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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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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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  • 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...
  • Jul 24, 2015: DACA Clients with Three-Year Work Permits
    Jul 24, 2015: During July, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) undertook a number of extraordinary actions to urgently retrieve approximately 2,600 three-year work permits it claims were erroneously issued or mailed to recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and to replace them with two-year permits.

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Catholic Social Teaching

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  • Nov 5, 2015: Pentecost: On Fire for Immigration Reform
    Nov 5, 2015: The Feast of Pentecost is upon us! This is a time to celebrate the missionary outburst to share the evangelii gaudium, the joy of the Gospel, with all people. And, it is at this wondrous time that we join Catholics in prayerful action to repair our disjointed immigration system.
  • Nov 5, 2015: Basics of Catholic Social Teaching and Migration
    Nov 5, 2015: In advocating on behalf of migrants, immigrants, and refugees, it is important to understand that the Catholic position is based on Catholic social teaching, which is derived from the Gospels and the words of Christ; statements and encyclicals of the Popes; and statements and pastoral letters of bishops around the world, including the bishops of the United States.
  • 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.

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Citizenship

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  • 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.
  • Jun 15, 2015: CLINIC Webinar, Naturalization for Applicants with Disabilities (March 2015)
    Jun 15, 2015: Do you know how to help your clients with disabilities to naturalize? Watch this free recorded webinar on the special provisions in the law for people with disabilities such as reasonable accommodations, disability waivers, and oath waivers. Topics covered include eligibility, the application process, and practice tips. We also provide case examples and answer some frequently asked questions. 

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Program Management

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  • 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...
  • Jul 16, 2015: Top 5 Transition Issues in Program Management
    Jul 16, 2015: What do I do when the only BIA representative on staff decides to leave our program without anyone else authorized to practice and continue representing the existing caseload? What’s involved in hiring our nonprofit’s first attorney on staff? What needs to be done if the new Program Director doesn’t know immigration law? What can be done proactively or reactively if we lose our one big grant?
  • May 27, 2015: Center for Immigrant Integration (May 2015 Updates)
    May 27, 2015: CENTER FOR IMMIGRANT INTEGRATION By Louise Maria Puck, Intern CLINIC’s new Center for Immigrant Integration seeks to encourage and facilitate the development of immigrant integration initiatives throughout its network through the creation of resources and trainings and through the dissemination of best practices currently present in CLINIC affiliate agencies.  

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State/Local

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Inadmissibility and Waivers

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  • 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...
  • May 27, 2015: Finally! BIA Gets It Right on 212(h) Bar for LPRs
    May 27, 2015: By Susan Schreiber
  • May 27, 2015: Intent is Irrelevant to Unlawful Voting
    May 27, 2015: By Ilissa Mira Unlawful voting has serious consequences for noncitizens.  The BIA confirmed this in a precedent decision finding that a noncitizen is removable under INA § 237(a)(6)(A), regardless of whether the alien knew that he or she was unlawfully voting in violation of 18 USC § 611(a).  Matter of Fitzpatrick, 26 I&N Dec. 559 (BIA 2015).

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VAWA and U

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  • Jun 23, 2014: Updates from the Vermont Service Center and the National Visa Center
    Jun 23, 2014: By Kristina Karpinski and Susan Schreiber
  • Jun 23, 2014: USCIS Hosts U Visa Listening Session
    Jun 23, 2014: By Matthew Seamon Advocacy Intern   On June 4, 2014, USCIS hosted a “listening session” teleconference regarding U nonimmigrant status visas. U visas provide immigration protection for victims of qualifying crimes who aid law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity. USCIS is engaging in rulemaking to modify the U visa application and eligibility rules and sought...
  • Jan 15, 2013: CLINIC Comments on Age-out Protections for U Visa Derivatives
    Jan 15, 2013: On January 10, 2013, CLINIC shared comments on USCIS’s policy memo, “Age-Out Protection for Derivative U Nonimmigrant Status Holders: Pending Petitions, Initial Approvals, and Extension of Status.”  CLINIC welcomes the issuance of the guidance, as this policy will provide much needed security for the immigrant crime victims and their families that CLINIC members serve.  We are encouraged by...

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Asylum, Refugee and Other Humanitarian Relief

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  • 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...
  • Apr 22, 2015: Family Detention Update
    Apr 22, 2015: On February 20, 2015 the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia responded to the desperate pleas of detained Central American women and their children. The women had been found to have a credible fear of future persecution by an Asylum Officer or the Immigration Judge yet they remained detained on account of the U.S. government’s national security-based deterrence strategy of sending a...

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Family-based Immigration

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Consular Processing

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Immigrant Integration

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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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Religious Immigration

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  • Jul 24, 2015: USCIS Eliminates “Lawful Status” Requirements in Special Immigrant Religious...
    Jul 24, 2015: On July 5, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) issued a policy memo declaring that the “lawful status” requirements of the immigrant regulations for religious workers would no longer be considered when adjudicating the I-360 immigrant petition. In addition, USCIS will amend Title 8 CFR Sec. 204.5(m)(4) and (11) and remove the lawful status requirements from the immigrant...
  • Jul 24, 2015: Updates on USCIS Site Visits for Religious Workers
    Jul 24, 2015: An important part of the immigration process of sponsoring international religious workers to the U.S. involves a site visit from USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services). This is required per the immigration regulations and is used to verify the elements of the petition filed by the sponsor (including sponsor and beneficiary information, work location, etc.). These site visits may...
  • May 20, 2015: Advocating for Special Immigrant Non-Minister Religious Worker Program
    May 20, 2015:     Religious Organization Support for the Special Immigrant Non- Minister Religious Worker Visa Program May 14, 2015       Honorable Mitch McConnell Senate Majority Leader United States Senate Washington, DC  20510   Honorable Harry Reid Senate Minority Leader United States Senate Washington, DC 20510   Dear Senators:  

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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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  • Dec 29, 2008: Facts for Documented and Undocumented Workers Helping to Clean-up and Rebuild...
    Dec 29, 2008: IMMIGRANT WORKERS’ RIGHTS All workers, including documented and undocumented immigrant workers, are protected by many U.S. employment and labor laws. Rights that may apply to workers depending upon the circumstances include: Right to be paid. In most instances, workers have the right to be paid minimum wage ($5.15 an hour) and to receive overtime pay for work over 40 hours a week. If workers do...
  • Dec 29, 2008: Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITIN): Practical Guidelines for...
    Dec 29, 2008: What is an ITIN? ITIN stands for Individual Tax Identification Number. It is a nine-digit number issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to individuals who do not qualify for a Social Security Number (SSN). The ITIN always begins with the number 9 and has a 7 or 8 in the fourth digit. For example: 9XX-7X-XXXX. An ITIN permits individuals without a valid Social Security Number (SSN) to:

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