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  • Jul 31, 2019: My experience as a volunteer at an improvised migrant shelter in Yuma
    Jul 31, 2019: During her week-long mission at an improvised migrant family shelter in Yuma, AZ, Jenny encountered a young mother from Guatemala who had been separated from her 4-year-old daughter. Working through a language barrier, Jenny was faced with the insurmountable task of locating her daughter and reunifying the family.
  • Rapid response toolkit session at CLINIC Convening 2019, Pittsburgh, PA.

    Jul 31, 2019: Rapid response in Dallas
    Jul 31, 2019: As Immigration and Customs Enforcement activity increases every day, so does the fear and concerns of immigrants in the United States. This has made nonprofit organizations and coalitions work together and prepare to rapidly respond when needed. Catholic Charities of Dallas partnered with CLINIC to develop a Rapid Response Toolkit based on best practices.
  • Jul 15, 2019: CLINIC welcomes Etsegenet Kedir Mohammed: A professional with a global perspective
    Jul 15, 2019: A new paralegal joined the Religious Immigration Services team on Feb. 20, and she brings with her a breadth of experience and a global perspective. Etsegenet Kedir has studied and worked in Africa, Europe and North America. At CLINIC, she looks forward to continuing the type of work that upholds the rights and dignity of immigrants while supporting religious workers as they fulfill their faith’s mission.
  • Jul 15, 2019: Permanent Residence and Travel
    Jul 15, 2019: There are many aspects to consider before a permanent resident travels outside of the U.S., especially if they are leaving the country for a long period of time. This article offers helpful tips for the traveling permanent resident.
  • Jul 3, 2019: The current migration crisis
    Jul 3, 2019: Bishop Kevin Vann, along with his brother bishops, calls on the federal government to sign legislation to sufficiently fund border-related humanitarian assistance.
  • Jun 28, 2019: BIA issues decision restricting eligibility for cancellation of removal and contradicting U.S....
    Jun 28, 2019: The Board of Immigration Appeals issued a decision limiting the scope of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Pereira v. Sessions, 138 S. Ct. 2105 (2018). In the decision, the BIA concluded that even though, pursuant to Pereira, a notice to appear lacking hearing time and place information does not trigger the “stop-time” rule for cancellation of removal, service of a hearing notice “perfects” the deficient notice to appear and stops time.
  • Jun 28, 2019: How peer mentorship can foster career growth for legal practitioners
    Jun 28, 2019: Two CLINIC attorneys for Religious Immigration Services share tips for developing a fruitful and meaningful peer mentorship. They reflect on the interactions and professional relationship two colleagues can foster to advance their growth as legal practitioners in the field of immigration law.
  • Jun 28, 2019: BIA decision will prevent some noncitizens from pursuing non-LPR cancellation of removal
    Jun 28, 2019: The Board of Immigration Appeals issued a decision, Matter of Andrade Jaso & Carbajal Ayala, 27 I&N Dec. 557 (BIA 2019), which will prevent some noncitizens in removal proceedings from pursuing lawful permanent residence through non-LPR cancellation of removal. The decision finds that filing for asylum in a manner that is an “abuse” of the asylum system for the purpose of being placed in removal proceedings is sufficient reason for the immigration judge to grant the Department of Homeland Security’s motion to terminate proceedings.

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  • Jul 17, 2018: Church leaders told John Kelly child separation was “contrary to our Catholic values” a year ago
    Jul 17, 2018: A Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Buzzfeed News revealed a letter sent to then-Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on March 17, 2017. The letter, signed by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Catholic Charities USA, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, warned the secretary of the traumatic consequences the policy could have on children. Read the full America article here.
  • Jul 17, 2018: A new study blows up Trump’s “catch-and-release” myth
    Jul 17, 2018: One of the biggest obstacles facing families seeking asylum in the United States is navigating an intricate legal and bureaucratic. A report release by CLINIC in early 2018 outlines the barriers that have kept potential asylees from obtaining status. Read Vox's coverage of the report here.
  • Jul 17, 2018: Pregnant Women Say They Miscarried In Immigration Detention And Didn't Get The Care They Needed
    Jul 17, 2018: Luis Guerra, Strategic Capacity Officer for CLINIC, comments on the increased detention of pregnant women since the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) changed their policy. Several women have reported miscarriages to advocates, despite the DHS secretary's insistence that the women are provided with prenatal care. Read the full Buzzfeed News article here.
  • Jul 9, 2018: California attorney devotes his career to helping children navigate immigration courts
    Jul 9, 2018: CLINIC Senior Attorney Martin Gauto has helped hundreds of children over the course of his career. A profile by ABA Journal gives insight into background, his drive, and his work. Read the full ABA Journal article here.
  • Jun 27, 2018: Before family separations, Trump quietly removed protections for migrant kids
    Jun 27, 2018: Over the last 18 months, the Trump administration has been significantly limiting protections for undocumented youth. CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson, Training and Legal Support Director Charles Wheeler, and Jennifer Bibby-Gerth, an attorney with Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington, a CLINIC affiliate, weighs in on the impact of these policy changes. Read the full Reveal article here.
  • Jun 26, 2018: 5 ways Catholic can take action to help immigrant families
    Jun 26, 2018: In an opinion article for U.S. Catholics, Michelle Fordice, CLINIC’s communications project manager,  shares how people of faith can support immigrants and the organizations that serve them. Read the full U.S. Catholic article here.
  • May 25, 2018: Sessions’s zero tolerance border policy may split families—and cost taxpayers
    May 25, 2018: The attorney general's decision to implement a "zerio tolerance" border policy by prosecuting every migrant who attempt to bypass inspection points will have ramifications beyond the immigration system. CLINIC's Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson provides insight on how the new tactic will create a greater backlog in immigration court. Read to the full America Magazine story here.
  • May 25, 2018: Donald Trump Is Waging War on Documented Immigrants
    May 25, 2018: The Trump administration's policies are impacting the entire immigrant population, documented or not. Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC's Executive Director, comments on how the administration is breaking from previous ones.  Read to the full GQ story here.

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  • Nov 30, 2015: Access to Asylum for Foreign Nationals with Prior Removal Orders Sign On Letter
    Nov 30, 2015: CLINIC and 63 other organizations have asked the secretary of Homeland Security and the attorney general to allow asylum seekers to apply for protection from removal.
  • Oct 19, 2015: Texas Licensing of Detention Facilities Sign On Letter
    Oct 19, 2015: On October 16th, 2015, CLINIC along with more than 140 organizations and individuals, sent a letter to Texas state officials urging them to deny child care licenses to private prison companies operating two family detention camps in South Texas. The letter sent to Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner John Specia argued that the family detention facilities, by their nature, do not foster child welfare.

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