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Use this flyer for outreach in your community to raise awareness of USCIS' proposed fee schedule changes that would drastically increase fees for commonly sought immigration benefits such as naturalization, green cards, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, and impose a new fee for affirmative asylum. The proposed changes would also end a longstanding program that facilitates access to certain immigration benefits for qualifying people while also proposing to transfer over $200 million to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

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This toolkit contains sample social media and talking points to help organizations and individuals raise awareness of the USCIS proposed fee schedule and to put out press statements and op-eds. The toolkit also features click-to-comment links for individuals to submit public comments. The toolkit contains secular values-based messaging as well as messaging for Catholic and interfaith voices.

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This resource provides general information about the standby guardianship process.

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The 2020 Census is rapidly approaching and robust participation in your community will have significant impact on your community’s congressional representation and amount of federal funding received. To learn more about how your organization can partner with the Census Bureau to promote the 2020 Census in your community click here. Below are also examples of flyers you can distribute to explain the importance of the Censu

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The Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, published its final rule on Public Charge on Aug. 14, 2019. This is one of three related public charge rules. We expect to hear more soon about the other two from the Department of State and the Department of Justice. Below are the main messages you can use when asked to speak about this DHS Public Charge rule to your community, your church congregations, the media, or any group that is interested to learn about this policy change.

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This backgrounder explains the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s proposed rule that would place tens of thousands of immigrant families at risk of homelessness, jeopardizing their family and housing stability. Comments to the Notice of Public Rulemaking are due July 9, 2019.

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The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., Catholic Charities USA, the Catholic Health Association of the United States, and the USCCB’s Migration and Refugee Services joined in opposition to a Department of Housing and Urban Development’s proposal that would prevent mixed-status immigrant families from accessing certain federal public housing programs, threatening their family unity and well-being.

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The newly released toolkit is based on best practices and lessons learned from communities conducting rapid responses during ICE raids and arrests

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This short report provides a description of how select CLINIC affiliates conducted immigration legal screenings of undocumented persons to identify if any were eligible for a permanent immigration benefit and which ones.  This report is a good tool for nonprofits to use to inform staff and funders of the importance of legal screening.

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CLINIC is providing screening tools and recommends you use them for this project. One tool is in English and the other is bilingual in Spanish and English. The tool will assist you in identifying if any benefit is possible and which, thereby making it easier to complete the monthly reporting form in Excel, particularly the drop-down options for different benefits. The tool has check boxes on Page 13 in the English only version and 16 in the English/Spanish to indicate which benefit, if any, are possible thereby making it easier to update the report form.

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Consolidated outreach flyer that includes links to CLINIC’s top resources on avoiding immigration services scams, Know Your Rights materials, and emergency planning for immigrant families at risk for deportation.

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Deportations under the Trump administration are picking up speed, especially among those who do not have a criminal record. More than ever, parents of U.S. citizen children are overwhelmed with concerns, like who will take care of their children. These uncertain times call for parents and guardians to plan for the possibility of being separated from their children by detention or deportation.

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Deportations under the Trump administration are picking up speed, especially among those who do not have a criminal record. More than ever, parents of U.S. citizen children are overwhelmed with concerns, like who will take care of their children. These uncertain times call for parents and guardians to plan for the possibility of being separated from their children by detention or deportation.

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CLINIC's Emergency Planning Guide helps you formulate an emergency plan and helps you think through steps you can take before an emergency to best protect your family

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Once you have discerned who your community is, what they need, and what you’re able to offer, consider the action options below. Many of these actions require collaboration.

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Each of us wants to be part of a welcoming community, but we often find ourselves at a loss as to where to start. We know the Lord calls on us, but how? What if I don’t have the space or the means to provide shelter? What if there are no immigrants in my community? What if those around me are reluctant to learn about immigration?

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YOU HAVE RIGHTS regardless of your immigration status. You may be at risk of being deported if you are undocumented, if you are a non-citizen with a criminal history, if you are on parole or have a prior deportation order.

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This information sheet is for immigrant workers. “Know Your Rights: A Guide to Workplace Rights for Immigrants” provides information about workers' rights while on the job.

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This information sheet is for public school students and parents. “Know Your Rights: A Resource for Students, Parents and Guardians” provides information about students’ rights to public education and safety at school; parent and guardian rights; how to report incidents of harassment and resources on filing complaints.

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Integration happens most successfully at the local level. Positive day to day interactions between local residents encourage mutual understanding of different perspectives and lead to increased respect amongst all those calling a community home. Creating an atmosphere of respect for the thoughts and opinions of all residents requires thoughtful and purposeful effort. Here are several ideas that adult members of a community can try when working to create a welcoming place for all.