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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. For more information about requesting assistance, check out CLINIC’s resources here.

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  • June 22, 2020, Proclamation: The White House issued a Presidential Proclamation, banning the entry of certain nonimmigrant visa workers and extending the previously issued ban on the admission of certain immigrant visa applicants. Both bans go into effect at 12:01 a.m. ET on June 24, 2020.

    Specifically, the June 2020 Proclamation extends the 60-day ban issued on April 22, 2020, on certain immigrant visa applicants. That ban is now in effect until Dec. 31, 2020. A summary of the details of the previously-issued Proclamation 10014 can be found here.

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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: Unless otherwise noted, all non-detained cases scheduled between March 18 and August 7, inclusive, are postponed. Some courts, including Honolulu, Boston, Buffalo, Dallas, Hartford, Las Vegas, Memphis, and New Orleans, have set their own schedules for reopening.

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  • Presidential Proclamation: See the “Presidential Proclamations and Other White House Policies” page; the Presidential Proclamation of April 22, 2020, affects DOS operations.
  • Visa Services Abroad: On March 18, 2020, the State Department announced that it is suspending routine visa services in most countries worldwide. Embassies and consulates in these countries will cancel all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments.

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  • I-9 Policy: DHS has announced that, as of May 1, 2020, 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: On March 18, 2020, ICE updated its COVID-19 page to indicate that it

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  • Primary Source: Full information about USCIS’s response to COVID-19 can be found on its dedicated webpage.

     

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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.