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  • Jul 17, 2015: CLINIC Welcomes Isabel Saavedra to the CARA Pro Bono Project
    Jul 17, 2015: CLINIC is pleased to welcome Isabel Saavedra to the CARA Pro Bono Project to assist the women and children detained at the Dilley, Texas detention facility (Southern Texas Family Residential Center). As an attorney for CLINIC, Isabel will primarily assist in project management and the coordination of volunteers. We pray for her important work and that of Brian Hoffman, Lead CARA Project Attorney, and project volunteers as they continue to facilitate due process for vulnerable asylees on the ground.
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    Jul 14, 2015: The 2014 Humanitarian Crisis at Our Border
    Jul 14, 2015: “Children’s lives are at stake.” These poignant words were written by Jeanne Atkinson; CLINIC’s Executive Director, in an article posted to Roll Call last month, and they could not be more accurate. In 2014, our nation witnessed an unprecedented increase in the immigration of unaccompanied migrant children and families fleeing persecution in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. On July 7, 2015, a hearing was held by the U.S.
  • Jul 10, 2015: Accompanying Refugees at Berks Family Detention Center
    Jul 10, 2015: I don’t understand all the paperwork, but I trust God and I trust my lawyer will do a good job representing me.
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    Jul 7, 2015: FaithAction ID Card: Turning Strangers into Neighbors
    Jul 7, 2015: FaithAction International House, a CLINIC affiliate led by Reverend David Fraccaro, is making great strides in promoting and encouraging immigrant integration within the city of Greensboro, North Carolina.
  • Jul 2, 2015: Living the Dream: Welcoming New American Citizens
    Jul 2, 2015: “I hereby declare, on oath,…that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies…so help me God."
  • Jun 30, 2015: Crime and Contribution: The Competing Narratives of Immigration Policy
    Jun 30, 2015: Generally speaking, the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules does not provoke strong emotional reaction (with the possible exception of extreme drowsiness). This day was different. Immigration policy is a highly salient and divisive topic. On June 17, 2015 when the Subcommittee held a hearing to discuss various aspects of immigration policy, emotions ran high.
  • Jun 23, 2015: Michelle Mendez: Passionate Advocate for Humane Immigration Policy
    Jun 23, 2015: CLINIC congratulates Training and Legal Support Staff Attorney Michelle Mendez on her recent award of the prestigious Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award by the American Immigration Lawyers Association/AILA! How many years have you spent working in immigration?
  • Jun 18, 2015: Su Casa: Encouraging Immigrant Integration in Southwestern Ohio
    Jun 18, 2015: The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

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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. The book's ten chapters and numerous sample materials guide practitioners through the process of interviewing clients, establishing extreme hardship, completing the waiver form, preparing declarations, identifying and gathering supporting documents, and filing the waiver application.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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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