Updates from the Network
New Recognition and Accreditation
- Juan Carlos Mayser Roca, Catholic Charities of Evansville, IN
- Kevin Michael Roman, Journey’s End Refugee Services, Inc. in Rochester, NY
- Elias Soriano, Multicultural Family Center in Sherman, TX
- Jessica Soto-Botella, Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas in Dodge City and Garden City, KS
- Jessie Charles, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston, MA
- Multicultural Family Center in Sherman, TX
- Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas in Dodge City and Garden City, KS
Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition in Nashville, TN
Washoe Legal Services in Reno, NV
Social Services for the Arab Community in Toledo, OH
All Saints Anglican Church in Jackson, TN
Christians United Against Sexual Violence and Homophobia in Haiti in Jacksonville, FL
Asian Community Development Council in Las Vegas and Reno, NV
Spotlight on Convening
CLINIC’s annual Convening is quickly approaching, taking place in Pittsburgh from May 29 to 31. We hope to see you there! The Advocacy team is working on assembling panelists from government agencies and experts in advocacy strategy to help you navigate the policy and adjudication challenges you face in your daily practice.
We want to hear from you! Write to us, and tell us what policy and advocacy questions you most want answered. What agency representatives are you most looking forward to questioning? What new adjudication practice is confusing you? What policy change has you most concerned for the well-being of your clients?
Let us know, and we will use your feedback to make sure you get the most out of your convening experience.
by Rebecca Sholtz
Attorney General William Barr issued a decision on April 16 stripping immigration judges of the authority to grant bond to asylum seekers who enter the United States between ports of entry and are transferred from expedited to full removal proceedings after having been found to have a credible fear of persecution or torture. It is likely that advocates will challenge the decision in federal court before it is scheduled to go into effect 90 days after its issuance. In the meantime, practitioners should immediately pursue bond for affected individuals and watch for legal developments.
Pursuant to directives from the Trump Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has been shutting its doors to asylum seekers who present themselves at ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border. These directives have resulted in thousands of individuals seeking asylum under U.S. law stranded on the Mexican side of the border. Practitioners should therefore consider and prepare for potential DHS firm resettlement arguments against asylum seekers who are forced to remain in Mexico before ultimately gaining access to the U.S. asylum system. This practice advisory takes practitioners through those firm resettlement considerations and potential arguments.
by Lisa Parisio
CLINIC’s policy brief documents the Trump administration’s failure to redesignate Temporary Protected Status for any country, most notably for three war-torn countries—Yemen, Syria and South Sudan—which had received redesignations and 18-month extensions in every previous TPS decision. The failure to redesignate raises serious legal questions as to whether the administration employed the proper legal analysis and procedure in these and any of its TPS decisions. Additionally, the human consequences of failure to redesignate are dire—people who most recently arrived from countries facing catastrophe and those who did not previously apply for TPS are unable to apply for protection, even though their need is just as acute. CLINIC conservatively estimates that at least 11,300 people have been affected by the administration’s failure to redesignate.
Stanford Law School Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, University of California Davis School of Law Immigration Law Clinic, and CLINIC’s Defending Vulnerable Populations department collaborated on this factsheet summarizing how foreign nationals who have bonded out of Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention may reclaim their immigration bond money. This factsheet is based off of CLINIC’s article, "Immigration Bond: How to Get Your Money Back."
Updates from the Center for Immigrant Integration (April 2019)
CLINIC’s Center for Immigrant Integration highlights a new pilot program: the Catholic Accompaniment and Reflection Experience at the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. The initiative promotes integration by connecting members with fellow Catholics who are undocumented immigrants and need support navigating services in the community. In this year’s Welcoming Interactive and Welcoming Economies convening, Welcoming America will host leaders dedicated to building inclusive communities from all over the country. They also released part one of the “Building Cohesive Communities in an Era of Migration and Change” resource. April is financial literacy month, and Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services provides financial education materials for immigrants and refugees. National Catholic Reporter highlighted FaithAction International House, a CLINIC affiliate, for their successful community I.D. program. Don’t forget to check out the immigrant integration training calendar for upcoming events and trainings throughout the country!
The Archdiocese of Indianapolis is part of a pilot project launched by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’s Office of Migration and Refugee Services. The program connects Catholic members with their new neighbors to provide support as they integrate into the community.
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 around the nation. Up next, Welcoming Interactive + Welcoming Economies.
Outside Events, Webinars and Resources
Welcoming America’s first of a four-part series analyzes what national and local leaders and practitioners have learned from engaging members of receiving communities and fostering immigrant inclusion to build stronger and more cohesive communities.
Celebrate financial literacy month with resources from Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services. Topics cover money management, financial education, and banking and upward economic mobility focused on the immigrant and refugee community.
Integration in the News
FaithAction International House collaborates with community members and local officials to create a safer and inclusive environment through their community ID program, available to everyone, regardless of immigration status.