CLINIC values the dedication and commitment to service demonstrated by our affiliate agencies in their work with their communities.  This month we highlight an outstanding agency:      

Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the East Bay (JFCS/East Bay)

Nation-wide, over 190 counties and localities have limited cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.   CLINIC data on “detainers” is cited to demonstrate the growing number of localities out of these temporary holds of the foreign-born, charged with low-level, local offenses.  Read the article.  August 3, 2014

Dear RIS Client,


Please be aware that the U.S. Department of State (DOS) is reporting delays in the issuance of visas for those traveling to the U.S.  U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad have experienced a worldwide system outage due to a technical/database problem and are currently working to resolve this issue.  Thus, a visa applicant may experience a delay in getting a visa appointment and in getting visas and passports returned.  If possible, you may want to adjust your travel plans until this issue is resolved. 


My first post discussed one of many examples of the life-giving work that the Church is doing to support immigrant families who are not detained and contrasted the Catholic shelter to the detention center in Artesia, New Mexico.