The Church has celebrated the World Day of Migrants and Refugees each year since 1914. This is an occasion for the Church and people of faith to reflect upon the role migration has played in our tradition, express concern for migrants, refugees, and people on the move, and build awareness about the challenges and opportunities migration presents.
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<p><img src="/sites/all/themes/clinic/images/programs/cfm.jpg" height="55px" width="55px" alt="" border="0" align="left" hspace="10px" vspace="10px">The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) takes its inspiration and shape from Catholic social teaching, particularly Church teaching on migrants and newcomers. In the Catholic tradition, migrants are accorded the same human rights as citizens because of their membership in the human family and their inherent dignity. Further, Catholic teaching calls us to befriend the alien and sojourner and to work on behalf of the most vulnerable members of our society. The CLINIC network safeguards the rights and promotes the dignity of all newcomers. It does not distinguish among those in need based on class, culture, gender, race, religion, or ethnic background.
Modern Catholic social teaching is the body of social principles and moral teaching that is articulated in the papal, conciliar, and other official documents issued since the late nineteenth century dealing with the economic,political, and social order. This teaching is rooted in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures as well as in traditional philosophical and theological teachings of the Church.
Pope Francis has spoken out on immigration issues since the beginning of this papacy. CLINIC's "Quotes from Pope Francis" is a compilation of select excerpts from Pope Francis' homilies, messages, and teaching documents on immigration issues.
The Justice for Immigrants campaign, of which CLINIC is a part, has put together this Lenten toolkit (also available in Spanish) for parishes and communities to use during Lent. It offers weekly resources to accompany you through your Lenten journey. The resources are designed to help you reflect on the biblical call for immigration reform, and act to impact our current political reality.
Washington, D.C. (June 25, 2012) The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is encouraged by today’s 5-3 Supreme Court decision to strike down three of the four provisions of Arizona’s immigration law that were challenged earlier this year.
“This decision is a broad affirmation of federal supremacy in the area of immigration, and that is very positive,” said Maria M. Odom, CLINIC’s Executive Director. “However, the Court’s decision to block several components of the Arizona law does not take the place of much-needed federal immigration reform. CLINIC’s affiliates throughout the country will continue to work to keep families together and bring a measure of justice to a broken immigration system.”
Though the Court decided that the troubling “show me your papers” provision could not be blocked at this time, CLINIC will continue to monitor pending legal and civil rights challenges to this section, which threatens essential civil liberties and family unity.
Alabama's anti-immigrant law went into effect in September, causing confusion for nearly everyone in the state, because the law impacts every aspect of life for immigrants and those who interact with them. CLINIC's State and Local Project created an “Alabama Resource Center” -- a one-stop-shop for updates and materials, including Q&As in both English and Spanish, “know your rights” materials, and analyses of the court's decisions. CLINIC also matched immigration practitioners with family law experts, so everyone could better assis
One of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Pro Bono Project attorneys has made significant inroads to enhance the rights of immigrants with mental disabilities. Representing a Jamaican immigrant with serious mental disabilities, the efforts of Janet Beck and her students at the University of Houston Law Center contributed to the Board Precedent decision, Matter of M-A-M. Thanks to Janet Beck and CLINIC, Immigration judges may no longer turn a blind eye to the issue of whether th
Dario feared for his life in his native country, but told no one at the detention facility because he was afraid that the news could get back to his country and put his parents and siblings at risk. An LOPC staff member explained the concepts of confidentiality and attorney-client privilege to the child’s potential custodian and assured her that the child would be screened by a local non-profit program, at which point the child should not hesitate to speak candidly about his fear of per