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  • Mar 17, 2015: Week 4 Lenten Reflection: Immigrant Detention
    Mar 17, 2015: Leviticus 24:22 You shall have but one rule, for alien and native-born alike. I, the LORD, am your God. Background on Family Detention The US immigrant detention system grew more than five-fold between 1994 and 2013. In 1994 the daily detained population on a given day was 6,785 people. By 2013, that number grew to 34,260 – a figure mandated by Congress.
  • Mar 13, 2015: CLINIC Welcomes Advocacy Attorney Chris Ross to the State and Local Immigration Project
    Mar 13, 2015: Why are state and local policymakers increasingly taking immigration matters into their own hands?
  • Mar 10, 2015: Week 3 Lenten Reflection: Root Causes of Migration, Pull Factors
    Mar 10, 2015: Exodus 20: 1-17 Then God spoke all these words:
  • Mar 6, 2015: HICA!, a Mission of Immigrant Integration
    Mar 6, 2015: The Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA!), the brain-child of Executive Director, Isabel Rubio, opened its doors in 1999. Ms. Rubio, a long time Birmingham resident, recognized the need for an immigrant-integration focused organization in the state of Alabama, and she has worked hard to ensure that immigrant integration is the cornerstone of their mission and the primary goal of all of their services.
  • 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.

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  • 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. September 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. September 12, 2014.  
  • 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.  August 3, 2014
  • Jul 25, 2014: CLINIC Director Jeanne Atkinson Discusses the Plight of Children Fleeing Central America on EWTN
    Jul 25, 2014: In an interview with EWTN News Nightly, CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson discusses the plight of unaccompanied children seeking refuge in the United States and their legal options.  

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