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  • Jan 6, 2012: Obama Administration Gives U.S. Citizens and their Families Hope
    Jan 6, 2012: Today, the Obama administration and the leadership at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) took a meaningful step to ameliorate the pain suffered by U.S. citizens and their immigrant family members. The government announced a new policy that would allow some eligible immigrants to stay in the U.S. while applying for their legal permanent residency. For many years, I have encountered numerous good citizens who are surprised to learn that certain spouses and children of U.S. citizens cannot easily attain legal status. Many in our communities do not realize...
  • Jan 3, 2012: DOJ's Findings on the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office a Wake-up Call
    Jan 3, 2012: On December 15th, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) published its extensive factual findings of racism and discriminatory policing at the highest levels of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO).  DOJ observed that not only had racism against Latinos infiltrated almost every aspect of criminal justice in this locality, but MCSO’s bigotry had likely undermined its ability to protect public safety.  DOJ articulated serious concerns that “MCSO’s prioritization of immigration enforcement may have compromised its ability to secure the safety and security of...
  • Dec 9, 2011: Unaccompanied Children
    Dec 9, 2011: Several thousand children are caught by the Department of Homeland Security every year.  Just as adults in this situation would be, children are detained and placed in removal proceedings before an Immigration Judge.  Children may be released from custody but they still must fight their case in court.  Children's cases in Immigration Court are very complicated yet even children do not have the right to appointed counsel.  Finding lawyers for children poses significant challenges. Over the course of the next several weeks, we will highlight some of the efforts CLNIC is...
  • Nov 24, 2011: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
    Nov 24, 2011: As many of us celebrate the start of the holiday season with loved ones this Thanksgiving, too many women silently suffer from a seasonal spike in domestic abuse.   A University of California at Berkley and UC San Diego study found a 22% increase in partner violence on Thanksgiving and a 17% increase in domestic violence on Christmas.  These statistics are especially staggering when considering that immigrant women run a significantly higher risk of being abused by a spouse than U.S. born women.     November 25th, designated as the International Day for the...
  • Nov 1, 2011: The "Arab Spring" Causes a Surge in Egyptian Callers to the National Asylee Information...
    Nov 1, 2011: Tweets to action and streaming images of the protests sweeping Northern Africa and Western Asia prove that the Arab Spring has forever altered life for those in the regions of unrest.  However, the toll of the Arab Spring has only begun to be witnessed in the number of asylees to the United States from these areas.  As campaigns of civil resistance spread from Tunisia to Egypt and Libya, just to name a few, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York has responded to a surge in callers to CLINIC’s National Asylee Information and Referral Line.    
  • Oct 18, 2011: New Citizen’s Milestones: My Day in Court
    Oct 18, 2011: Jury duty.  While many see it as something to avoid, for naturalized citizens like me, jury duty represents an opportunity to fulfill our aspirations for integration and civic participation. For immigrants to the U.S., citizenship is the realization of a dream; it’s the imaginary rubber-stamp that reads “you made it.” Our naturalization ceremonies provide an unanticipated eye opener, when, with our right hands raised, we immigrants realize that our rights as citizens do not come free. We learn we are expected to uphold the constitution, bear arms in case of war, and...
  • Sep 30, 2011: "The Wrong Help Can Hurt"
    Sep 30, 2011: “The Wrong Help Can Hurt” is the recently unveiled national slogan adopted by USCIS and created by the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of San Antonio (CCAOSA) Immigration Department, a proud CLINIC member and the oldest BIA recognized agency in Texas.   A partnership between myriad agencies, this campaign is designed to educate our communities about fraudulent immigration schemes and shut down these scam artists who are preying on the most vulnerable immigrants.  CCAOSA is taking this campaign one step further by instructing clients to say “Show me YOUR papers” or “...
  • Sep 16, 2011: In their Own Words: Affiliates Urge Cooperation to End Notario Fraud
    Sep 16, 2011: Several government agencies including United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Trade Commission, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and the Department of Justice’s Civil Division have joined forces to participate in the Administration’s Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law Initiative.

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