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By Louise Maria Puck, Intern

CLINIC’s 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 through the dissemination of best practices currently present in CLINIC affiliate agencies.


CLINIC congratulates the following affiliates and staff upon receiving BIA recognition and accreditation, respectively:

Hispanic Affairs Project (HAP), Montrose, CO received agency recognition on April 15, 2015, and on the same date two staff received partial accreditation:  Nicole Bernal Ruiz, Program Director, and Marketa Zubkova, Legal Worker.


CLINIC congratulates the following program staff who received initial credentials as Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited representatives:

New Members!

African Cultural Alliance of North America, Inc. (ACANA) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ACANA’s Philadelphia office is a BIA-recognized agency with two attorneys and one BIA partially- accredited representative on staff.  ACANA’s Capitol Heights,Maryland sub-office is not recognized.

Association for Africans Living, Burlington, Vermont. The agency was granted BIA recognition on February 4, 2015.

By Ilissa Mira

Unlawful voting has serious consequences for noncitizens.  The BIA confirmed this in a precedent decision finding that a noncitizen is removable under INA § 237(a)(6)(A), regardless of whether the alien knew that he or she was unlawfully voting in violation of 18 USC § 611(a).  Matter of Fitzpatrick, 26 I&N Dec. 559 (BIA 2015).