Updates from the Network
Annell Vidal of Sojouner House Inc. in Providence, Rhode Island
Haley Bastin of Catholic Charities of Indianapolis in Indiana
Margaret Sciscento of Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice in Florida
Nina Colombotos of Catholic Charities of Fall River in Massachusetts
Afshan Qureshi of Saathi of Rochester Inc in New York
Community for the Advancement of Family Education (CAFÉ) in Wenatchee, Washington
International Commission for Dalit Rights in Mclean, Virginia
California Human Development in Sana Rosa, Lodi and Ukiah, California
Mexican American Opportunity Foundation in Montebello, California
On Saturday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services posted on its website the text of its much-anticipated proposed rule re-defining public charge. Use this legal analysis to understand how this change could impact the immigrant community.
Next, Bookmark cliniclegal.org/public-charge and check back often. This is where we will save and update our public charge resources. While the proposed rule has not yet been published to the federal register and the public comment period is not yet open, we can start now encouraging our communities to release comments when the time comes. Make sure you are following CLINIC on Facebook and Twitter. Share these resources online using the hashtag #ProtectFamilies and tag us in the posts at @cliniclegal.
This month, CLINIC launched TPSExperts, a forum for legal services providers to exchange information regarding Temporary Protected Status applications, trends and adjudications.
This national listserv is a space for immigration legal services providers, immigration attorneys and accredited representatives to share strategies and issues regarding TPS cases, and seek help. To join, visit bit.ly/TPSExperts, and click “apply for membership.” Requests for membership are usually approved within 48 hours.
This group is only for legal professionals, but please spread the words to colleagues in your community working with TPS holders.
Many topics were discussed during the August USCIS Asylum Division Stakeholder Meeting, including the Last In First Out policy, clarification on Employment Authorization Document issuance and renewal, and Asylum Officer training on interview procedures and policy changes. Use this set of annotated notes to get answers and updates on these topics and more
In order to have a successful naturalization workshop your organization needs to do substantial outreach to attract clients and volunteers. This resource provides ideas and tips to help your organization maximize its outreach efforts and assure strong attendance at your workshop.
Conducting a successful naturalization workshop is a challenging undertaking that takes considerable coordination and effort. This resource provides helpful tips to help plan the logistics of your workshop and make sure it is as effective and efficient as possible.
Lead by CLINIC’s staff attorney, Christy Williams this training took at close look at state laws that restrict unlawful immigration services and the penalties that apply. Patricia Bower of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office and Sarah Poulimas of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office were guest panelist. Check to recording and get new notario resources at cliniclegal.org/notario.
This month, CLINIC’s Center for Immigrant Integration is highlighting Citizenship Project, a Las Vegas-based nonprofit that is one of the few organizations whose sole mission is to provide naturalized services to immigrants. Check out this blog to see why pursuing citizenship is important now more than ever. Don’t forget to check out our Immigrant Integration Calendar and register for NIIC 2018. Also there is still time to sign up for our Mexican Screening Project.
As one of the few organizations that focuses solely on naturalization work, Citizenship Project of Las Vegas, Nevada, is helping immigrants reach a pivotal milestone in their integration journey.
We update our new learning calendar as soon as new events are announced. Bookmark it and check back periodically to find a wide variety of integration-focused events being hosted around the nation. Registration is now open for the 2018 National Immigrant Integration Conference, Register here.
Through pilot projects and demographic studies conducted by CLINIC, we learned that potentially 18 percent of unauthorized immigrants across the United States may be eligible for a benefit leading to lawful permanent residence. As a way to expand on these results, CLINIC launched the Mexican Screening Project with funding from the Atlanta Mexican Consulate. The purpose of the project is to screen and identify eligible Mexican nationals, and educate them on their rights through “Know Your Rights” presentations and materials. CLINIC will pay you for each completed and documented screening.
Outside Events, Webinars and Resources
This webinar discusses findings from the report “The US Refugee Resettlement Program – A Return to First Principles: How Refugees Help to Define, Strengthen, and Revitalize the United States”. An overview of the results shows the successful integration, achievements and contributions made by refugees in the United States.
Two cities outside of Toronto, Canada, discuss the waves of changes in their community due to newcomers. Both cities describe their struggles and strengths, and their current long term goal of reducing isolation and bringing their residents together through public hotspots.