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Updates from the Network
Vicky Toxtle of Catholic Family Community Services in Paterson, New Jersey
Kimberly May-Bailey of Catholic Charities Migration, Refugee and Immigration Services of Hartford, Connecticut
Cherokee Family Violence Center in Canton, Georgia
Canopy Northwest Arkansas (aka Canopy NWA) in Fayetteville, Arkansas
Hand in Hand Multicultural Center in Springfield, Missouri
Church Communities International in Ulster Park, New York
Immigration and American Citizenship Organization in Passaic, New Jersey
CLINIC’s new report, No Safety in a Warzone: Why TPS is Needed for Syria, is clear: the administration must extend and redesignate TPS for Syria. The administration's decision to extend or terminate is due by Jan. 30, 2018, affecting approximately 5,800 people and their families. The report contains in-depth legal analysis, specific recommendations for the administration and the stories of Syrians whose lives depend on TPS.
CLINIC’s Center for Immigrant Integration brought in the New Year by highlighting how the classic holiday celebration Epiphany is a great way to promote immigrant integration. This issue also features improved resources from Welcoming America on how to strengthen relationships with our immigrant neighbors.
New CLINIC Resources and Stories
Check out The holidays aren’t over yet: Next up, Epiphany! to explore the last big holiday of the season! The twelfth day after Christmas, known as Epiphany, is celebrated to honor baby Jesus, Christ’s baptism and the miracle at Cana. In recognition of Mary and Joseph’s migratory journey, the day is also a time to celebrate immigrants and the struggles they face in search of a new life.
Project Hope-Proyecto Esperanza’s annual reception for new citizens is a win-win – honorees can celebrate with their families, while getting to know their new neighbors!
Outside Events, Webinars and Resources
Check out the new citizenship preparation course developed by The Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the Sacramento County Office of Education and the California State Library. It offers a variety of resources such an overview of the naturalization process (such as eligibility, benefits and rights), and tips for the interview.
As new immigration policies are implemented, more families are experiencing fear and anxiety over uncertainty. Welcoming America’s Neighbors Together toolkit offers promising practices on how we can welcome newcomers, and provide a stable and safe environment for everyone.