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  • May 7, 2019: Mother's Day 2019: Sita
    May 7, 2019: Sita is a mother of three. She fled political persecution in Ivory Coast and recently became a U.S. citizen after nearly a decade of struggle. The asylum process took longer than she expected—a wait of more than 4 years. Despite hardship, Sita has never wavered in her commitment to bring stability and peace back into her life and that of her children.
  • Apr 30, 2019: One year at CLINIC’s BIA Pro Bono Appeals Project: Reflections on professional growth and working...
    Apr 30, 2019: Since 2001, the BIA Pro Bono Appeals Project, an initiative within CLINIC’s Defending Vulnerable Populations department, has matched immigrants with pro bono counsel to defend their cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals, or BIA. The majority of appeals reaching the BIA involve orders of removal and applications for relief from removal. As a legal assistant for the project, I have multiple responsibilities: sending out consent forms, answering phone calls from detention centers, redacting briefs, drafting case summaries for the weekly newsletter, and assisting...
  • Apr 30, 2019: Heightened scrutiny on spousal petitions involving minors
    Apr 30, 2019: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service has recently strengthened the guidance and standard it applies when adjudicating I-130 petitions involving spouses who are under 18 years of age. To determine whether marriages between parties under the age of 18 violate public policy, the agency looks to the law of the state where the parties are currently residing or intend to reside, in addition to the jurisdiction where the marriage took place. This means that immigration practitioners need to know what their state requires when underage parties seek to marry, whether...
  • Apr 29, 2019: Notes from the Border Rights Project
    Apr 29, 2019: Updates from CLINIC’s border initiative since last November have been consistent in two ways: 1) Luis Guerra—CLINIC’s strategic capacity officer and one of the organization’s many superheroes—was working hard to organize chaos; and 2) the situation in Tijuana, Mexico sounded like a warzone. When I arrived, I only found one to still be true.
  • Apr 29, 2019: The Archdiocese of Indianapolis unites communities with CARE
    Apr 29, 2019: The Archdiocese of Indianapolis is part of a pilot project launched by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’s Office of Migration and Refugee Services. The Catholic Accompaniment and Reflection Experience program connects Catholic members with their new neighbors to provide support as they integrate into the community.
  • Apr 18, 2019: CLINIC supports Colorado stakeholders to protect immigrant youth through SIJS legislation
    Apr 18, 2019: Immigrant youth ages 18 to 21 who have been victims of abuse, neglect or abandonment are now protected by a newly signed law in Colorado. The legislative process that culminated with Gov. Jared S. Polis signing HB19-1042 into law on March 28 involved stakeholders from many sectors, including immigrant advocacy groups, civil rights and faith-based organizations, legislators, and the community. CLINIC helped connect some of the groups and provided essential legal advice on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, or SIJS.
  • Apr 3, 2019: Delays in Processing Times for Form I-485
    Apr 3, 2019: Religious workers have faced various delays in the permanent residency process under the current administration. In particular, applicants are going through additional steps when filing Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status to Permanent Resident. The Form I-485 is the final step in the green card process for religious workers. After the I-360 petition is approved, Form I-485 is then filed to request that the applicant’s status be changed to permanent resident. Lately, the processing times for Form I-485 have been steadily increasing. In fact, the average processing...
  • Apr 3, 2019: Scheduling an INFOPASS Appointment at a Local USCIS Field Office
    Apr 3, 2019: By the end of fiscal year 2019, self-scheduling of InfoPass appointments will be a thing of the past. In Oct. 30, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the expansion of its Information Services Modernization Program to more field offices. The ISMP would require a person to first speak to the USCIS National Customer Center—now the USCIS Contact Center—by calling its 800 number before being able to schedule an in-person appointment, or InfoPass appointment, at a local field office.

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  • Jan 26, 2017: Nearly 900 organizations urge support for DACA
    Jan 26, 2017: CLINIC Advocacy Director Jill Marie Bussey talked with Alan Scaia about the success of DACA and why it should be supported. This interview aired on both NewsTalk 820 WBAP and News and Information 570 KLIF.
  • Jan 26, 2017: Son Rise Morning Show - National Migration Week Special
    Jan 26, 2017: During National Migration Week 2017, CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson discussed the church’s history of working with immigrants with Jacob Popčak of the Son Rise Morning Show.
  • Jan 12, 2017: Utah wraps its arms around refugees
    Jan 12, 2017: CLINIC affiliate Catholic Community Services of Utah was featured in the PBS Visionaries documentary “The Story of Us.” Read the National Catholic Reporter's feature story about the organization’s work with refugees.
  • Jan 3, 2017: Catholic organizations, faith groups glad to see end of Muslim registry
    Jan 3, 2017: In light of the Obama administration ending the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System, commonly known as NSEERS, Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson confirmed CLINIC's support for the action because of it discriminatory nature. Read the National Catholic Reporter article here.
  • Dec 16, 2016: Refugees, migration a front-burner topic throughout 2016
    Dec 16, 2016: Advocacy Director Jill Marie Bussey spoke with Catholic Philly about the fear Central American immigrants face in their homelands, and the support cities across the nation are giving to immigrants when the cross the border.
  • Dec 14, 2016: Lake County Latinos voice fears about their future at a justice forum Wednesday night (photos)
    Dec 14, 2016: CLINIC resource “How to prepare for changes in the presidential administration” was distributed to residents in Lake County (Ohio) during a community meeting held by local leaders. Cleveland.com covered the event.   
  • Dec 14, 2016: Brooklyn bishop pledges to support diocese's immigrants against deportations
    Dec 14, 2016: In a letter read to parishes in his diocese, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, and CLINIC board member, promises to protect and advocate for immigrants.  Read the full National Catholic Reporter story here .
  • Dec 13, 2016: Immigrants, advocates fortify resources after Trump election
    Dec 13, 2016: CLINIC’s Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson discusses with Global Sisters Report some of CLINIC’s strategies to help immigrants as the presidential administration changes. Read more here.

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  • Sep 24, 2018: Administration’s latest proposal attacks immigrant families
    Sep 24, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—The Department of Homeland Security proposal announced Sept. 22, aims to change the policy for who may qualify to become a lawful permanent resident, putting the interests of the wealthy ahead of the needs of poorer families who have waited years to be reunited. “The administration has sunk to a new level of cruelty with this proposal to punish immigrants who use government assistance to feed, provide medical care for and house their families,” said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
  • Sep 19, 2018: CLINIC statement on refugee admissions target and linkage to asylum backlog
    Sep 19, 2018: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s use of asylum backlogs as a defense of the president’s shockingly low refugee admissions cap for the coming year is appalling. At the Catholic Legal Immigration Network we think Pompeo’s argument that the need to resolve the asylum backlog justifies closing American doors to some of the world’s most vulnerable people is a blatant attempt to pit one precariously situated group against another.
  • Sep 7, 2018: Administration proposal to detain more families for longer periods is an ‘abomination’
    Sep 7, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—The administration’s proposed regulations to dismantle the Flores Settlement Agreement are a blatant attempt to make an end run around the agreement that protects the dignity, respect and consideration for the vulnerability of children held in immigration custody. The proposed regulations were published in the Federal Register Sept. 7.
  • Jul 19, 2018: Somalis with TPS given 18-month extension; more recent arrivals may not seek the protection
    Jul 19, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—The administration’s decision July 19 to extend Temporary Protected Status for Somalia will give the 500 people it covers 18 months to remain in the United States while providing no protection from deportation for other Somalis who arrived later. 
  • Jul 9, 2018: Administration orders turn immigration service agency into mechanism for deportation
    Jul 9, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland­—In another policy change that could dramatically increase the number of legal immigrants who face deportation, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, in guidance made public July 5, said that almost everyone who is denied an immigration benefit will be issued a Notice to Appear in court for potential deportation.
  • Jul 5, 2018: Existing TPS for Yemenis extended, but administration fails to include other victims of world’s...
    Jul 5, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—In the fourth year of what the UN secretary general called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the Trump administration is once again demonstrating a disregard for basic humanitarian principles in its decision to merely extend Temporary Protected Status for some people from Yemen, but not allow recent arrivals to be covered by it. 
  • Jun 26, 2018: Muslim ban ruling allows continued religion-based bias from administration
    Jun 26, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling June 26 upholding the Trump administration’s travel ban is a disappointment for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., as a faith-based organization that sees the ban as racist and discriminatory on the basis of religion.
  • Jun 25, 2018: Over 650 interfaith voices call on the administration to protect TPS holders from ongoing war and...
    Jun 25, 2018: WASHINGTON—On June 20, Church World Service (CWS) and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) delivered a letter signed by more than 650 faith leaders to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), calling on the administration to protect TPS holders from Yemen. 

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