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I was afforded the opportunity to visit Artesia, New Mexico to assist the on-the-ground immigration attorneys providing free legal services to the over 500 detained women and children. The families have fled their home countries in Central America due abject poverty and increased violence.

Do you serve a large region with one office and wish to expand using sub offices or other spaces? Are you planning to expand your service delivery models to other locations once President Obama announces administrative relief before the end of the year? Perhaps you’ve considered expanding to an additional location but aren’t quite sure where to start.

This webinar addresses the trend of law enforcement agencies across the country deciding not to detain individuals to hand over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for possible deportation. Following an overview of immigration detainers and how their use harms immigrant families, panelists discuss the shifting legal landscape and the important ways in which communities are changing their detainer policies. Finally, they share advocacy strategies for convincing law enforcement in your city or county not to get involved in enforcing federal immigration laws.


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Silver Spring, MD (September 19, 2014) - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) congratulates 14 affiliates that received funding through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Fiscal Year 2014 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program.  Twenty-five percent of the 40 primary grantees are CLINIC affiliates.   

Eligibility for adjustment of status should be straightforward, but we all know that is not always the case. With expanding definitions of "admission," new opportunities for advance parole, greater eligibility for "surviving relatives," and derivative family members who may qualify for 245(i) without establishing physical presence, you may encounter complicated legal and procedural issues in proving that your client qualifies to adjust.

Since the Artesia, New Mexico detention facility for families who cross our border without documents opened three months ago I have hoped for an opportunity to see it and to visit those who are detained there.  My opportunity came this past Saturday, September 13th when I decided to attend the funeral of the father of a priest serving in my Diocese of El Paso.  Accompanied by a transitional Deacon for the Diocese I began the 200+ mile journey at 6:00 a.m..  We drove west out of El Paso and within two hours of travel through sparsely populated desert landscape we found ourselves