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Administrative Relief

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  • Jun 26, 2015: Countdown to Administrative Relief: New Enforcement Priority FAQs (Webinar 5)
    Jun 26, 2015: On this webinar, panelists analyze the new FAQs in light of the original enforcement priorities memo and discuss what this guidance means for clients and community members. Some of the issues covered in the FAQs that will are discussed include: DUIs, identity-theft offenses, significant misdemeanors, and the type of immigration violations that trigger enforcement for “significant visa abuse.”...
  • Jun 4, 2015: Countdown to Administrative Relief: Free Webinar Series for CLINIC Affiliates (...
    Jun 4, 2015: On May 26th the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the government’s emergency request to “stay” the current injunction placing DAPA and expanded DACA on hold. On this affiliate-only webinar, we reviewed the details of the Fifth Circuit decision in addition to talking about the current work each affiliate can continue to do.  Time at the end of the webinar was reserved for questions.
  • Jun 2, 2015: Federal District Court Denies Emergency Stay Request on Executive Action
    Jun 2, 2015: On Tuesday, May 26, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the government’s request for an emergency stay of the injunction issued by a Brownsville judge in February.  That injunction stopped implementation of the expanded DACA and the DAPA programs that were already set to begin. The district court found that the plaintiffs – 26 states – had standing to bring the lawsuit and it found that the...

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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  • Jun 2, 2014: Promoting Immigrant Integration
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  • Jun 2, 2014: Issues Around Immigration Reform
    Jun 2, 2014: In order to pass comprehensive immigration reform, increased awareness among the public, particularly voters, is essential.  These materials are provided to help the reader in gaining more awareness and being a public voice promoting immigration reform.
  • Jun 2, 2014: Structuring and Implementing an Immigrant Legalization Program
    Jun 2, 2014: By Donald Kerwin and Laureen Laglagaron   Summary: While comprehensive immigration reform may have moved to the back burner politically, Congress ultimately will need to reform US immigration policy as immigration enforcement alone will not prove effective in dealing with the nation’s estimated 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants.

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Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

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  • Father and Son
    Mar 24, 2015: Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee/Parole Program
    Mar 24, 2015: CLINIC has created a number of resources explaining the CAM program and which families may qualify:   Articles:
  • Mar 18, 2015: Stipulation Reached in Case for Abused, Abandoned or Neglected Immigrant...
    Mar 18, 2015: By Martin Gauto On March 4, 2015, the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CHRCL) and Public Counsel (both based in Los Angeles) reached an important agreement with the DHS that allows certain applicants for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) and SIJS-based adjustment of status to request that the USCIS reopen their cases. Perez-Olano v. Holder, Case No. CV 05-3604 (C.D. Cal....
  • Feb 26, 2015: SIJS and the “One or Both” Parents Language
    Feb 26, 2015: By Michelle Mendez and Martin Gauto   Visit our Toolkit for Working with Unaccompanied Children  

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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  • Aug 18, 2016: DACA Processing Delays and Tips for Escalating Cases
    Aug 18, 2016: Recently, USCIS announced certain Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) cases filed between February 14, 2016 and May 14, 2016 have been delayed due to technical issues.
  • Jul 11, 2016: Supreme Court Decision in U.S. v. Texas Impedes Implementation of DAPA,...
    Jul 11, 2016: On June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its tie (4-4) decision in the United States v. Texas litigation.  The Court’s split decision means that the preliminary injunction issued by the U.S. District Court in Texas remains in effect and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) remain on hold while the case is returned to the...
  • 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...

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Catholic Social Teaching

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  • Cabrini Prayer Card
    Mar 12, 2018: Cabrini Prayer Card
    Mar 12, 2018: The prayer on this card was written by a Dreamer at Cabrini University. Download and share it with your fellow parishioners to keep Dreamers in your thoughts.
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    Jan 12, 2017: Prayer Card for Migrants
    Jan 12, 2017: Please download this prayer card to share with your friends and family. The prayer was written by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn. Available in English and Spanish.
  • Dec 8, 2015: Praying the Rosary with Our Lady of Guadalupe and Tales of Immigrants (Also...
    Dec 8, 2015: The Rosary helps to recall significant mysteries in our faith and brings us into prayer around them. With these reflections about the lives of immigrants with whom the staffs of our affiliates have worked, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) invites you to join us in praying for dignity and justice for our immigrant sisters and brothers.

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Citizenship

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  • Aug 10, 2017: The naturalization oath of allegiance ceremony
    Aug 10, 2017: This fact sheet reviews the naturalization oath ceremony, provides tips for the ceremony and discusses problems that may occur. Download the guide.
  • 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.
  • 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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Program Management

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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.
  • 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...
  • 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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State/Local

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Inadmissibility and Waivers

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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.
  • Jul 24, 2015: USCIS Proposes Expansion of Provisional Waiver Program
    Jul 24, 2015: The USCIS published a proposed rule in the Federal register on July 22, 2015 that would expand the current provisional waiver program in two significant ways. The agency is allowing the public 60 days to comment on the proposed regulatory change.
  • Jun 26, 2015: Three Decisions Address Definition of Admission
    Jun 26, 2015: By Susan Schreiber The concept of admission is central to many critical issues in immigration law. If your client was “admitted,” he or she may qualify to adjust status under INA § 245(a). If your client was “admitted,” he or she is subject to the grounds of deportability, not inadmissibility, and the government will have the burden of proof. And if your client was “admitted,” this may impact on...

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VAWA and U

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  • Aug 11, 2014: CLINIC and Other Advocates Comment on Interim Guidance Related to U...
    Aug 11, 2014: The interim guidance recently issued by USCIS provides much needed security for immigrant crime victims and their families.  However, as the advocates note in comments to USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez, issues still remain related to the agency’s interpretation of the two new U visa qualifying crimes -- stalking and fraud in foreign labor contracting.  Additionally, the advocates request that...
  • Jul 31, 2014: CLINIC Newsletter - July 2014 - VOL. XVIII No. 7
    Jul 31, 2014: Topics include an update on the USCIS changes to a policy on medical examination reports and a network profile.
  • Jun 23, 2014: CLINIC Newsletter - June 2014 - VOL. XVIII No. 6
    Jun 23, 2014: Topics include an article on the BIA issuing three decisions examining the Adam Walsh Act. A listing of BIA accreditations for the month is also included.

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Asylum, Refugee and Other Humanitarian Relief

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  • 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...
  • Jul 11, 2016: CARA Assists Families Targeted in May Enforcement Actions and Thwarts New...
    Jul 11, 2016: In late May- early June, the CARA Pro Bono Project assisted 21 families who were picked up by DHS in the latest round of enforcement actions targeting Central American women the children. The stories of the 21 families and the due process obstacles they have encountered were captured in a report produced by the CARA project.
  • Cover page of El proceso en la corte de inmigración
    Jul 8, 2016: El proceso en la corte de inmigración
    Jul 8, 2016: CLINIC and ASAP created guidance in Spanish for the Immigrant Justice Corps to distribute at the New York City Immigration Court to the Central American asylum-seeking mothers and children in deportation proceedings. Download the guide.

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Family-based Immigration

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  • Dec 18, 2014: Executive Action Expanding Parole in Place - Frequently Asked Questions
    Dec 18, 2014: On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced executive actions to change immigration policy.  One of these reforms will expand the existing “parole in place” program for the spouses, children, and parents of members of the U.S. Armed Forces.  That program was officially recognized and implemented by a November 15, 2013 memo that described eligibility and filing procedures for parole in place...
  • Sep 26, 2014: CLINIC Newsletter - September 2014 - VOL. XVIII No. 9
    Sep 26, 2014: Topics include an article on the updates to the fee schedule by the state department, as well as a new network profile.
  • Aug 20, 2014: CLINIC Newsletter - August 2014 - VOL. XVIII No. 8
    Aug 20, 2014: Topics include information on how to advocate locally on behalf of unaccompanied minors.

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Consular Processing

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  • Nov 25, 2014: Update from Ciudad Juarez
    Nov 25, 2014: By Susan Schreiber CLINIC held its annual two-day family-based immigration law conference in El Paso, Texas on November 12-13, 2014.  In the afternoon of the second day, representatives from the consulate and USCIS spoke and answered participants’ questions.  On an optional third day, participants toured the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez.  The following is a summary of updated information from...
  • Jul 28, 2014: U.S. Department of State Updates Foreign Affairs Manual Guidance
    Jul 28, 2014: By Ilissa Mira, Training and Legal Support Attorney
  • Nov 20, 2013: Law and Practice Feature: Update from Ciudad Juarez
    Nov 20, 2013: By Susan Schreiber   CLINIC conducted its fifteenth annual family-based immigration law conference in El Paso on November 12-14, followed by a tour of the US consulate in Ciudad Juarez (CDJ) on November 15.  Justin Williamson, Deputy Immigrant Visa (IV) Chief, U.S. Consulate, CDJ, gave a presentation and answered questions from participants.  The following unofficial minutes represent some of the...

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Immigrant Integration

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  • Mar 18, 2015: CLINIC Newsletter - March 2015 - VOL. XIX No. 3
    Mar 18, 2015: Learn more about the revised G-28 form, review the Center for Immigrant Integration's updates for the month, and see who's newly accredited. We also highlight Catholic Charities of Central Texas in our affiliate profile.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Religious Immigration

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  • Aug 8, 2018: USCIS issues a new NTA policy guidance
    Aug 8, 2018: USCIS’ new policy guidance could put more immigrants at risk of being deported because the agency deemed them removable. Learn what this could mean for workers in your religious community.
  • Aug 8, 2018: Unlawful Presence Warning: Important update for international religious...
    Aug 8, 2018: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a significant policy change that will affect immigrant students studying in the United States under certain visas, and their dependents. Read more to see how these individuals could immediately begin to accrue unlawful presence.
  • Oct 25, 2017: Congress temporarily extends non-minister sunset provision
    Oct 25, 2017: On Sept. 8, Congress passed a continuing resolution for the non-minister special immigrant religious worker program. Read more to see how this will affect religious workers in your organization.

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Detention and Removal

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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
  • Apr 11, 2016: Family Detention
    Apr 11, 2016: March marked the one year anniversary of the CARA Pro Bono Representation Family Detention Project, which focuses on ending family detention and ensuring representation for immigrant families who are processed through the family detention facilities. Nearly 8,000 families had a CARA volunteer attorney help them start the process of seeking asylum. More than 700 volunteers from all over the...
  • Apr 11, 2016: President’s enforcement actions against immigrant families and children
    Apr 11, 2016: In early January, the Department of Homeland Security began targeting for removal Central American families and unaccompanied children who had turned 18. CLINIC engaged in extensive national and local advocacy, with staff from the Advocacy and TLS offices participating in national webinars about the actions. The CLINIC advocacy team conducted webinars for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio, and...

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Post-Disaster Issues

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