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Limiting State and Local Compliance with Immigration Detainers: An Advocacy Overview

Over the last several years, we have witnessed a concerning increase in ICE relying on partnerships with state and local law enforcement to identify immigrants it wishes to remove from the United States. Through the Secure Communities program, for example, fingerprints taken when booking individuals charged with state or local crimes are checked against federal immigration databases. This information sharing enables ICE to investigate whether individuals in local jails might be unlawfully present or removable.
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Justice For Immigrants Lenten Toolkit

This Lenten tool kit for parishes and communities offers weekly resources to accompany you through your Lenten journey, with stories, scripture readings, prayers and reflection questions for personal use or to share with a group. The resources are designed to help you reflect on the biblical call for immigration reform, and act to impact our current political reality.

Assisting Clients in Complying with Tax Filing Requirements

Employed immigrants, regardless of status or documents used to acquire employment, are required to file taxes. Service providers working with the foreign-born can offer tax assistance preparation and support as their clients work to fulfill this federal requirement. Those without a Social Security Number can apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to use when filing taxes. Please see the federal government’s resources on applying for and using the ITIN below.  

Support CLINIC’s Efforts to Assist Immigrants

This month CLINIC is launching a campaign to support its State and Local Immigration Project.

Our Lenten Pilgrimage

As we entered the first full week of Lent, following the Mass and Gospel with the story of the Lord 's forty days in the desert, I was able to chair my first meeting as CLINIC Board Chair at their new offices.

Widian's Story

Raised in a tiny village in Galilee, my father, the eldest of 5 children, was raised by loving parents who made a meager living as poor farmers. My mother, who was raised in an orphanage from a young age by a community of Sisters in Jerusalem, married my father at seventeen. During my childhood, my father worked as a mechanic and my mother as a teacher. While our home was filled with love, my parents recognized that their children would have better opportunities for education, advancement, and success in the U.S.

Talking Points on Tuition Equity: Why States Should Offer In-State Tuition to All Residents (March 2014)

Offering in-state tuition rates to all residents benefits the state’s economy.

Ministry to Victims of Domestic Abuse: CLINIC, Affiliates, and Partners Rise to the Call

This is a very special time.  We find ourselves in the first week of Lent, recalling that Christ suffered for our sins and arose on the third day.  We also find ourselves marking the one year anniversary of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on March 7th,  and International Women’s Day on March 8th. 

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