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Labor Day: Remembering the Contributions of Immigrant Workers

As we gather with friends and family on Labor Day, we say goodbye to summer and celebrate the dignity of work and the contributions of immigrant workers to the building of the United States.  Immigrant workers -- from the Chinese workers who constructed our country's railroads, and the Irish miners who dug the coal that powered our industrialization, to the Latino and Filipino farm workers who make the United States the world's largest exporter of agricultural products -- fuel the strength and dynamism of the United States.  We see the legacy of immigrant workers in their role in building t

EWTN Highlights Challenges with Immigration Court Hearings

 EWTN’s News Nightly recently highlighted the challenges within the immigration court system. In an interview with EWTN, CLINIC Advocacy Attorney Bradley Jenkins describes the difficulties immigrants face:   “The difficulties in presenting a case are compounded by the fact that you are testifying through an interpreter, the fact that in many places around the country you are your only witness and you are presenting your story through a television screen.”   The segment begins at 10:12  

"Somos Un Pueblo Unido"

"If you listen very closely, you can hear the detained families chanting and yelling along with us.  This was a very moving experience.  Many participants were moved to tears when they heardthe women and children’s voices from the other side of the fence.”  

State and Local Resolutions in Support of Unaccompanied Children

The recent increase in youth fleeing violence in Central America and seeking protection in the United States has left federal authorities scrambling to find facilities to temporarily house these children until they can be reunited with family members or placed into foster care to await their immigration hearings. Many state and local leaders have taken steps to welcome this vulnerable population including offers to convert vacant buildings or military bases into emergency shelters.

Family Immigration Law Conference

16th Annual Family Immigration Law Conference; Optional Half-Day Intro Session   Co-Sponsored by: Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
Catholic Charities of Dallas, and
Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services November 12–13, 2014
Optional half-day introduction to family-based immigration law session, November 11 The tour of the consulate is now full

Two Unpublished BIA Decisions on Waiver Eligibility

By Charles Wheeler The BIA has issued two recent unpublished decisions shedding some further light on how the agency interprets eligibility for the unlawful presence and the prior deportation waiver.  Both involve the effect of the person’s presence in the United States and whether that time can count toward the running of the three-year bar (unlawful presence) and the ten-year bar (prior order of removal).  We stress that these two decisions are unpublished and thus cannot be used as precedent in other cases.

Final Settlement in Ninth Circuit Duran-Gonzalez Class Action

By Susan Schreiber If you practice within the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit – Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington – a recent class action settlement concerning 245(i) adjustment applicants may affect your clients.  Under the settlement, certain applicants for adjustment of status under 245(i) who filed I-212 waiver applications to overcome inadmissibility under 212(a)(9)(C)(i)(II) will be eligible to proceed with their applications.