Held on September 12, 2011. This webinar discusses several key strategies for helping vulnerable applicants overcome barriers in the naturalization process. Topics include disability waivers, reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities, due consideration on the citizenship test, and fee waivers for low-income applicants. The presenters are Laura Burdick, Naturalization Project Coordinator, CLINIC; Alla Shagalova, Associate Director, Immigration Services, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society; and Amy Tenney, Immigration Legal Services Staff Attorney, World Relief.
Low English language proficiency impacts employee productivity, safety, and retention. Federal and state governments provide only a fraction of the funding needed for English language classes, and businesses have both the space and the financial means to offer this benefit to their Limited English Proficient workers. CLINIC offers the following resource to programs interested in pursuing partnerships with local employers willing to offer English language classes to their employees. The Creating a Workplace ELL Program toolkit includes program planning documents, examples of currently operating workplace ELL programs, sample marketing materials, and other resources to assist in implementing a workplace ELL program.
By Charles Wheeler
By Nadine Wettstein
The U.S. Supreme Court will be ruling on at least four major immigration issues in its 2011-2012 term, which began on October 3, 2011. The Court may yet add additional cases and issues to the docket. The Court’s decisions promise to settle some long-fought arguments and significantly affect the development of immigration law. The following is a short summary of the cases and questions the Court already has accepted this term.
By Leya Speasmaker
How does your program respond to clients seeking to renew their Green Card? Here are two different approaches from affiliates in Texas. Alma Garza-Cruz from Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas in Beaumont responded to the following questions:
CLINIC notes that Leydi Cottrill has received Board of Immigration Appeals partial accreditation at the Center for Employment Training (CET) in San Jose, CA. We offer our congratulations to CET and Leydi.
CLINIC and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will be hosting a conference on state and local immigration issues. The conference will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah from January 11 through13, 2012. We will discuss methods for opposing enforcement initiatives and supporting comprehensive immigration reform.
Last month, DHS’s Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) released a report outlining its findings and recommendations regarding the Secure Communities Program. CLINIC shared its concerns that the recommendations do not go far enough to correct the real problems with the program. On October 18, CLINIC wrote a letter to the HSAC welcoming several of the recommendations proposed by the Task Force. CLINIC reiterated, however, the concerns expressed in our August letter to the Task Force and called upon HSAC to consider broader reforms. CLINIC continues its active advocacy role with respe