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RIS Staff Retreat – Fall 2014

By Minyoung Ohm RIS Attorney  

A Note of Thanks

By Miguel Naranjo RIS Director   At this time of the year I always find myself reflecting on the past 11 months.  I look back at the things we accomplished, the things that did not turn out so well, and on how we might do things differently in the New Year.  In addition, I also feel grateful for many things in life, including how fortunate I am to be working at CLINIC with the Religious Immigration Services (RIS) section

CLINIC Resources for Administrative Relief

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a major immigration policy change that would grant millions of individuals (without legal status in the U.S.) temporary stay from deportation and the opportunity to apply for work authorization.   This administrative relief would be valid for three years.  The executive action contains several initiatives including:  

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.

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