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Affiliate Member Program Anniversary

Apostle Immigrant Services, New Haven, Connecticut, is celebrating its fifth anniversary and Sr. Mary Ellen Burns, Director, sent a heartfelt appreciation to CLINIC for continued support of its program.  CLINIC is very proud of the progress made by Sr. Mary Ellen and Sr. Doretta D’Albero and values the close relationship that has developed between them and CLINIC staff. CLINIC and staff congratulate Apostle Immigrant Services on this important milestone and send best wishes for continued success in their mission.

Criminal Justice Stakeholder Initiative

In August 2013, ICE’s Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Custody Programs and Community Outreach (CPCO) initiated a Criminal Justice Stakeholder Forms pilot. The program began with a limited roll-out to the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), and is now ready to expand to criminal defense counsel, prosecutors, criminal investigators, court officials, and criminal justice agencies.  The program is intended to improve coordination and communication with criminal justice professionals who work with undocumented individuals.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Review of the Use of Segregation for ICE Detainees

By Casey Lee, Advocacy Intern
On September 4, 2013, ICE Acting Director John Sandweg issued a memo establishing the agency’s policy and procedures for reviewing segregation placement decisions.  The memo first sets out important definitions:

Advance Parole for DACA Recipients

By Emily Creighton, Mary Kenney, and Patrick Taurel (American Immigration Council) and Susan Schreiber and Tatyana Delgado (CLINIC)  Introduction

Update from the NBC on Provisional Waivers

On September 26-27, 2013, CLINIC conducted a two-day training in Kansas City on provisional adjudication of unlawful presence waivers. The training included a presentation by Robert Blackwood, Assistant Section Director for Adjudications at the National Benefits Center (NBC), who gave an update on the waiver adjudication process at the NBC and answered questions from training participants. A summary of the information he provided appears below.

Update from the NBC on Provisional Waivers

On September 26-27, 2013, CLINIC conducted a two-day training in Kansas City on provisional adjudication of unlawful presence waivers. The training included a presentation by Robert Blackwood, Assistant Section Director for Adjudications at the National Benefits Center (NBC), who gave an update on the waiver adjudication process at the NBC and answered questions from training participants. A summary of the information he provided appears below.

Asylee Information

In recent years, more than 24,000 people from over 100 nations have been granted asylum in the United States. Asylees have often suffered from persecution in their country of origin, forced migration, detention in the United States, and the uncertainty of the asylum adjudication process. Most confront systemic and bureaucratic barriers to resettlement and integration, and need well-coordinated and prompt social services to ease their transition.

Welcoming the Stranger through Immigrant Integration (Sept 2013)

Welcoming the Stranger through Immigrant Integration discusses five state-level legislative initiatives that promote the integration of immigrants into our states and communities.  The integration measures discussed include legislation that creates tuition equity for all; strengthens human trafficking laws; invests in English language instruction; uses the budget process to integrate immigrants; and enhances access to financial aid and protection against immigration consultant fraud.

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