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Agency Recognition and Staff Accreditations

CLINIC congratulates the following member agencies and program staff on receiving recognition and new BIA credentials, respectively:

Center for Latino Progress, Hartford, CT, a CLINIC subscriber, received agency recognition from the Board of Immigration Appeals on 10/11/2012.

Acorn Outreach (AO) in Corvallis, Oregon, a CLINIC subscriber, has received agency recognition from the Board of Immigration Appeals

Two Crimes As A Single Offense: BIA Addresses Exception To Controlled Substance Deportability

By Susan Schreiber

Imagine you receive a frantic call from your client's family telling you that their 22-year-old LPR daughter is in ICE custody.  Apparently, their daughter was picked up by ICE after pleading guilty to possession of 10 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, in this case the baggie containing the marijuana.  After contacting ICE, you learn that your client is considered ineligible for bond under INA § 236(C)(1)(B) because, per ICE, she is deportable for a controlled substance offense under INA § 237(a)(2)(B). 

Customs and Border Protection Liaison for Non-Governmental Organizations

By Allison Posner

Did you know that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has a liaison for non-governmental organizations (NGOs)?  Meet Anna Hinken.  She serves as CBP’s principal liaison to non-governmental faith-based and advocacy groups. It is her responsibility to facilitate dialogue between CBP and the NGO community, and other federal agencies as appropriate.  Ms. Hinken serves as the voice of NGOs.  She is the first ever NGO liaison at CBP.