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Guiding Principles

CLINIC reflects the Church’s own tradition of exile, flight and migration. Catholic social teaching identifies the Holy Family, in their flight to Egypt, as the “archetype of every refugee family.” Jesus identified with newcomers (“I was a stranger and you welcomed me”), so that in the Catholic tradition, newcomers “image” God. It identifies the Church itself as a “pilgrim” Church. Catholic teaching views migration not as a divisive phenomenon, but as an occasion to build the human family.

Comments on the Department of Health and Human Services' DACA/Lawfully Present Amendment

On October 23, 2012, CLINIC and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services in response to the Department’s amendment of the definition of the term “lawfully present.”  The amendment will prevent those granted deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program from accessing affordable health insurance coverage options.  Excluding DACA recipients from this program is in

Ninth Circuit Upholds Retention of Priority Date for Aged-Out Derivatives

The Ninth Circuit recently weighed in on one of most ambiguous and hotly contested provisions in the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA): whether a derivative child who has aged out and is the beneficiary of a new petition filed by the LPR parent can retain the priority date of the petition originally filed for the parent.  The answer lies on how the court interprets a section of the CSPA that is codified in INA § 203(h)(3).  It reads as follows:

Temporary Protected Status Extended for Haitians

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti for an additional 18 months. Secretary Napolitano is also extending the suspension of certain requirements for F-1 nonimmigrant Haitian students.

CLINIC Staff Honored

Congratulations to Jack Holmgren, CLINIC's attorney and Field Support Coordinator in San Francisco, on receiving an award from the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, Berkeley, California.  The East Bay Sanctuary Covenant is celebrating its 30th year providing assistance to refugees, asylees and other immigrants from all over the world providing a broad range of administratively-based immigration legal services through 15 staff and volunteers.    

BIA Staff Accreditation

CLINIC congratulates Carlos Guevara, staff at the Diocese of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, Michigan on being granted partial accreditation by the Board of Immigration Appeals on September 18, 2012.

HHS Blocks DACA Recipients

At the end of August, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) blocked recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) from participating in healthcare coverage options under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Alabama and Georgia Challenge 11th Circuit Panel’s Decision

In August, a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals rendered decisions on
Alabama’s and Georgia’s immigration enforcement laws. The panel blocked some controversial
parts of these laws, including: (1) Alabama’s Section 28, requiring public K-12 schools to count
newly-enrolling unlawfully present children; (2) Alabama’s Section 27, voiding most private
contracts entered into with unlawfully present individuals; and (3) Alabama’s Section 13 and
Georgia’s Section 8, criminalizing the harboring or transporting of unlawfully present