Washington, D.C. (June 25, 2012) The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is encouraged by today’s 5-3 Supreme Court decision to strike down three of the four provisions of Arizona’s immigration law that were challenged earlier this year.
“This decision is a broad affirmation of federal supremacy in the area of immigration, and that is very positive,” said Maria M. Odom, CLINIC’s Executive Director. “However, the Court’s decision to block several components of the Arizona law does not take the place of much-needed federal immigration reform. CLINIC’s affiliates throughout the country will continue to work to keep families together and bring a measure of justice to a broken immigration system.”
Though the Court decided that the troubling “show me your papers” provision could not be blocked at this time, CLINIC will continue to monitor pending legal and civil rights challenges to this section, which threatens essential civil liberties and family unity.
Washington, D.C. (June 20, 2012) The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is enhancing its legal immigration training courses with an innovative new learning tool: a self-directed online training course.
This first self-directed e-learning course called “Volunteers Helping Immigrants Become U.S. Citizens: The Naturalization Group Application Workshop,” trains volunteers on the most effective ways they can help immigrants apply for U.S. citizenship.
“Naturalization is a cornerstone of immigrant integration,” said Maria M. Odom, executive director of CLINIC. ”Among many things, it creates an opportunity for volunteers in our welcoming communities to work with immigrants who are ready to take the meaningful step of applying for U.S. citizenship. This training is an essential tool for those dedicated volunteers.”
The self-directed course allows participants to complete the training on their own schedules and in the comfort of their offices or homes. This free course educates participants on the basics of
Washington, D.C. (June 15, 2012) The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) welcomes the announcement by President Barack Obama and the Department of Homeland Security that deferred action will be granted to certain eligible undocumented immigrant youth. Many of these immigrants who entered by age 16 would qualify for relief under the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.
The new policy will afford work authorization and protection from removal to an estimated 800,000 to 1,000,000 young people ages 15-30. Often referred to as DREAMers, these individuals came to this country as young children and now seek a better future in this, the only home many of them have ever known.
Those who qualify, including individuals currently in removal proceedings, will be granted protection against removal as well as work authorization for a renewable period of two years. This new policy does not confer permanent legal immigration status on the individual.
Austin, TX (May 23, 2012) - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) today recognizes the SC Ministry Foundation with its CLINIC Champion award as part of its 2012 Annual Convening.
“We are extremely grateful to the SC Ministry Foundation for its commitment to all immigrants and for its financial support of CLINIC and essential programs serving immigrants across the country,” said Maria M. Odom, CLINIC’s executive director. “Over the past decade, the SC Ministry Foundation has meaningfully invested in communities and in community programs,
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CLINIC LAUNCHING CATHOLIC MEDIA INITIATIVE FOR CITIZENSHIP IN LOS ANGELES ON APRIL 28
"La Ciudadanía: Cambia Tu Vida"-Multi-media Initiative Unites Catholic-, Community-, and Media Organizations to Inspire 1.2 Million Eligible Angelenos to Naturalize
Los Angeles, CA -- April 26, 2012 - [En Español] -The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is launching a first-of-its-kind series of public service announcements to encourage the 1.2 million eligible Hispanics in the Los Angeles metro area to thoughtfully consider: what does citizenship mean to you?
The extensive package of television, radio, and print PSAs, along with a dedicated naturalization help-line (855-6-CAMBIA) and an interactive website (www.cambiatuvida.us) will launch on Saturday, April 28 at 9:00am at a naturalization workshop at Our Lady of the Rosary of Talpa in Los Angeles.
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CLINIC Welcomes Revised Waiver Guidelines, Seeks Revisions
Washington, DC (April 2, 2012) - [En Español] - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is pleased that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued its proposed rule related to pre-adjudication of unlawful presence waivers for certain family members. The proposed rule permits spouses and minor/unmarried children of U.S. citizens to apply for and receive a provisional waiver of their unlawful presence in the U.S. before leaving this country for the processing of their immigrant visas. Prior unlawful presence in the United States is one of the most common grounds of inadmissibility under our nation’s immigration laws. Individuals seeking to legalize through a family petition have been able to apply for a waiver, but only at the time of their consular processing abroad. For that reason, the current process has caused prolonged family separation as individuals await adjudication of their waiver application in their home country.