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Why States Should Offer Unmarked Driver’s Licenses to ALL Residents (July 2014)

Currently, seven states and the District of Columbia grant driver’s licenses to residents who cannot prove lawful presence in the United States. Four additional states have passed legislation to that effect and will begin granting licenses to undocumented residents within the next year. However, only two of these states offer undocumented residents the standard driver’s license available to individuals lawfully present in the country.

2014 National Migration Conference to Advocate for Vulnerable Populations and Immigration Reform

MEDIA ADVISORY With the theme “In Faith, In Solidarity, In Service,” the conference will focus on the Catholic Church’s response to the challenges and hardships refugees, immigrants, migrants, trafficking victims, and other persons on the move face in the United States and throughout the world.

Celebrating U.S. Citizenship

As we celebrate our country’s birthday and independence on the Fourth of July, many of us will contemplate what it means to be Americans.  Being an American for the foreign-born goes beyond the ability to vote in elections or obtain a U.S. passport.  Many immigrants already feel American at heart long before they take their first step to becoming naturalized U.S. citizens – a pre-requisite to vote and obtain a passport.  Many of them have integrated into their communities long before – going to weekly church services, volunteering in their children’s schools, and paying their taxes. 

Can this Residency be Saved? Representing the LPR who Shouldn't be One

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CLINIC Urges Protection for Unaccompanied Children

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Maura Moser, Director of Communications (301) 565-4830 or Email: mmoser@cliniclegal.org   WASHINGTON, D.C., July 1, 2014 – The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is deeply concerned about reports that the Obama Administration plans to reduce due process protections for the children who present themselves at our border.

A Voice For Children: Bishop Seitz’s Testimony Before the House of Representatives

On June 25, 2014, Bishop Mark Seitz of the Diocese of El Paso testified before the House Judiciary Committee about the plight of unaccompanied minors seeking safety from violence and drug trafficking in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.  Bishop Seitz told a largely unsympathetic House Committee of his personal experience listening to the st

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

 This webinar discusses why unaccompanied children are coming to the United States, where they are staying, what services the Church is providing, and how you can help.   Panelists include experts on the root causes of migration from Central America and the emergency, social, and legal services available to these minor children.  Panelists:

Affiliate Highlight: Kellie Draper

Our affiliate highlight this month is Kellie Draper of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Grand Island, Nebraska. Recommended by Program Director Rev. Jonathan Sorensen, Kellie brings commitment, passion, and years of experience to her role as a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Fully Accredited Representative.

Rapid E-Learning: Overview of Representing Children in Removal Proceedings

CLINIC has created a self directed e-learning course to provide guidance to new attorneys, fully accredited representatives, and pro bono attorneys representing and assisting immigrant children in removal proceedings.  The 90 minute course covers several topics including:  the notice to appear; who’s who in immigration court; the master calendar hearing; motions before immigration court; and merits hearings.  The course is interactive and incorporates text, images, audio, and video along with opportunities for the participant to check his or her progress in the course through exercises.

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