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  • Oct 24, 2016: A Needed Wake-Up Call
    Oct 24, 2016: CLINIC Immigrant Integration manager Leya Speasmaker’s newest blog encourages citizens to embrace newcomers in their neighborhood and host gatherings in their homes. This allows families, children especially, to learn and grow as they get to know cultures different from their own.
  • Oct 14, 2016: Local organizations speak out against locking infants in detention centers
    Oct 14, 2016: At the end of the summer, CLINIC partnered with faith and community-based organizations around the country to bring awareness to the growing number of immigrant mothers with infants and young children who are locked in detention centers. Supporters held symbolic baby showers in 10 cities, sent cards denouncing family detention to Jeh Johnson, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, while using social media to document the campaign and continue to raise awareness.
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    Oct 7, 2016: Sometimes the best strategy is flying under the radar
    Oct 7, 2016: Immigration advocates and state legislators across the country had their hands full protecting “sanctuary cities” this past legislative term. These cities and local municipalities are known for enforcing policies that prohibited local law enforcement from working with federal immigration authorities without just cause. Louisiana, in particular, faced unique challenges Robert Tasman, executive director of the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops (LCCB), attributes to the conflicting values of its residents and leaders.
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    Sep 27, 2016: CLINIC Fellow Profile: Monica Callahan, where passion and culture meets
    Sep 27, 2016: Monica Callahan began working with Catholic Immigration Services of Little Rock as a CLINIC Fellow less than a year ago. She did not have much exposure to the complex issues of immigration law, but was inspired by her background with the Spanish language.
  • Sep 26, 2016: Will the sunset provisions be extended again?
    Sep 26, 2016: CLINIC attorneys examine the special immigrant non-minister religious worker program, which is set to expire on September 30, 2016, unless Congress takes action to reauthorize it.
  • 13th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference
    Sep 20, 2016: The 13th Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference reflected hope beyond the turmoil of...
    Sep 20, 2016: The Annual Immigration Law and Policy Conference, co-sponsored by CLINIC, typically focuses on nonpartisan policy discussion with an academic focus. This year it offered an electorally timely twist: not just policy, but politics as well.
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    Sep 13, 2016: Delayed Appreciation: My Naturalization Story
    Sep 13, 2016: CLINIC Advocacy Attorney Christy Williams became a citizen five years ago. While she is proud of her experience, she remembers not seeing its true value until working with immigrants who had more challenging citizenship journeys.
  • Aug 29, 2016: CLINIC Fellow Lauren Armbrester finds her calling
    Aug 29, 2016: When talking to Lauren Armbrester, our CLINIC Fellow with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh, it’s obvious she is passionate about working with immigrants in her community. As a newly accredited BIA representative, she doesn’t view this as just a job, but as a way to live her spirituality.

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    Dec 8, 2016: CARA Family Detention Project Lauds Ruling to Deny Child Care Licensing to Immigration Detention...
    Dec 8, 2016: The partner organizations in the CARA Family Detention Project applaud the December 2 decision by a Texas state court to block the federal government’s effort to obtain licenses allowing it to detain immigrant children at detention centers in Dilley and Karnes City, Texas. Travis County District Court Judge Karin Crump struck down a regulation that would have allowed these for-profit detention centers to obtain state child care licenses while detaining asylum-seeking children and mothers for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
  • Nov 2, 2016: CLINIC joins Catholic partners in call to protect Haitians after Hurricane Matthew
    Nov 2, 2016: CLINIC, joined by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA, asked Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and State Department Secretary John Kerry to do more to care for and protect Haitians following Hurricane Matthew.
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    Oct 11, 2016: End Family Detention Share Federal Government Must Adopt Own Advisory Committee’s Recommendations...
    Oct 11, 2016: Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers issued a report in which it unanimously concluded that "detention is generally neither appropriate nor necessary for families." Without a doubt, the harsh treatment of asylum seeking families, as described in the report, is consistent with what the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the American Immigration Council (Council) and Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
  • Sep 9, 2016: 18 CLINIC affiliates receive USCIS funding for Citizenship and Integration Services
    Sep 9, 2016: Programs to help immigrants become citizens and integrate into American society will be bolstered by nearly $10 million in grants from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to 18 affiliates of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.
  • Aug 31, 2016: CLINIC welcomes evaluation of private prison contractor use in immigration detention system
    Aug 31, 2016: Yesterday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson directed the Homeland Security Advisory Council to evaluate whether DHS should stop contracting with private prisons for its immigrant detention facilities.
  • Jun 23, 2016: Supreme Court tied vote continues block on Obama’s immigration actions
    Jun 23, 2016: SILVER SPRING, Maryland -- The Supreme Court’s 4-4 ruling today in U.S. v. Texas shatters the hopes of millions of immigrants who might otherwise have obtained temporary relief from immigration enforcement under two Obama administration programs. “We’re extremely disappointed,” said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., the largest network of nonprofit immigration legal services programs in the nation. 
  • Jun 15, 2016: CARA Report on Mothers Targeted by DHS Enforcement Actions Shows Disturbing Due Process Concerns
    Jun 15, 2016: DILLEY, TX –The stories of Central American mothers who were picked up for deportation in the latest round of federal enforcement actions shows a pattern of targeted scrutiny towards individuals who have viable asylum claims, states CLINIC and its partners in the CARA Pro Bono Family Detention project in a new report. 
  • May 25, 2016: Federal Government Steps Up Efforts to Deport Central American Mothers and Children Without Due...
    May 25, 2016: SAN ANTONIO, TX – Since news broke two weeks ago of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) renewed targeting of families and unaccompanied children fleeing violence in Central America, attorneys with the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project at the South Texas Family Residential Center (STFRC) and the Karnes County Residential Center in Texas, have already seen 16 such families.

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