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  • May 22, 2015: Government Officials Address CLINIC’s 15th Annual Convening Plenary
    May 22, 2015:   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).
  • May 19, 2015: Staff Highlight: Minyoung Ohm
    May 19, 2015: Minyoung Ohm is a staff attorney with the Religious Immigration Services Section of CLINIC.  Prior to joining CLINIC, she was an associate attorney at Carliner & Remes in Washington D.C. and practiced immigration law in a variety of areas, including asylum, family-based visa petitions, and business immigration matters.  She graduated from the American University’s Washington College of Law in 2003.
  • May 15, 2015: Pentecost: Celebrating the Missionary Call
    May 15, 2015: The Holy Spirit inspired the apostles to go forth and preach the joy of the Gospel. At Pentecost, we recognize this special time to celebrate the missionary call. We are inspired by all who, like you, have heard this call and pursued their vocations, no matter the obstacles on their journey. Obstacles of immigration status are all too familiar to foreign born religious workers like Sr. Maria. Having crossed the border into the United States at fourteen years old, Maria didn’t have the papers necessary to pursue her calling to religious life.
  • May 12, 2015: Project Hope - Proyecto Esperanza
    May 12, 2015: Project Hope, based in Archbold, Ohio, provides professional legal services and educates immigrants about their rights and responsibilities of living in the United States. The organization's mission is to support immigrant integration and, as its name implies, give hope to immigrant families working and living in northwest Ohio (and beyond).  
  • May 8, 2015: Op-ed: The Ideals of Utah Compact are Bringing us Here
    May 8, 2015: Op-ed orginally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune, May 8, 2015.
  • May 4, 2015: A Path to Citizenship for Immigrants
    May 4, 2015: A version of this letter appears in print on May 2, 2015, on page A20 of the New York edition of the New York Times with the headline: A Path to Citizenship. To the Editor:
  • May 4, 2015: CLINIC Helps Black Immigrants Achieve Their Dreams in the United States
    May 4, 2015: News stories and images of desperate African and Middle Eastern people fleeing their home countries  aboard overcrowded ships that sink in the Mediterranean Sea are heartbreaking and speak to why CLINIC has a mission to serve vulnerable migrants.  These stories also give CLINIC pause to reflect on how black immigrants arrive to the U.S. and are fairing.  New findings from the Pew Research Center about black immigrants are striking and evoke a lesser known story about CLINIC’s history of helping black immigrants achieve their dreams in the U.S.
  • Apr 24, 2015: Asylum Seekers Still Stranded in Dilley Detention Limbo
    Apr 24, 2015: Op-ed orginally appeared in the Express-News, April 24, 2015. Since last summer’s surge of immigrant mothers and children fleeing violence and chaos in their home countries, the policy of the Obama administration has been to round them up and incarcerate them while their claims for asylum and the right to safe resettlement are slowly sorted out.

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  • May 22, 2015: Immigration Advocates Gather in Salt Lake City
    May 22, 2015: CLINIC convened immigrant advocates in Salt Lake City, Utah May 13-15, 2015.  At the event’s plenary, Jeanne M. Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director, pointed to the  Utah Compact, explaining “It really feels like we are among friends here.”  León Rodríguez, Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Juan Osuna, Director of the U.S.
  • May 8, 2015: Ideals of Utah Compact Bring Immigrant Advocates to Salt Lake
    May 8, 2015: CLINIC Executive Director, Jeanne M.
  • May 7, 2015: Efforts to Aid Detained Families Hindered
    May 7, 2015: The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association have teamed up to create the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project.  Immigration attorneys working on behalf of detained families say Immigration and Customs Enforcement is hindering their efforts to help refugee women and children.  Source:  Huffington Post.  Read the Article.  May 7, 2015. 
  • May 5, 2015: Bishop Kevin Vann Discusses Immigration and Community Engagement
    May 5, 2015: Bishop Kevin Vann of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and Chair of CLINIC’s Board of Directors spoke about the Catholic Church’s efforts on behalf of immigrant families at Chapman University’s “Breaking Borders” Conference on April 24, 2015.  “We need to put human faces on issues because this concerns real people and real lives,” Bishop Vann said.  Source:  The Orange County Register.  Read the Article.  May 5, 2015. 
  • May 4, 2015: Federal Judge Tentatively Rules Against Family Detention
    May 4, 2015: On April 24, U.S.
  • May 1, 2015: Failure to Act on Immigration Reform Hurts Families
    May 1, 2015: In a Letter to the Editor of the New York Times, CLINIC Executive Director, Jeanne Atkinson, responds to Roberto Suro’s Op-Ed, No Papers?  It’s the Kids Who Suffer.  “There is no reasonable case to be made for punishing the United States citizen children of undocumented immigrants,” Atkinson writes.   “Creating a path to lawful status in the United States is consistent with our values and heritage as a country, we must not delay further.”  Source:  New York Times. 
  • Apr 24, 2015: Detained Mothers and Children in “Legal Limbo”
    Apr 24, 2015: Michelle Mendez, CLINIC Training and Legal Support Attorney describes her experience at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas and discusses recent court decisions have left detainees unsure of what their futures hold.  Source:  The San Antonio Express.  Read the Article.  April 24, 2015.  
  • Apr 1, 2015: Faith Groups Express Support for Immigration Reform
    Apr 1, 2015:   Evangelical immigration advocates urge federal immigration reform and build community capacity to assist vulnerable newcomers – even though Evangelical leadership in Congress, namely presidential candidate Ted Cruz, has discouraged reforms including a pathway to citizenship.  CLINIC is referenced as a resource assisting faith communities with training and technical support.  Source:  NBC.  Read the article.  April 1, 2015

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  • Jun 19, 2013: Filing Successful Provisional Waivers: A Practitioner's Guide
    Jun 19, 2013: CLINIC's new book Filing Successful Provisional Waivers: A Practitioner's Guide provides a step-by-step guide to the new provisional waiver process.
  • May 17, 2013: World Relief and CLINIC Co-Host Timely Training
    May 17, 2013: World Relief and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) co-hosted an exciting conference entitled “Building Legal Immigration Services Capacity Through National Networks and their Affiliates” at the World Relief home office in Baltimore on April 3 and 4, 2013.
  • Mar 15, 2013: Catholic Charities of the East Bay Wins the Series with DACA Clients and the Oakland A’s
    Mar 15, 2013: Drawing upon the success Catholic Charities of the East Bay (CCEB)  experienced running the main concession stands for the U.S. Open earlier this year, this CLINIC affiliate is now taking their game to the Oakland A's in order to provide fee assistance for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applicants.   With over 300 volunteers from the East Bay, consisting of board members, the Knights of Columbus, parishioners, staff, clients and students, several Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of John Muir Hospital, the concession...
  • Jan 28, 2013: Immigration Reform Updates
    Jan 28, 2013: The debate on immigration reform is moving quickly.  CLINIC strives to keep its network and others informed so that they can continue to serve the immigrants in our communities with the most up-to-date information.  This morning the New York Times published a bi-partisan statement of principles outlining four goals of immigration reform.  CLINIC welcomes this bi-partisan leadership in keeping the conversation moving.  The principles include a path to citizenship and relief for agricultural workers and highly skilled graduates.  The Senators also outline plans for...
  • Jan 4, 2013: USCIS Finalizes Regulation on Provisional Waivers for Unlawful Presence
    Jan 4, 2013: On January 3, 2013, the USCIS finalized its regulation regarding the adjudication of waivers for those who are consular processing and would be triggering the unlawful presence ground of inadmissibility.  The rule provides a process by which the agency will adjudicate these waivers before the applicants leave for their immigrant visa interview.  The procedure would be available only to immediate relatives who are inadmissible based on unlawful presence – and no other grounds – and who can establish extreme hardship to a qualifying U.S. citizen spouse or parent.  To be...
  • Dec 14, 2012: USCIS Issues Policy Memos on VAWA EAD Eligibility and U Visa Derivative
    Dec 14, 2012:  CIS has just released interim guidance on age-out protection for U derivatives. Per the guidance: U-3 derivatives will be approved for the full four-year eligibility period, allowing the U-3 to remain in status past his or her 21st birthday CIS will promulgate regulations to "provide protection" for U derivatives who age-out while the 918-A is pending. In the meantime, aging-out derivatives will be considered for deferred action, which allows for work authorization U derivatives whose status expired upon turning age 21 may now file...
  • Nov 6, 2012: CLINIC ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    Nov 6, 2012: The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), one of the nation’s leading legal agencies for immigrants and a subsidiary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), seeks an Executive Director (ED) to oversee its extensive support programs to charitable immigration programs throughout the nation.  The ED should ideally have expertise and experience in: (1) immigration law and policy, with a strong preference for an attorney; (2) managing persons and finances; (3) conceptualizing, developing, funding, and evaluating programs for low-income or...
  • Oct 27, 2012: DHS Guidance on Hurricane Sandy
    Oct 27, 2012: Click here for the original letter. To the extent that Tropical Storm/Hurricane Sandy (Sandy) impacts law enforcement operations and/or the storm triggers the need for an officially ordered evacuation or an emergency government response, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) highest priorities are to promote life-saving and life-sustaining activities, the safe evacuation of people who are leaving the impacted area, the maintenance of public order, the prevention of the loss of property to the extent possible,...

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