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BIA Accreditation

Congratulations to the following program staff on receiving and/or renewing their Board of Immigration Appeals credentials:

Catholic Charities, Portland, OR, advised that three staff were reaccredited at the partial BIA level.  They are John Herrera and Elizabeth Beckman who received their renewals on April 25, 2012, and Long Nguyen, who was reaccredited on May 4, 2012. 

On June 4, 2012, the Board of Immigration Appeals granted Lisa Burns, Marshall Jensen, and Michael Puccetti partial accreditation at Catholic Charities of Albuquerque.

President Announces Administrative Relief to DREAMers

On June 15th the Administration announced that it will stop deporting DREAM Act-eligible youth.  In addition, it will use its authority to grant, on a case-by-case basis, deferred action status valid for two years.  At the end of that two-year period, deferred action can be renewed. Those granted deferred action will be eligible for work authorization for the duration of deferred action.  Aliens who meet the following criteria can qualify for this relief:

CLINIC Encouraged by Supreme Court Decision on Immigration

Jun 25, 2012
Wendy Rhein

Washington, D.C. (June 25, 2012)  The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is encouraged by today’s 5-3 Supreme Court decision to strike down three of the four provisions of Arizona’s immigration law that were challenged earlier this year.   

“This decision is a broad affirmation of federal supremacy in the area of immigration, and that is very positive,” said Maria M. Odom, CLINIC’s Executive Director.  “However, the Court’s decision to block several components of the Arizona law does not take the place of much-needed federal immigration reform.   CLINIC’s affiliates throughout the country will continue to work to keep families together and bring a measure of justice to a broken immigration system.”

Though the Court decided that the troubling “show me your papers” provision could not be blocked at this time, CLINIC will continue to monitor pending legal and civil rights challenges to this section, which threatens essential civil liberties and family unity. 

CLINIC Launches Self-Directed eLearning

Jun 22, 2012
Wendy Rhein

Washington, D.C. (June 20, 2012) The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is enhancing its legal immigration training courses with an innovative new learning tool: a self-directed online training course.  

This first self-directed e-learning course called “Volunteers Helping Immigrants Become U.S. Citizens: The Naturalization Group Application Workshop,” trains volunteers on the most effective ways they can help immigrants apply for U.S. citizenship.  

“Naturalization is a cornerstone of immigrant integration,” said Maria M. Odom, executive director of CLINIC.  ”Among many things, it creates an opportunity for volunteers in our welcoming communities to work with immigrants who are ready to take the meaningful step of applying for U.S. citizenship. This training is an essential tool for those dedicated volunteers.” 

The self-directed course allows participants to complete the training on their own schedules and in the comfort of their offices or homes.  This free course educates participants on the basics of

President Announces Administrative Relief to DREAMers

On June 15th theAdministration announced that it will stop deporting DREAM Act-eligible youth.  In addition, it will use its authority to grant, on a case-by-case basis, deferred action status valid for two years.  At the end of that two-year period, deferred action can be renewed. Those granted deferred action will be eligible for work authorization for the duration of deferred action.  Aliens who meet the following criteria can qualify for this relief:

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