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  • Aug 21, 2015: The End of Family Detention or Another Rabbit Hole of Litigation?
    Aug 21, 2015: On July 24, 2015, Judge Dolly Gee of the United States District Court for the Central District of California issued a long-awaited decision applying the Flores Settlement Agreement of 1997 to the minors currently detained in Dilley and Karnes City, Texas, and in Leesport, Pennsylvania.
  • Jul 24, 2015: Retroactive Adoption Decrees Open Up Possibilities
    Jul 24, 2015: The BIA has held that an adoption is valid for immigration purposes – even if the child has turned 16 at the time of the final order – if the state court has allowed the order to be backdated.
  • Jul 24, 2015: Recent Decisions on Acquisition and Derivation of Citizenship
    Jul 24, 2015: The laws regarding acquisition and derivation of citizenship have changed frequently over the years, resulting in different requirements that must be satisfied in order for a U.S. citizen to pass citizenship on to children born abroad.

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Toolkits

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  • Pinned to topMay 9, 2014: Citizenship Toolkit
    Pinned to topMay 9, 2014: This toolkit contains a variety of resources collected and produced through CLINIC’s citizenship projects. It is designed to assist agencies providing citizenship services and civic participation opportunities for the most vulnerable applicants.
  • 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...
  • Apr 15, 2015: Citizenship Toolkit
    Apr 15, 2015: This toolkit contains a variety of resources collected and produced through CLINIC’s citizenship projects.  It is designed to assist agencies providing citizenship services and civic participation opportunities for the most vulnerable applicants.

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Webinars

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  • May 7, 2015: Helping Your Immigrant Students and School Community: Updates on Deferred...
    May 7, 2015: This webinar is for educators, counselors, and others working in schools and adult education programs who want to learn more about immigration relief for undocumented students and their families.  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for the Parents of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) programs protect undocumented students and parents from...
  • Mar 31, 2015: Building an Advocacy Coalition on the State and Local Levels
    Mar 31, 2015: This webinar focuses on immigration issues and describes how other areas of social justice such as safety net programs, education, and transportation can include an immigration component.  Other topics include gathering community stories and working with other advocates, elected officials, and policymakers.  This presentation also highlights the importance of respectful discourse during advocacy...
  • Mar 10, 2015: Webinar: The Role of Public Libraries in Naturalization
    Mar 10, 2015: Did you know that public libraries in your community can help with your program’s naturalization efforts? Join us for a free webinar to learn how libraries are prepared to support the immigrant community. We will discuss how and why libraries make a strong partner in citizenship efforts; what resources and programmatic support are available to libraries; things to consider when your program is...

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Newsletter

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  • Dec 17, 2013: Adjustment for Visa Waiver Entrants
    Dec 17, 2013: By Kristina Karpinski On November 14, 2013, USCIS issued a policy memorandum on adjudication of Form I-485, Application to Register or Adjust Status, filed by immediate relatives of U.S. citizens admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).  This long awaited guidance clarifies USCIS's position on adjudication of adjustment cases filed after the applicant's 90-day period of...
  • Dec 17, 2013: Network Profile (December 2013)
    Dec 17, 2013: CLINIC values the dedication and commitment to service demonstrated by our affiliate agencies in their work with their communities.  We wish to highlight outstanding individual agency staff in a series of profiles appearing monthly in Catholic Legal Immigration News.        Sandra Sanchez Case Manager, BIA American Friends Service Committee, Des Moines, IA
  • Dec 17, 2013: BIA Accreditations (December 2013)
    Dec 17, 2013: CLINIC congratulates the following program staff on receiving partial BIA accreditation: Madelyn Hennessy and Robert Cronin of Catholic Charities of Worcester, MA were both approved for partial BIA accreditation in October 2013.

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Community Engagement

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  • Mar 2, 2012: Spotlight on Integration: 6 Part Series
    Mar 2, 2012: Looking for ideas to promote and encourage immigrant integration within your community? CLINIC offers this 6 part series that spotlights immigrant integration initiatives across our network. Learn the definition of immigrant integration, its importance for our network and nation, and how it can be promoted locally. Featured programs encourage relationships between the receiving community and...
  • Mar 2, 2012: Spotlight on Integration: 6 Part Series
    Mar 2, 2012: Looking for ideas to promote and encourage immigrant integration within your community? CLINIC offers this 6 part series that spotlights immigrant integration initiatives across our network. Learn the definition of immigrant integration, its importance for our network and nation, and how it can be promoted locally. Featured programs encourage relationships between the receiving community and...
  • Dec 16, 2011: VAWA: Estado Migratorio Legal para las Victimas de la Violencia Doméstica
    Dec 16, 2011: Baje la hoja informativa aquí.

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Federal Advocacy

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  • Pinned to topFeb 6, 2015: The Citizenship Test
    Pinned to topFeb 6, 2015: Newly updated in 2015, CLINIC’s study guide for the U.S. citizenship test explains the naturalization testing requirements and contains 13 study units on U.S. history and civics with many colorful and historic photos and illustrations, as well as maps, diagrams, and timelines. It includes a glossary of vocabulary words and test review questions for each unit. There are also discussion questions...
  • Pinned to topOct 23, 2013: A More Perfect Union: A National Citizenship Plan
    Pinned to topOct 23, 2013: The United States is a nation of immigrants united by a common creed and shared values. With 37 million foreign born residents, the United States’ strength and vitality depends on the contributions of its newest members. However, the integration of a population of this magnitude and diversity cannot be assumed. The pressing policy question becomes: what can be done to promote the integration of...

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Immigration Advocacy

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  • Aug 20, 2014: Advocating Locally on Behalf of Unaccompanied Minors
    Aug 20, 2014: By Jen Riddle  
  • 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...
  • Mar 5, 2014: CLINIC's Comments in Response to Changes in Form I-821D
    Mar 5, 2014: On February 14, 2014, CLINIC submitted comments to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services about the agency’s proposed changes to Form I-821D, the form used to request Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  The proposed changes to the form establish procedures for individuals to demonstrate continued eligibility for deferred action – extending the two years of deferral originally...

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Podcasts

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  • 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.
  • Jun 22, 2011: Indiana Immigration Law PL 171 Q & A
    Jun 22, 2011: This podcast is a short Q & A on Indiana’s immigration law PL 171.

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Online Resources/Helpful Links

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  • Mar 19, 2014: Assisting Clients in Complying with Tax Filing Requirements
    Mar 19, 2014: Employed immigrants, regardless of status or documents used to acquire employment, are required to file taxes. Service providers working with the foreign-born can offer tax assistance preparation and support as their clients work to fulfill this federal requirement. Those without a Social Security Number can apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to use when filing taxes....
  • Mar 7, 2014: Assisting Clients in Complying with Tax Filing Requirements
    Mar 7, 2014: Employed immigrants, regardless of status or documents used to acquire employment, are required to file taxes. Service providers working with the foreign-born can offer tax assistance preparation and support as their clients work to fulfill this federal requirement. Those without a Social Security Number can apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to use when filing taxes....
  • Feb 26, 2014: Citizenship Test Preparation Program Self Assessment
    Feb 26, 2014: Click Here to access CLINIC's Citizenship Test Preparation Program Self Assessment

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Other/General

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  • Jul 30, 2014: Address by Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga
    Jul 30, 2014: Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga's adress at the National Migration Conference, co-hosted by CLINIC, Migration and Refugee Services, and Catholic Charities USA on July 7, 2014 in Washington, DC.
  • May 13, 2014: The New Americans Campaign
    May 13, 2014: In 2011, CLINIC and seven national organizations received a multi-year and multi-state grant to increase the number of eligible Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) to become U.S. citizens by assisting them with the naturalization process through the development of innovative approaches and technologies and exchanging best practices. 
  • Mar 25, 2014: All About BIA Recognition & Accreditation
    Mar 25, 2014: Would you like to know more about how your nonprofit agency and staff can become authorized to provide immigration legal services? Join us for this webinar training on Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) agency recognition and staff accreditation.

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