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  • Oct 24, 2016: CLINIC Fellow Profile: Susana Quiroga – Attorney, Immigrant, Daughter, Fellow
    Oct 24, 2016: Susana Caterina Quiroga was born in Puno, Peru on May 25, 1978, not 1943 as her American lawyer indicated on her immigration forms. An attorney herself, Quiroga was wary of her lawyer’s suggestion to sign the forms without looking them over. Trusting her instinct, she insisted despite not fully understanding them; which turned out to be a good idea because she caught the mistake the attorney later blamed on his paralegal. This experience still stands out to her as one of the main reasons she decided to work in immigration.
  • 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.

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  • 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.”
  • Dec 16, 2016: CLINIC welcomes change to immigration R&A program
    Dec 16, 2016: The Department of Justice’s rule on the Recognition and Accreditation of Non-Attorney Representatives is now available at the Federal Register website. The final rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Dec. 19. It will take effect Jan. 18, 2017. The rule makes substantial changes to the Recognition and Accreditation Program, which includes removing the nominal fee requirement and requiring renewal of recognition. The leadership of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., welcomes the changes.
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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).

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