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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:

Advocating for Tuition Equity in Florida

  States are increasingly passing laws aimed at integrating immigrants into our communities.  One recent trend in pro-immigrant legislation relates to affordable higher education for immigrant youth.  In May 2014, Florida became the 20th state to extend eligibility for in-state tuition at public universities and colleges to its undocumented residents.  In this podcast, CLINIC interviews Ingrid Delgado of the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops about Florida’s new tuition equity law and some of the advocacy strategies that contributed to this legislative success.  

“A Moment We Cannot Afford to Lose”

Taking their message to Capitol Hill on May 29th, bishops emboldened Catholics to seek justice for immigrants through support for comprehensive reform.  A mass, offered for the families of those separated by our broken immigration system, was concelebrated by six bishops at St. Peter Church in Washington, D.C.  The prayers of principal celebrant Archbishop Thomas Wenski were clear:  migration is a central narrative of our faith and nation’s history, and ensuring that laws evolve to uphold the dignity of migrants is a moral obligation.

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