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World Refugee Day Quiz

June 20 is World Refugee Day -- an occasion to raise awareness about the 10.4 million individuals who have been forced to flee their homes due to persecution based on their race, nationality, religion, political opinion, or membership in a social group and celebrate their contributions. Some refugees seeking protection make their own way to the United States and apply for asylum. Others are selected overseas for permanent resettlement to the U.S. How much do you know about refugees and asylees in the United States?

The Immigration Journey of Fr. Gustavo Adolfo Montañez

 I believe that dreams come true and that a good dream becomes true life. Without dreams, all we have is reality. Sometimes on our most important dreams, all we can do is give them our best shot, hope for the highest good, and let go. Knowing I could use all the help available, I contacted CLINIC to fulfill my dream in becoming a Citizen of United States of America. 

Webinar: Children Traveling Alone: The Catholic Church’s Response

 Join us for a free webinar to learn more about the unaccompanied children entering the United States.   We will discuss why they are coming, where they are staying, what services the Church is providing, and how you can help.  
Panelists will include experts on the root causes of migration from Central America and the emergency, social, and legal services available to these minor children.    Panelists:

Trainings: An Opportunity to Reflect, Network, and Learn

This spring, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Omaha had the opportunity to co-sponsor an immigration legal training with CLINIC on bars and waivers of inadmissibility grounds. Our immigration legal staff always looks forward to CLINIC’s in-person trainings as an opportunity to connect with other service providers and to learn the latest on laws and procedures.

USCIS Releases Revised Form I-821D and DACA Renewal Guidelines

By Ilissa Mira, CLINIC Training and Legal Support Attorney   On June 5, 2014, USCIS released the much anticipated revised Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  The new dual-purpose form will be used to file both initial and renewal DACA requests.  As of the release date, USCIS will not accept DACA requests submitted on the old form.

CSPA Ruling: Age-Out Derivatives Must Start All Over

The Supreme Court has now weighed in and answered one of the last remaining questions regarding the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA): do derivative children who age out before the principal beneficiary immigrates retain the original priority date when their parent becomes an LPR and files a new petition on their behalf in the F-2B category?  The answer has been no, based on a Board of Immigration Appeals decision, Matter of Wang, 25 I&N Dec.

Pentecost: On Fire for Immigration Reform

The Feast of Pentecost is upon us! This is a time to celebrate the missionary outburst to share the evangelii gaudium, the joy of the Gospel, with all people. And, it is at this wondrous time that we join Catholics in prayerful action to repair our disjointed immigration system. Pentecost is an ancient feast marking the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples:

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