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Alabama Misses an Opportunity to Truly Reform its Enforcement Law and Adds New Civil Rights Intrusions

In May, Alabama enacted a new state immigration law.  This law makes changes to Alabama’s “toughest-in-the-nation” state immigration enforcement regime (HB 56), which passed in 2011. 

Filing Tips from the USCIS Office of Intake and Document Production on I-601s and I-212s

Background.  The Office of Intake and Document Production (OIDP) manages USCIS Lockbox operations. The USCIS Lockbox network centralizes and streamlines application receipting and provides secure fee collection and strong financial controls. Beginning on June 4, 2012, overseas applicants filing Forms I-601 and I-212 began mailing them to USCIS’s Phoenix Lockbox facility. OIDP offers the following tips to help customers avoid common application rejection reasons when filing these forms at a Lockbox facility.

USCIS Stakeholder Engagement on Centralized Form I-601 Filing

On May 31, 2012, USCIS held a teleconference to discuss the transition to centralized lockbox filing of Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, filed by applicants outside the United States.  This new process is separate and distinct from the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that was announced on March 30, 2012, which outlines a proposed process for provisional unlawful presence waivers.  CLINIC’s notes from the teleconference are below.

New CLINIC Subscriber

CLINIC welcomes a new subscriber, Proyecto Inmigrante ICS, Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas.  Douglas D. Interiano, Executive Director, advised that his agency is BIA recognized with two BIA partially accredited representatives. Mr. Interiano is partially accredited as is Maribel Muñoz, Civic and Naturalization Education Coordinator. Rocio Interiano, Program Assistant, is in the BIA accreditation process with an application pending.

BIA Accreditation

Congratulations to the following program staff on receiving and/or renewing their Board of Immigration Appeals credentials: Catholic Charities, Portland, OR, advised that three staff were reaccredited at the partial BIA level.  They are John Herrera and Elizabeth Beckman who received their renewals on April 25, 2012, and Long Nguyen, who was reaccredited on May 4, 2012.  On June 4, 2012, the Board of Immigration Appeals granted Lisa Burns, Marshall Jensen, and Michael Puccetti partial accreditation at Catholic Charities of Albuquerque.

President Announces Administrative Relief to DREAMers

On June 15th the Administration announced that it will stop deporting DREAM Act-eligible youth.  In addition, it will use its authority to grant, on a case-by-case basis, deferred action status valid for two years.  At the end of that two-year period, deferred action can be renewed. Those granted deferred action will be eligible for work authorization for the duration of deferred action.  Aliens who meet the following criteria can qualify for this relief:

CLINIC Encouraged by Supreme Court Decision on Immigration

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.   CLINIC’s affiliates throughout the country will continue to work to keep families together and bring a measure of justice to a broken immigration system.” Though the Court decided that the troubling “show me your papers” provision could not be blocked at this time, CLINIC will continue to monitor pending legal and civil rights challenges to this section, which threatens essential civil liberties and family unity. 

CLINIC Launches Self-Directed eLearning

Washington, D.C. (June 20, 2012) The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is enhancing its legal immigration training courses with an innovative new learning tool: a self-directed online training course.   This first self-directed e-learning course called “Volunteers Helping Immigrants Become U.S. Citizens: The Naturalization Group Application Workshop,” trains volunteers on the most effective ways they can help immigrants apply for U.S. citizenship.   “Naturalization is a cornerstone of immigrant integration,” said Maria M. Odom, executive director of CLINIC.  ”Among many things, it creates an opportunity for volunteers in our welcoming communities to work with immigrants who are ready to take the meaningful step of applying for U.S. citizenship. This training is an essential tool for those dedicated volunteers.”  The self-directed course allows participants to complete the training on their own schedules and in the comfort of their offices or homes.  This free course educates participants on the basics of

Administrative Relief to DREAMers

In light of the recent ground breaking announcement providing a deferral opportunity for undocumented youth, CLINIC has created some initial resources that may help you field media and community questions.