultural exchange between volunteer mentors and immigrants to foster inclusiveness and to encourage an integrated community.
On March 17, 2015, U.S.
On May 26, 2015, CLINIC, the American Immigration Council (AIC), and Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) hosted Executive Actions on Immigration: The Critical Role of Consulates in Protecting and Preparing their Nationals.
CLINIC welcomes Jill Marie Bussey as Advocacy Attorney. Her efforts will engage CLINIC affiliates, other advocates, and government agencies to guide the implementation of President Obama’s executive orders on immigration. Jill focuses on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), enforcement priorities, and other topics.
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CLINIC’s 15th annual Convening took place in Salt Lake City, Utah last week. Each year, the Convening presents an opportunity for dialogue between federal agencies, direct service providers, and advocates on immigration issues affecting communities across the nation. This year, we were honored to have two distinguished government speakers: León Rodríguez, Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Juan P. Osuna, Director of the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR).