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Minutes of February 12, 2015 NSC Teleconference on Refugee/Asylee Issues

Document Production Q.  Can you please clarify whether refugees, because they are statutorily exempt from having to pay the I-485 filing fees, are eligible to file an I-131 and/or I-765 at no additional charge when filed concurrently with an I-485 application to adjust status? Please also clarify whether a refugee may file an I-131 or I-765 at no additional charge after the I-485 initial filing, but while the I-485 remains pending.

Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA!), a Mission of Immigrant Integration

CLINIC values the dedication and commitment to service demonstrated by our affiliate agencies in their work with their communities.  We wish to highlight outstanding programs in a series of profiles appearing monthly in Catholic Legal Immigration News. This month we feature Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA!).

BIA Agency Recognition and Staff Accreditations (February 2015)

CLINIC congratulates the following program staff who received credentials as Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited representatives:  

Year of Consecrated Life: A Religious Vocation, a Learning Adventure

The reasons for which I became a Franciscan Minor Brother are rooted in my childhood. In the 1960’s, when television entered our home for the first time, I was introduced to the outside world. Specifically,  documentaries showed me images of children suffering from malnourishment. Being from a poor, Spanish farming family of 13 brothers and sisters, I immediately identified with the extreme poverty, suffering, and malnutrition of those children. I remember telling my mom:  “mom, I want to do something for them.” 


The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. offers several series of emails to keep you informed about immigration news, as well as new opportunities, resources, and programs from CLINIC.  Daily Digest Stay up to date with the latest immigration happenings! The Daily Digest is your one-stop for breaking news on immigration law, policy, and enforcement. Featured stories include media coverage regarding CLINIC network affiliates and news of interest to people of faith.

Lenten Reflection: Comprehensive Immigration Reform and Executive Action

Deuteronomy 10:19 So you too should love the resident alien, for that is what you were in the land of Egypt.

Catholic Voices Urge Reform, Rebuke Injunction of Immigration Action

The US Catholic bishops and Catholic institutions expressed support for President Obama’s immigration action through testimony before Congress, statements, and appeals to parish communities.  CLINIC is featured among Catholic voices leading the call for immigration reform.  Jeanne Atkinson, Executive Director of CLINIC, is quoted, “We believe this is a temporary set-back and look forward to the decision of the appellate court.”  Read the Article.  Source:  Crux 2-24-2015

Free Rapid E-Learning - Getting the Facts: Criminal Records in Immigration Cases

CLINIC is pleased to announce the launch of our new self-directed e-learning course, "Getting the Facts: Criminal Records in Immigration Cases"  that is designed to help you learn how to obtain criminal records and understand and interpret those records. Immigration advocates know that every aspect of immigration law may be impacted by having a criminal record; a client's criminal history may prevent eligibility for a benefit, subject a client to removal, or lead to a negative exercise of discretion.