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Immigration Law

Kristina Karpinski

The Department of Homeland Security amended regulations governing requirements and procedures for T nonimmigrant status for victims of human trafficking last December. The interim rule took effect Jan. 18, 2017. This summary outlines those changes.


News From the Network

New Affiliates


Catholic Charities - Diocese of Gary, Inc. in Gary, Indiana

Sacred Heart Center in Richmond, Virginia

Rural Community Development Resources in Yakima, Washington

Nueva Vida Assemblies of God in Mansfield, Texas

Immigrant Legal Center of Boulder County in Boulder, Colorado



Women's Transitional Living Center in Fullerton, California

Highland Legal Aid Clinic in Highland Park, Illinois


Question Corner (Mar. 2017)


I have a client who became a Lawful Permanent Resident through her U.S. citizen mother when she 9 years old in 1994. She never knew her father. She is now 31 and wants to file an N-600 certifying that she derived U.S. citizenship. She has been living here for approximately five years. She has two children, ages 6 and 8 who were born in Mexico. The children were brought here on a B-1/B-2 visa. Can the mother file an N-600 for herself and also file an N-600 for each child at the same time?



Update from the Center for Immigrant Integration (Mar. 2017)

Integration Newsletter March 2017

This month, CLINIC’s Center for Immigrant Integration celebrates a variety of welcoming actions. A CLINIC webinar teaches you to work with your local government officials to accomplish goals that help immigrants. Catholic Charities Dallas joined the City of Dallas to help prevent immigrants from becoming homeless. Also, the Washington Post explored the history of one of Americans’ favorite foods and the role immigrants have played in its evolution. These updates, and more, illustrate the power in thinking outside of the box when helping immigrants.


Center Updates

Congratulations to the affiliates chosen for the 2017-2019 Immigrant Integration Partner program:

Catholic Charities Diocese of Pueblo in Pueblo, Colorado

Catholic Charities of Denver in Denver, Colorado

Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio in Cincinnati, Ohio

Catholic Charities of Central Colorado in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Stay tuned for updates on these programs’ efforts to increase, encourage and promote immigrant integration.


CLINIC Resources and Webinars

Promoting immigrant integration: Ideas for working together with your local officials

Did you miss our webinar highlighting tips and strategies for working with local governments on immigrant integration initiatives? Check out the archived recording and slides on our website.


Affiliate Highlight Blog

Collaboration with city seeks to protect homeowners as gentrification threatens to uproot them

In collaboration with the City of Dallas, Catholic Charities Dallas is working to keep residents, many of whom are first, second and third generation immigrants, from being forced from their homes. A local property manager is refusing to update the buildings to meet the new safety codes. To protect the community, Catholic Charities is collecting surveys to evaluate the situation and develop the resources they need.


Outside Events, Webinars, and Resources:

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn’s address at the sixth International Forum on Migration and Peace

In a compelling address, Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, a CLINIC board member, used his home diocese to illustrate the welcoming and inclusive nature of the Catholic Church and its sacraments. The address also captures the important role priests and community leaders play in encouraging a unified, integrated and welcoming congregation.


BBQ and immigrant integration, what do they have in common?

The Washington Post took an interesting look at the influence immigrants have had on one of the United States’ oldest cooking styles. From highlighting Charlie Vergos’ legacy in Memphis to Heirloom Market BBQ in Atlanta, this article provides a fun perspective on integration, specifically how immigrant cultures enhanced cuisine viewed as quintessentially American.