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CLINIC values the dedication and commitment to service demonstrated by our member agencies in their work with their communities.  We wish to highlight outstanding individual agency staff in a series of profiles that will appear each month in Catholic Legal Immigration News.   

Robert Yabes

Program Director, BIA
Immigration Legal Services
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, San Jose, CA

News From The Catholic Network

CLINIC congratulates the following member agency staff on receiving renewal of BIA credentials and full accreditation, respectively:

Sister Ellen Lamberjack, Project Hope – Proyecto Esperanza, Archbold, Ohio, received renewal of her partial BIA accreditation on October 5, 2012.

Pierre Moreau and Joseph Marc Volcy, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Newark, Newark, NJ, received full BIA accreditation on December 5, 2012.

CLINIC welcomes the following new subscribers:

CLINIC Concludes Two-Year National Capacity Building Grant

In September 2012, CLINIC concluded a two-year, national capacity building grant from the USCIS Office of Citizenship.  Through this grant, CLINIC provided flow-through funding and technical assistance to four local affiliates to help them establish new programs in citizenship education and/or citizenship legal services.  The four affiliates were Catholic Charities of Buffalo, NY; Catholic Charities of Cleveland, OH; Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan; and Catholic Charities of Stockton, CA.  The goals of this project were to expand citizenship services for lawful permanent residents

DACA Update: New FAQs from USCIS

By Jennie Guilfoyle and Susan Schreiber

On January 18, 2013, USCIS amended the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that create the eligibility and filing requirements for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The updated FAQ can be found at www.uscis.gov, on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals page. The following is a summary of the changes that appear in the updated FAQ; the FAQ is broken into topic areas.

Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

This morning the New York Times published a bi-partisan statement of principles outlining four goals of immigration reform.  CLINIC welcomes this bi-partisan leadership in keeping the conversation moving.  The principles include a path to citizenship and relief for agricultural workers and highly skilled graduates.  The Senators also outline plans for continued enforcement along the border as well as a strong employment verification system. 

Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

This morning the New York Times published a bi-partisan statement of principles outlining four goals of immigration reform.  CLINIC welcomes this bi-partisan leadership in keeping the conversation moving.  The principles include a path to citizenship and relief for agricultural workers and highly skilled graduates.  The Senators also outline plans for continued enforcement along the border as well as a strong employment verification system.  Read the whole statement here.

Immigration Reform Updates

Jan 28, 2013
Wendy Rhein

The debate on immigration reform is moving quickly.  CLINIC strives to keep its network and others informed so that they can continue to serve the immigrants in our communities with the most up-to-date information. 

This morning the New York Times published a bi-partisan statement of principles outlining four goals of immigration reform.  CLINIC welcomes this bi-partisan leadership in keeping the conversation moving.  The principles include a path to citizenship and relief for agricultural workers and highly skilled graduates.  The Senators also outline plans for continued enforcement along the border as well as a strong employment verification system.  Read the whole statement here.

Also, exciting news from Illinois last night, as it became the fourth and largest state to allow undocumented individuals to obtain drivers licenses.  See the Chicago Tribune’s local perspective here.

President Obama will be speaking tomorrow night from Nevada.  He is expected to outline the Administration’s plan for immigration reform in 2013.  While we do not know yet what the plan entails, we are encouraged that the President is

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