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  • Sep 16, 2015: The Immigration Journey of Fr. Gustavo Adolfo Montañez
    Sep 16, 2015: I believe that dreams come true and that a good dream becomes true life. Without dreams, all we have is reality. Sometimes on our most important dreams, all we can do is give them our best shot, hope for the highest good, and let go. Knowing I could use all the help available, I contacted CLINIC to fulfill my dream in becoming a Citizen of United States of America.
  • Sep 15, 2015: Advocacy in Action: Scenes from a Naturalization Ceremony
    Sep 15, 2015: “…I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; … that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God."
  • Sep 14, 2015: Celebrating Citizenship Day: Resources Available
    Sep 14, 2015: CLINIC has been promoting and facilitating naturalization for more than two decades, and has developed myriad resources on naturalization for our affiliates and the general public. As we kick off our celebration of citizenship this week, today is a great time to recall these resources and highlight a few. The best part is, most of these resources are free!
  • Sep 9, 2015: The Serendipity of Life: How French Fries Inspired Me to Help Detained Immigrants
    Sep 9, 2015: Interesting are “los caminos de la vida” (the paths of life). Forty-five minutes away from the rural canton where I grew up in El Salvador is a town called Cara Sucia, well known for its market. I loved going to Cara Sucia as a child because we could buy things you couldn’t get anywhere else. My sister and I always loved visiting this tiny stand that sold delicious french fries, prepared crisp and golden with the perfect amount of ketchup, mayonnaise and shredded cheese. I always remembered those fries with fondness, but never thought I would call up such...
  • Sep 2, 2015: Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
    Sep 2, 2015: Reflections on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina elicit dark memories of loss of life, displacement and destruction. But looking back also reminds us of great acts of heroism and abundant generosity. For social and political reasons, we should take a long, hard look back at 2005 and where we are as a nation today. CLINIC looks back and recalls its own response to the destruction and how the Gulf Coast looks today from the perspective of welcoming immigrants and creating opportunities for social integration in the process.
  • Aug 25, 2015: My Week in Dilley, Serving Asylum Seekers Through the CARA Pro Bono Project
    Aug 25, 2015: More than 1,400 women and children—mostly from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala—are detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, TX. A significant number of these families come to the United States forced out of their communities by death threats, rape, extortion, or they are running away to keep their children from forced recruitment by the MS-13 or La 18 gangs.
  • Aug 20, 2015: Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services
    Aug 20, 2015: Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS), a CLINIC affiliate located in Sacramento, California, focuses its wide array of services through a lens of immigrant integration. Clients coming to SFBFS are screened for eligibility for any of the available services including immigrant legal services. SFBFS views it as their responsibility to serve the whole client, thus leading them, after almost 30 years of serving as the community’s food bank, to establish an immigrant legal services program to further assist their community.
  • Aug 18, 2015: Coffee and Conversation: Hogar Immigrant Services
    Aug 18, 2015: Looking for an innovative, sustainable way to encourage student retention and improve student’s command of the English language? Read about Coffee and Conversation, an exciting program offered by Hogar Immigrant Services that allows immigrants and the receiving community a chance to get to know one another.


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  • May 28, 2015: Catholic Immigration Advocates Disappointed by Fifth Circuit Appeals Court Decision
    May 28, 2015: On May 26, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals maintained a stay of the injunction against President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.  “Obviously, we're extremely disappointed,” Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director, explains on behalf of the organization and its network of community legal immigration programs.  “Every day makes a difference” for parents, children, and siblings of lawful residents.  Source:  Catholic News Agency.  Read the Article.  May 28, 2015. 
  • May 28, 2015: CARA Volunteers Blocked from Detention Facility
    May 28, 2015: Two CARA (The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council and the Refugee and Immigrant Center of Education and Legal Services, and AILA) volunteers have been barred from entrance to South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.  These and other volunteers provide critical support to detained asylum seekers in need of legal representation.  “We see 80 to 100 clients a day so having two more people who both speak Spanish and can talk to clients and can help with paperwork, we can see more clients,” explains Brian Hoffman, an attorney...
  • May 27, 2015: Catholic Reaction to Continued Hold on Immigration Action
    May 27, 2015: EWTN’s News Nightly highlights the challenges within the immigration court system. In an interview, CLINIC Executive Director, Jeanne M. Atkinson and FAIR’s Dan Stein react to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision to maintain a temporary halt of Executive Action.  The segment begins at 10:12. Source:  EWTN News Nightly.  Read the article.  May 27, 2015. 
  • May 22, 2015: Immigration Advocates Gather in Salt Lake City
    May 22, 2015: CLINIC convened immigrant advocates in Salt Lake City, Utah May 13-15, 2015.  At the event’s plenary, Jeanne M. Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director, pointed to the  Utah Compact, explaining “It really feels like we are among friends here.”  León Rodríguez, Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Juan Osuna, Director of the U.S.
  • May 8, 2015: Ideals of Utah Compact Bring Immigrant Advocates to Salt Lake
    May 8, 2015: CLINIC Executive Director, Jeanne M.
  • May 7, 2015: Efforts to Aid Detained Families Hindered
    May 7, 2015: The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association have teamed up to create the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project.  Immigration attorneys working on behalf of detained families say Immigration and Customs Enforcement is hindering their efforts to help refugee women and children.  Source:  Huffington Post.  Read the Article.  May 7, 2015. 
  • May 5, 2015: Bishop Kevin Vann Discusses Immigration and Community Engagement
    May 5, 2015: Bishop Kevin Vann of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and Chair of CLINIC’s Board of Directors spoke about the Catholic Church’s efforts on behalf of immigrant families at Chapman University’s “Breaking Borders” Conference on April 24, 2015.  “We need to put human faces on issues because this concerns real people and real lives,” Bishop Vann said.  Source:  The Orange County Register.  Read the Article.  May 5, 2015. 
  • May 4, 2015: Federal Judge Tentatively Rules Against Family Detention
    May 4, 2015: On April 24, U.S.


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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.