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  • 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.
  • Sep 16, 2015: The Immigration Journey of Fr. Gustavo Adolfo Montañez
    Sep 16, 2015: I believe that dreams come true and that a good dream becomes true life. Without dreams, all we have is reality. Sometimes on our most important dreams, all we can do is give them our best shot, hope for the highest good, and let go. Knowing I could use all the help available, I contacted CLINIC to fulfill my dream in becoming a Citizen of United States of America.
  • Sep 15, 2015: Advocacy in Action: Scenes from a Naturalization Ceremony
    Sep 15, 2015: “…I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; … that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God."
  • Sep 14, 2015: Celebrating Citizenship Day: Resources Available
    Sep 14, 2015: CLINIC has been promoting and facilitating naturalization for more than two decades, and has developed myriad resources on naturalization for our affiliates and the general public. As we kick off our celebration of citizenship this week, today is a great time to recall these resources and highlight a few. The best part is, most of these resources are free!
  • Sep 9, 2015: The Serendipity of Life: How French Fries Inspired Me to Help Detained Immigrants
    Sep 9, 2015: Interesting are “los caminos de la vida” (the paths of life). Forty-five minutes away from the rural canton where I grew up in El Salvador is a town called Cara Sucia, well known for its market. I loved going to Cara Sucia as a child because we could buy things you couldn’t get anywhere else. My sister and I always loved visiting this tiny stand that sold delicious french fries, prepared crisp and golden with the perfect amount of ketchup, mayonnaise and shredded cheese. I always remembered those fries with fondness, but never thought I would call up such cherished...

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  • Apr 24, 2015: Detained Mothers and Children in “Legal Limbo”
    Apr 24, 2015: Michelle Mendez, CLINIC Training and Legal Support Attorney describes her experience at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas and discusses recent court decisions have left detainees unsure of what their futures hold.  Source:  The San Antonio Express.  Read the Article.  April 24, 2015.  
  • Apr 1, 2015: Faith Groups Express Support for Immigration Reform
    Apr 1, 2015:   Evangelical immigration advocates urge federal immigration reform and build community capacity to assist vulnerable newcomers – even though Evangelical leadership in Congress, namely presidential candidate Ted Cruz, has discouraged reforms including a pathway to citizenship.  CLINIC is referenced as a resource assisting faith communities with training and technical support.  Source:  NBC.  Read the article.  April 1, 2015
  • Apr 1, 2015: Catholic Bishops Travel to Dilley, Call for Alternatives to Detention
    Apr 1, 2015: Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio, Seattle Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio L. Elizondo, and Bishop James A.
  • Mar 30, 2015: Citizenship: “It’s Time to Step up Our Game”
    Mar 30, 2015: Approximately 8.8 million lawful permanent residents are eligible for United States citizenship but fewer than 10 percent naturalize every year. With this in mind, New Americans Campaign partners Eric Cohen, Stewart Kwoh, Arturo Vargas join CLINIC Executive Director, Jeanne Atkinson in an op-ed encouraging citizenship and promoting prosperity.  Source:  The Hill.  Read the article.  March 30, 2015
  • Mar 25, 2015: Immigration Detention Demoralizes Refugee Families
    Mar 25, 2015: Refugees from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras remain caught in America’s disjointed immigration system and the oppressive practice of family detention.  Michelle Mendez, CLINIC Training and Legal Support Attorney, discusses the trauma and disillusionment experienced by women and children fleeing persecution and consequently, stuck in immigration detention.  Source:  Global Sisters Report.  Read the article.  March 25, 2015
  • Mar 20, 2015: Catholic Groups Encourage Immigrants to Prepare during Immigration Action Delay
    Mar 20, 2015: Despite a temporary halt of administrative relief, immigration programs are encouraging immigrants to prepare for potential participation in the DAPA and extended DACA programs.  This message was shared during the March 12 conference on American Catholics and Immigration sponsored by The Catholic University of America and Migration and Refugee Services at the U.S.
  • Mar 12, 2015: Lenten Toolkit Inspires Immigration Advocacy
    Mar 12, 2015: The Justice for Immigrants (JFI) Campaign, of which CLINIC is a core member, created a Lenten toolkit for Catholics entitled “Immigration Reform:  Your Lenten Promise.”  The resource invites readers to pray, fast, learn, give and advocate for just and humane immigration reform.  “We are asking people in the pews to consider the plight of vulnerable immigrants, such as unaccompanied children and families in detention facilities,” Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Directors says, “as well as the need

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