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  • Mar 8, 2016: Is immigration working for America? The answer continues to be “yes”
    Mar 8, 2016: When one’s friends and relatives -- let alone candidates of public office -- question the benefit of welcoming immigrants separating fact from opinion can be challenging. Immigration issues are so large and consequential that they require thoughtful and accurate answers to the hostile and manipulative sound bites tossed about by political candidates and pundits.
  • Mar 1, 2016: Asylum for domestic violence survivors: immigration advocates urge Board of Immigration Appeals to...
    Mar 1, 2016: Although Matter of A-R-C-G, the landmark board of Immigration Appeals  decision, gave women fleeing domestic violence a pathway to asylum, survivors continue to be routinely denied asylum by immigration judges who interpret the decision narrowly.
  • Feb 26, 2016: CLINIC Fellows Profile: Matthew Young, Fellow at Catholic Charities of Jackson, Inc. in Jackson,...
    Feb 26, 2016: This month we introduce you to Matthew Young, the fellow with Catholic Charities of Jackson, Inc. in Jackson, Mississippi.
  • Feb 25, 2016: CLINIC’s board chairman reflects on its work in light of Pope Francis’s border visit and the...
    Feb 25, 2016: In an article for the web page of the Diocese of Orange, Bishop Kevin W. Vann, who chairs CLINIC’s board of directors, explained what we do and how it fits into the Catholic Church’s social teaching. This is a slightly edited version of the original blog. By Bishop Kevin W. Vann
  • Feb 8, 2016: Catholic Charities Tompkins / Tioga
    Feb 8, 2016: In the pretty college town of Ithaca, New York, Sue Chaffee, a BIA accredited representative, heads the Immigrant Services Program of Catholic Charities Tompkins /Tioga.
  • Jan 25, 2016: CLINIC Fellows Profile: Enid Colón, fellow at Hispanic Services Council in Tampa, Florida
    Jan 25, 2016: This month we would like to introduce Enid Colón, the fellow at Hispanic Services Council in Tampa, Florida. Enid became a fellow in October of 2015, but she had previously been working as the organization’s “intra-agency connector” for more than a year.
  • Jan 21, 2016: Prisoners’ handmade cards show compassion and solidarity with families held in Texas
    Jan 21, 2016: Shortly before Christmas a large box arrived at CLINIC’s office in Silver Spring, Maryland.There was no note of explanation. The return address was for the Toledo Correctional Institution.The contents: 550 handmade greeting cards, illustrated with favorite children’s cartoon characters, religious symbols and other colorful drawings.
  • Jan 19, 2016: Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio
    Jan 19, 2016: At the start of 2015, John Cranley, the Mayor of Cincinnati, made public his commitment to make Cincinnati the most immigrant friendly city in the United States. He assembled a taskforce that wrote a plan to make Cincinnati more welcoming for all. A community ID was chosen as a priority initiative. The ID is set to be distributed in the first quarter of 2016. Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio (CCSWOH), and in particular, Ms. Alisa Berry, Chief Operating Officer, have been instrumental in making this goal a reality.

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    Mar 23, 2016: Religious, legal advocates call upon Obama administration to stop detaining immigrant families
    Mar 23, 2016: As the White House grounds are the scene of joyful families celebrating Easter by participating in the 138th Easter Egg Roll on March 28, other families will mark the greatest feast of the Christian calendar while locked away in immigration detention centers.
  • Mar 9, 2016: CLINIC joins call to Supreme Court to lift stay on deportation-deferral programs
    Mar 9, 2016: SILVER SPRING, MD -- In an amicus, or friend-of-the-court, brief replete with personal stories of immigrants, Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. (CLINIC) joined more than 325 immigrant-serving agencies as well as civil rights, labor and social service organizations in urging the Supreme Court to uphold Obama administration executive actions.
  • Feb 25, 2016: Immigrant Rights Organizations Argue Against Government's Inhumane Family Detention Policies
    Feb 25, 2016: Washington, DC –This week, immigrant rights organizations filed an amicus brief explaining how the government has misinterpreted the Flores settlement and failed to comply with Judge Dolly Gee’s August 2015 ruling in the case.  Signing on to that brief were the four CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project partners who are outraged by the continued incarceration of children and mothers who are seeking asylum in the U.S.
  • Feb 9, 2016: Eight of Twelve Families Targeted by ICE Have Been Released: Remaining Mothers and Children Still...
    Feb 9, 2016: DILLEY, TX – After being held in detention for more than a month by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), eight of the families rounded up by ICE at the beginning of January have finally been released from detention while their cases proceed.
  • Jan 28, 2016: Central American Mothers Targeted in Immigration Raids and Still Detained Pen Letter to President...
    Jan 28, 2016: DILLEY, Texas -- Seven women picked up and detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in early January in widely publicized raids have made a direct and personal appeal to President Barack Obama to allow their release while they pursue ongoing appeals of their deportation orders.
  • Jan 19, 2016: As Supreme Court accepts DACA/DAPA case, CLINIC joins in renewed hope for immigrant protections
    Jan 19, 2016: Silver Spring, MD -- With the announcement Jan 19 that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear U.S. v. Texas, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) joins millions of immigrants in celebrating the possibility that they might soon have the chance to work or attend school without daily fear of deportation.
  • Jan 8, 2016: CLINIC advises: Stay calm, know the facts about recent deportations
    Jan 8, 2016: Silver Spring, MD—The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., (CLINIC) has produced an information sheet to help people understand the recent enforcement actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to take into custody and deport families. Although the Jan. 2-3 actions took place in a handful of states, they have led to an environment of confusion and fear in immigrant communities around the country.
  • Jan 6, 2016: CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project Succeeds in Winning Stays of Deportation of Four Mothers and...
    Jan 6, 2016: Washington D.C. – Last night, the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project succeeded in halting the deportation of four Central American families apprehended by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over the weekend, who had been scheduled for deportation this morning. Based on interviews with the families, who are currently detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, the CARA Project appealed their asylum cases to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and requested emergency stays of deportation.

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  • Jun 26, 2013: CLINIC Encouraged by Supreme Court Decision on Immigration
    Jun 26, 2013: 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.
  • 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...

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