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The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is a national network of non-profits that provide legal services to immigrants. CLINIC invites you to join this FREE webinar on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, in particular Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for the Parents of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).

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On March 13, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) posted a consumer alert warning taxpayers about unscrupulous tax preparers and the Affordable Care Act. In the English and Spanish alert, the IRS urged taxpayers to be careful when selecting tax preparers. It also stressed that payments should only be made with their tax returns or in response to a letter from IRS and not directly to the tax preparer. The announcement came in response to reports that unscrupulous preparers have advised their clients to make direct payments to them.

 

Hartford Public Library, a BIA Recognized CLINIC affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut, provides a unique and effective immigrant integration program, which includes a range of legal and educational services to immigrants. The ‘We Belong Here’ program, led by Homa Naficy, is a powerful addition to the growing number of local integration initiatives nationwide.

I am Sister Andrea Marie, a Novice of Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma (abbr. RSM). I am glad to have this opportunity of sharing with you my vocation story as a Religious Sister, as well as my immigration process as a Religious Worker. I am a Korean (South) citizen, but came to US from Germany, where I lived for seven years. In the summer of 2012, I came to Alma, Michigan, where our Motherhouse is located, in order to enter into the formation program of our community.

*The following reflection originally appeared as a feature in Catholic Charities USA's Lent Reflection Series

 

Lamentations are a part of our faith tradition. They transcend the logic of reason, rational analysis, study and planning. They pierce the crusty calluses of numbness, cynicism, indifference and denial.

Laments are cries of anguish and outrage, groans of deep pain and grief, utterances of profound protest and righteous indignation over injustice, wails of mourning and sorrow in the face of unbearable suffering. Laments name the present pain, and forthrightly acknowledge that life and relationships have gone terribly wrong. Laments both stem from and lead to deep compassion.

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