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  • 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...
  • Sep 2, 2015: Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
    Sep 2, 2015: Reflections on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina elicit dark memories of loss of life, displacement and destruction. But looking back also reminds us of great acts of heroism and abundant generosity. For social and political reasons, we should take a long, hard look back at 2005 and where we are as a nation today. CLINIC looks back and recalls its own response to the destruction and how the Gulf Coast looks today from the perspective of welcoming immigrants and creating opportunities for social integration in the process.
  • Aug 25, 2015: My Week in Dilley, Serving Asylum Seekers Through the CARA Pro Bono Project
    Aug 25, 2015: More than 1,400 women and children—mostly from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala—are detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, TX. A significant number of these families come to the United States forced out of their communities by death threats, rape, extortion, or they are running away to keep their children from forced recruitment by the MS-13 or La 18 gangs.
  • Aug 20, 2015: Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services
    Aug 20, 2015: Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS), a CLINIC affiliate located in Sacramento, California, focuses its wide array of services through a lens of immigrant integration. Clients coming to SFBFS are screened for eligibility for any of the available services including immigrant legal services. SFBFS views it as their responsibility to serve the whole client, thus leading them, after almost 30 years of serving as the community’s food bank, to establish an immigrant legal services program to further assist their community.

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  • Feb 24, 2015: Catholic Voices Urge Reform, Rebuke Injunction of Immigration Action
    Feb 24, 2015: The US Catholic bishops and Catholic institutions expressed support for President Obama’s immigration action through testimony before Congress, statements, and appeals to parish communities.  CLINIC is featured among Catholic voices leading the call for immigration reform.  Jeanne Atkinson, Executive Director of CLINIC, is quoted, “We believe this is a temporary set-back and look forward to the decision of the appellate court.”  Read the Article.  Source:  Crux February 24, 2015
  • Feb 11, 2015: Demand for Immigration Legal Services to Skyrocket as Result of Administrative Relief
    Feb 11, 2015: Immigrant advocates face an unprecedented surge in cases following the implementation of administrative relief.  Information sessions are scripted and service provider prepare to assist clients with eligibility for expanded DACA and DAPA.  Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director explains, “Many of these agencies already have full caseloads. Capacities will be stretched almost universally.”  Read the article. Source:  Pew Charitable Trust.
  • Feb 11, 2015: Immigrant Advocates Convene to “Ready America” for Administrative Relief
    Feb 11, 2015: With Funding for the Department of Homeland Security held hostage in a Congressional battle over immigration action, advocates press on in planning for the implementation of President Obama’s executive orders.  “Ready America,” a three-day event gathering participants from 240 organizations nation-wide, was held by CLINIC and the Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation (CIRI) to prepare community groups.  Attendees shared best practices in immigration law and program management. 
  • Dec 16, 2014: Foundations and Nonprofits Build the Capacity of Service Providers in Preparation for...
    Dec 16, 2014: Immigrant advocates and foundations are teaming up to ensure community resources are in place for the implementation of administrative relief.   In light of immigration action, CLINIC and the Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation (CIRI) are among groups anticipating assistance from various foundations to support capacity building efforts.  Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director and CIRI Co-chair explains that the benefits of administrative relief will "be life-altering for [eligible] individuals…This has a cost.
  • Dec 4, 2014: Immigrant Lives Hinge on the Availability of Quality Legal Assistance
    Dec 4, 2014: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Administrative Relief, and the Central American Refugee Border Crisis have intensified the need for affordable, quality legal immigration services.   CLINIC is recognized for building the capacity of community immigration programs and Bradley Jenkins, CLINIC BIA Pro Bono Project Coordinator, is quoted regarding representation for vulnerable immigrants. Read the article.  Source:  NBC News December 4, 2014.   
  • Nov 30, 2014: Legal Experts Warn Against “Notario Fraud”
    Nov 30, 2014: Allison Posner, CLINIC Director of Advocacy, joins immigrant advocates in discouraging immigration legal assistance from unauthorized practitioners.   The Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation, including CLINIC, is cited as credible source for accurate information regarding Administrative Relief.  Read the article.  Source:  NBC News November 30, 2014.
  • Nov 21, 2014: More Work to be Done in Fixing Broken Immigration System
    Nov 21, 2014: Michelle Sardone, CLINIC Legalization Director, echoes a sentiment shared by Catholic advocates for immigration reform:  "It's going to help close to 5 million people. But we're definitely still working toward finding a permanent solution."  Read the article.  Source:  National Catholic Reporter. November 21, 2014.
  • Nov 21, 2014: Catholics Welcome Executive Action, Urge Further Reform
    Nov 21, 2014: Catholic leaders, including CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson, applaud immigration action and express the need for further action.  “Administrative relief is no substitute for legislative reform,” Jeanne explains, “We need a permanent fix to the immigration system.”   Read the article.  Source:  EWTN News. November 21, 2014.

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  • Nov 12, 2013: First Generation Civil Rights Fellowship (FirstGEN) Announcement
    Nov 12, 2013:  The Lawyers' Committee, the National Immigration Law Center and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., Announce First Generation Civil Rights Fellowship (FirstGEN) Partnership 
  • Apr 17, 2013: Bishops’ Migration Chair Welcomes Introduction Of Immigration Proposal; Pledges To Work So Final...
    Apr 17, 2013: April 17, 2013 - WASHINGTON—The introduction of U.S. Senate bipartisan legislation to reform the U.S. immigration system was welcomed by Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, April 17. Archbishop Gomez also pledged that the U.S. bishops would carefully examine the legislation and work with Congress to ensure that any final measure respects the basic human rights and dignity of migrants.
  • Apr 17, 2013: CLINIC Welcomes Immigration Action
    Apr 17, 2013: Washington, D.C. (April 17, 2013) - [En Español] - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is encouraged by the U.S. Senate’s consideration of a bill that will reform the broken immigration system. CLINIC announces that its network of more than 215 charitable legal service providers stands ready to serve low income and vulnerable immigrants when a bill is finally signed into law.
  • Mar 5, 2013: USCCB Subcommittee Chairman Announces Nearly $1 Million in Grants
    Mar 5, 2013: WASHINGTON—The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the official domestic anti-poverty agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has approved special grants totaling $800,000 to mobilize Catholics on behalf of comprehensive immigration reform and to prepare Catholic institutions toserve communities benefiting from the reform legislation.
  • Feb 20, 2013: CLINIC Appoints New Executive Director
    Feb 20, 2013: February 20, 2013 (Washington DC) - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeanne Atkinson to the position of Executive Director, effective March 18, 2013.  Ms. Atkinson currently serves as the Director of Catholic Charities’ Immigration Legal Services program for the Archdiocese of Washington.   She has worked for Catholic Charities since 1992, directing their highly active and successful legal services program – which operates out of four locations – in 1997 to 1998 and from 2000 to the...
  • Nov 13, 2012: Coalition Launches Unprecedented, National Campaign to Help Legal Residents
    Nov 13, 2012: November 13, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA - An unprecedented national network of more than 80 legal-service providers, businesses, faith-based organizations, community leaders and foundations has launched The New Americans Campaign, a nonpartisan project to modernize the system of naturalization assistance and to help more immigrants who are legal permanent residents become U.S. citizens. The campaign launches this week after a pilot phase; it focuses on cities across the country with large populations of citizenship-eligible residents.
  • Oct 19, 2012: Asylee Resource Hotline Closes After 11 Years
    Oct 19, 2012: Washington, DC (October 19, 2012) - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) regretfully announces today the termination of its National Asylee Information and Referral Hotline.  The 11-year-old, toll-free hotline, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), has provided vital information and resources to more than 39,000 asylees since its inception.  ORR did not award funding to renew this project for 2013.     The asylee hotline, provided by CLINIC and ran in partnership with Catholic Charities...
  • Jun 25, 2012: CLINIC Encouraged by Supreme Court Decision on Immigration
    Jun 25, 2012: Washington, D.C. (June 25, 2012)  The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is encouraged by today’s 5-3 Supreme Court decision to strike down three of the four provisions of Arizona’s immigration law that were challenged earlier this year.    “This decision is a broad affirmation of federal supremacy in the area of immigration, and that is very positive,” said Maria M. Odom, CLINIC’s Executive Director.  “However, the Court’s decision to block several components of the Arizona law does not take the place of much-needed federal immigration reform.  ...

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