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Citizenship: “It’s Time to Step up Our Game”

Approximately 8.8 million lawful permanent residents are eligible for United States citizenship but fewer than 10 percent naturalize every year. With this in mind, New Americans Campaign partners Eric Cohen, Stewart Kwoh, Arturo Vargas join CLINIC Executive Director, Jeanne Atkinson in an op-ed encouraging citizenship and promoting prosperity.  Source:  The Hill.  Read the article.  March 30, 2015

2014 CLINIC Pro Bono Award Recipient

2014 CLINIC Pro Bono Award CLINIC is proud to recognize the hard work and dedication of those who support the BIA Pro Bono Project.  In particular, we recognize the law firm of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan as the recipient of CLINIC’s 2014 Pro Bono Award.

All in the (CLINIC) Family

By Tessa W. McKenzie Our commitment to supporting newcomers is personal and at CLINIC, we are inspired by friends who have overcome numerous obstacles to become naturalized US citizens.  Saba Hailu is one such friend, who journeyed from aspiring citizen to new American.  Saba’s determination strengthens our resolve to ensure that the foreign-born have access to opportunities for citizenship and civic participation.

Week 5 Lenten Reflection: Unaccompanied Minors and Family Migration

Matthew 18:1-5 At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.” “Nothing is as Important to the Church as Human Life”

Immigration Detention Demoralizes Refugee Families

Refugees from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras remain caught in America’s disjointed immigration system and the oppressive practice of family detention.  Michelle Mendez, CLINIC Training and Legal Support Attorney, discusses the trauma and disillusionment experienced by women and children fleeing persecution and consequently, stuck in immigration detention.  Source:  Global Sisters Report.  Read the article.  March 25, 2015
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Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee/Parole Program

CLINIC has created a number of resources explaining the CAM program and which families may qualify:   Articles:

The Other Waiver: Form I-212

While attention has been focused on the I-601 waiver to remedy most grounds of inadmissibility, little has been said about the Form I-212. In this webinar we will cover the ground of inadmissibility for prior deportations and removal, including expedited removal, and the waiver for that ground of inadmissibility.

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