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Webinar: DACA Now – Administrative Relief Next: Evaluation for Success

Held November 12th, 2014 Is evaluation a component of your program?  This webinar offers various recommendations on what to evaluate and how.  CLINIC will feature how DACA services, past and present, are important lessons learned when planning to implement even larger-scale services.  Nearly 600,000 DACA applications have been approved out of an estimated 1.7 million eligible.  Is this success?  What outcomes have occurred in the lives of DACA recipients? 

CLINIC Advocacy Director Makes the Case for Administrative Relief

Allison Posner, CLINIC Director of Advocacy, joins EWTN News Nightly and Jonathan Keim of the Judicial Crisis Network to share her thoughts on the White House’s forthcoming Executive Action regarding immigration.  Segment begins at 3:50.  Source:  EWTN News Nightly 11-14-2014.

Bishops Advocate for Immigration Action

CLINIC and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) support the prospect of an executive order on immigration to prevent the separation of families.  In a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johsnon, CLINIC Board Chair, Bishop Kevin Vann and Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo encourage reform.   Read the article.  Source:  The Seattle Post-Intelligencer 11-14-20014.

Nebraska Immigration Legal Assistance Hotline

If you were in need of legal assistance, where would you go for help? How would you know if they could assist you?

Bishops to Introduce New Congress to Church Priorities

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops President, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky intends to meet with President Obama and members of Congress to convey the importance of various priority issues to the Catholic community.  The Fall Assembly of U.S. Bishops saw a renewed commitment to addressing immigration and other issues threatening human dignity.  Read the article.  11-12-2014

CLINIC Executive Director Urges Reevaluation of Family-based System

Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director,recommends changes to immigration policy to unify families and offer undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship.  “We have basically encouraged or used the labor of the people who are here on unauthorized status – they need to be given some sort of benefit, and we would like to see them put on a path towards citizenship,” says Atkinson.  Read the article.  11-12-2014

Welcome, Robyn McCormick!

Robyn McCormick joined the Religious Immigration Section of CLINIC in June 2014.  She is working with Attorney Kate Kuznetsova to help provide legal services to RIS clients.

USCIS to Increase Number of Site Visits

As you may be aware, part of the immigration process of sponsoring international religious workers to the U.S. involves a site visit from USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services).  This is required per the immigration regulations and is used to verify the elements of the petition filed by the sponsor (including sponsor and beneficiary information, work location, etc.).  These site visits may occur with advance notice or without any notice at all. 

The Impact of Artesia: One Volunteer’s Story

By Angelia Amaya RIS Legal Assistant  

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