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  • Mar 3, 2015: Week 2 Lenten Reflection: Root Causes of Migration, Push Factors
    Mar 3, 2015: Matthew 2: 13-14
  • Feb 26, 2015: Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA!), a Mission of Immigrant Integration
    Feb 26, 2015: CLINIC values the dedication and commitment to service demonstrated by our affiliate agencies in their work with their communities.  We wish to highlight outstanding programs in a series of profiles appearing monthly in Catholic Legal Immigration News. This month we feature Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA!).
  • Feb 26, 2015: Year of Consecrated Life: A Religious Vocation, a Learning Adventure
    Feb 26, 2015: The reasons for which I became a Franciscan Minor Brother are rooted in my childhood. In the 1960’s, when television entered our home for the first time, I was introduced to the outside world. Specifically,  documentaries showed me images of children suffering from malnourishment. Being from a poor, Spanish farming family of 13 brothers and sisters, I immediately identified with the extreme poverty, suffering, and malnutrition of those children. I remember telling my mom:  “mom, I want to do something for them.” 
  • Feb 24, 2015: Lenten Reflection: Comprehensive Immigration Reform and Executive Action
    Feb 24, 2015: Deuteronomy 10:19 So you too should love the resident alien, for that is what you were in the land of Egypt.
  • Feb 18, 2015: Ash Wednesday: Commit to Immigration Reform
    Feb 18, 2015: Matthew 2:13-23 When they had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
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    Feb 13, 2015: 5 Ways to Help Clients With Their Taxes
    Feb 13, 2015: As an expression of social responsibility and solidarity, all immigrants, regardless of legal status, can and should file taxes.  Paying taxes is a meaningful way to promote the common good and an important means for immigrants to establish “good moral character.”  A requirement for people applying to become US citizens, “good moral character” is character which measures up to the standards of average citizens of the community in which the applicant resides and can be
  • Feb 11, 2015: All in the (CLINIC) Family
    Feb 11, 2015: Our commitment to supporting newcomers is personal and at CLINIC, we are inspired by friends who have overcome numerous obstacles to become naturalized US citizens.  Saba Hailu is one such friend, who journeyed from aspiring citizen to new American.  Saba’s determination strengthens our resolve to ensure that the foreign-born have access to opportunities for citizenship and civic participation.
  • Feb 5, 2015: First Annual International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking
    Feb 5, 2015: February 8, 2015 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita and marks the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking.  Human trafficking is modern-day slavery that exploits vulnerable persons, often taking victims across international borders and leaving them without the information or ability to flee their plight.  This day is an opportunity to reflect upon the factors in society that lead to trafficking, explore anti-trafficking efforts, and to advocate for the human dignity of this vulnerable group. 

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  • Oct 10, 2014: CLINIC and Affiliates Receive Federal Funding to Support Unaccompanied Children
    Oct 10, 2014: The White House has announced that federal funding will be allocated for legal assistance to unaccompanied Central American children.  Catholic agencies, including the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) and affiliates, are slated to receive funding to enhance service provision.  Read the article.  10-3-2014
  • Oct 3, 2014: CLINIC Letter Campaign a Compassionate Response to Family Detention
    Oct 3, 2014: The National Catholic Reporters’ Global Sisters Report recognizes CLINIC and partners for the letters of support submitted to detainees in Aretsia, New Mexico.  This Catholic response is praised as a small act of kindness with a huge impact on the morale of detained Central American refugees.  Read the article. 9-30-2014
  • Sep 18, 2014: AmeriCorps Program to Place Volunteer Attorneys with CLINIC Affiliates
    Sep 18, 2014: The Justice Department has granted $1.8 million for the creation of a new AmeriCorps program that will send lawyers and paralegals to immigration programs including affiliates of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc.(CLINIC).  Fellows will represent children in immigration proceedings.
  • Sep 17, 2014: America Magazine Highlights Efforts of Immigrant Advocates, Including CLINIC and USCCB, Amidst “...
    Sep 17, 2014: In light of President Obama's delay of executive action on immigration, advocates for immigrants have amplified the call for administrative measures.  The joint CLINIC-USCCB letter, submitted to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson by Most Reverend Eusebio Elizondo and Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann, is sited for recommending steps to address the family separation. Read the article. 9-12-14.  
  • Sep 11, 2014: CLINIC Director Jeanne Atkinson and Attorney Silvana Arista among Catholic Advocates Addressing...
    Sep 11, 2014: The National Catholic Reporters’ Global Sisters Report investigates the Catholic response to the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.  Jeanne M. Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director, discusses push factors for the forced migration, the denial of legal rights to refugees, and the efforts of  CLINIC Attorney, Silvana Arista at the Artesia, New Mexico facility to build the capacity of volunteer attorneys assisting detained women and children.  
  • Aug 29, 2014: EWTN Highlights Challenges with Immigration Court Hearings
    Aug 29, 2014:  EWTN’s News Nightly recently highlighted the challenges within the immigration court system. In an interview with EWTN, CLINIC Advocacy Attorney Bradley Jenkins describes the difficulties immigrants face:   “The difficulties in presenting a case are compounded by the fact that you are testifying through an interpreter, the fact that in many places around the country you are your only witness and you are presenting your story through a television screen.”   The segment begins at 10:12  
  • Aug 20, 2014: CLINIC Director Jeanne Atkinson Discusses Concern about Due Process for Unaccompanied Children
    Aug 20, 2014: Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director, and Adonia Simpson, Managing Attorney for Immigration Legal Services at CLINIC affiliate the Esperanza Center in Baltimore, discuss with the Baltimore Sun concerns about the “rocket docket” in Baltimore.   Ms. Atkinson is quoted: “I believe that the impression that is being given to immigration judges is that the goal is to push these children through proceedings very quickly…The rocket dockets are vastly concerning for due process."  
  • Aug 3, 2014: CLINIC Data on Detainers Cited by CNN
    Aug 3, 2014: Nation-wide, over 190 counties and localities have limited cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.   CLINIC data on “detainers” is cited to demonstrate the growing number of localities out of these temporary holds of the foreign-born, charged with low-level, local offenses.  Read the article.  8-3-2014

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  • May 30, 2012: CLINIC Presents CLINIC Champion Award to SC Ministry Foundation
    May 30, 2012: Austin, TX (May 23, 2012)  - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) today recognizes the SC Ministry Foundation with its CLINIC Champion award as part of its 2012 Annual Convening. “We are extremely grateful to the SC Ministry Foundation for its commitment to all immigrants and for its financial support of CLINIC and essential programs serving immigrants across the country,” said Maria M. Odom, CLINIC’s executive director.  “Over the past decade, the SC Ministry Foundation has meaningfully invested in communities and in community programs,
  • Apr 26, 2012: CLINIC Launching Catholic Media Initiative for Citizenship in Los Angeles on April 28
    Apr 26, 2012: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Wendy Rhein202 635 5825wrhein@cliniclegal.org CLINIC LAUNCHING CATHOLIC MEDIA INITIATIVE FOR CITIZENSHIP IN LOS ANGELES ON APRIL 28 "La Ciudadanía: Cambia Tu Vida"-Multi-media Initiative Unites Catholic-, Community-, and Media Organizations to Inspire 1.2 Million Eligible Angelenos to Naturalize Los Angeles, CA -- April 26, 2012 - [En Español] -The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is launching a first-of-its-kind series of public service announcements to encourage the 1.2 million eligible Hispanics in the Los Angeles...
  • Apr 2, 2012: CLINIC Welcomes Revised Waiver Guidelines, Seeks Revisions
    Apr 2, 2012: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Wendy Rhein202-635-5825 wrhein@cliniclegal.org   CLINIC Welcomes Revised Waiver Guidelines, Seeks Revisions Washington, DC (April 2, 2012) - [En Español] - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is pleased that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued its proposed rule related to pre-adjudication of unlawful presence waivers for certain family members. The proposed rule permits spouses and minor/unmarried children of U.S. citizens to apply for and receive a provisional waiver of their...
  • Mar 9, 2012: LawLogix to Provide CLINIC Affiliates with New Benefits: Exclusive Pricing Discounts, Training...
    Mar 9, 2012: LawLogix and CLINIC have entered into a multi-year partnership to provide immigration case management software to CLINIC’s large and growing network of non-profit legal services providers. Under the terms of the agreement, LawLogix will provide CLINIC affiliates across the U.S. with value added benefits including custom user training and certification programs.  For more on the new pricing discounts and programs exclusively available to CLINIC members and subscribers) and for information on how to become a CLINIC affiliate, click on the aforementioned links in...
  • Feb 10, 2012: CLINIC Launches State and Local Immigration Policy Map
    Feb 10, 2012:  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Wendy Rhein202-635-5825 wrhein@cliniclegal.org   CLINIC LAUNCHES STATE AND LOCAL IMMIGRATION POLICY MAP Washington, DC (February 10, 2012) - [En Español] - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) today launches a new, interactive web feature highlighting state and local immigration initiatives across the country.   This feature is publically available for free, thanks to a grant from the Ford Foundation. In 2007, CLINIC created a project to support advocates working to address the growing number of restrictionist...
  • Jan 6, 2012: CLINIC Applauds Revised Waiver Policy as Family-Friendly
    Jan 6, 2012: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Wendy Rhein202-635-5825  wrhein@cliniclegal.org   CLINIC Applauds Revised Waiver Policy as Family-Friendly Washington, DC (January 6, 2012) [En español] The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) applauds the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Obama Administration for  the  proposal announced today that would permit  spouses and children of U.S. citizens to apply for waivers of their inadmissibility before leaving this country. 
  • Nov 28, 2011: CLINIC Celebrates Pro Bono Project's Ten Years of Service for Immigrants
    Nov 28, 2011: Washington, DC (October 24, 2011) - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) celebrated the ten-year anniversary of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Pro Bono Project through which nearly 800 vulnerable immigrants have received free  representation in their appellate cases.  Washington DC law firm Fried Frank hosted the reception with special guests in attendance, including the Honorable Immigration Judge Paul Schmidt, Acting Director of EOIR Juan Osuna, and Acting Chairman of the BIA David Neal.  
  • Sep 23, 2011: CLINIC Awarded $600,000 Grant to Provide Citizenship Services
    Sep 23, 2011: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Wendy Rhein202-635-5825  wrhein@cliniclegal.org CLINIC Awarded $600,000 Grant to Provide Citizenship Services Washington, DC - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) was selected for a coveted national award from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to strengthen citizenship programs serving Legal Permanent Residents in four cities in the United States.

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  • 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 12, 2012: EFE: Bishops Urge Catholics to Promote Humane Immigration Reform
    Jan 12, 2012: EFE: Bishops Urge Catholics to Promote Humane Immigration Reform Denver –  Catholics should be politically active at both the local and national level to promote a humane reform of immigration law is the message coming out of a conference in Salt Lake City sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.
  • Jan 12, 2012: DESERET NEWS: Immigrant Children's Access to Education, Public Assistance may be Targets of...
    Jan 12, 2012: DESERET NEWS: Immigrant Children's Access to Education, Public Assistance may be Targets of State Proposals in 2012 Absent comprehensive federal immigration reform in 2012, advocates for illegal immigrants are bracing for another wave of state legislative proposals in 2012 intended to restrict children's access to education systems and public assistance programs.
  • 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 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 families...

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