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  • 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.
  • Dec 1, 2015: Catholic Charities of Orange County (CCOC)
    Dec 1, 2015: Catholic Charities of Orange County (CCOC) is doing an excellent job to build capacity and integrate immigrants into the community in Orange County. This beautiful area on the Southern California coast is very diverse and home to almost one million immigrants. Orange County has one of the highest immigrant populations of any county in the United States. Unfortunately, Orange County is also sorely lacking in immigration legal services and many immigrants in Orange County are not able to access immigration legal assistance.  
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    Nov 26, 2015: Observances shed light on how to find a path out of violence
    Nov 26, 2015: Concerned people worldwide observe Nov. 25 as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, bringing attention to the stories of women like Preeta Gabba, Barbara Giomarelli and H.T. Gabba, from India, and Giomarelli, originally from Italy, were among the 24 women known to have died in Maryland between July 2013 and June 2014 as a result of domestic violence. The plight of woment such as Gabba and Giomarelli are the focus of the U.N.-designated observance, which marks the start of 16 days of activism preceding Human Rights Day, Dec. 10.
  • Nov 18, 2015: When God’s call to ministry helps lead to a new place to call home, through U.S. citizenship
    Nov 18, 2015: The story of my American citizenship process was somewhat complicated but also full of hope. Becoming a U.S. citizen was not part of my dreams in my younger years. All I desired was to be a sister, so I could get closer to God and his people. My parents are active members of the Catholic Church in my birthplace of Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. Their prayer life influenced my growth as a Catholic. As a young adult, I realized that God was calling me to serve him and after my graduation from college, I focused on discerning my vocation in life.
  • Nov 11, 2015: Full steam ahead: CLINIC’s network is strong and growing
    Nov 11, 2015: Working at CLINIC’s national office sometimes gives me the impression I am in the engine room of a great ocean liner. My coworkers are alongside me in the boiler room. The “crew” is our affiliate staff in 275 agencies with 1,800-plus immigration counselors. The “passengers” are immigrants they serve. We are traversing the globe. The forecast is clear. It’s full steam ahead.
  • Nov 5, 2015: Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center (KIAC)
    Nov 5, 2015: Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center (KIAC) fulfills a dire need for immigration legal services in the West Puget Sound, a lowland area west of Seattle characterized by saltwater bays, islands, and peninsulas.  In this area, there are no other community-based organizations providing services to immigrants.  The West Puget Sound has an almost invisible immigrant population that largely goes unnoticed by service providers.  KIAC was founded in 2004 and since then has been working to assist immigrants in the West Puget Sound better their lives.    
  • Nov 3, 2015: The Evolution of the National Visa Center
    Nov 3, 2015: CLINIC recently worked in partnership with the DePaul University School of Law to help key immigration service providers in Chicago learn more about developments at the National Visa Center (NVC) and improvements to come. Overall, the engagement was a tremendous success. It provided an important overview of the past and upcoming changes at the NVC and started a very important dialogue among the NVC team, CLINIC, and its affiliates on the effects of those improvements, suggestions for refinement, and opportunities for enhancements.

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  • 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.
  • Sep 25, 2015: Pope Francis Greets Migrants, Inspires Renewed Hope for Immigration Action
    Sep 25, 2015: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tessa McKenzie, Public Education Officer (301) 565-4812 or Email: tmckenzie@cliniclegal.org  (September 25, 2015) – Today, Pope Francis blessed migrants and refugees at Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem, New York in an act of solidarity with at-risk newcomers.  Located in a section of Harlem called “El Barrio,” Our Lady Queen of Angels School is a resource to 295 students, 70% of whom are Hispanic.
  • Sep 18, 2015: CLINIC Affiliates Receive USCIS Awards for Citizenship and Integration Services
    Sep 18, 2015: CLINIC Affiliates Receive USCIS Awards for Citizenship and Integration Services FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tessa McKenzie, Public Education Officer (301) 565-4812 or Email: tmckenzie@cliniclegal.org
  • Sep 18, 2015: Obama Administration Again Hands Families Over to Private Prison Company
    Sep 18, 2015: SAN ANTONIO, TX - Today, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), the American Immigration Council, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), partners in the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, responded to the news that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had awarded a private prison company the grant to establish a new case management alternative to detention initiative for families.
  • Sep 11, 2015: Five Incarcerated Refugee Families Finally Released After Being Held for Months on End
    Sep 11, 2015: Shameful Government Mistreatment of Mothers and Children ContinuesSAN ANTONIO, TX - Today, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), the American Immigration Council, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), partners in the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, responded to Friday's release of five families who had been subjected to many months of incarceration despite repeated efforts to advocate for their release pending the adjudication of their claims f
  • Aug 24, 2015: CLINIC Applauds Court’s Order to Release Immigrant Children and Families from Detention and...
    Aug 24, 2015: Washington DC - On August 21, 2015, Judge Gee of the District Court of Central California denied the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) motion to reconsider its July 24, 2015 ruling and ordered the release of immigrant children from the current family detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania “without unnecessary delay”.
  • Aug 7, 2015: CLINIC: Government’s Response to Detention Ruling Does Not Reflect Reality on the Ground for...
    Aug 7, 2015: Washington D.C. - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)  is disappointed at the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) response to U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee’s ruling on the detention of young mothers and children fleeing persecution in their home countries and seeking asylum in the United States. In its response filed on August 6, 2015, the DOJ requested that Judge Gee reconsider her ruling in light of the government’s recent detention policy and practice changes announced in May and June.
  • Jul 31, 2015: Deplorable Medical Treatment at Family Detention Centers
    Jul 31, 2015: Mothers Lodge Complaint with DHS Offices for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and Inspector GeneralWashington, DC— Today, ten mothers came forward to lodge formal complaints about the substandard medical care they and their children received while detained by the Department of Homeland of Security (DHS).  The complaints describe the severe suffering families have endured due to poor access to a

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  • Oct 27, 2012: DHS Guidance on Hurricane Sandy
    Oct 27, 2012: Click here for the original letter. To the extent that Tropical Storm/Hurricane Sandy (Sandy) impacts law enforcement operations and/or the storm triggers the need for an officially ordered evacuation 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 life-sustaining 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,...
  • 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.

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