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Center for Immigrant Integration (March 2015 Updates)

By: Leya Speasmaker   CLINIC’s brand new Center for Immigrant Integration seeks to encourage and facilitate the development of immigrant integration initiatives throughout its network through the creation of resources and trainings and the dissemination of best practices currently present in CLINIC affiliate agencies.

Question Corner (March 2015)

Question: Your client Francisco recently naturalized after becoming an LPR in 2007 through Life Act legalization.  Now he wants to petition for his wife Lorena, to whom he has been married since 1999.   Lorena first came to the U.S. EWI in 2002, but Francisco has been living in the U.S. since 1980.    Francisco tells you that his USC brother petitioned for him in 2000, but he was able to adjust status sooner through LIFE legalization.   Francisco and Lorena are wondering if Lorena may be eligible to adjust status. 

Catholic Charities of Central Texas Springs into Action

Since President Obama’s November 20th announcement of administrative relief, legal service providers have been working overtime to educate communities about policy shifts, the implementation process, and the options available.  Informing the public regarding changes of this magnitude is no small task.

New Affiliates (March 2015)

United Methodist Mexican-American Ministries (UMMAM), Garden City, KS. The organization is not staffed with an attorney.  It is seeking BIA recognition for four offices in Garden City, Dodge City, Liberal and Ulysses. Saathi of Rochester, Inc., East Rochester and Danville, NY.  This nonprofit focuses on serving South Asian survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  It does not have an attorney on staff practicing immigration law.  It is seeking to re-accredit a staff person who has returned to practice immigration law.

BIA Agency Recognition and Staff Accreditations (March 2015)

CLINIC congratulates the following program staff who received credentials as Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited representatives:   Sister Doretta D’Albero, ACSJ of member Apostle Immigrant Services in New Haven, CT received approval of her partial BIA accreditation renewal on 2/11/2015.  

Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland Honored by AILA

CLINIC congratulates Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland, Migration and Refugee Services on its selection as the AILA Pro Bono Hero for its region.

USCIS Issues Revised Form G-28

By Jen Riddle This month, USCIS published revised versions of Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative, and the accompanying instructions. Beginning on April 13, 2015, all applicants and representatives must submit the new version of the G-28 form (edition date: 3/5/2015). 

Stipulation Reached in Case for Abused, Abandoned or Neglected Immigrant Children

By Martin Gauto On March 4, 2015, the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CHRCL) and Public Counsel (both based in Los Angeles) reached an important agreement with the DHS that allows certain applicants for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) and SIJS-based adjustment of status to request that the USCIS reopen their cases. Perez-Olano v. Holder, Case No. CV 05-3604 (C.D. Cal. 2005).  SIJS is an immigration benefit that allows children who have been the victims of abuse, abandonment or neglect to become lawful permanent residents.

Week 4 Lenten Reflection: Immigrant Detention

Leviticus 24:22 You shall have but one rule, for alien and native-born alike. I, the LORD, am your God. Background on Family Detention The US immigrant detention system grew more than five-fold between 1994 and 2013. In 1994 the daily detained population on a given day was 6,785 people. By 2013, that number grew to 34,260 – a figure mandated by Congress.