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  • Emmanuel is among the thousands of DACA students pursuing higher education.
    Emmanuel is among the thousands of DACA
    students pursuing higher education.
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    Feb 27, 2017: DACA: A chance at a better life
    Feb 27, 2017: As part of CLINIC’s Defending Vulnerable Populations Project, we are presenting an ongoing series of the stories of people who are placed at risk by their immigration status. Meet Emmanuel, entrepreneur and DACA-recipient.
  • Feb 1, 2017: In the fight for sanctuary cities, advocates are stronger together
    Feb 1, 2017: Protecting immigrants on the local level, known commonly as the sanctuary cities movement, was among the top immigration issues addressed by state legislatures in the 2016 legislative session. Sister Colleen Dauerbach, social justice coordinator for the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, was one of many advocates working diligently as a voice for immigrants afraid to speak up for themselves.
  • Jan 30, 2017: South Bend Community Resident Card: A simple way to help a complex problem
    Jan 30, 2017: Residents in South Bend, Indiana, now have access to the South Bend Community Resident Card, a new community ID available for those with no other forms of legal identification.
  • Jan 19, 2017: MARCC ID Card: Strengthening communities and partners
    Jan 19, 2017: Since Mayor John Cranley’s 2015 announcement affirming his commitment to making Cincinnati the most immigrant-friendly city, Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio was at the forefront of this endeavor. Cranley assembled a task force to write Cincinnati’s welcoming plan, which included creating a community ID as a priority initiative. Alisa Berry, chief operating officer of the CLINIC affiliate, in particular, was instrumental in turning this goal and legislative premise into action.
  • Jan 17, 2017: Want to understand immigrant labor? Spend some time in a hospital
    Jan 17, 2017: There’s nothing like a close encounter with the nation’s health care system to shift one’s perspectives. One lesson I learned after a nasty bike accident is just how dependent health care is on the labor of immigrants.
  • 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.


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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, 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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  • Mar 9, 2017: CLINIC Marks National Catholic Sisters Week with a Celebration of Immigrant Sisters from Around the...
    Mar 9, 2017: The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., along with Trinity Washington University, will host a celebration during National Catholic Sisters Week that recognizes the many religious women who come from all over the world to minister in the United States.
  • Mar 6, 2017: Revised executive order on visas and refugees ‘nearly as egregious’ as earlier version
    Mar 6, 2017: SILVER SPRING, Maryland – A March 6 executive order that temporarily suspends the Refugee Admissions Program and bars entry to the United States for people from six predominantly Muslim countries is nearly as egregious a blow to U.S. ideals as the court-blocked order it replaces.
  • Mar 6, 2017: State-by-State Guide Sheds Light on Laws Governing Legitimate Immigration Law Practices
    Mar 6, 2017: SILVER SPRING, Maryland -- As millions of immigrants worry about how they may be affected by changes in immigration policy, an extra danger is the risk of falling prey to unauthorized practitioners of law, commonly known as “notarios”.
  • Jan 30, 2017: National Catholic organizations oppose executive orders that affect immigrants and refugees
    Jan 30, 2017: The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., along with the Center for Migration Studies, Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Relief Services, Migration and Refugee Services of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, held a press conference on Feb. 1 at the Casa Italiana at Holy Rosary Church, in response to the recent immigration-related executive orders issued by President Trump.
  • Jan 27, 2017: Refugee order closes door to vulnerable refugees
    Jan 27, 2017: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—President Trump signed an executive order Jan. 27 that erodes the United States’ commitment to the protection of refugees, weakens our country’s security, and harms our standing in the international community. “At a time when war and persecution have driven more people to flee in search of safety than any other time in modern history, we need to protect refugees rather than reject them out of misplaced fear,” said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of CLINIC.
  • Jan 26, 2017: Immigration orders weaken core American values
    Jan 26, 2017: SILVER SPRING, Maryland – Immigration-focused executive orders signed Jan. 25 by President Trump “greatly challenge and weaken the United States’ history and core value of offering refuge to the persecuted,” said Bishop Kevin W. Vann, chairman of the board of directors of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., the nation’s largest network of nonprofit immigration services agencies.
  • Jan 18, 2017: On the Cusp of Inauguration Day, Nearly 900 Organizations Urge President-elect Trump to Continue...
    Jan 18, 2017: Nearly 900 religious, civil rights, ethnic and immigrant rights organizations who work on behalf of immigrants and their families are urging President-elect Trump to protect the more than 740,000 individuals who currently hold Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA.
  • Dec 22, 2016: CLINIC applauds end of NSEERS immigrant registry program
    Dec 22, 2016: The Obama administration had welcome news with its Dec. 22 announcement that it will permanently dismantle the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System, known as NSEERS. CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson said the decision, which is effective Dec. 23, “is a victory for our Muslim brothers and sisters, and all people of faith and good conscience.”