Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities
News stories and images of desperate African and Middle Eastern people fleeing their home countries aboard overcrowded ships that sink in the Mediterranean Sea are heartbreaking and speak to why CLINIC has a mission to serve vulnerable migrants. These stories also give CLINIC pause to reflect on how black immigrants arrive to the U.S. and are fairing. New findings from the Pew Research Center about black immigrants are striking and evoke a lesser known story about CLINIC’s history of helping black immigrants achieve their dreams in the U.S.
On April 15, 2015, the recently formed White House Task Force on New Americans submitted its strategic action plan outlining a federal integration strategy to President Obama.
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.
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
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.
One of CLINIC’s most fundamental goals is to boost legal capacity in underserved areas in the United States. An area seeing a severe shortage in low-cost, professional immigration legal service providers, the Inland Empire (or the “IE” as it is known) region of Southern California is home to over one million foreign-born persons. Training Occupational Development Education Communicates (TODEC) is one service provider assisting newcomers with quality, charitable legal help in the IE.