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Articles by CLINIC

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  • Feb 8, 2016: Discussion of Enforcement Actions
    Feb 8, 2016: From January 2- 4, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conducted enforcement actions targeting immigrants who arrived to the United States after January 1, 2014, and had final orders of removal. DHS picked up 121 individuals in local communities in Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas. CLINIC responded to these action by writing a a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, condemning the...
  • Oct 16, 2015: Advocate’s Corner: Tips for Contacting USCIS
    Oct 16, 2015: Calling USCIS’s National Customer Service Center (NCSC) can be time consuming. Here are some tips, for CLINIC affiliates only, on making your communications with the NCSC productive.
  • Oct 16, 2015: What would you ask the National Visa Center?
    Oct 16, 2015: CLINIC’s team regularly meets with the DHS, USCIS, ICE, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other related agencies to address problems faced by low-income immigrants and their representatives by resolving policy issues. As opportunities arise, CLINIC facilitates public engagement with key agencies. 



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  • 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.
  • Apr 29, 2014: Toolkit for Naturalization Workshops
    Apr 29, 2014: A naturalization group application workshop is a one-day community event that brings professionals and trained volunteers together to assist Lawful Permanent Residents in completing the Application for Naturalization (N-400). The workshop is an essential tool for efficiently and effectively providing naturalization assistance to large numbers of people. The success of the workshop model...
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    Mar 19, 2014: Justice For Immigrants Lenten Toolkit
    Mar 19, 2014: The Justice for Immigrants campaign, of which CLINIC is a part, has put together this Lenten toolkit (also available in Spanish) for parishes and communities to use during Lent. It offers weekly resources to accompany you through your Lenten journey. The resources are designed to help you reflect on the biblical call for immigration reform, and act to impact our current political reality.



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  • Nov 13, 2015: Making the Best of the Wait: Community Education and Screening (Webinar Series)
    Nov 13, 2015: After the 5th Circuit decision on Nov 9th, many communities are unsure about the future implementation of DAPA and expanded DACA.  What can we do to help members of our community while we wait?  As we learned from DACA, many people who came forward to apply for deferred action were actually eligible for other (more permanent) remedies.  Why wait to find that out?  Why not address this now...
  • Oct 14, 2015: CLINIC Webinar, Citizenship for Children
    Oct 14, 2015: This webinar, held on 5/28/15, provides an overview of citizenship for children through acquisition, derivation, and naturalization. The presenters are Kristina Karpinski and Charles Wheeler.
  • Sep 21, 2015: Webinar: Proposed Rule from the BIA on Recognition and Accreditation, Two Final...
    Sep 21, 2015: On September 17, the the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced a new, proposed rule governing recognition and accreditation. When finalized, date yet unknown, the new rule will have a significant impact on the charitable immigration legal field. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the future of your profession and learn how to become involved in CLINIC’s advocacy efforts to make...



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  • Mar 3, 2015: CLINIC Newsletter - February 2015 - VOL. XIX No. 2
    Mar 3, 2015: Find out more about expanded DACA, read the minutes from the NSC Teleconference on Refugee/Asylee Issues, and learn about HICA!, our affiliate profile for the month.
  • Jan 27, 2015: CLINIC Newsletter - January 2015 - VOL. XIX No. 1
    Jan 27, 2015: Read about the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program, see who are our new affiliates, and check the monthly Visa Bulletin.
  • Dec 18, 2014: CLINIC Newsletter - December 2014 - VOL. XVIII No. 12
    Dec 18, 2014: Read about the government launching an overseas processing program for certain central american refugee children, find out who's accredited for the month, and see the study that indicates a significant percentage of unauthorized immigrants may be eligible for permanent status.


Community Engagement

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  • Dec 16, 2011: VAWA: Estado Migratorio Legal para las Victimas de la Violencia Doméstica
    Dec 16, 2011:  ¿Ha sufrido Ud. daños fisicos o emocionales de parte de su conyuge, padre o madre siendo ellosresidentes legales; o por su hijo o hija mayor de edad siendo ellos ciudadanos estadounidenses? Si es así, Ud. podría ser elegible para solicitar la residencia legal bajo la ley titulada : La Ley de la Violencia Contra La Mujer cuyas siglas en inglés son VAWA (VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT). ¿QUÉ...
  • Dec 16, 2011: VAWA: Status for Victims of Domestic Violence
    Dec 16, 2011: Click here for the fact sheet.
  • Dec 16, 2011: VAWA: Status for Victims of Domestic Violence
    Dec 16, 2011: Have you been physically or emotionally harmed by your U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse or parent, or your adult U.S. citizen son or daughter? If so, you may be eligible to apply for lawful immigration status under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). WHAT IS “VAWA”? WHO QUALIFIES FOR VAWA PROTECTION?


Federal Advocacy

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  • Mar 17, 2016: CLINIC Comments to USCIS Guidance on AOS and 245(a)
    Mar 17, 2016: On March 10, 2016, CLINIC submitted comments on the policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual addressing the general policies and procedures of adjustment of status as well as adjustment under section 245(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. USCIS announced the new guidance on February 25, 2016.
  • Mar 3, 2016: CLINIC Comments to Proposed Changes to I-918
    Mar 3, 2016: CLINIC’s comments submitted February 29, 2016 in response to USCIS proposed changes to Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status, Form I-918, and Supplements A and B of Form I-918. The proposals were published in the Federal Register on January 29, 2016. CLINIC supports efforts to broaden and enhance access to the U visa program and offered comments on the proposed changes to the U petition form,...
  • Mar 3, 2016: CLINIC Comments to Proposed Changes to EAD
    Mar 3, 2016: CLINIC’s comments submitted on February 29, 2016 in response to USCIS proposed rule, “Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers.” This rule was published in the Federal Register on December 31, 2015.


Publications, Guides, and Reports

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  • Jun 15, 2016: CARA Project Report on Recent ICE Enforcement Actions Targeting Central...
    Jun 15, 2016: Brief on the recent apprehension of Central American asylum-seeking 21 families and explanation on the access to justice issues families have faced in the United States. Download the Brief
  • Jun 10, 2016: Immigrant and Refugee Children: Guide for Educators
    Jun 10, 2016: The American Federation of Teachers, United We Dream, National Immigration Law Center, and First Focus have put together a comprehensive guide for educators about issues that arise with immigrants. It includes government resources, some material produced by CLINIC and helpful information for school personnel. Download the Guide
  • Apr 25, 2016: Strategies for SIJS Cases in Light of Adjustment Backlog
    Apr 25, 2016: With the release of the May 2016 Visa Bulletin, we are seeing dramatic changes in when certain children with Special Immigrant Juvenile Status will be able to apply for adjustment of status and become lawful permanent residents. This practice advisory provides background on how the visa bulletin works in SIJS cases and offers recommendations on how to proceed to best represent your SJIS clients...


Immigration Advocacy

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  • Oct 15, 2015: New and Proposed Rules and Policy Guidance
    Oct 15, 2015: Read updates on: Fee Waivers (Form I-912), Expansion of the Provisional Waiver Program, Board of Immigration Appeals Recognition & Accreditation, USCIS Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, Draft Extreme Hardship Policy Guidance for Waiver Applications.
  • Oct 15, 2015: Administrative Advocacy
    Oct 15, 2015: In connection with the State of Texas v. U.S. litigation, USCIS began recalling over 2,600 grants of Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) and work authorization in May 2015. USCIS increased its recall efforts dramatically following a Court Order issued on July 7. CLINIC officially registered its opposition to the recall and any resulting terminations. CLINIC worked closely with affiliates to...
  • Oct 15, 2015: Family Detention Update
    Oct 15, 2015: Despite continued efforts by advocates, the government’s practice of detaining immigrant mothers and their children continues. CLINIC has been especially active in the national fight to eliminate large scale family detention centers. In late March 2015, CLINIC partnered with four other networks to form the CARA Pro Bono Project.Through this project CLINIC has been providing legal services for...


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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  • Feb 8, 2016: Advocacy Newsletter (Winter 2015)
    Feb 8, 2016:  New and Proposed Rules and Policy GuidanceN-400 (Application for Naturalization Form)
  • 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.