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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 recognition of immigration services organizations and accreditation of representatives.  CLINIC submitted its initial comments and participated in person at public meetings hosted by the agency.  CLINIC will submit further comments by the end of March and urges all of CLINIC’s affiliates to share their comments and concerns with EOIR as well.

11th Circuit Court of Appeals Blocks More of Alabama’s Enforcement Law

  On March 8, 2012, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocked two more sections of Alabama’s harsh immigration enforcement law, HB 56. 

ICE Revises Standards for Immigration Detention

ICE announced revised its detention standards on February 27, 2012.  CLINIC participated in a working group to develop the standards, known as PBNDS 2011 (Performance Based National Detention Standards 2011).  Special attention was paid to standards that improve medical and mental health services, increase access to legal services and religious opportunities, improve communication with detainees with limited English proficiency, improve the process for reporting and responding to complaints, reinforce protections against sexual abus

BIA Accreditations

CLINIC congratulates the following program staff on receiving initial and renewed Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) credentials as accredited representatives: Paula Read, Catholic Charities Diocese of Albany, Albany, NY received partial accreditation on February 22, 2012. Carolina Farvour received initial partial accreditation; Laurie Martinez and So Thao were re-accredited with partial accreditation on February 17, 2012; all are from Catholic Charities of Green Bay, Inc., Green Bay, WI.

Lockbox Filing of Forms I-601 and I-212

By Jennie Guilfoyle The USCIS recently announced that it will soon change the filing and adjudication locations of waiver applications that are currently filed overseas.  Once this change goes into effect, all I-601s and associated I-212s and I-290Bs that were previously filed at U.S. embassies or consulates abroad and then forwarded to a USCIS overseas office will be filed at the Phoenix Lockbox and adjudicated at the Nebraska Service Center.  On March 9, 2012 the USCIS held a stakeholder engagement call to discuss the specifics of this lockbox filing program.

Comments Regarding Proposed Changes to Regulations Governing Recognition and Accreditation

The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) submitted these comments on March 30, 2012 in response to the Executive Office for Immigration Review’s (EOIR) proposal to amend the regulations governing the recognition of organizations and accreditation of representatives who appear before EOIR.

Religious Worker Visa Program Sign On Letter

CLINIC and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops joined other faith-based organizations in asking Congress to permanently extend the Religious Worker Visa Program.  See the letter here.

State & Local Immigration Policy Map Training

CLINIC hosted a webinar to train users of CLINIC's new web-based State & Local Immigration Policy Map. The Map offers CLINIC's many state-specific resources on policy proposals affecting immigrants and their families. This webinar will be free and open to the public. During this fully interactive training, participants experienced a real-time demonstration of the Map's capabilities, received step-by-step instruction in finding materials, asked questions of CLINIC's State & Local Advocacy Attorney Karen Lucas and CLINIC's Communications O

Making Technology Work for Your Program Part 2: Effectively Using Social Media and Outreach Tools

Join us for Part 2 in a four part series as we talk about how best to use social media and outreach tech tools to increase the visibility of your program on the internet.  We'll compare the current options such as blogging, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter and examine the pluses and minuses of using each one.  We'll also talk about sources for tech support, particularly for non-profits. Held on February 28, 2012.