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  • Jun 13, 2019: New USCIS memo denies access to non-adversarial affirmative asylum procedures...
    Jun 13, 2019: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a memo on May 31, 2019 curtailing access to important asylum protections for many child asylum seekers. The memo goes into effect on June 30, 2019 and will be applied to any cases decided by USCIS on or after that date. It directs asylum officers to conduct an “independent factual inquiry” to determine whether an applicant was under 18 and...
  • Jan 31, 2019: Analysis: DHS Issues Remain in Mexico Policy and Guidance
    Jan 31, 2019: The Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, released its new Migrant Protection Protocols, or Remain in Mexico Policy, on Jan. 24. The new policy sets out procedures to return asylum-seekers to Mexico to wait while their asylum case is pending in the U.S. immigration court system. There are still many unanswered questions about this effort to thwart asylum seekers, but this is what we know so...
  • Dec 20, 2018: Top Immigration Issues Affecting Religious Workers: Here is what we know so far
    Dec 20, 2018: Here is a look at some of the top immigration-related issues international religious workers could face in the New Year, including the future of the Religious Worker Visa Program and permanent residence for religious workers

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  • Jun 19, 2015: You Can Still Apply for DACA - Community Education
    Jun 19, 2015: Expanded DACA and DAPA are on hold, but you can still apply for DACA under the original guidelines.  Find out who qualifies and how you may be able to take steps to become DACA eligible.  CLINIC immigration attorney Ilissa Mira and BIA Accredited Representative Maciel Jacques share some tips on learning about your immigration options and preparing for the future.

Toolkits

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  • Pinned to topJul 6, 2015: Toolkit for DOJ Recognition & Accreditation
    Pinned to topJul 6, 2015:   Does your nonprofit agency want to develop a legal immigration program, but lack attorneys on staff or the money to hire them?
  • Pinned to topJun 19, 2015: Community Education Toolkit
    Pinned to topJun 19, 2015: Welcome to the Community Education Toolkit. The resources here include fliers and information sheets on common immigration law issues of concern to immigrants and communities. We encourage you to consider the many different ways in which these materials may be distributed, including law office reception areas, naturalization and DACA application workshops, and immigration forums, as well as...
  • Pinned to topFeb 22, 2011: Case Management Toolkit
    Pinned to topFeb 22, 2011: This toolkit is intended to facilitate the process of designing and/or improving the case management system in your immigration program.  In a legal immigration context, case management system consists of: policies and procedures; forms; a database; and files used by legal representatives in a standardized manner for the purposes of delivering professional services and avoiding errors that can...

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Webinars

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Newsletter

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  • Sep 28, 2015: CLINIC Newsletter - September 2015
    Sep 28, 2015: Check out this month's question corner, see who's newly accredited, and read more about the proposed changes in the standards and procedure for obtaining agency recognition and staff accreditation (R&A) from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). We also feature Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charoltte, North Carolina as our highlighted affiliate.
  • Aug 21, 2015: CLINIC Newsletter - August 2015
    Aug 21, 2015: Check out this month's question corner, see who's newly accredited, and read more about provisional waivers. We also feature Hogar Immigrant Services as our highlighted affiliate.
  • Jul 24, 2015: CLINIC Newsletter - July 2015
    Jul 24, 2015: Learn more about the proposal to expand the current provisional waiver program and the effort by USCIS to retrieve erroneously issues three-year EADs, We also spotlight FaithAction International House in our affiliate profile and list out our new subscribers/members for the month, as well those who received BIA accreditation.

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Community Engagement

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  • Jan 30, 2014: DACA Public Service Announcement (PSA) Radio Campaign
    Jan 30, 2014: CLINIC released a DACA Public Service Announcement (PSA) Radio Campaign funded by Our Sunday Visitor. Through this campaign, CLINIC hopes to educate DACA-eligible individuals and encourage them to apply for and receive the help they need to stay and work legally in the U.S.
  • Jan 29, 2013: Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
    Jan 29, 2013: This morning the New York Times published a bi-partisan statement of principles outlining four goals of immigration reform.  CLINIC welcomes this bi-partisan leadership in keeping the conversation moving.  The principles include a path to citizenship and relief for agricultural workers and highly skilled graduates.  The Senators also outline plans for continued enforcement along the border as...
  • Jan 28, 2013: Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
    Jan 28, 2013: This morning the New York Times published a bi-partisan statement of principles outlining four goals of immigration reform.  CLINIC welcomes this bi-partisan leadership in keeping the conversation moving.  The principles include a path to citizenship and relief for agricultural workers and highly skilled graduates.  The Senators also outline plans for continued enforcement along the border as...

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Federal Advocacy

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  • Pinned to topAug 26, 2013: CLINIC’s Advocacy Guide: How We Can Help You
    Pinned to topAug 26, 2013:   CLINIC's Advocacy Guide CLINIC wants to remind members of how its Advocacy Section can provide support and assistance.  This document outlines the advocacy related services CLINIC can provide as well as the channels through which CLINIC works with officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to resolve individual case and systemic problems. 
  • Apr 26, 2017: Updated Action Alert: Protect 50,000 vulnerable Haitians in the U.S
    Apr 26, 2017: CLINIC needs your help in fighting to protect 50,000 vulnerable Haitians in the U.S. who are at risk of losing their Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, which would force them to return to Haiti.
  • Apr 26, 2017: Call for examples of termination of “unaccompanied child” designations
    Apr 26, 2017: A recent memo from the Secretary of Homeland Security says the administration is changing how unaccompanied minors will be designated. Is your organization working with a client whose UAC status has been terminated? CLINIC wants to talk with you.

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Publications, Guides, and Reports

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  • Pinned to topJul 6, 2015: Managing an Immigration Program: Steps for Creating and Increasing Legal...
    Pinned to topJul 6, 2015: This manual describes best practices used by many of the country's most experienced nonprofit immigration programs and managers.
  • Cover of Papal Messages for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees
    Pinned to topJun 18, 2015: Papal Messages for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees
    Pinned to topJun 18, 2015: The Church has celebrated the World Day of Migrants and Refugees each year since 1914. This is an occasion for the Church and people of faith to reflect upon the role migration has played in our tradition, express concern for migrants, refugees, and people on the move, and build awareness about the challenges and opportunities migration presents.
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    Pinned to topJun 18, 2015: Quotes from Pope Francis on Immigration
    Pinned to topJun 18, 2015: Pope Francis has spoken out on immigration issues since the beginning of this papacy. CLINIC's "Quotes from Pope Francis" is a compilation of select excerpts from Pope Francis' homilies, messages, and teaching documents on immigration issues.

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Immigration Advocacy

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  • Sep 10, 2018: USCIS Launches New Policy on RFEs and NOIDs on September 12
    Sep 10, 2018: Beginning September 12, 2018, applications and petitions filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be subject to the agency’s new policy allowing a denial without first issuing a Request for Evidence (RFE) or Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID).
  • Apr 26, 2017: Updated Action Alert: Protect 50,000 vulnerable Haitians in the U.S
    Apr 26, 2017: CLINIC needs your help in fighting to protect 50,000 vulnerable Haitians in the U.S. who are at risk of losing their Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, which would force them to return to Haiti.
  • Apr 26, 2017: Call for examples of termination of “unaccompanied child” designations
    Apr 26, 2017: A recent memo from the Secretary of Homeland Security says the administration is changing how unaccompanied minors will be designated. Is your organization working with a client whose UAC status has been terminated? CLINIC wants to talk with you.

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Podcasts

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  • Aug 6, 2014: Learn More About the Law Protecting Unaccompanied Children
    Aug 6, 2014: As a response to the humanitarian crisis of children arriving at our Southern border, Congress considered legislation that would strip the protections created by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008. These changes would allow the United States to return Central American children to their home countries without meaningful screening to determine whether they are...
  • Jul 13, 2012: Preparing Your Organization for Deferred Action
    Jul 13, 2012: Jeff Chenoweth of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) discusses what nonprofit legal services providers can do now to prepare for Deferred Action. This includes outreach, engaging "Dreamers," planning service delivery, supporting staff and volunteers, and more. A plug-in is needed to display this content.  Click here to install QuickTime 7.
  • Jun 22, 2011: Preguntas y Respuestas Sobre La Ley Migratoria de Indiana PL 171
    Jun 22, 2011: Esta grabaciόn contiene una serie de preguntas y respuestas acerca de la ley migratoria de Indiana.

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Online Resources/Helpful Links

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  • Pinned to topOct 28, 2013: Immigration Legal Program Management Self Assessment Tool
    Pinned to topOct 28, 2013: CLINIC has identified seven areas which, when developed fully, are strong indicators of a successful, charitable legal immigration program. CLINIC offers this self assessment tool to identify program strengths and weaknesses so that improvements can be targeted and purposefully undertaken.
  • Immigration Court Practitioner’s Guide Responding To Inappropriate Immigration Judge Conduct
    Aug 10, 2017: Immigration Court Practitioner’s Guide Responding To Inappropriate Immigration...
    Aug 10, 2017: As more noncitizens are targeted for the initiation of removal proceedings under the Trump administration’s broadened enforcement priorities, immigration court dockets will likely become even more backlogged. Given these strains and the reality of human fallibility, there will continue to be instances in which practitioners observe inappropriate and problematic immigration judge conduct.
  • Dec 14, 2016: A Guide to Assisting Asylum-Seekers with In Absentia Removal Orders
    Dec 14, 2016: This guide provides attorneys and fully accredited representatives with strategies and best practices for representing asylum seekers with in absentia removal orders. The guide was originally released in 2016 and updated in July 2019. CLINIC and the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) prepared the guide in 2016 after representing dozens of families who received in absentia removal orders and...

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Other/General

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    Pinned to topJun 18, 2015: Modern Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration: Notable Quotes
    Pinned to topJun 18, 2015: Modern Catholic social teaching is the body of social principles and moral teaching that is articulated in the papal, conciliar, and other official documents issued since the late nineteenth century dealing with the economic,political, and social order. This teaching is rooted in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures as well as in traditional philosophical and theological teachings of the Church.
  • Pinned to topJan 26, 2015: Center for Immigrant Integration
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  • Pinned to topJun 21, 2012: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Information and Resources
    Pinned to topJun 21, 2012: On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a memorandum allowing individuals who came to the U.S. as children and meet certain guidelines to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). A person who is granted DACA receives permission to live and work in the U.S. for two years (may be renewed). If someone is approved for DACA, s/he may...

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