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Administrative Relief

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  • Jul 11, 2016: Supreme Court Decision in U.S. v. Texas Impedes Implementation of DAPA,...
    Jul 11, 2016: On June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its tie (4-4) decision in the United States v. Texas litigation.  The Court’s split decision means that the preliminary injunction issued by the U.S. District Court in Texas remains in effect and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) remain on hold while the case is returned to the...
  • Oct 15, 2015: Administrative Advocacy
    Oct 15, 2015: In connection with the State of Texas v. U.S. litigation, USCIS began recalling over 2,600 grants of Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) and work authorization in May 2015. USCIS increased its recall efforts dramatically following a Court Order issued on July 7. CLINIC officially registered its opposition to the recall and any resulting terminations. CLINIC worked closely with affiliates to...
  • Jun 2, 2015: Federal District Court Denies Emergency Stay Request on Executive Action
    Jun 2, 2015: On Tuesday, May 26, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the government’s request for an emergency stay of the injunction issued by a Brownsville judge in February.  That injunction stopped implementation of the expanded DACA and the DAPA programs that were already set to begin. The district court found that the plaintiffs – 26 states – had standing to bring the lawsuit and it found that the...


Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

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  • Apr 26, 2017: Call for examples of termination of “unaccompanied child” designations
    Apr 26, 2017: A recent memo from the Secretary of Homeland Security says the administration is changing how unaccompanied minors will be designated. Is your organization working with a client whose UAC status has been terminated? CLINIC wants to talk with you.
  • Jul 27, 2015: Globalizing Charity: 7 Ways Your Local Government Can Help Unaccompanied Minors
    Jul 27, 2015: The response of the Catholic Church to the continued arrival of Central American children and families seeking protection in the United States has been tremendous.
  • Apr 22, 2015: Family Detention Update
    Apr 22, 2015: On February 20, 2015 the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia responded to the desperate pleas of detained Central American women and their children. The women had been found to have a credible fear of future persecution by an Asylum Officer or the Immigration Judge yet they remained detained on account of the U.S. government’s national security-based deterrence strategy of sending a...


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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  • Pinned to topJul 30, 2015: Three-year DACA EADs
    Pinned to topJul 30, 2015: Recently, we sent all affiliates a notice informing them of the July 17th deadline for returning three-year EADs requested by USCIS in order to comply with the Texas court’s February 16, 2015 injunction. USCIS reports that there are still approximately 900 DACA recipients who have not yet returned their three-year EADs. We have been informed that USCIS has already taken additional steps to direct...
  • Pinned to topJun 21, 2012: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Information and Resources
    Pinned to topJun 21, 2012: On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a memorandum allowing individuals who came to the U.S. as children and meet certain guidelines to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). A person who is granted DACA receives permission to live and work in the U.S. for two years (may be renewed). If someone is approved for DACA, s/he may...
  • Sep 7, 2017: Summary of important issues arising from the Trump administration’s...
    Sep 7, 2017: Last updated 9/7/2017 The Trump administration announced Sept. 5, 2017 that it is ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. DACA provides temporary protection from deportation and work authorization for certain young people who were brought to the U.S. as children.


Catholic Social Teaching

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  • Cover of Papal Messages for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees
    Pinned to topJun 18, 2015: Papal Messages for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees
    Pinned to topJun 18, 2015: 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.
  • Cover of Notable Quotes document
    Pinned to topJun 18, 2015: Modern Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration: Notable Quotes
    Pinned to topJun 18, 2015: 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.
  • Image from Pope Quote Document
    Pinned to topJun 18, 2015: Quotes from Pope Francis on Immigration
    Pinned to topJun 18, 2015: 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.



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  • Pinned to topFeb 6, 2015: The Citizenship Test
    Pinned to topFeb 6, 2015: Newly updated in 2015, CLINIC’s study guide for the U.S. citizenship test explains the naturalization testing requirements and contains 13 study units on U.S. history and civics with many colorful and historic photos and illustrations, as well as maps, diagrams, and timelines. It includes a glossary of vocabulary words and test review questions for each unit. There are also discussion questions...
  • Pinned to topOct 23, 2013: A More Perfect Union: A National Citizenship Plan
    Pinned to topOct 23, 2013: The United States is a nation of immigrants united by a common creed and shared values. With 37 million foreign born residents, the United States’ strength and vitality depends on the contributions of its newest members. However, the integration of a population of this magnitude and diversity cannot be assumed. The pressing policy question becomes: what can be done to promote the integration of...
  • Aug 10, 2017: The Disability Waiver Process
    Aug 10, 2017: Use this flowchart to help your staff and clients understand the disability waiver process. Download the flyer. 


Program Management

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Inadmissibility and Waivers

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  • Apr 26, 2017: 9th Circuit finds TPS counts as an admission for adjustment of status...
    Apr 26, 2017: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a grant of Temporary Protected Status itself constitutes an “admission” for purposes of INA § 245(a) adjustment of status eligibility. While this is potentially promising news, advocates in the 9th Circuit should wait for guidance from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on how the decision will be implemented.
  • Oct 22, 2015: Proposed Guidance on Extreme Hardship
    Oct 22, 2015: The USCIS circulated draft guidance on October 7th interpreting the term “extreme hardship” and explaining how it should be applied to waiver applications.
  • Oct 15, 2015: New and Proposed Rules and Policy Guidance
    Oct 15, 2015: Read updates on: Fee Waivers (Form I-912), Expansion of the Provisional Waiver Program, Board of Immigration Appeals Recognition & Accreditation, USCIS Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, Draft Extreme Hardship Policy Guidance for Waiver Applications.


VAWA and U

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Asylum, Refugee and Other Humanitarian Relief

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  • Sep 22, 2017: Guidance for Practitioners on Adjustment of Status for TPS Recipients in the...
    Sep 22, 2017: Do you have clients with Temporary Protected Status who reside in the jurisdiction of either the Sixth or Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals? These frequently asked questions explain how current USCIS policy permits individuals who entered the United States without inspection, but subsequently received TPS, adjust to lawful permanent resident status.  
  • Immigration Court Practitioner’s Guide Responding To Inappropriate Immigration Judge Conduct
    Aug 10, 2017: Immigration Court Practitioner’s Guide Responding To Inappropriate Immigration...
    Aug 10, 2017: As more noncitizens are targeted for the initiation of removal proceedings under the Trump administration’s broadened enforcement priorities, immigration court dockets will likely become even more backlogged. Given these strains and the reality of human fallibility, there will continue to be instances in which practitioners observe inappropriate and problematic immigration judge conduct.
  • Apr 26, 2017: USCIS revises protection screening lesson plans
    Apr 26, 2017: Under a Jan. 25, 2017 executive order, changes have been made to the protection screening process, including the credible fear and reasonable fear lesson plans.


Family-based Immigration

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  • Apr 22, 2015: Question Corner - Marta's Choice (April 2015)
    Apr 22, 2015: Marta is an LPR who is married with three children.  She is eligible to naturalize, but wants to know whether to proceed. She filed an I-130 petition for her husband, Pablo, and named their three children as derivatives.  The I-130 was filed on November 12, 2010 and was approved on April 13, 2011.  The F-2A priority date became current in September 2013, and everyone filed for an immigrant visa...
  • Apr 22, 2015: No Marriage Fraud Without a Marriage
    Apr 22, 2015: By Susan Schreiber When you read the words "marriage fraud,” you probably think of a marriage entered into for purposes of obtaining an immigration benefit.  Such marriages, among other things, trigger  INA § 204(c) consequences,  i.e. a bar against petition approval where the  beneficiary has previously sought status  based on a fraudulent marriage or "has attempted  or conspired to enter into a...
  • Dec 18, 2014: Executive Action Expanding Parole in Place - Frequently Asked Questions
    Dec 18, 2014: On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced executive actions to change immigration policy.  One of these reforms will expand the existing “parole in place” program for the spouses, children, and parents of members of the U.S. Armed Forces.  That program was officially recognized and implemented by a November 15, 2013 memo that described eligibility and filing procedures for parole in place...


Consular Processing

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  • Apr 22, 2015: New Pilot Program Assessment Letter for CDJ
    Apr 22, 2015: The DOS has recently announced that it will start a pilot program involving persons applying for an immigrant visa at the U.S. consulates in Cd. Juarez, Mexico (CDJ) and Montreal, Canada.  The National Visa Center will be conducting its standard review of the forms and documents submitted by the applicant, including a review of the affidavit of support, civil documents, and police certificates. ...
  • Jan 14, 2015: Webinar: Overseas Refugee Processing Program for Central American Minors
    Jan 14, 2015: On December 1, 2014, the Department of State launched a new in-country refugee and parole program for children residing in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Watch a free webinar to learn more about the process permitting certain parents in the United States to request that their children be admitted to the United States as refugees or granted parole. What are the eligibility requirements for a...
  • Nov 25, 2014: Update from Ciudad Juarez
    Nov 25, 2014: By Susan Schreiber CLINIC held its annual two-day family-based immigration law conference in El Paso, Texas on November 12-13, 2014.  In the afternoon of the second day, representatives from the consulate and USCIS spoke and answered participants’ questions.  On an optional third day, participants toured the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez.  The following is a summary of updated information from...


Immigrant Integration

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Religious Immigration

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  • Dec 20, 2018: Top Immigration Issues Affecting Religious Workers: Here is what we know so far
    Dec 20, 2018: Here is a look at some of the top immigration-related issues international religious workers could face in the New Year, including the future of the Religious Worker Visa Program and permanent residence for religious workers
  • Aug 9, 2018: Non-Minister sunset expiration & Visa Bulletin updates
    Aug 9, 2018: The extension granted last March for the Non-Minister Permanent Residence Program is set to expire in September! This sunset could prevent international, non-minister religious workers from applying for permanent residency in the United States.
  • Aug 8, 2018: New USCIS Memo on RFE/NOID
    Aug 8, 2018: Another memo by USCIS has increased adjudicators’ discretion to deny applications or petitions for immigration benefits without prior notification.


Detention and Removal

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  • Jul 11, 2016: CARA Assists Families Targeted in May Enforcement Actions and Thwarts New...
    Jul 11, 2016: In late May- early June, the CARA Pro Bono Project assisted 21 families who were picked up by DHS in the latest round of enforcement actions targeting Central American women the children. The stories of the 21 families and the due process obstacles they have encountered were captured in a report produced by the CARA project.
  • Cover page of El proceso en la corte de inmigración
    Jul 8, 2016: El proceso en la corte de inmigración
    Jul 8, 2016: CLINIC and ASAP created guidance in Spanish for the Immigrant Justice Corps to distribute at the New York City Immigration Court to the Central American asylum-seeking mothers and children in deportation proceedings. Download the guide.
  • Jun 28, 2016: One year of CARA Pro Bono Project, thousands helped
    Jun 28, 2016: Spring 2016 marked the one-year anniversary of the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project with some impressive data to add a bit of hope to the still steady flow of immigrants across the border. The project’s one-year statistics paint a powerful picture of the work being done by volunteers and the limited formal staff at CARA.


Post-Disaster Issues

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  • Apr 26, 2017: Updated Action Alert: Protect 50,000 vulnerable Haitians in the U.S
    Apr 26, 2017: CLINIC needs your help in fighting to protect 50,000 vulnerable Haitians in the U.S. who are at risk of losing their Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, which would force them to return to Haiti.
  • Jan 27, 2015: TPS Extended for Salvadorans
    Jan 27, 2015: Salvadorans who have already been granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) are eligible to live and work in the United States for an additional 18 months and continue to maintain their status.  The extension of TPS for nationals of El Salvador is effective from March 10, 2015 and through September 9, 2016.  Nationals of El Salvador who have been granted TPS previously must re-register during the...


Appeals/Pro Bono

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  • Sep 28, 2015: EOIR Announces Two Final Rules Relating to Legal Representation
    Sep 28, 2015: On September 16, 2015, EOIR also released two final regulations relating to R&A. The first rule changed the regulation relating to appearances before the agency to allow for separate appearances in bond proceedings and other proceedings conducted by EOIR.
  • Jan 24, 2014: EOIR Announces Implementation Guidance for Its Program to Protect Incompetent...
    Jan 24, 2014: By Bradley Jenkins* On December 31, 2013, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) released guidance to the nation’s immigration judges entitled “Phase I of Plan to Provide Enhanced Procedural Protection to Unrepresented Detained Respondents with Mental Disorders.”  This guidance is the latest chapter in EOIR’s ongoing effort to reform how the agency handles the cases of persons with...