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Study Indicates that Significant Percentage of Unauthorized Immigrants May Be Eligible for Permanent Status

The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) has released the results of a survey on unauthorized immigrants who were found to be potentially eligible for permanent immigration status during screening for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The study found that 14.3 percent of immigrants screened for DACA eligibility were potentially eligible for some other immigration benefit or relief.

Executive Action Expanding Parole in Place - Frequently Asked Questions

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced executive actions to change immigration policy.  One of these reforms will expand the existing “parole in place” program for the spouses, children, and parents of members of the U.S. Armed Forces.  That program was officially recognized and implemented by a November 15, 2013 memo that described eligibility and filing procedures for parole in place.  This FAQ summarizes that memo and the proposed expansion. What is parole in place? 

Network Affiliate Profile: Ryan Patterson from Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City

By Tessa McKenzie CLINIC values the dedication and commitment to service demonstrated by our affiliate agencies in their work with their communities. We wish to highlight outstanding individual agency staff in a series of profiles appearing monthly.   Ryan Patterson Assistant Director

New Subscriber (December 2014)

CLINIC has accepted a new subscriber, UNO Federation Community Services, Inc. in Clearwater, Florida. Ralph A. Emmanuelli, Executive Director lists staff William Sanchez and Luiz Irizarry.

BIA Agency Recognition and Staff Accreditations (December 2014)

CLINIC congratulates program staff and member agencies on receiving BIA accreditation and agency recognition.    Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey, San Luis Obispo, California, received agency recognition from the Board of Immigration Appeals Recognition and staff Alondra Ortiz  received partial accreditation  on 11-25-14.

Promising Initiatives

Immigrant integration takes place in communities all over the country in a variety of ways. Each organization and each community makes decisions to pursue and promote integration in ways they believe will be most successful in their local area. CLINIC has highlighted some diverse integration programming options taking place at our member agencies.    

Citizenship Test Preparation

Citizenship test preparation classes are the perfect complement to legal services in helping immigrants become United States citizens. Services for citizenship can range broadly, from basic classes and conversations with mentors, to extensive preparatory mock interviews. The following model programs, tools, and trainings provide resources for immigrant legal services and integration programs aiming to expand their services. The Outside Resources section also includes some links to helpful materials produced by other organizations.