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Immigration Law

Jen Riddle

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a grant of Temporary Protected Status itself constitutes an “admission” for purposes of INA § 245(a) adjustment of status eligibility. While this is potentially promising news, advocates in the 9th Circuit should wait for guidance from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on how the decision will be implemented.

Reena Arya

Under a Jan. 25, 2017 executive order, changes have been made to the protection screening process, including the credible fear and reasonable fear lesson plans.

Rebecca Scholtz

The Board of Immigration Appeals issued a precedent decision about administrative closure, on April 18, 2017. Administrative closure is a procedure that temporarily removes a case from an immigration judge’s active calendar. It is usually done due to the possibility of some event that is “relevant to immigration proceedings but is outside the control of the parties or the court and may not occur for a significant or undetermined period of time.”

Kristina Karpinski

Mexican nationals, or other immigrants who have lived in Mexico for more than six months, who are 18 years old or older, must now include police certificates with immigrant visa applications.

Thank you for supporting the Center for Migration Studies in their research!

Thank you to all of our affiliates who responded to the 2016 “Survey of Catholic Social and Charitable Institutions on Immigrant Integration.” The Center for Migration used your insights to report how Catholic institutions engage and support immigrants locally. Within the analysis, we were most happy to learn legal services are among the top five services immigrants accessed. This speaks to your hard work and how essential you are as service providers. CLINIC appreciates your willingness to participate. Thank you for helping us gain a better understanding of how immigrants fit into our communities. 

Read a summary of the report or see the whole CMS document.


News From the Network

DOJ Recognitions from February and March

  • Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services, Lewiston, Maine
  • Annunciation House, Inc. El Paso, Texas

DOJ Partial Accreditations from February and March

  • Karyn Ann Shealy of Project Citizenship, Boston
  • Sister Michelle Sinkhorn of the Sisters of St. Benedict, Ferdinand, Indiana
  • Rilwan Osman of Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services, Lewiston
  • Basra Sharif Mohamed of Catholic Charities of New Hampshire, all four recognized locations: Manchester, Concord, Lanconia, and Nashua
  • Susana Quiroga, CLINIC fellow with the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Atlanta
  • Taylor Kristine Levy of Annunciation House, Inc., El Paso, Texas
  • Daina Jurika-Owen of the Diocese of San Angelo Immigration Services, both Abilene and San Angelo locations

DOJ Full Accreditations from February and March

  • Vivian Karian of Catholic Charities of New Hampshire, all four recognized locations: Manchester, Concord, Lanconia, and Nashua

OVW Project

  • Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Laramie, Wyoming, obtained partial accreditation for Danielle Wolf Harrington

New Affiliates for April

  • Southeast Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center, Detroit
  • San Bernardino Community Service Center, Inc.,San Bernardino, California


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

Integration Newsletter April 2017

This month, CLINIC’s Center for Immigrant Integration celebrates integration efforts both in the community and in the church. From a career development program run by a CLINIC affiliate to a lively discussion on the immigrant roots American traditions for religious holidays, this issue celebrates these efforts for creating cohesive communities.

Affiliate Highlight Blog

Building community through job development training

Building One Community’s Skills Development Program is transforming relationships between immigrant communities and local businesses in Stamford, Connecticut. Launched in 2015, the program now offers three career training tracks: culinary, home health aide, and construction and landscaping. With significant support from local elected officials and community leaders, B1C’s Skills Development Program is helping immigrants adapt effectively in professional settings, while promoting acceptance and participation. It is truly a successful integration initiative.

CLINIC Resources and Webinars

Sharing traditions, that’s what holidays are for

CLINIC’s Immigrant Integration Program Manager Leya Speasmaker joined Jacob Popcak on the Son Rise Morning Show in Cincinnati to discuss holiday traditions embedded in American culture that were brought to the United States by immigrants. This blog goes on to show how incorporating those faith traditions from other countries embodies the definition of integration.

Outside Events, Webinars, and Resources

Cambio de Colores

In June, Nathaly Perez, a CLINIC field support coordinator, will present at the Cambio de Colores Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The event is a multistate conference about integration of immigrants in new destinations. The professional development opportunity engages practitioners, researchers and those working with immigrant communities, by sharing experiences and knowledge that about integration of immigrants in new settlement areas.

Visit the Cambio de Colores website for more information and to register.