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Administrative Relief

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  • Nov 13, 2015: Making the Best of the Wait: Community Education and Screening (Webinar Series)
    Nov 13, 2015: After the 5th Circuit decision on Nov 9th, many communities are unsure about the future implementation of DAPA and expanded DACA.  What can we do to help members of our community while we wait?  As we learned from DACA, many people who came forward to apply for deferred action were actually eligible for other (more permanent) remedies.  Why wait to find that out?  Why not address this now...
  • 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 26, 2015: Countdown to Administrative Relief: New Enforcement Priority FAQs (Webinar 5)
    Jun 26, 2015: On this webinar, panelists analyze the new FAQs in light of the original enforcement priorities memo and discuss what this guidance means for clients and community members. Some of the issues covered in the FAQs that will are discussed include: DUIs, identity-theft offenses, significant misdemeanors, and the type of immigration violations that trigger enforcement for “significant visa abuse.”...

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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  • Dec 18, 2014: CLINIC Newsletter - December 2014 - VOL. XVIII No. 12
    Dec 18, 2014: Read about the government launching an overseas processing program for certain central american refugee children, find out who's accredited for the month, and see the study that indicates a significant percentage of unauthorized immigrants may be eligible for permanent status.
  • Oct 22, 2014: Large-Scale Immigration Legal Service Delivery Model for Administrative Relief
    Oct 22, 2014:   Click the Image Below to Explore the Presentation  
  • Sep 9, 2014: Joint USCCB-CLINIC Letter on Executive Action
    Sep 9, 2014: On September 9, 2014, Most Reverend Eusebio Elizondo, Chairman of the Committee on Migration of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann, Chairman of board of directors of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) implored Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to work with the President to authorize deferred action for deserving groups.

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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.
  • 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...

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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...
  • 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...

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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. There are also discussion questions...
  • 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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State/Local

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Inadmissibility and Waivers

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  • 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.
  • Jul 24, 2015: USCIS Proposes Expansion of Provisional Waiver Program
    Jul 24, 2015: The USCIS published a proposed rule in the Federal register on July 22, 2015 that would expand the current provisional waiver program in two significant ways. The agency is allowing the public 60 days to comment on the proposed regulatory change.

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VAWA and U

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Asylum, Refugee and Other Humanitarian Relief

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  • Oct 15, 2015: Family Detention Update
    Oct 15, 2015: Despite continued efforts by advocates, the government’s practice of detaining immigrant mothers and their children continues. CLINIC has been especially active in the national fight to eliminate large scale family detention centers. In late March 2015, CLINIC partnered with four other networks to form the CARA Pro Bono Project.Through this project CLINIC has been providing legal services for...
  • 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...

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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...
  • Dec 18, 2014: CLINIC Newsletter - December 2014 - VOL. XVIII No. 12
    Dec 18, 2014: Read about the government launching an overseas processing program for certain central american refugee children, find out who's accredited for the month, and see the study that indicates a significant percentage of unauthorized immigrants may be eligible for permanent status.

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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...
  • Nov 25, 2014: CLINIC Newsletter - November 2014 - VOL. XVIII No. 11
    Nov 25, 2014: Learn more about the Haitian family reunification program to be implemented in 2015, peruse the FAQs on the USCIS updates to DACA, and meet our affiliate Mi Mujeres in this month's profile.

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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.
  • Sep 28, 2015: Big Changes to the Visa Bulletin and Eligibility to File for Adjustment
    Sep 28, 2015: The October Visa Bulletin contains an important change in the timing of when family- and employment-based immigrant visa applicants can apply for adjustment of status.
  • Mar 18, 2015: CLINIC Newsletter - March 2015 - VOL. XIX No. 3
    Mar 18, 2015: Learn more about the revised G-28 form, review the Center for Immigrant Integration's updates for the month, and see who's newly accredited. We also highlight Catholic Charities of Central Texas in our affiliate profile.

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Religious Immigration

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  • Apr 14, 2016: Religious Workers to Face Significant Delays in Permanent Resident Processing
    Apr 14, 2016: Miguel Naranjo, director of CLINIC’s Religious Immigration Service, has written a short analysis of the implications of the State Department’s May Visa Bulletin, released on April 12.  International religious workers in the U.S. and abroad who are in the process of applying for permanent residence may experience significant case processing delays in the next several months, according to the...
  • Oct 16, 2015: Special Immigrant Non-Minister Religious Worker Program Extended Until December...
    Oct 16, 2015: On September 30th, 2015, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR), a stop-gap measure which continues funding the government at current levels and keeps the government open until December 11, 2015. The CR reauthorized the Special Immigrant Non-Minister Religious Worker Program as well as three other immigration-related programs, the Conrad 30 Program, the EB-5 Program, and the E-Verify...
  • Jul 24, 2015: Non-minister Permanent Residence Program Update (Sunset of Non-minister Program)
    Jul 24, 2015: The non-minister permanent residence program that includes religious brothers and sisters (religious vocations) and other non-minister religious positions (religious occupations) is scheduled to expire on 09/30/2015 unless it is renewed by Congress. If past experience is an indicator, we have every reason to believe that the program will be extended as it has been renewed several times.

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Detention and Removal

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  • Apr 11, 2016: Family Detention
    Apr 11, 2016: March marked the one year anniversary of the CARA Pro Bono Representation Family Detention Project, which focuses on ending family detention and ensuring representation for immigrant families who are processed through the family detention facilities. Nearly 8,000 families had a CARA volunteer attorney help them start the process of seeking asylum. More than 700 volunteers from all over the...
  • Apr 11, 2016: President’s enforcement actions against immigrant families and children
    Apr 11, 2016: In early January, the Department of Homeland Security began targeting for removal Central American families and unaccompanied children who had turned 18. CLINIC engaged in extensive national and local advocacy, with staff from the Advocacy and TLS offices participating in national webinars about the actions. The CLINIC advocacy team conducted webinars for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio, and...
  • Feb 8, 2016: Family Detention
    Feb 8, 2016: CLINIC continues to fight against the government’s practice of detaining immigrant mothers and their children. CLINIC, through its work in the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project has been especially active in the national fight to eliminate large scale family detention centers. CLINIC and CARA have been leading advocacy efforts to challenge unlawful asylum, detention, and deportation policies...

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Post-Disaster Issues

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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...