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  • Aug 21, 2015: Certain Deportees Can Return to United States
    Aug 21, 2015: In August 2014, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reached an important class action settlement with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over unlawful and coercive voluntary returns, a form of deportation carried out by ICE or CBP without a hearing before an immigration judge.
  • Aug 21, 2015: Practice Advisory on Provisional Waivers
    Aug 21, 2015: On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of reforms modifying immigration policy (“Executive Action”). On the same day DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson issued agency-wide memoranda providing specific and more detailed information regarding the proposed changes. One of these memos concerned the agency’s plans to expand eligibility for the provisional waiver for unlawful presence.
  • 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.

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  • Mar 27, 2008: Increasing Refugee Civic Participation: A Guide for Getting Started
    Mar 27, 2008: The purpose of this guide is to assist organizations that represent, serve, and advocate for refugees1 to think through various approaches to increasing civic participation in refugee communities, and to choose approaches and strategies that will work best for them. It providesan overview of civic participation definitions, offers example of successful approaches, and identifies barriers to...

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  • Aug 20, 2014: DACA Initial/Renewal Clinic Training for Volunteers
    Aug 20, 2014: Volunteer Training Part 1 - DACA Overview and the Eligibility Guidelines     Volunteer Training Part 2 - How to Complete the Application Forms     Volunteer Training Part 3 -  Overview of the DACA Workshop Model  
  • Aug 13, 2014: How to Create a Citizenship Education Program
    Aug 13, 2014: Are you interested in providing more comprehensive citizenship and immigrant integration services? Join us for this free webinar on citizenship education programs. We discuss how and why legal service providers are well-positioned to offer citizenship classes; present key components of a successful citizenship education program; provide resources and next steps for implementing a program; and...
  • Jul 31, 2014: DACA Renewal and Updates
    Jul 31, 2014:     This webinar provides an overview of the DACA renewal process and highlights other updates to DACA guidance.  We share practice tips and respond to common questions about the renewal process and the new Form I-821D. 

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  • May 1, 2010: Preparing for Comprehensive Immigration Reform: An Earned Pathway to...
    May 1, 2010: The manual, Preparing for Comprehensive Immigration Reform: An Earned Pathway to Citizenship and Beyond offers recommendations from “veterans” of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA).
  • Feb 1, 2008: Strategies for Naturalizing the Most Vulnerable Applicants Handbook
    Feb 1, 2008: Refugees and immigrants strongly desire U.S. citizenship. Yet, many of them, especially those who are elderly, disabled, low-income, low-literate, and limited English proficient, face serious challenges in the naturalization process. These challenges can impede their integration and their civic participation in U.S. society.
  • May 1, 2006: Immigrant-Led Organizers in Their Own Voices
    May 1, 2006: The United States is experiencing historically unprecedented levels of immigration. As of March 2005, there were 37 million foreign-born persons in the United States, making up 12 percent of the population. Approximately 14 million immigrants arrived during the 1990s.2 From the early 1990s to 2000, the number of immigrants increased by 61 percent.

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  • Feb 22, 2011: Immigration Case Management Tools
    Feb 22, 2011: A good case management database contains both immigration forms and client-specific information.  The database may be software for stand-alone or networked computers or it may be web-based with the server off-site.  Either way, the choice and utilization of a database is an important investment for your immigration program.  In addition to completing forms, the database helps staff manage the...
  • Feb 22, 2011: Developing Case Management Policies and Procedures
    Feb 22, 2011: When you are thinking of developing or changing your case management system, solicit your immigration staff to get their feedback, or even better is if they participate in the development or revision of that process.    The system works only if it makes sense to those who have to adhere to, carry out, and manage it.  Once you determined your case management system, document it in a policies and...
  • Oct 29, 2010: Template for Applying for Immigration Funding
    Oct 29, 2010: The documents below are designed to provide you with a template that can be used when applying for immigration funding, specifically in preparing your local community for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR).  It can also be adapted for other immigration-related funding prior to CIR.

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