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  • Oct 14, 2015: Making a Difference: Comforting the Detained Families of Dilley
    Oct 14, 2015: Twenty-eight years ago my mother fled her home in Nicaragua, a country embroiled in civil war. For years, her life and that of her family had been ravaged by a country with corrupt government officials and oppressed by a rebel group that brought nothing but violence to civilians like my parents.  My mother saw family members and friends killed or forced to fight for a cause they did not believe in. At one point, she was taken hostage and held at gunpoint by militant groups and forced to drop out of school.
  • Oct 8, 2015: Where are Immigrants to the US Moving?
    Oct 8, 2015: It’s no surprise that immigrants are coming to the United States, and in large numbers: between 1990 and 2013, the number of U.S. immigrants more than doubled as it grew from 19.8 million to 41.3 million.  But have you thought about where in the United States those immigrants are going, and why?
  • Oct 2, 2015: New Americans Pathways
    Oct 2, 2015: Through creative programming and a sharp focus on immigrant integration, New American Pathways, an Atlanta-based CLINIC affiliate, contributes immensely to the integration of the 3,500 refugees it serves yearly. New American Pathways was established on October 1, 2014 after two long-standing organizations, Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta and Refugee Family Services, merged. Capitalizing on their collective expertise in refugee resettlement, New American Pathways is changing its community for the better.
  • Oct 1, 2015: Pope Francis Connects with Catholics
    Oct 1, 2015: Reading the September 28 article “Why American Catholics may not be persuaded by Pope Francis’ message on immigration,” I was disappointed on many levels – in part, due to the article's misplaced reliance on a non-scientific “experiment” – but most importantly because it totally missed the point of Pope Francis’s strong and consistent comments on immigration.
  • 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.

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  • May 28, 2015: CARA Volunteers Blocked from Detention Facility
    May 28, 2015: Two CARA (The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council and the Refugee and Immigrant Center of Education and Legal Services, and AILA) volunteers have been barred from entrance to South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.  These and other volunteers provide critical support to detained asylum seekers in need of legal representation.  “We see 80 to 100 clients a day so having two more people who both speak Spanish and can talk to clients and can help with paperwork, we can see more clients,” explains Brian Hoffman, an attorney...
  • May 27, 2015: Catholic Reaction to Continued Hold on Immigration Action
    May 27, 2015: EWTN’s News Nightly highlights the challenges within the immigration court system. In an interview, CLINIC Executive Director, Jeanne M. Atkinson and FAIR’s Dan Stein react to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision to maintain a temporary halt of Executive Action.  The segment begins at 10:12. Source:  EWTN News Nightly.  Read the article.  May 27, 2015. 
  • 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.

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  • 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...
  • Dec 9, 2011: CLINIC's 2012 Annual Convening
    Dec 9, 2011: "Standing for Truth, Calling for Justice"  May 23-25, 2012 Omni Austin Hotel Downtown  Austin, TX From the basics of immigration law to the most advanced issues that arise in filing petitions, CLINIC's 15th Annual Convening will offer workshops for legal services providers and immigration advocates at any level. CLINIC's three-day conference offers excellent updates on immigration law, insightful trainings, and opportunities for networking. Come meet fellow advocates and learn new strategies for fundraising, program management, and advocacy.
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    Jun 27, 2011: CLINIC Supports USCIS’ New Initiatives on Citizenship Awareness and Unauthorized Practice of Law
    Jun 27, 2011: On May 25, USCIS launched its Citizenship Public Education and Awareness Initiative. The initiative promotes an awareness of citizenship and seeks to prepare immigrants for successful citizenship.  It will use digital media, a video public service announcement, and print and radio messages in a variety of languages to direct individuals to citizenship preparation materials and other training and educational resources available through USCIS’ Citizenship Resource Center.
  • Oct 1, 2008: Families Torn Apart (Vatican Radio)
    Oct 1, 2008: We find out more about the devastating human consequences of workplace raids by U.S. Immigration Officials to seek out and arrest illegal immigrants...Listen here Source (Vatican Radio)

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