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  • 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.
  • Jan 13, 2016: CARA: 33 Mothers and Children Protected from Immediate Deportation
    Jan 13, 2016: DILLEY, TX – In the last week, 121 mothers and children were brought to the South Texas Residential Family Center in Dilley, Texas, after being rounded up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project reviewed the cases of 13 families, filed appeals for 12, and won stays of removal from the Board of Immigration Appeals for all 12 families – 33 mothers and children.
  • Jan 7, 2016: Treat Central American asylum seekers with dignity and fairness
    Jan 7, 2016: “Welcome to the United States.” This is what refugees and asylum seekers should hear when they first arrive in the United States, but unfortunately it is a welcome that often comes excruciatingly late, if at all.
  • Dec 23, 2015: A Christmas border tale: Posada reveals Mary and Martha at the soup kitchen
    Dec 23, 2015: Religious men and women and a host of volunteers minister to deported migrants at an aid center located just over the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Sonora.
  • Dec 16, 2015: White House reports on work of its New Americans task force
    Dec 16, 2015: A little more than a year after President Barack Obama established the White House Task Force for New Americans, a progress report has detailed steps taken so far. The task force’s goal is, in part, to encourage the deliberate development of communities that are welcoming to newcomers. The Dec. 15 report outlines a range of activities launched by various federal offices, from the Small Business Administration through the White House itself.
  • Dec 9, 2015: Preparing your agency for immigrant integration work
    Dec 9, 2015: The following blog is derived from the text of a workshop talk given by CLINIC Integration Program Manager Leya Speasmaker Nov. 12 at the Justice for Immigrants convening in Chicago. Integration has increased in importance and scope for our organization and our network.
  • Dec 2, 2015: Rhetoric against Syrian refugees brings education opportunities, but also threats
    Dec 2, 2015: Even before the Paris terrorist attacks in November, a CLINIC affiliate in Biloxi, Mississippi, was getting pushback for processing refugees. The call by various politicians to make it even more difficult for refugees – particularly Syrians – to be admitted to the United States is causing fallout for several CLINIC affiliates.

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  • 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.
  • Dec 24, 2015: Denial of Due Process to Incarcerated Immigrant Families Worsens in Spite of Court Ruling
    Dec 24, 2015: WASHINGTON, DC – Today, attorneys and advocates are calling the government to account for rushing detained Central American children and mothers seeking protection in the United States through the legal processes designed to protect them from danger. The glaring due process violations highlighted in the letter to high-level DHS officials have led to the deportation of many families with valid claims for asylum or other protection under U.S. law.
  • Nov 10, 2015: CLINIC disheartened by 5th Circuit ruling; remains hopeful for immigrants on appeal
    Nov 10, 2015: Silver Spring, MD—The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is disheartened by the Nov. 9 ruling in Texas v. United States by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The continued delay of administrative relief fails to recognize the contributions of those eligible for potential relief from deportation and poorly positions our nation to respond effectively to changing economic and social conditions. 
  • Sep 29, 2015: Catholic Legal Immigration Network Provides Funding to Address Dearth of Legal Services in the...
    Sep 29, 2015: Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is pleased to announce the establishment of an innovative program to create capacity for high quality charitable legal immigration services in the southeastern United States. The initiative will build a stronger community of expert service providers in largely underserved states where the population of at-risk immigrants is on the rise.
  • 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 25, 2012: CLINIC Encouraged by Supreme Court Decision on Immigration
    Jun 25, 2012: 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...

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