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  • Sep 29, 2015: Pope Francis, Son of Immigrants
    Sep 29, 2015: "I am deeply grateful for your welcome in the name of all Americans. As the son of an immigrant family, I am happy to be a guest in this country, which was largely built by such families. I look forward to these days of encounter and dialogue, in which I hope to listen to, and share, many of the hopes and dreams of the American people." – Pope Francis
  • Sep 23, 2015: The Arduous Journey Ahead for Families Freed From Detention
    Sep 23, 2015: I had the opportunity to volunteer for a week with the CARA Pro Bono Project which provides legal assistance to women and children detained in the South Texas Family Detention Center. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) erected this facility last year in the desolate town of Dilley (population 3,674). It is managed and operated by a for-profit entity called Corrections Corporation of America.
  • Sep 17, 2015: Citizenship: A Step on the Pathway to Integration
    Sep 17, 2015: As Citizenship Week comes to a close, it is worthwhile to remember that naturalization is but one step on the pathway to the larger goal of immigrant integration.  Immigrant integration is the creation of something new in the places where we live – a more inclusive community that reflects the needs and wants of all its residents. Immigrant integration takes deliberate and on-going work by both the receiving community and the newcomers, and it requires a community to grow and change as it stretches to allow everyone a chance to access services, make an impact, and...
  • Sep 17, 2015: Citizenship Day: Honoring Newcomers and Immigrant Champions
    Sep 17, 2015: On Constitution and Citizenship Day, we honor, not only the newcomers who have and will naturalize, but also the champions who guide them through complex immigration processes and embark on innovative ways to overcome obstacles to immigrant integration.
  • 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...

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  • 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.
  • May 1, 2015: Failure to Act on Immigration Reform Hurts Families
    May 1, 2015: In a Letter to the Editor of the New York Times, CLINIC Executive Director, Jeanne Atkinson, responds to Roberto Suro’s Op-Ed, No Papers?  It’s the Kids Who Suffer.  “There is no reasonable case to be made for punishing the United States citizen children of undocumented immigrants,” Atkinson writes.   “Creating a path to lawful status in the United States is consistent with our values and heritage as a country, we must not delay further.”  Source:  New York Times.
  • Apr 24, 2015: Detained Mothers and Children in “Legal Limbo”
    Apr 24, 2015: Michelle Mendez, CLINIC Training and Legal Support Attorney describes her experience at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas and discusses recent court decisions have left detainees unsure of what their futures hold.  Source:  The San Antonio Express.  Read the Article.  April 24, 2015.  
  • 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

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