On July 17, the civil rights organizations challenging Arizona’s immigration enforcement law “SB 1070” – which include the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) – asked a federal district court in Arizona to block the law’s “show me your papers” provision (Section 2B) before it has a chance to go into effect.  In June, the U.S.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) signed onto a July 23, 2012 letter urging members of Congress to support the Help Separated Families Act, legislation introduced by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA-34).

By Allison Posner

On July 23, the Transactional Access Records Clearinghouse (TRAC) released a report showing that, as of June 28, ICE had closed a total of 5,684 cases, or 1.9 percent of the 298,000 cases reviewed thus far. The TRAC report breaks down administrative closure statistics by nationality and by location of the immigration court.

CLINIC  congratulates the following member agency and program staff on receiving recognition and new BIA credentials, respectively: 

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Springfield, MA, Elliot Street Office received agency recognition from the Board of Immigration Appeals on April 30, 2012.

Edyta Ras, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Springfield, MA, Springfield, MA, received partial BIA accreditation on 04/30/2012.

Lan Truong, New Hampshire Catholic Charities, Inc., Manchester, NH, received partial BIA accreditation on 06/12/2012