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  • Jan 13, 2016: CARA: 33 Mothers and Children Protected from Immediate Deportation
    Jan 13, 2016: DILLEY, TX – In the last week, 121 mothers and children were brought to the South Texas Residential Family Center in Dilley, Texas, after being rounded up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project reviewed the cases of 13 families, filed appeals for 12, and won stays of removal from the Board of Immigration Appeals for all 12 families – 33 mothers and children.
  • Jan 7, 2016: Treat Central American asylum seekers with dignity and fairness
    Jan 7, 2016: “Welcome to the United States.” This is what refugees and asylum seekers should hear when they first arrive in the United States, but unfortunately it is a welcome that often comes excruciatingly late, if at all.
  • Dec 23, 2015: A Christmas border tale: Posada reveals Mary and Martha at the soup kitchen
    Dec 23, 2015: Religious men and women and a host of volunteers minister to deported migrants at an aid center located just over the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Sonora.
  • Dec 16, 2015: White House reports on work of its New Americans task force
    Dec 16, 2015: A little more than a year after President Barack Obama established the White House Task Force for New Americans, a progress report has detailed steps taken so far. The task force’s goal is, in part, to encourage the deliberate development of communities that are welcoming to newcomers. The Dec. 15 report outlines a range of activities launched by various federal offices, from the Small Business Administration through the White House itself.
  • 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.

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  • Jul 29, 2015: US Advocates Applaud Court Ruling on Immigrant Detention Centers
    Jul 29, 2015: Read the Article by Catholic News Service - Catholic Herald , July 29, 2015
  • Jul 21, 2015: Community-based Programs Mean Greater Success for Asylum-Seekers
    Jul 21, 2015: Click here to read the article  by Nuri Valbona, Global Sisters Report  Supportive - July 21, 2015
  • Jun 24, 2015: Family Detention Detrimental to Children
    Jun 24, 2015: Central American asylum seekers continue to suffer in family detention and, due to Senate funding cuts, legal representation remains out of reach for many unaccompanied minors.  CLINIC Executive Director, Jeanne Atkinson urges necessary funding for legal support, due process for unaccompanied minors, and an end to family d
  • Jun 20, 2015: CARA Pro Bono Attorneys Provide Crucial Services to Detained Asylum Seekers
    Jun 20, 2015: Volunteers attorneys at the two South Texas immigrant detention centers in Dilley and Karnes County are making a difference for detained Central American asylum seekers.  The CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, an initiative of CLINIC,
  • Jun 12, 2015: Bishops Describe Inhumane Practice of Family Detention
    Jun 12, 2015: Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California and member of CLINIC’s board of directors reported on the Catholic Church’s migration-related work in the United States at the U.S. Bishops’ Spring Annual Assembly.  Bishop Soto described the efforts of CLINIC staff to provide legal services at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.
  • Jun 11, 2015: Bishops: Holding Families at Detention Centers a Violation of International Law
    Jun 11, 2015: Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California and member of CLINIC’s board of directors addressed the June 2015 meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in St. Louis.
  • Jun 10, 2015: South Texas Residential Center Receives Child Care License
    Jun 10, 2015: The South Texas Residential Center in Dilley, Texas received a Temporary Shelter Program  certificate on May 22, 2015.
  • 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. 

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  • 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
  • Jul 27, 2015: Incarcerated Children and Mothers Denied Due Process and Critical Information Before Release
    Jul 27, 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) called Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to account for the cascade of due process violations and detrimental practices at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, and at the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas.

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  • Jan 12, 2012: SALT LAKE TRIBUNE: Former Bush Official Warns Against ‘Ugly’ Immigration Rhetoric
    Jan 12, 2012: SALT LAKE TRIBUNE: Former Bush Official Warns Against ‘Ugly’ Immigration Rhetoric A former official in President George W. Bush’s administration said the immigration debate has been co-opted by zero-population control groups touting a brand of nationalism that’s damaging the Republican Party with Latinos.
  • 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.
  • Jan 12, 2012: BLOG FOR ARIZONA: Catholic Bishops Pan Kobach/Romney Alliance, Support National Immigration Reform
    Jan 12, 2012: BLOG FOR ARIZONA: Catholic Bishops Pan Kobach/Romney Alliance, Support National Immigration Reform It's significant this statement by Catholic bishops comes out of Salt Lake City, since the Utah Compact supporting a humane approach to immigration reform has been supported by the Mormon Church.
  • Jan 11, 2012: DESERET NEWS: Bishop Wester Calls on Utah Legislature to Push Congress to Reform Nation's...
    Jan 11, 2012: DESERET NEWS: Bishop Wester Calls on Utah Legislature to Push Congress to Reform Nation's Immigration Laws
  • Jan 10, 2012: DESERET NEWS: Catholic Bishops, Advocates to Meet in Salt Lake to Discuss Immigration Reform
    Jan 10, 2012: DESERET NEWS: Catholic Bishops, Advocates to Meet in Salt Lake to Discuss Immigration Reform Fixing the nation's broken immigration system is a federal responsibility, says Bishop John C. Wester of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City.
  • Jan 9, 2012: Salt Lake Tribune: Conference of Bishops Pans State Immigration Laws
    Jan 9, 2012: Salt Lake Tribune: Conference of Bishops Pans State Immigration Laws The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will hold a three-day conference on immigration reform in Salt Lake City beginning Wednesday, tackling state-initiated laws and how they impact local communities.
  • Dec 16, 2011: DHS Ends Enforcement Agreement with Maricopa County
    Dec 16, 2011: This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) chose to sever its 287(g) immigration enforcement partnership with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) based on extensive findings by the Department of Justice (DOJ) that MCSO had engaged in a pattern and practice of civil rights violations.  The Department of Justice found overwhelming evidence of discrimination against Latinos in this jurisdiction.  Sadly, these findings demonstrate the potential of these federal/state partnerships to serve as a conduit for racially-biased policing that devastates...

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