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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.

Intent is Irrelevant to Unlawful Voting

By Ilissa Mira Unlawful voting has serious consequences for noncitizens.  The BIA confirmed this in a precedent decision finding that a noncitizen is removable under INA § 237(a)(6)(A), regardless of whether the alien knew that he or she was unlawfully voting in violation of 18 USC § 611(a).  Matter of Fitzpatrick, 26 I&N Dec. 559 (BIA 2015).

Catholic Reaction to Continued Hold on Immigration Action

EWTN’s News Nightly highlights the challenges within the immigration court system. In an interview, CLINIC Executive Director, Jeanne M. Atkinson and FAIR’s Dan Stein react to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision to maintain a temporary halt of Executive Action.  The segment begins at 10:12. Source:  EWTN News Nightly.  Read the article.  May 27, 2015. 

Government Officials Address CLINIC’s 15th Annual Convening Plenary

  CLINIC’s 15th annual Convening took place in Salt Lake City, Utah last week.  Each year, the Convening presents an opportunity for dialogue between federal agencies, direct service providers, and advocates on immigration issues affecting communities across the nation.  This year, we were honored to have two distinguished government speakers: León Rodríguez, Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Juan P. Osuna, Director of the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR).

Immigration Advocates Gather in Salt Lake City

CLINIC convened immigrant advocates in Salt Lake City, Utah May 13-15, 2015.  At the event’s plenary, Jeanne M. Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director, pointed to the  Utah Compact, explaining “It really feels like we are among friends here.”  León Rodríguez, Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Juan Osuna, Director of the U.S.