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CLINIC Welcomes Immigration Action

Washington, D.C. (April 17, 2013) - [En Español] - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is encouraged by the U.S. Senate’s consideration of a bill that will reform the broken immigration system. CLINIC announces that its network of more than 215 charitable legal service providers stands ready to serve low income and vulnerable immigrants when a bill is finally signed into law.

BIA Recognition and Accreditation for Start-up and Expanding Programs

Join us for CLINIC’s kick-off webinar for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) preparation in 2013, the first in a series. This free webinar training covers the application process and requirements for Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) recognition and accreditation. We also discuss the latest BIA developments, including the new FAQ sheet released by the BIA, training requirements for staff, and issues the BIA is analyzing before submitting proposed changes to recognition and accreditation regulations.

BIA Recognition and Accreditation for Start-up and Expanding Programs

Join us for CLINIC’s kick-off webinar for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) preparation in 2013, the first in a series. This free webinar training covers the application process and requirements for Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) recognition and accreditation.

Catholic Charities of the East Bay Wins the Series with DACA Clients and the Oakland A’s

Drawing upon the success Catholic Charities of the East Bay (CCEB)  experienced running the main concession stands for the U.S. Open earlier this year, this CLINIC affiliate is now taking their game to the Oakland A's in order to provide fee assistance for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applicants.   With over 300 volunteers from the East Bay, consisting of board members, the Knights of Columbus, parishioners, staff, clients and students, several Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of John Muir Hospital, the concession stands garnered over $20,000 for CCEB's program support during the U.S. Open. Frank Malifrando, Chief Development and Public Affairs Officer at CCEB, explains that CCEB "learned a lot from those games:  how to manage and train volunteers in the fast food concession industry, how to coordinate such a huge event and how to grow the program as a social enterprise to benefit CCEB and its programs.”  With prayers for this new enterprise, CCEB was blessed with more hands than were needed to succeed.  Volunteers from all walks of life

USCCB Subcommittee Chairman Announces Nearly $1 Million in Grants

WASHINGTON—The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the official domestic anti-poverty agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has approved special grants totaling $800,000 to mobilize Catholics on behalf of comprehensive immigration reform and to prepare Catholic institutions toserve communities benefiting from the reform legislation.

State In-State Tuition Bills An Analysis of the Amendment to New Hampshire’s House Bill 474 (2013)

Legislators in New Hampshire have introduced HB 474 and an Amendment to HB 474 that extends in-state student status to individuals without lawful status.  As shown below, HB 474 standing alone is more generous than it would be with the Amendment.  That said, HB 474 still provides an avenue for students without lawful status to gain in-state student status in New Hampshire’s post-secondary education system.    Overview of HB 474:

News From the Catholic Network

CLINIC congratulates the following member agency staff on receiving renewal of BIA credentials and partial accreditation, respectively:  Maria Eveleth, New Hampshire Catholic Charities, Inc., Nashua, NH, received renewal of her full accreditation on 12/12/2012 Jarteau Israel, Catholic Charities Diocese of Metuchen, New Brunswick, NJ, received renewal of his full accreditation on 02/01/2013 Monica Cabrera, El Centro de Recursos para familias – Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton Trenton, NJ, received partial accreditation on 01/29/2013

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