National Legal Center for Immigrants
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 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 resp
CLINIC is interested in hearing about your recent experiences with U Visa certification practices in your area, to inform our advocacy with DHS’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) regarding that office’s oversight of certification practices in the field. Have your local ICE/CBP agents, police departments and state attorneys general been certifying meritorious U Visa applications, or have they refused? Contact CLINIC Advocacy Attorney Karen Siciliano Lucas at firstname.lastname@example.org.