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  • Mar 6, 2015: HICA!, a Mission of Immigrant Integration
    Mar 6, 2015: The Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA!), the brain-child of Executive Director, Isabel Rubio, opened its doors in 1999. Ms. Rubio, a long time Birmingham resident, recognized the need for an immigrant-integration focused organization in the state of Alabama, and she has worked hard to ensure that immigrant integration is the cornerstone of their mission and the primary goal of all of their services.
  • Mar 3, 2015: Week 2 Lenten Reflection: Root Causes of Migration, Push Factors
    Mar 3, 2015: Matthew 2: 13-14
  • Feb 26, 2015: Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA!), a Mission of Immigrant Integration
    Feb 26, 2015: CLINIC values the dedication and commitment to service demonstrated by our affiliate agencies in their work with their communities.  We wish to highlight outstanding programs in a series of profiles appearing monthly in Catholic Legal Immigration News. This month we feature Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA!).
  • Feb 26, 2015: Year of Consecrated Life: A Religious Vocation, a Learning Adventure
    Feb 26, 2015: The reasons for which I became a Franciscan Minor Brother are rooted in my childhood. In the 1960’s, when television entered our home for the first time, I was introduced to the outside world. Specifically,  documentaries showed me images of children suffering from malnourishment. Being from a poor, Spanish farming family of 13 brothers and sisters, I immediately identified with the extreme poverty, suffering, and malnutrition of those children. I remember telling my mom:  “mom, I want to do something for them.” 
  • Feb 24, 2015: Lenten Reflection: Comprehensive Immigration Reform and Executive Action
    Feb 24, 2015: Deuteronomy 10:19 So you too should love the resident alien, for that is what you were in the land of Egypt.
  • Feb 18, 2015: Ash Wednesday: Commit to Immigration Reform
    Feb 18, 2015: Matthew 2:13-23 When they had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
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    Feb 13, 2015: 5 Ways to Help Clients With Their Taxes
    Feb 13, 2015: As an expression of social responsibility and solidarity, all immigrants, regardless of legal status, can and should file taxes.  Paying taxes is a meaningful way to promote the common good and an important means for immigrants to establish “good moral character.”  A requirement for people applying to become US citizens, “good moral character” is character which measures up to the standards of average citizens of the community in which the applicant resides and can be
  • Feb 11, 2015: All in the (CLINIC) Family
    Feb 11, 2015: Our commitment to supporting newcomers is personal and at CLINIC, we are inspired by friends who have overcome numerous obstacles to become naturalized US citizens.  Saba Hailu is one such friend, who journeyed from aspiring citizen to new American.  Saba’s determination strengthens our resolve to ensure that the foreign-born have access to opportunities for citizenship and civic participation.

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  • Nov 14, 2014: Bishops Advocate for Immigration Action
    Nov 14, 2014: CLINIC and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) support the prospect of an executive order on immigration to prevent the separation of families.  In a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johsnon, CLINIC Board Chair, Bishop Kevin Vann and Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo encourage reform.   Read the article.  Source:  The Seattle Post-Intelligencer 11-14-20014.
  • Nov 12, 2014: Bishops to Introduce New Congress to Church Priorities
    Nov 12, 2014: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops President, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky intends to meet with President Obama and members of Congress to convey the importance of various priority issues to the Catholic community.  The Fall Assembly of U.S. Bishops saw a renewed commitment to addressing immigration and other issues threatening human dignity.  Read the article.  11-12-2014
  • Nov 12, 2014: CLINIC Executive Director Urges Reevaluation of Family-based System
    Nov 12, 2014: Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director,recommends changes to immigration policy to unify families and offer undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship.  “We have basically encouraged or used the labor of the people who are here on unauthorized status – they need to be given some sort of benefit, and we would like to see them put on a path towards citizenship,” says Atkinson.  Read the article.  11-12-2014
  • Nov 11, 2014: Board Elections Held at U.S. Bishops' Annual Fall Meeting
    Nov 11, 2014: Most Reverend Martin Holley, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, and Most Reverend Edgar da Cunha, Bishop of Fall River, Massachusetts were elected to the CLINIC board of directors during the General Assembly of U.S. Bishops. Read the article.  11-11-2014
  • Nov 6, 2014: CLINIC Advocacy Director and Maryland Catholic Conference Encourage Student Engagement
    Nov 6, 2014: Allison Posner, CLINIC Director of Advocacy, tackles the topic of U.S. immigration policy and the steps University of Maryland students can take to make a difference:  “We are a country of immigrants. We are immigrants and immigrants are us.  It’s not a problem that is going to go away, and it’s a great time to get involved to really make an impact.”  Read the article.  10-30-2014 
  • Nov 6, 2014: CLINIC Receives Federal Funding to Protect Survivors of Domestic Violence
    Nov 6, 2014: Senators  announce that 13 Maryland organizations will receive grants from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.  CLINIC will be funded to build the capacity of community-based organizations assisting victims of domestic abuse.  Read the article.  10-30-2014
  • Oct 28, 2014: CLINIC Director Joins EWTN News Nightly for Midterm 2014 Election Coverage
    Oct 28, 2014: Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director discusses faithful citizenship and immigration reform as a priority issue in November.  The Catholic perspective on immigration is shared, encouraging voters to “welcome the stranger” during election season.  Segment begins at 19:50. 10-28-2014
  • Oct 10, 2014: CLINIC Staff Members Named as Top Latinos Under 40
    Oct 10, 2014: The Huffington Post’s Pablo Manriquez highlights the year’s top 40 Latinos under the age of 40 in the United States.  CLINIC’s Michelle Sardone, Legalization Program Director and Tatyana Delgado, Training and Legal Support Staff Attorney place among these groundbreaking young people doing important work in politics.  Read the article.  10-7-2-14

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  • Apr 17, 2013: CLINIC Welcomes Immigration Action
    Apr 17, 2013: Washington, D.C. (April 17, 2013) - [En Español] - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is encouraged by the U.S. Senate’s consideration of a bill that will reform the broken immigration system. CLINIC announces that its network of more than 215 charitable legal service providers stands ready to serve low income and vulnerable immigrants when a bill is finally signed into law.
  • Mar 5, 2013: USCCB Subcommittee Chairman Announces Nearly $1 Million in Grants
    Mar 5, 2013: WASHINGTON—The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the official domestic anti-poverty agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has approved special grants totaling $800,000 to mobilize Catholics on behalf of comprehensive immigration reform and to prepare Catholic institutions toserve communities benefiting from the reform legislation.
  • Feb 20, 2013: CLINIC Appoints New Executive Director
    Feb 20, 2013: February 20, 2013 (Washington DC) - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeanne Atkinson to the position of Executive Director, effective March 18, 2013.  Ms. Atkinson currently serves as the Director of Catholic Charities’ Immigration Legal Services program for the Archdiocese of Washington.   She has worked for Catholic Charities since 1992, directing their highly active and successful legal services program – which operates out of four locations – in 1997 to 1998 and from 2000 to the...
  • Nov 13, 2012: Coalition Launches Unprecedented, National Campaign to Help Legal Residents
    Nov 13, 2012: November 13, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA - An unprecedented national network of more than 80 legal-service providers, businesses, faith-based organizations, community leaders and foundations has launched The New Americans Campaign, a nonpartisan project to modernize the system of naturalization assistance and to help more immigrants who are legal permanent residents become U.S. citizens. The campaign launches this week after a pilot phase; it focuses on cities across the country with large populations of citizenship-eligible residents.
  • Oct 19, 2012: Asylee Resource Hotline Closes After 11 Years
    Oct 19, 2012: Washington, DC (October 19, 2012) - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) regretfully announces today the termination of its National Asylee Information and Referral Hotline.  The 11-year-old, toll-free hotline, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), has provided vital information and resources to more than 39,000 asylees since its inception.  ORR did not award funding to renew this project for 2013.     The asylee hotline, provided by CLINIC and ran in partnership with Catholic Charities...
  • 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...
  • Jun 22, 2012: CLINIC Launches Self-Directed eLearning
    Jun 22, 2012: 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...
  • Jun 15, 2012: CLINIC Applauds Immigration Action for DREAMers
    Jun 15, 2012: 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...

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  • Oct 17, 2012: CLINIC’s Acting Executive Director on What the Next President Needs to Do on Immigration Day 1
    Oct 17, 2012: Click here for the HuffPost blog. On Jan. 22, 2013, President Romney or President Obama should take a dramatic step to stabilize, strengthen and promote the integration of hundreds of thousands of American families. The president should issue an Executive Order that would allow persons who have passed the first hurdle in qualifying for a family-based visa to seek a waiver before they leave the United States that would permit their return after they secure a visa. To understand the significance of this step requires a primer on our nation's family-based immigration...
  • Sep 21, 2012: Non-Minister Provision of the Special Immigrant Worker Program Extended
    Sep 21, 2012: The Religious Immigration Section of CLINIC, along with immigration practitioners around the country, breathed a sigh of relief on September 13, 2012,when the House of Representatives passed an extension of the Non-Minister Provision of the Special Immigrant Worker Program.  Unless this extension passed, individuals pursuing religious vocations and religious occupations would no longer have been eligible to become legal permanent residents.  This would have meant that nuns, brothers, seminarians, pastoral associates, religious teachers, missionaries, and those in...
  • Aug 27, 2012: Letter from ICE and CBP about Hurricane Isaac
    Aug 27, 2012: Click here for the original letter in English, Spanish or Vietnamese. In the event that Hurricane/Tropical Storm Isaac (Isaac) triggers the need for an officially orderedevacuation 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 lifesustaining 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, and the speedy...
  • Aug 21, 2012: August 14th USCIS Update on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
    Aug 21, 2012: On August 14, 2012, USCIS issued the DACA "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" application form, posted a new FAQ, and held a stakeholder call that provided additional information on DACA program. The FAQ and stakeholder call, led by USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas, reviewed basic eligibility requirements for DACA as well as the education requirements, disclosure provisions and filing procedure. This update will discuss the information released on August 14th and review details of the program previously reported in CLINIC's August 6th article on DACA. The DACA...
  • Jan 24, 2012: CLINIC Announces Updated Naturalization Guide
    Jan 24, 2012: CLINIC is pleased to announce our updated handbook, Strategies for Naturalizing the Most Vulnerable Applicants: A Guide to Helping Refugees and Immigrants Who Are Elderly, Disabled, Low-Income, Low-Literate, and Limited English Proficient.  The handbook, initially released in 2008, has been updated to reflect the latest naturalization policies and procedures.  It discusses English exemptions, due consideration, reasonable accommodations, disability waivers, oath waivers, fee waivers, and expedited processing.  It also contains approximately 30 links to various...
  • Jan 13, 2012: NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER (Ryan Post): Immigration Outreach Discussed among Conference Participants
    Jan 13, 2012: NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER (Ryan Post): Immigration Outreach Discussed among Conference Participants SALT LAKE CITY -- In case you haven't heard, the U.S. bishops' conference has a special campaign directed toward immigration work. And some parishes have even started committees named after the group.
  • Jan 12, 2012: Salt Lake Tribune: Conference of Bishops Pans State Immigration Laws
    Jan 12, 2012: Salt Lake Tribune: Conference of Bishops Pans State Immigration Laws John Wester, bishop of Salt Lake City’s Catholic Archdiocese, said Wednesday he was “sad” to hear Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney accept the endorsement of the key architect for several state-based enforcement-only immigration laws.
  • Jan 12, 2012: NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER (Ryan Post): In Salt Lake City, Catholics Focus on Immigration
    Jan 12, 2012: NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER (Ryan Post): In Salt Lake City, Catholics Focus on Immigration SALT LAKE CITY -- The U.S. Catholic bishops' immigration conference in Salt Lake City this morning focused on details about current laws and legislation, as well as the status of enforcement and concerns from people who work in immigration-related areas.

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