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  • May 8, 2015: Op-ed: The Ideals of Utah Compact are Bringing us Here
    May 8, 2015: Op-ed orginally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune, May 8, 2015.
  • May 4, 2015: A Path to Citizenship for Immigrants
    May 4, 2015: A version of this letter appears in print on May 2, 2015, on page A20 of the New York edition of the New York Times with the headline: A Path to Citizenship. To the Editor:
  • May 4, 2015: CLINIC Helps Black Immigrants Achieve Their Dreams in the United States
    May 4, 2015: News stories and images of desperate African and Middle Eastern people fleeing their home countries  aboard overcrowded ships that sink in the Mediterranean Sea are heartbreaking and speak to why CLINIC has a mission to serve vulnerable migrants.  These stories also give CLINIC pause to reflect on how black immigrants arrive to the U.S. and are fairing.  New findings from the Pew Research Center about black immigrants are striking and evoke a lesser known story about CLINIC’s history of helping black immigrants achieve their dreams in the U.S.
  • Apr 24, 2015: Asylum Seekers Still Stranded in Dilley Detention Limbo
    Apr 24, 2015: Op-ed orginally appeared in the Express-News, April 24, 2015. Since last summer’s surge of immigrant mothers and children fleeing violence and chaos in their home countries, the policy of the Obama administration has been to round them up and incarcerate them while their claims for asylum and the right to safe resettlement are slowly sorted out.
  • Apr 24, 2015: Tragedy in the Mediterranean: Realizing Human Dignity in the “Globalization of Indifference”
    Apr 24, 2015: On April 18th,  tragedy once again struck the Mediterranean, provoking renewed focus on international migration and the humanitarian crises prompting such perilous journeys. 
  • Apr 21, 2015: CLINIC Helps Indiana Welcome Newcomers
    Apr 21, 2015: Across the country CLINIC and its 260-plus affiliates strive to welcome newcomers who seek to reunite with long-separated family members, work for fair wages with dignity, and find legal protections in the U.S. from persecution in their countries of origin. Helping our country, a state, or local community be welcoming to immigrants isn’t always easy but it is the right thing to do. Indiana is a case in point.
  • Hands together as a team
    Apr 17, 2015: Overview of the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Immigrant & Refugee Integration
    Apr 17, 2015: On April 15, 2015, the recently formed White House Task Force on New Americans submitted its strategic action plan outlining a federal integration strategy to President Obama.
  • Apr 15, 2015: Bishop McElroy: Walking with People on the Journey to Justice
    Apr 15, 2015: CLINIC congratulates Bishop Robert McElroy on his installation as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of San Diego!  As we pray for Bishop McElroy today, we recall his leadership regarding immigrant integration in the Archdiocese of San Francisco and look forward to his ministry as shepherd of San Diego’s 98 parishes in Imperial and San Diego Counties. 

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  • Feb 11, 2015: Immigrant Advocates Convene to “Ready America” for Administrative Relief
    Feb 11, 2015: With Funding for the Department of Homeland Security held hostage in a Congressional battle over immigration action, advocates press on in planning for the implementation of President Obama’s executive orders.  “Ready America,” a three-day event gathering participants from 240 organizations nation-wide, was held by CLINIC and the Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation (CIRI) to prepare community groups.  Attendees shared best practices in immigration law and program management. 
  • Dec 16, 2014: Foundations and Nonprofits Build the Capacity of Service Providers in Preparation for...
    Dec 16, 2014: Immigrant advocates and foundations are teaming up to ensure community resources are in place for the implementation of administrative relief.   In light of immigration action, CLINIC and the Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation (CIRI) are among groups anticipating assistance from various foundations to support capacity building efforts.  Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director and CIRI Co-chair explains that the benefits of administrative relief will "be life-altering for [eligible] individuals…This has a cost.
  • Dec 4, 2014: Immigrant Lives Hinge on the Availability of Quality Legal Assistance
    Dec 4, 2014: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Administrative Relief, and the Central American Refugee Border Crisis have intensified the need for affordable, quality legal immigration services.   CLINIC is recognized for building the capacity of community immigration programs and Bradley Jenkins, CLINIC BIA Pro Bono Project Coordinator, is quoted regarding representation for vulnerable immigrants. Read the article.  Source:  NBC News December 4, 2014.   
  • Nov 30, 2014: Legal Experts Warn Against “Notario Fraud”
    Nov 30, 2014: Allison Posner, CLINIC Director of Advocacy, joins immigrant advocates in discouraging immigration legal assistance from unauthorized practitioners.   The Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation, including CLINIC, is cited as credible source for accurate information regarding Administrative Relief.  Read the article.  Source:  NBC News November 30, 2014.
  • Nov 21, 2014: More Work to be Done in Fixing Broken Immigration System
    Nov 21, 2014: Michelle Sardone, CLINIC Legalization Director, echoes a sentiment shared by Catholic advocates for immigration reform:  "It's going to help close to 5 million people. But we're definitely still working toward finding a permanent solution."  Read the article.  Source:  National Catholic Reporter. November 21, 2014.
  • Nov 21, 2014: Catholics Welcome Executive Action, Urge Further Reform
    Nov 21, 2014: Catholic leaders, including CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson, applaud immigration action and express the need for further action.  “Administrative relief is no substitute for legislative reform,” Jeanne explains, “We need a permanent fix to the immigration system.”   Read the article.  Source:  EWTN News. November 21, 2014.
  • Nov 14, 2014: Bishops Advocate for Immigration Action
    Nov 14, 2014: CLINIC and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) support the prospect of an executive order on immigration to prevent the separation of families.  In a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johsnon, CLINIC Board Chair, Bishop Kevin Vann and Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo encourage reform.   Read the article.  Source:  The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. November 14, 2014.
  • Nov 14, 2014: CLINIC Advocacy Director Makes the Case for Administrative Relief
    Nov 14, 2014: Allison Posner, CLINIC Director of Advocacy, joins EWTN News Nightly and Jonathan Keim of the Judicial Crisis Network to share her thoughts on the White House’s forthcoming Executive Action regarding immigration.  Segment begins at 3:50.  Source:  EWTN News Nightly. November 14, 2014.

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  • Feb 20, 2013: CLINIC Appoints New Executive Director
    Feb 20, 2013: February 20, 2013 (Washington DC) - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeanne Atkinson to the position of Executive Director, effective March 18, 2013.  Ms. Atkinson currently serves as the Director of Catholic Charities’ Immigration Legal Services program for the Archdiocese of Washington.   She has worked for Catholic Charities since 1992, directing their highly active and successful legal services program – which operates out of four locations – in 1997 to 1998 and from 2000 to the...
  • Nov 13, 2012: Coalition Launches Unprecedented, National Campaign to Help Legal Residents
    Nov 13, 2012: November 13, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA - An unprecedented national network of more than 80 legal-service providers, businesses, faith-based organizations, community leaders and foundations has launched The New Americans Campaign, a nonpartisan project to modernize the system of naturalization assistance and to help more immigrants who are legal permanent residents become U.S. citizens. The campaign launches this week after a pilot phase; it focuses on cities across the country with large populations of citizenship-eligible residents.
  • Oct 19, 2012: Asylee Resource Hotline Closes After 11 Years
    Oct 19, 2012: Washington, DC (October 19, 2012) - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) regretfully announces today the termination of its National Asylee Information and Referral Hotline.  The 11-year-old, toll-free hotline, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), has provided vital information and resources to more than 39,000 asylees since its inception.  ORR did not award funding to renew this project for 2013.     The asylee hotline, provided by CLINIC and ran in partnership with Catholic Charities...
  • Jun 25, 2012: CLINIC Encouraged by Supreme Court Decision on Immigration
    Jun 25, 2012: Washington, D.C. (June 25, 2012)  The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is encouraged by today’s 5-3 Supreme Court decision to strike down three of the four provisions of Arizona’s immigration law that were challenged earlier this year.    “This decision is a broad affirmation of federal supremacy in the area of immigration, and that is very positive,” said Maria M. Odom, CLINIC’s Executive Director.  “However, the Court’s decision to block several components of the Arizona law does not take the place of much-needed federal immigration reform.  ...
  • Jun 22, 2012: CLINIC Launches Self-Directed eLearning
    Jun 22, 2012: Washington, D.C. (June 20, 2012) The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is enhancing its legal immigration training courses with an innovative new learning tool: a self-directed online training course.   This first self-directed e-learning course called “Volunteers Helping Immigrants Become U.S. Citizens: The Naturalization Group Application Workshop,” trains volunteers on the most effective ways they can help immigrants apply for U.S. citizenship.   “Naturalization is a cornerstone of immigrant integration,” said Maria M. Odom, executive director of...
  • Jun 15, 2012: CLINIC Applauds Immigration Action for DREAMers
    Jun 15, 2012: Washington, D.C. (June 15, 2012)  The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) welcomes the announcement by President Barack Obama and the Department of Homeland Security that deferred action will be granted to certain eligible undocumented immigrant youth.  Many of these immigrants who entered by age 16 would qualify for relief under the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. The new policy will afford work authorization and protection from removal to an estimated 800,000 to 1,000,000 young people ages 15-30.  Often referred to as...
  • 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...

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  • 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 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 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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