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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

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  • Pinned to topAug 7, 2014: Toolkit for Working with Unaccompanied Children
    Pinned to topAug 7, 2014: There has been a dramatic increase in unaccompanied children and families with young children fleeing to the United States since the beginning of 2014.
  • 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...
  • Father and Son
    Mar 24, 2015: Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee/Parole Program
    Mar 24, 2015: CLINIC has created a number of resources explaining the CAM program and which families may qualify:   Articles:

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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  • 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...
  • Jun 25, 2015: Update on DACA (June 18, 2015)
    Jun 25, 2015: By Jen Riddle and Jill Bussey This month marks the 3-year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Since DACA launched in 2012, over 664,000 individuals have been granted temporary reprieve from deportation and a work permit.  All 50 states now permit DACA recipients to apply for driver’s licenses, following policy reversals in Nebraska and Arizona due to...
  • Jun 19, 2015: You Can Still Apply for DACA - Community Education
    Jun 19, 2015: Expanded DACA and DAPA are on hold, but you can still apply for DACA under the original guidelines.  Find out who qualifies and how you may be able to take steps to become DACA eligible.  CLINIC immigration attorney Ilissa Mira and BIA Accredited Representative Maciel Jacques share some tips on learning about your immigration options and preparing for the future.

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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.
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    Pinned to topJun 18, 2015: Compilation of Catholic Social Teaching Passages on Migration
    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.
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    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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Citizenship

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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.
  • Pinned to topMay 9, 2014: Citizenship Toolkit
    Pinned to topMay 9, 2014: This toolkit contains a variety of resources collected and produced through CLINIC’s citizenship projects. It is designed to assist agencies providing citizenship services and civic participation opportunities for the most vulnerable applicants.
  • 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...

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Program Management

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  • Pinned to topOct 28, 2013: Managing an Immigration Program: Steps for Creating and Increasing Legal...
    Pinned to topOct 28, 2013: This manual describes best practices used by many of the country's most experienced nonprofit immigration programs and managers.
  • Pinned to topOct 24, 2013: Toolkit for BIA Recognition & Accreditation
    Pinned to topOct 24, 2013:   Does your nonprofit agency want to develop a legal immigration program, but lack attorneys on staff or the money to hire them?
  • 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...

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State/Local

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  • Sep 22, 2014: Webinar - Communities Resisting Immigration Enforcement: Detainer Policies and...
    Sep 22, 2014: This webinar addresses the trend of law enforcement agencies across the country deciding not to detain individuals to hand over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for possible deportation. Following an overview of immigration detainers and how their use harms immigrant families, panelists discuss the shifting legal landscape and the important ways in which communities are changing their...
  • Aug 20, 2014: CLINIC Newsletter - August 2014 - VOL. XVIII No. 8
    Aug 20, 2014: In this issue…                         Update on Unaccompanied Children and Families Migrant Children, Uninvited Guests, and Welcoming the Stranger Advocacy Update
  • May 22, 2014: Webinar: Immigration Advocacy: From Capitol Hill to Your Neighborhood
    May 22, 2014: This webinar is for current and aspiring immigrant advocates on a grassroots level. This webinar provides an overview of the role each level of government plays in regulating the lives and livelihoods of immigrants.

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Inadmissibility and Waivers

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  • Jun 26, 2015: Three Decisions Address Definition of Admission
    Jun 26, 2015: By Susan Schreiber The concept of admission is central to many critical issues in immigration law. If your client was “admitted,” he or she may qualify to adjust status under INA § 245(a). If your client was “admitted,” he or she is subject to the grounds of deportability, not inadmissibility, and the government will have the burden of proof. And if your client was “admitted,” this may impact on...
  • May 27, 2015: Finally! BIA Gets It Right on 212(h) Bar for LPRs
    May 27, 2015: By Susan Schreiber
  • May 27, 2015: Intent is Irrelevant to Unlawful Voting
    May 27, 2015: By Ilissa Mira Unlawful voting has serious consequences for noncitizens.  The BIA confirmed this in a precedent decision finding that a noncitizen is removable under INA § 237(a)(6)(A), regardless of whether the alien knew that he or she was unlawfully voting in violation of 18 USC § 611(a).  Matter of Fitzpatrick, 26 I&N Dec. 559 (BIA 2015).

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VAWA and U

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  • Feb 26, 2015: Qualifying Criminal Activity for U Status
    Feb 26, 2015: By Sarah Bronstein
  • Aug 20, 2014: CLINIC Newsletter - August 2014 - VOL. XVIII No. 8
    Aug 20, 2014: In this issue…                         Update on Unaccompanied Children and Families Migrant Children, Uninvited Guests, and Welcoming the Stranger Advocacy Update
  • Aug 11, 2014: CLINIC and Other Advocates Comment on Interim Guidance Related to U...
    Aug 11, 2014: The interim guidance recently issued by USCIS provides much needed security for immigrant crime victims and their families.  However, as the advocates note in comments to USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez, issues still remain related to the agency’s interpretation of the two new U visa qualifying crimes -- stalking and fraud in foreign labor contracting.  Additionally, the advocates request that...

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Asylum, Refugee and Other Humanitarian Relief

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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...

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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...

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Immigrant Integration

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  • Pinned to topJan 26, 2015: Center for Immigrant Integration
    Pinned to topJan 26, 2015: The Center for Immigrant Integration seeks to encourage the development of immigrant integration initiatives throughout its network through the creation of resources and trainings and through the dissemination of best practices currently present in CLINIC affiliate agencies. CLINIC believes that efforts to promote immigrant integration are most successful at the local level.
  • Mar 10, 2015: Webinar: The Role of Public Libraries in Naturalization
    Mar 10, 2015: Did you know that public libraries in your community can help with your program’s naturalization efforts? Join us for a free webinar to learn how libraries are prepared to support the immigrant community. We will discuss how and why libraries make a strong partner in citizenship efforts; what resources and programmatic support are available to libraries; things to consider when your program is...
  • Mar 19, 2014: Assisting Clients in Complying with Tax Filing Requirements
    Mar 19, 2014: Employed immigrants, regardless of status or documents used to acquire employment, are required to file taxes. Service providers working with the foreign-born can offer tax assistance preparation and support as their clients work to fulfill this federal requirement. Those without a Social Security Number can apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to use when filing taxes....

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Religious Immigration

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  • May 20, 2015: Advocating for Special Immigrant Non-Minister Religious Worker Program
    May 20, 2015:     Religious Organization Support for the Special Immigrant Non- Minister Religious Worker Visa Program May 14, 2015       Honorable Mitch McConnell Senate Majority Leader United States Senate Washington, DC  20510   Honorable Harry Reid Senate Minority Leader United States Senate Washington, DC 20510   Dear Senators:  
  • Apr 14, 2015: Need Summer Help? Supply Priests and Immigration Law
    Apr 14, 2015: By: Megan S. Turngren RIS Attorney   At this time of the year, many of our clients are searching for supply priests to help with additional coverage during the summer months.  With many clergy members planning vacations, there is always a need for additional help between May and September.  However, it is always important to consider the immigration consequences of hiring foreign-born priests...
  • Apr 14, 2015: Staff Highlight: Minyoung Ohm
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Detention and Removal

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Post-Disaster Issues

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Appeals/Pro Bono

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  • 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...