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Where Is S.B. 1070 Now? (July 2014)

Back to Legal Challenges to Arizona's SB 1070   In a decision in June of 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that three of the four contested provisions of Arizona’s controversial S.B. 1070  could not be upheld because they were pre-empted by federal immigration law.

CLINIC Director Jeanne Atkinson Discusses the Plight of Children Fleeing Central America on EWTN

In an interview with EWTN News Nightly, CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson discusses the plight of unaccompanied children seeking refuge in the United States and their legal options.  
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Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

There has been a dramatic increase in unaccompanied minors and families with young children fleeing to the United States.  Just as adults in this situation would be, children are detained and placed in removal proceedings before an Immigration Judge.  Children may be released from custody but they still must fight their case in court.  Children's cases in Immigration Court are very complicated yet even children do not have the right to appointed counsel.

Unaccompanied Migrant Children and the "Pursuit of Hope"

Tragic images of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border are flooding the airwaves, begging a humanitarian response, as well as hard questions.  Why are these children coming here?  Why now and why in such large numbers?  According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, approximately 57,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed into the United States since the 2014 fiscal year began in October—twice the number apprehended in 2013 and three times the 2011 total.

CLINIC Webinar Mentioned as Resource to Help Young Migrants

A recent Catholic News Service article discusses ways that people can assist migrants fleeing to the United States for refuge. Among the options is assistance with legal representation and CLINIC’s webinar on what the Church is doing to assist migrant children is mentioned as a key resource.   Published in the Arkansas Catholic.

A Pastoral Response to a Humanitarian Crisis

Like most of us these days, we are all faced with how to respond in a pastoral way to the humanitarian challenges in front of us with unaccompanied minors coming into our country. I recently visited with a number of these young people with some of our staff members of the Diocesan Pastoral Center here in Orange.

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