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DACA Results

Thank you for supporting DACA research: Come read the results! 

A team Tom Wong of the University of California San Diego gathered data for the largest survey to date on DACA. Specifically, they analyzed the economic, employment, educational and societal experiences of DACA recipients. We were excited to learn the results unequivocally show DACA recipients are making major contributions to the U.S. economy.

Thank you to all of our affiliates who responded to the request for case information. CLINIC appreciates your willingness to participate to help us gain a better understanding of how these young people fit into our communities. 

Here are the findings.



News From the Network (as of July)


Contigo International Inc. in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Dallas


Partial Accreditation

Claudia Pinzon of Wind of the Spirit in Morristown, New Jersey

Emelina Medellin of Catholic Charities of Salina, Kansas

Jocelyn Jaramillo of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago in Chicago, plus sub offices

Juan Francisco Hernandez of Contigo International Inc. in Washington D.C., plus sub offices

Juliette Garcia of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Venice in Arcadia, Florida

Lorena Gallego-Rosero of Contigo International Inc. in Washington D.C., plus sub offices

Magda Beltran of Contigo International Inc. in Washington D.C., plus sub offices

Maria Fernanda Payan of Contigo International Inc. in Washington D.C., plus sub offices

Marisol Samayoa of Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Mayra Betina Garcia-Cantu of Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Veronica Cassina of Contigo International Inc. in Washington D.C., plus sub offices


OVW Project Partial Accreditation

Carmen Irais Romero Nichols of the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence in Topeka, Kansas


New Affiliates

St. Frances Cabrini Immigration Law Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana.


Question Corner (August 2017)


My client entered the U.S. EWI in 1994 and hasn’t departed the U.S. since then. In February 1998, my client’s LPR father filed a petition on her behalf. My client subsequently married in 2010, which caused the automatic revocation of the petition. Now my client’s U.S. citizen son has turned 21 and wants to petition for his mother. Is my client eligible to adjust status under INA Sec. 245(i) even though the petition her father filed for her was revoked? My client has an I-130 through her LPR father on 02/03/1998.



Immigration Law

Michelle N. Mendez

EOIR’s first Operating Policies and Procedures Memorandum of 2017 instructs immigration judges on how to fairly and efficiently manage their dockets using continuances. Here are a few tips for using this guidance.  

Reena Arya

The Board of Immigration Appeals clarified that asylees lose that status when they adjust. Learn how this could affect current and future immigrants.

Brad Jenkins

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will no longer place a hold on the adjudication of applications for adjustment of status filed by TPS holders in certain jurisdictions. Here is what this could mean for your clients.

Update from the Center for Immigrant Integration (August 2017)

CLINIC’s Center for Immigrant Integration wants to show you how to create meaningful relationships between longtime-residents and newcomers. Holidays like the Feast of the Assumption are perfect vehicles to bring everyone together. This month, we’re also highlighting Hope CommUnity Center’s Adelante Caminantes Program in Apopka, Florida for their excellent work helping Central American unaccompanied minors adjust to their new home.


Center Updates

New CLINIC Resources and Stories

Celebrating cultures during the Feast of the Assumption

The Feast of the Assumption, which celebrates the Virgin Mary ascending into heaven upon her death, fell on Aug. 15 this year. Learn more about how parishes can encourage integration through the celebration of this important holiday.


Affiliate Highlight: Stepping up when you’re needed most

Through their Adelante Caminantes Program, Hope CommUnity Center in Apopka, Florida, guides undocumented youth as they adjust to their new homes in the United States.


Citizenship Navigator Profile: Allison Reefer, joyfully helping refugees

Allison Reefer is the service coordinator for the Immigrant Services & Connections Program at Northern Area Multi Service Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Read her story to learn how this program benefits her community and what motivates her to help refugees.

For more information on CLINIC’s Citizenship Navigator program, visit 


Outside Events, Webinars, and Resources

Register now for the Center for Migration Studies’ 2017 Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference, taking place Oct. 11-13 in Los Angeles.

Early bird registration is now open for the 2017 National Immigration Integration Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Save the date: Dec. 10-12.