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All in the (CLINIC) Family

By Tessa W. McKenzie Our commitment to supporting newcomers is personal and at CLINIC, we are inspired by friends who have overcome numerous obstacles to become naturalized US citizens.  Saba Hailu is one such friend, who journeyed from aspiring citizen to new American.  Saba’s determination strengthens our resolve to ensure that the foreign-born have access to opportunities for citizenship and civic participation.

Week 5 Lenten Reflection: Unaccompanied Minors and Family Migration

Matthew 18:1-5 At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.” “Nothing is as Important to the Church as Human Life”

Immigration Detention Demoralizes Refugee Families

Refugees from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras remain caught in America’s disjointed immigration system and the oppressive practice of family detention.  Michelle Mendez, CLINIC Training and Legal Support Attorney, discusses the trauma and disillusionment experienced by women and children fleeing persecution and consequently, stuck in immigration detention.  Source:  Global Sisters Report.  Read the article.  March 25, 2015
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Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee/Parole Program

CLINIC has created a number of resources explaining the CAM program and which families may qualify:   Articles:

The Other Waiver: Form I-212

While attention has been focused on the I-601 waiver to remedy most grounds of inadmissibility, little has been said about the Form I-212. In this webinar we will cover the ground of inadmissibility for prior deportations and removal, including expedited removal, and the waiver for that ground of inadmissibility.

Advocates’ Letter to President Obama Calling For an End to Family Detention

March 17, 2015   President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC  20500   Dear Mr. President,

Catholic Groups Encourage Immigrants to Prepare during Immigration Action Delay

Despite a temporary halt of administrative relief, immigration programs are encouraging immigrants to prepare for potential participation in the DAPA and extended DACA programs.  This message was shared during the March 12 conference on American Catholics and Immigration sponsored by The Catholic University of America and Migration and Refugee Services at the U.S.

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