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As an expression of social responsibility and solidarity, all immigrants, regardless of legal status, can and should file taxes.  Paying taxes is a meaningful way to promote the common good and an important means for immigrants to establish “good moral character.”  A requirement for people applying to become US citizens, “good moral character” is character which measures up to the standards of average citizens of the community in which the applicant resides and can be

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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.

Immigrant advocates face an unprecedented surge in cases following the implementation of administrative relief.  Information sessions are scripted and service provider prepare to assist clients with eligibility for expanded DACA and DAPA.  Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director explains, “Many of these agencies already have full caseloads. Capacities will be stretched almost universally.”  Read the article. Source:  Pew Charitable Trust.

With Funding for the Department of Homeland Security held hostage in a Congressional battle over immigration action, advocates press on in planning for the implementation of President Obama’s executive orders.  “Ready America,” a three-day event gathering participants from 240 organizations nation-wide, was held by CLINIC and the Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation (CIRI) to prepare community groups.  Attendees shared best practices in immigration law and program management. 

The Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA!), the brain-child of Executive Director, Isabel Rubio, opened its doors in 1999. Ms. Rubio, a long time Birmingham resident, recognized the need for an immigrant-integration focused organization in the state of Alabama, and she has worked hard to ensure that immigrant integration is the cornerstone of their mission and the primary goal of all of their services.

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