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  • Jan 11, 2017: FaithAction ID Card: Turning Strangers into Neighbors
    Jan 11, 2017: FaithAction International House, a CLINIC affiliate led by the Rev. David Fraccaro, a minister in the United Church of Christ, is continuing to make great strides in promoting and encouraging immigrant integration in Greensboro, North Carolina.
  • Nov 30, 2016: Welcoming our neighbors
    Nov 30, 2016: Located in the heart of Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, the 35-foot high Positivi-Tree towers above the crowd, filled with brightly colored umbrellas. The artists created the installation with their multicultural community in mind, saying, “Positivi-Tree was designed to represent coming together, feeling safe as well as friendship, unity and inclusivity.
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    Nov 30, 2016: Fellows Profile: Sylvia Arias, on finding work that is rewarding
    Nov 30, 2016: This month’s featured fellow is Sylvia Arias with Catholic Charities in Biloxi. The Peru native told CLINIC about how she came to work with immigrants and what she finds more rewarding about her job.
  • Oct 24, 2016: CLINIC Fellow Profile: Susana Quiroga – Attorney, Immigrant, Daughter, Fellow
    Oct 24, 2016: Susana Caterina Quiroga was born in Puno, Peru on May 25, 1978, not 1943 as her American lawyer indicated on her immigration forms. An attorney herself, Quiroga was wary of her lawyer’s suggestion to sign the forms without looking them over. Trusting her instinct, she insisted despite not fully understanding them; which turned out to be a good idea because she caught the mistake the attorney later blamed on his paralegal. This experience still stands out to her as one of the main reasons she decided to work in immigration.
  • Oct 24, 2016: A Needed Wake-Up Call
    Oct 24, 2016: CLINIC Immigrant Integration manager Leya Speasmaker’s newest blog encourages citizens to embrace newcomers in their neighborhood and host gatherings in their homes. This allows families, children especially, to learn and grow as they get to know cultures different from their own.
  • 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.

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  • 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.   
  • Jun 17, 2016: As the DACA/DAPA programs await their fate, deportations continue
    Jun 17, 2016: CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson and CARA Pro Bono Project officials weigh in on the status of deportations while SCOTUS deliberates. Read more here. 
  • Jun 16, 2016: CARA report on mothers targeted by DHS enforcement actions featured on NBC News
    Jun 16, 2016: In a recently released report by the CARA Pro Bono Family Detention project, many Central American mothers discuss the mistreatment they experienced while detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. NBC looks further in the actions of the immigration officials. Click here for the full story.  
  • May 16, 2016: Advocates for immigrants, Democratic Party are among those fretting about effects of deportation...
    May 16, 2016: CLINIC’s Michelle Mendez is among the sources quoted in this NBC News piece that looks at a wide range of possible effects of a reported plan for deportation enforcement push this spring. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/can-democrats-rally-latino-vote-amid-immigration-arrests-n573271
  • Apr 19, 2016: CLINIC’s Patricia Zapor offers context for current hostility toward immigrants in this article in...
    Apr 19, 2016: CLINIC’s Patricia Zapor offers context for current hostility toward immigrants in this article in Deseret News. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865651102/Faith-groups-support-immigration-reform-but-many-believers-remain-anxious-about-the-immigrants.html?pg=all
  • Apr 19, 2016: CLINIC’s Andres Abella was interviewed by Huffington Post about his time as a volunteer in the CARA...
    Apr 19, 2016: CLINIC’s Andres Abella was interviewed by Huffington Post about his time as a volunteer in the CARA Pro Bono Project. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/family-immigrant-detention-volunteers_us_57081462e4b0885fb50d202a
  • Apr 18, 2016: Archbishop Wester weighs in on the people who would benefit from DACA/DAPA case
    Apr 18, 2016: On the day the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in U.S. v. Texas, the case challenging President Obama’s efforts to expand DACA and create DAPA, CNN.com posted an op-ed on the case by Archbishop John Wester of Santa Fe, New Mexico, a former member of CLINIC’s board of directors.Archbishop Wester draws on the story of a family that has benefitted from DACA and could benefit further from DAPA, to point out that the case is about people whose family lives can be improved by removing the fear of deportation and other obstacles.
  • Mar 30, 2016: CLINIC's board member op-ed in the Miami Herald: If you can, become a U.S. citizen soonest
    Mar 30, 2016: CLINIC's board member Emilio T. Gonzalez wrote an op-ed for the Miami Herald and added "Those who choose to live permanently in the United States don’t need to be convinced of the enormous opportunities this country presents. But those opportunities are greater still for those who become citizens." Read 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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