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  • Oct 14, 2016: Local organizations speak out against locking infants in detention centers
    Oct 14, 2016: At the end of the summer, CLINIC partnered with faith and community-based organizations around the country to bring awareness to the growing number of immigrant mothers with infants and young children who are locked in detention centers. Supporters held symbolic baby showers in 10 cities, sent cards denouncing family detention to Jeh Johnson, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, while using social media to document the campaign and continue to raise awareness.
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    Oct 7, 2016: Sometimes the best strategy is flying under the radar
    Oct 7, 2016: Immigration advocates and state legislators across the country had their hands full protecting “sanctuary cities” this past legislative term. These cities and local municipalities are known for enforcing policies that prohibited local law enforcement from working with federal immigration authorities without just cause. Louisiana, in particular, faced unique challenges Robert Tasman, executive director of the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops (LCCB), attributes to the conflicting values of its residents and leaders.
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    Sep 27, 2016: CLINIC Fellow Profile: Monica Callahan, where passion and culture meets
    Sep 27, 2016: Monica Callahan began working with Catholic Immigration Services of Little Rock as a CLINIC Fellow less than a year ago. She did not have much exposure to the complex issues of immigration law, but was inspired by her background with the Spanish language.
  • Sep 26, 2016: Will the sunset provisions be extended again?
    Sep 26, 2016: CLINIC attorneys examine the special immigrant non-minister religious worker program, which is set to expire on September 30, 2016, unless Congress takes action to reauthorize it.
  • 13th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference
    Sep 20, 2016: The 13th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference reflected hope beyond the turmoil of...
    Sep 20, 2016: The Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference, co-sponsored by CLINIC, typically focuses on nonpartisan policy discussion with an academic focus. This year it offered an electorally timely twist: not just policy, but politics as well.
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    Sep 13, 2016: Delayed Appreciation: My Naturalization Story
    Sep 13, 2016: CLINIC Advocacy Attorney Christy Williams became a citizen five years ago. While she is proud of her experience, she remembers not seeing its true value until working with immigrants who had more challenging citizenship journeys.
  • Aug 29, 2016: CLINIC Fellow Lauren Armbrester finds her calling
    Aug 29, 2016: When talking to Lauren Armbrester, our CLINIC Fellow with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh, it’s obvious she is passionate about working with immigrants in her community. As a newly accredited BIA representative, she doesn’t view this as just a job, but as a way to live her spirituality.
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    Jul 25, 2016: CLINIC Fellow Profile: Estela Tirado, called to help immigrants like her parents
    Jul 25, 2016: Estela Tirado, a CLINIC Fellow working with the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA), moved to the United States this past September and is excited to have a job she is personally connected to.

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  • Dec 14, 2016: ‘Sanctuary cities’; NJ Mayors face Trump fight
    Dec 14, 2016: CLINIC advocacy attorney Christy Williams provided extensive background information for this article with the Ashbury Park Press discussing sanctuary cities.   
  • Dec 14, 2016: Brooklyn bishop pledges to support diocese's immigrants against deportations
    Dec 14, 2016: In a letter read to parishes in his diocese, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, and CLINIC board member, promises to protect and advocate for immigrants.  Read the full National Catholic Reporter story here .
  • Dec 13, 2016: Immigrants, advocates fortify resources after Trump election
    Dec 13, 2016: CLINIC’s Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson discusses with Global Sisters Report some of CLINIC’s strategies to help immigrants as the presidential administration changes. Read more here.
  • Dec 13, 2016: Undocumented immigrants face uncertainty
    Dec 13, 2016: CLINIC co-sponsored a DACA screening clinic to help immigrants determine if they should apply for renewal or if they qualified for other relief programs. Read about the event here on WYPR's website.
  • Oct 4, 2016: Influencing legal trends in domestic violence
    Oct 4, 2016: CLINIC Staff Attorney Michelle Mendez gives insight into the connection between Central American asylum seekers and gender violence. Read the Maryland Carey Law Magazine article here.   
  • Sep 29, 2016: Immigration: the facts, the challenges and the nonprofit response
    Sep 29, 2016: This past August, CLINIC Director Jeanne Atkinson presented at an event sponsored by SC Ministry Foundation, which gathered nearly 70 community partners.
  • Jun 24, 2016: Religious leaders and immigration advocates express their disappointment in SCOTUS’s tied decision
    Jun 24, 2016: CLINIC's Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson among the many activists to speak out on behalf of immigrants in response to the Supreme Court’s tied decision in United States v. Texas. Read more here.
  • Jun 20, 2016: One family’s journey to citizenship
    Jun 20, 2016: José and Marina Aguilar have overcome many obstacles on their road to becoming American citizens. This in-depth feature by the National Catholic Reporter and Global Sisters Report tells their story and how the upcoming Supreme Court ruling can impact many families like theirs. CLINIC’s Pat Zapor expounds on why the Catholic Church supports and advocates for fair immigration practices. Read more here.   

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  • Dec 16, 2016: CLINIC welcomes change to immigration R&A program
    Dec 16, 2016: The Department of Justice’s rule on the Recognition and Accreditation of Non-Attorney Representatives is now available at the Federal Register website. The final rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Dec. 19. It will take effect Jan. 18, 2017. The rule makes substantial changes to the Recognition and Accreditation Program, which includes removing the nominal fee requirement and requiring renewal of recognition. The leadership of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., welcomes the changes.
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    Dec 8, 2016: CARA Family Detention Project Lauds Ruling to Deny Child Care Licensing to Immigration Detention...
    Dec 8, 2016: The partner organizations in the CARA Family Detention Project applaud the December 2 decision by a Texas state court to block the federal government’s effort to obtain licenses allowing it to detain immigrant children at detention centers in Dilley and Karnes City, Texas. Travis County District Court Judge Karin Crump struck down a regulation that would have allowed these for-profit detention centers to obtain state child care licenses while detaining asylum-seeking children and mothers for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
  • Nov 2, 2016: CLINIC joins Catholic partners in call to protect Haitians after Hurricane Matthew
    Nov 2, 2016: CLINIC, joined by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA, asked Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and State Department Secretary John Kerry to do more to care for and protect Haitians following Hurricane Matthew.
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    Oct 11, 2016: End Family Detention Share Federal Government Must Adopt Own Advisory Committee’s Recommendations...
    Oct 11, 2016: Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers issued a report in which it unanimously concluded that "detention is generally neither appropriate nor necessary for families." Without a doubt, the harsh treatment of asylum seeking families, as described in the report, is consistent with what the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the American Immigration Council (Council) and Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
  • Sep 9, 2016: 18 CLINIC affiliates receive USCIS funding for Citizenship and Integration Services
    Sep 9, 2016: Programs to help immigrants become citizens and integrate into American society will be bolstered by nearly $10 million in grants from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to 18 affiliates of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.
  • Aug 31, 2016: CLINIC welcomes evaluation of private prison contractor use in immigration detention system
    Aug 31, 2016: Yesterday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson directed the Homeland Security Advisory Council to evaluate whether DHS should stop contracting with private prisons for its immigrant detention facilities.
  • Jun 23, 2016: Supreme Court tied vote continues block on Obama’s immigration actions
    Jun 23, 2016: SILVER SPRING, Maryland -- The Supreme Court’s 4-4 ruling today in U.S. v. Texas shatters the hopes of millions of immigrants who might otherwise have obtained temporary relief from immigration enforcement under two Obama administration programs. “We’re extremely disappointed,” said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., the largest network of nonprofit immigration legal services programs in the nation. 
  • Jun 15, 2016: CARA Report on Mothers Targeted by DHS Enforcement Actions Shows Disturbing Due Process Concerns
    Jun 15, 2016: DILLEY, TX –The stories of Central American mothers who were picked up for deportation in the latest round of federal enforcement actions shows a pattern of targeted scrutiny towards individuals who have viable asylum claims, states CLINIC and its partners in the CARA Pro Bono Family Detention project in a new report. 

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