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CLINIC and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops are hosting a conference on state and local immigration issues.  The conference will be held in Salt Lake City from January 11-13, 2012.  We will discuss methods for opposing enforcement initiatives and supporting comprehensive immigration reform. Workshops will include:

  • strategies for communications and messaging;
  • coalition building; and
  • parish organizing and education.

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On October 31, the Department of Justice announced it was filing a complaint and injunction against certain provisions in the recently passed South Carolina immigration law (Act No. 69).  Passed in June, the South Carolina law is set to go into effect on January 1st. The law requires police officers to question the immigration status of individuals stopped for other reasons if the officers suspect them to be undocumented.

CLINIC’s State & Local Initiatives Project is pleased to announce its Alabama Resource Center, located on CLINIC’s website.  The site includes an analysis of the new law and the subsequent court rulings blocking parts of it, and talking points for advocacy on this and other state anti-immigrant measures.

In August, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would exercise prosecutorial discretion in 300,000 pending immigration removal cases.  And it recently announced plans to implement that plan and train DHS staff.  CLINIC’s Advocacy staff is interested in hearing from you about your experiences with requesting prosecutorial discretion in your cases.  Please contact me at to share your experiences regarding the merits of your clients’ cases and how the government responded to your reque

By Allison Posner

On October 24, 2011, CLINIC celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Pro Bono Project.  A reception was generously hosted by the law firm Fried Frank with special guests in attendance, including the Honorable Immigration Judge Paul Schmidt, Acting Director of EOIR Juan Osuna, and Acting Chairman of the BIA David Neal.

By Susan Schreiber and Charles Wheeler

The highlight of CLINIC’s annual family immigration law training in El Paso on November 16-17, 2011 was a presentation by consular and USCIS officials.  Catherine Holt, Chief of the Immigrant Visa (IV) Section, and Yolanda Miranda, Field Office Director at the USCIS office located at the consulate, each spoke and then answered questions for over two hours.  The following is a summary of the information they provided at the conference and during the consular tour on November 18th.