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Immigrant Lives Hinge on the Availability of Quality Legal Assistance

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Administrative Relief, and the Central American Refugee Border Crisis have intensified the need for affordable, quality legal immigration services.   CLINIC is recognized for building the capacity of community immigration programs and Bradley Jenkins, CLINIC BIA Pro Bono Project Coordinator, is quoted regarding representation for vulnerable immigrants. Read the article.  Source:  NBC News 12-4-2014.   

Webinar: Understanding the President’s Executive Actions on Immigration

On November 20th, the President announced changes to immigration policies that could impact close to 5 million people. Hear experts from CLINIC and USCCB discuss a new Deferred Action policy for parents, expansion of the DACA program, changes to federal immigration enforcement, and additional immigration executive actions, as well as what you can do in your communities to share accurate information and access qualified legal services.   Held December 2nd, 2014  

Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life

As an immigration attorney at CLINIC, I represent hundreds of religious men and women (priests, brothers, sisters, and other religious workers) from all over the world.  I feel privileged to be a part of a team assisting these modern day disciples called to ministry in the United States.  The diversity and determination of these individuals amazes me; not only where they are from, but also the services they perform and how they were called to religious life. 

Overview of 2014 State Legislation (Nov 2014)

To: Catholic Conference Directors and Other State Advocates From: Jen Riddle - Advocacy Attorney, State and Local Immigration Project Subject: Overview of State and Local Immigration Legislation in 2014  Date: November 20, 2014  

Recent State & Local Immigration Developments (Oct 2014)

Alabama Agrees Not to Publish “Scarlet Letter” Immigrant List  

Fellowship that Bears Fruit

“Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land.” -Deuteronomy 15:11 This December 2, CLINIC invites you to experience the joy that comes from working in communion with friends for an important cause. 

Legal Experts Warn Against “Notario Fraud”

Allison Posner, CLINIC Director of Advocacy, joins immigrant advocates in discouraging immigration legal assistance from unauthorized practitioners.   The Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation, including CLINIC, is cited as credible source for accurate information regarding Administrative Relief.  Read the article.  Source:  NBC News 11-30-2014.

Preparing Your Program and Community for Administrative Relief

On, November 20th, the President announced updates to the DACA process, a new Deferred Action process for parents, and additional immigration executive actions. We are still waiting for more details on how this program will be implemented. In the meantime, CLINIC presented this affiliate-only webinar to review and summarize what we do know. It also discussed strategies for communicating with clients, performing outreach to the community, and preparing your program for increased demand for services.

Question Corner (November 2014)

Question: You just agreed to represent an F-2A beneficiary in her application for residency through consular processing.  You learn that she has a 20-year-old unmarried daughter who wants to immigrate as a derivative beneficiary. The priority date is current – in fact it's been current for almost two years.  The daughter will turn 21 in February.  Do you have any reason to worry about her aging-out, as long as she starts the consular processing in her case before her 21st birthday?    

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