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Catholic Immigration Advocates Disappointed by Fifth Circuit Appeals Court Decision

On May 26, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals maintained a stay of the injunction against President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.  “Obviously, we're extremely disappointed,” Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director, explains on behalf of the organization and its network of community legal immigration programs.  “Every day makes a difference” for parents, children, and siblings of lawful residents.  Source:  Catholic News Agency.  Read the Article.  May 28, 2015. 

CARA Volunteers Blocked from Detention Facility

Two CARA (The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council and the Refugee and Immigrant Center of Education and Legal Services, and AILA) volunteers have been barred from entrance to South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.  These and other volunteers provide critical support to detained asylum seekers in need of legal representation.  “We see 80 to 100 clients a day so having two more people who both speak Spanish and can talk to clients and can help with paperwork, we can see more clients,” explains Brian Hoffman, an attorney working on the

Center for Immigrant Integration (May 2015 Updates)

CENTER FOR IMMIGRANT INTEGRATION By Louise Maria Puck, Intern CLINIC’s new Center for Immigrant Integration seeks to encourage and facilitate the development of immigrant integration initiatives throughout its network through the creation of resources and trainings and through the dissemination of best practices currently present in CLINIC affiliate agencies.  

BIA Agency Recognition and Staff Accreditations (May 2015)

CLINIC congratulates the following affiliates and staff upon receiving BIA recognition and accreditation, respectively: Hispanic Affairs Project (HAP), Montrose, CO received agency recognition on April 15, 2015, and on the same date two staff received partial accreditation:  Nicole Bernal Ruiz, Program Director, and Marketa Zubkova, Legal Worker.   CLINIC congratulates the following program staff who received initial credentials as Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited representatives:

CLINIC Welcomes New Members (May 2015)

New Members! African Cultural Alliance of North America, Inc. (ACANA) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ACANA’s Philadelphia office is a BIA-recognized agency with two attorneys and one BIA partially- accredited representative on staff.  ACANA’s Capitol Heights,Maryland sub-office is not recognized. Association for Africans Living, Burlington, Vermont. The agency was granted BIA recognition on February 4, 2015.

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