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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.
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, DC (October 19, 2012) - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) regretfully announces today the termination of its National Asylee Information and Referral Hotline. The 11-year-old, toll-free hotline, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), has provided vital information and resources to more than 39,000 asylees since its inception. ORR did not award funding to renew this project for 2013.
The asylee hotline, provided by CLINIC and ran in partnership with Catholic Charities Community Services of the Archdiocese of New York, provided one-on-one support to those granted political asylum in the United States. It offered referral services to local refugee resettlement programs in 18 languages. The hotline operators fielded more than 400 calls monthly from a diverse body of asylees representing about an average of 67 nationalities.
“Over the years the hotline has been an
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.
Washington, D.C. (June 20, 2012) The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is enhancing its legal immigration training courses with an innovative new learning tool: a self-directed online training course.
This first self-directed e-learning course called “Volunteers Helping Immigrants Become U.S. Citizens: The Naturalization Group Application Workshop,” trains volunteers on the most effective ways they can help immigrants apply for U.S. citizenship.
“Naturalization is a cornerstone of immigrant integration,” said Maria M. Odom, executive director of CLINIC. ”Among many things, it creates an opportunity for volunteers in our welcoming communities to work with immigrants who are ready to take the meaningful step of applying for U.S. citizenship. This training is an essential tool for those dedicated volunteers.”
The self-directed course allows participants to complete the training on their own schedules and in the comfort of their offices or homes. This free course educates participants on the basics of
Washington, D.C. (June 15, 2012) The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) welcomes the announcement by President Barack Obama and the Department of Homeland Security that deferred action will be granted to certain eligible undocumented immigrant youth. Many of these immigrants who entered by age 16 would qualify for relief under the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.
The new policy will afford work authorization and protection from removal to an estimated 800,000 to 1,000,000 young people ages 15-30. Often referred to as DREAMers, these individuals came to this country as young children and now seek a better future in this, the only home many of them have ever known.
Those who qualify, including individuals currently in removal proceedings, will be granted protection against removal as well as work authorization for a renewable period of two years. This new policy does not confer permanent legal immigration status on the individual.
Austin, TX (May 23, 2012) - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) today recognizes the SC Ministry Foundation with its CLINIC Champion award as part of its 2012 Annual Convening.
“We are extremely grateful to the SC Ministry Foundation for its commitment to all immigrants and for its financial support of CLINIC and essential programs serving immigrants across the country,” said Maria M. Odom, CLINIC’s executive director. “Over the past decade, the SC Ministry Foundation has meaningfully invested in communities and in community programs,
LawLogix and CLINIC have entered into a multi-year partnership to provide immigration case management software to CLINIC’s large and growing network of non-profit legal services providers. Under the terms of the agreement, LawLogix will provide CLINIC affiliates across the U.S. with value added benefits including custom user training and certification programs. For more on the new pricing discounts and programs exclusively available to CLINIC members and subscribers) and for information on how to become a CLINIC affiliate, click on the aforementioned links in orange.
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) February 14, 2012 --LawLogix Group, Inc., the proven leader in Immigration Forms and Case Management Softwareannounced today an exclusive multi-year partnership with Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) to provide immigration case management software to CLINIC’s large and growing network of non-profit legal services providers, the largest network of its kind in the country.
Under the terms of the agreement, LawLogix will provide CLINIC affiliates across the U.S. with special pricing discounts, custom user training, and exclusive certification programs designed to promote best practices for immigration case management through the LawLogix EDGE software
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 assi
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 t
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 pe
Having grown up in New York, Lutu (age 22), was about to start his final year in college when he was stopped for a minor traffic violation. Due to his status as an undocumented immigrant, Lutu was taken into Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody and paid a $10,000 bond. Nevertheless, Lutu was rearrested and detained after voluntarily returning to the ICE office. Thanks to his Catholic Charities attorney and CLINIC’s advocacy efforts, ICE released Lutu and deferred his deportation
Jessica and Ana (ages 5 and 11) were released into the custody of their uncle, who they had never met before. The uncle initially refused to let the childrens’ mother see the girls. When Jessica and Ana eventually went to live with their mother, the uncle refused to give the girls’ immigration court documents to their mother. The LOPC Project Coordinator referred Jessica and Ana’s immigration claims to an attorney.
Due to political violence erupting in Kenya, Fr. Jamil’s mother was forced to flee her home and rebuild her life. Fr. Jamil, a Kenyan priest working in the U.S., needed to temporarily return to Kenya to take care of his mother during this time of unrest. His religious worker visa expired, however, and the delay in processing Fr.
A school in rural North Carolina refused to enroll Silvia because her custodian was not the child’s parent or legal guardian. After the Legal Orientation Program for Custodians (LOPC) staff in Harlingen educated Silvia’s custodian and the school about the child’s right to receive an education, she was eventually enrolled in school. LOPC staff also referred Silvia's immigration case to local legal aid agencies and reported the school issue to the Charlotte LOPC site for follow-up with t
Mrs. Gonzalez, an 85 year old grandmother, dreamed of becoming a U.S. citizen ever since she received her green card. However, she felt intimidated due to her age, her lack of English, and the cumbersome application process. Catholic Charities staff helped her apply for an English exemption based on her age and long-term residency, helped her prepare for the U.S. history and civics test, and cheered her on at every stage of the process. She became a proud U.S. citizen in August 2011.
After Margarita’s long battle to win asylum from the abusive father of her children and his fellow gang members, she was able to reunite with her two sons. Her eldest son is receiving an education she never thought possible because of his learning disability. She is now on the path to becoming a citizen of the country she is proud to call home.
On May 10, 2005, the U.S. Catholic Bishops launched the Justice for Immigrants (JFI) Campaign in an effort to educate Catholics, including Catholic public officials, and other people of good will, about Catholic social teaching concerning immigrants. The goals of the Campaign are to raise the awareness about the positive contributions of immigrants to our society and to advocate for changes in immigration law. Congress should provide an orderly and safe pathway for undocumented people to integrate into our society.