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USCIS Proposes Stateside Pre-adjudication of Unlawful Presence Waivers for Immediate Relatives

The USCIS published its much-anticipated proposed regulations on March 30 that provide for the stateside filing of a waiver of inadmissibility for some who will trigger the unlawful presence bar upon leaving for their consular interview.  The agency has provided 60 days, or until June 1, to submit comments.  CLINIC will be preparing and circulating model comments should affiliates elect to submit a response.

Updates and Tips on Asylee and Refugee Cases from the Fifth Conference on Effective Representation of Asylees and Refugees

By Jennie Guilfoyle On March 6-7, 2012 CLINIC, along with nine other co-sponsoring organizations, hosted the Fifth Conference on Effective Representation of Asylees and Refugees in Omaha, Nebraska at the Creighton University School of Law.  The conference culminated on March 8th with a tour of the Nebraska Service Center.  Numerous government speakers attended, from USCIS Headquarters, the Department of State, and the Nebraska and Texas Service Centers.

Bill Introduced in Alabama to Strengthen Controversial State Immigration Law HB 56

On April 5, the Republican leadership of Alabama’s House of Representatives introduced a new bill HB 658 to tweak Alabama’s toughest-in-the-nation immigration law (HB 56) in ways that they believe with strengthen it.  The new bill proposes a whole host of changes that the House Speaker Mike Hubbard says are designed to make the law easier to enforce and more likely to withstand constitutional challenge. 

Fifth Circuit Upholds Block on Ordinance Restricting Housing Based on Immigration Status

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has held that a Farmer’s Branch, Texas municipal housing ordinance was actually an attempt by the city to regulate immigration and therefore is unconstitutional.  The ordinance required all tenants in the city to obtain licenses demonstrating their citizenship or immigration status. 

CIS Affirms 1990 Policy Memo on CR Status for Children

Do you have conditional resident children clients who do not have conditional resident parents?  You may, if you have a stepchild of a U.S. citizen who immigrated without the parent who married the citizen.  Most frequently this will happen when there is a non-waivable inadmissibility ground that affects the ability of the alien spouse to immigrate, but not his or her child.   

Recognition and Accreditation

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced in February that it is reviewing and considering amending the regulations governing the process of recognizing immigration services organizations and accrediting their staff.  CLINIC submitted its initial comments on March 6, participated in person at public meetings hosted by the agency, and shared these final comments on March 30. 

New CLINIC Member

CLINIC has accepted a new member agency, St. Ann's Catholic Church in Lexington, Nebraska. The parish is in the Diocese of Grand Island and is seeking to start an immigration legal program through BIA recognition and accreditation.


CLINIC congratulates the following program staff on receiving Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) credentials as accredited representatives: Rochelle Nicks and Emily Rose, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse, La Crosse, WI, received partial accreditation on March 6, 2012.