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  • Aug 12, 2015: A Call to Faithfulness
    Aug 12, 2015: In call to faithful service to all whom the Lord sends our way, we remember that there is a name and human story (and often a story of Faith) behind each name and form we fill out , and we remember to always step forward in faith each day in the call and the mission that the Lord gives to each one of us in all of the ways that we are involved with CLINIC to serve “the least among us.”
  • Jul 31, 2015: Reflections on My Religious Life
    Jul 31, 2015: I grew up in Denver Colorado in a pious Catholic family, the middle of three children.  Both of my parents considered the possibility of entering religious life when they were young people, so the thought of a priestly or religious vocation for us children was always present alongside that of the married state.  I attended the parish school, and then went on to an all-boys Catholic preparatory school run by the Jesuit Fathers.  It was there that I first met religious order priests, and it was there in high school that I first seriously considered becoming a priest...
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    Jul 24, 2015: RIS Legal Interns Reflect on Their Internship Experience at CLINIC
    Jul 24, 2015: Read about two interns' experiences working at CLINIC.
  • 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."


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  • 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
  • Mar 30, 2015: Citizenship: “It’s Time to Step up Our Game”
    Mar 30, 2015: Approximately 8.8 million lawful permanent residents are eligible for United States citizenship but fewer than 10 percent naturalize every year. With this in mind, New Americans Campaign partners Eric Cohen, Stewart Kwoh, Arturo Vargas join CLINIC Executive Director, Jeanne Atkinson in an op-ed encouraging citizenship and promoting prosperity.  Source:  The Hill.  Read the article.  March 30, 2015
  • Mar 25, 2015: Immigration Detention Demoralizes Refugee Families
    Mar 25, 2015: Refugees from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras remain caught in America’s disjointed immigration system and the oppressive practice of family detention.  Michelle Mendez, CLINIC Training and Legal Support Attorney, discusses the trauma and disillusionment experienced by women and children fleeing persecution and consequently, stuck in immigration detention.  Source:  Global Sisters Report.  Read the article.  March 25, 2015
  • Mar 20, 2015: Catholic Groups Encourage Immigrants to Prepare during Immigration Action Delay
    Mar 20, 2015: Despite a temporary halt of administrative relief, immigration programs are encouraging immigrants to prepare for potential participation in the DAPA and extended DACA programs.  This message was shared during the March 12 conference on American Catholics and Immigration sponsored by The Catholic University of America and Migration and Refugee Services at the U.S.
  • Mar 12, 2015: Lenten Toolkit Inspires Immigration Advocacy
    Mar 12, 2015: The Justice for Immigrants (JFI) Campaign, of which CLINIC is a core member, created a Lenten toolkit for Catholics entitled “Immigration Reform:  Your Lenten Promise.”  The resource invites readers to pray, fast, learn, give and advocate for just and humane immigration reform.  “We are asking people in the pews to consider the plight of vulnerable immigrants, such as unaccompanied children and families in detention facilities,” Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Directors says, “as well as the need
  • Feb 24, 2015: Catholic Voices Urge Reform, Rebuke Injunction of Immigration Action
    Feb 24, 2015: The US Catholic bishops and Catholic institutions expressed support for President Obama’s immigration action through testimony before Congress, statements, and appeals to parish communities.  CLINIC is featured among Catholic voices leading the call for immigration reform.  Jeanne Atkinson, Executive Director of CLINIC, is quoted, “We believe this is a temporary set-back and look forward to the decision of the appellate court.”  Read the Article.  Source:  Crux February 24, 2015
  • Feb 11, 2015: Demand for Immigration Legal Services to Skyrocket as Result of Administrative Relief
    Feb 11, 2015: Immigrant advocates face an unprecedented surge in cases following the implementation of administrative relief.  Information sessions are scripted and service provider prepare to assist clients with eligibility for expanded DACA and DAPA.  Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director explains, “Many of these agencies already have full caseloads. Capacities will be stretched almost universally.”  Read the article. Source:  Pew Charitable Trust.


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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.