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Are you interested in providing more comprehensive citizenship and immigrant integration services? Join us for this free webinar on citizenship education programs. We discuss how and why legal service providers are well-positioned to offer citizenship classes; present key components of a successful citizenship education program; provide resources and next steps for implementing a program; and hear from a local affiliate with recent experience in starting a citizenship education program.

Last December, at CLINIC’s Southeast Legalization Planning Conference in Atlanta, we dedicated a morning to discussing immigration advocacy on the state and local levels.  Legal service providers and advocates shared troubling stories about local law enforcement engaging in immigration enforcement efforts in their communities.

Since October 2013, more than 57,000 children have entered the United States along the Southern border. This is twice the number that entered in all of last year. Read the questions and answers below to learn more about why children are fleeing their homes, what they experience when they arrive in the United States, what the Catholic Church is doing, and how you can help.

The interim guidance recently issued by USCIS provides much needed security for immigrant crime victims and their families.  However, as the advocates note in comments to USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez, issues still remain related to the agency’s interpretation of the two new U visa qualifying crimes -- stalking and fraud in foreign labor contracting.  Additionally, the advocates request that USCIS provide more detail on implementation of age-out provisions and grant parole to conditionally granted U visa derivatives after the U visa cap has been reached each year. 

In hindsight, I’m not sure what I was thinking when I decided to attend a faith-based university in an affluent suburb of Kansas City. In May, as I sat in queue to walk across the stage and receive my diploma, I was at a loss as to how I would implement all of the motivational speeches and advice handed to college graduates. In this recent graduate daze, I arrived in DC this summer. The last few weeks have been not only been enlightening as to what it means to engage in public policy and to serve the rights of immigrants, but have also solidified my commitment to public service.

As a response to the humanitarian crisis of children arriving at our Southern border, Congress considered legislation that would strip the protections created by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008. These changes would allow the United States to return Central American children to their home countries without meaningful screening to determine whether they are victims of trafficking or fear persecution.