News from the Catholic Network

  • Mary Torres, En Camino Migrant and Immigrant Outreach, Diocese of Toledo, OH received partial accreditation on 12/9/15.
  • Tina Quesada, Diocese of Lafayette, LA was approved for partial accreditation on 12/16/15.  
  • Yolanda Aurelio, Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida (Pensacola) received partial accreditation on 12/18/15.
  • Claudia De La Rosa-Fuller, Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge, LA was approved for full accreditation on 12/22/15.


Q. My client is married to a U.S. citizen and wants to adjust status.  She came to the U.S. EWI and was placed in removal proceedings.  When she failed to attend her court hearing, she was ordered removed in absentia in 2002.  What can she do now to become an LPR?  Is she eligible to file an I- 601A provisional waiver application?

CLINIC’s 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. This month, the Center has several new developments.

Affiliate Highlights

Since the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Descamps v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2276 (2013), there has been much debate concerning the circumstances under which an Immigration Judge may order a permanent resident removed for a criminal conviction.

On January 1, 2016, an important law went into effect in California. AB 1352 eliminated the effect of a deferred entry of judgement disposition on a person’s immigration status or eligibility for an immigration benefit.

In recent years, Immigrant Visa (IV) applicants processing at the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez (CDJ) have not been required to provide police clearance letters to the National Visa Center (NVC). In fact, until recently, the Department of State (DOS) reciprocity schedule for Mexico indicated that police records were not available.