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Officials from the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez and the National Visa Center discussed their current operations under the reduced footprint and prospects for the coming months.

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Just Neighbors began hosting virtual lunches to stay connected with staff while working remotely. This initiative quickly became popular in the community. Their lunches now welcome the public along with staff!

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CLINIC and partners filed an administrative complaint with the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties urging investigation into inadequate medical care for families in detention.

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CLINIC Joins KIND and 120 Organizations in Opposing DHS Policies That Imperil the Safety and Family Unity of Vulnerable Immigrant Children

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CLINIC Joins AILA and Partners in Sending Letter to EOIR; EOIR's Decision to Resume the Non-Detained Immigration Court Docket is Premature

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SILVER SPRING, Maryland — The administration’s June 22 extension and expansion of its April proclamation blocking many visa entrants from coming to the United States is a thinly veiled attempt to use the COV

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of State started implementing their new public charge rules just before they shut down most adjustment and immigrant visa application processing. Since then, the government has been mailing out stimulus checks, and unemployment claims have soared. When these agencies reopen and restart adjudicating, our clients may be even more vulnerable to public charge findings. Many are now asking whether they should cash the stimulus checks, file for unemployment, or apply for other benefit programs for themselves or family members.

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The administration has continued its attack on asylum seekers, and stranded asylum seekers in Mexico face an even more dangerous situation amidst a global pandemic that has altered everyone’s lives.

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The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. shares your concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, and the disruptive effect it is having on the operation of our network across the United States. As we all carefully monitor changes and regulations, our thoughts are with those of you who are directly impacted by this pandemic. CLINIC is committed to providing resources to support our partners during this challenging time. We’ve pulled together external information that offers guidance on navigating COVID-19 and addressing organizational support needs.

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The following are additional resources that may be helpful to your practice during the COVID-19 crisis:

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The following are links to CLINIC’s outreach efforts to the administration regarding the COVID-19 crisis:

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The following are links that may help you to manage your legal services program during the COVID-19 crisis:

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  • The Office of the CIS Ombudsman remains open and continues to respond to case assistance requests.

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Proclamations Made by President Biden:

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  • Primary Source: Full information about EOIR’s response to COVID-19 can be found on its dedicated webpage.
  • Non-Detained Cases: Certain immigration courts have resumed non-detained hearings. Any non-detained cases without an announced date are postponed through, and including, Feb 5, 2021.

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  • Presidential Proclamation: See the “Presidential Proclamations and Other White House Policies” page; the Presidential Proclamations of April 22, 2020, May 24, 2020, (and its 5/25/20 amendment), June 22, 2020, Dec. 30, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2020 affect DOS operations.
  • Visa Services Abroad: U.S. Embassies and Consulates are in the process of phased resumption of routine services after they were previously suspended due to COVID-19. Check the website of an embassy or consulate for its current operating status.

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  • I-9 Policy:
    • List B: DHS has announced that, Form I-9 identity documents found in List B set to expire on or after March 1, 2020, and not otherwise extended by the issuing authority, may be treated the same as if the employee presented a valid receipt for an acceptable document for Form I-9 purposes.

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  • Primary Source: Full information about ICE’s response to COVID-19 can be found on its dedicated webpage.
  • SEVIS: ICE has issued a Frequently Asked Questions list regarding how COVID-19 may impact SEVP-certified schools and F and M students.
  • Enforcement: While ICE previously indicated it had temporarily adjusted its enforcement posture due to COVID-19, its current page

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  • Primary Source: Full information about USCIS’s response to COVID-19 can be found on its dedicated webpage.
  • In-Person Services: As of June 4, 2020, USCIS is in the process of resuming in-person services at its field offices and Application Support Centers, or ASCs, after they were previously closed due to COVID-19. On March 18, USCIS suspended all in-person services except for emergencies.

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The COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing measures to combat the spread of the virus may be here for longer than we first anticipated. As we search for the “new normal” in providing legal services remotely, this resource provides some extra program management tips that may help you.

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Practice management tips following the Presidential Proclamation issued on April 22, 2020 suspending entry for certain immigrants applying for immigrant visas

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SILVER SPRING, Maryland — CLINIC’s Board Chairman Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, joined with Archbishop José Gomez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Auxiliary Bishop Mario Dorsonville of Washington, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, in decrying the April 22 presidential proclamation declaring a halt to immigration.

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The president issued the “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak” on April 22, 2020, suspending certain immigrants from entering the United States for 60 days. The proclamation is effective at 11:59 p.m. ET on April 23, 2020.

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Successful integration ensures that everyone is included in the community and has access to public resources. See how CLINIC affiliates and other localities are promoting immigrant integration under COVID-19.

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This resource serves as a guide to nonprofits who would like to set up or improve remote legal services.

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CLINIC Joins KIND and more than 75 Organizations in Urging DHS and CDC to Cease the Expulsion of Unaccompanied Children

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SILVER SPRING, Maryland — A year after the administration said it would “monitor” whether conditions warrant designating TPS to protect Venezuelans in the United States, the ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic make the need for TPS even more pressing. More than 215 organizations asked in 2019 for TPS to safeguard Venezuelans from the humanitarian crisis there, providing work authorization and protection from deportation.

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During this webinar, speakers will share updates on how USCIS and other federal agencies are responding to COVID-19. Additionally, speakers will provide tips and practice pointers on program models and preparing cases and clients.  Most importantly, there will be a Q&A session to hear from you about the challenges you are currently facing because of the COVID-19 pandemic.