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Administrative Relief

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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  • May 30, 2014: Will History Repeat Itself? A Guide to Immigration Legalization Preparation
    May 30, 2014: By Peggy Gleason As you know, the House and Senate are scheduled to negotiate a compromise that could produce a comprehensive immigration reform bill.  For the first time since the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986, legalization may become law.  Without knowing exactly what will pass, it is difficult to plan for our programs.  However, we know the rough outlines of the possible...
  • May 30, 2014: Legalization Readiness - Gathering Supporting Documentation
    May 30, 2014: By Peggy Gleason   Regardless of what legalization program is eventually enacted and implemented, applicants will need to submit supporting documents to establish that they qualify. What documents are likely to be needed? What is the best way to organize them? How should clients now be counseled on ways to gather these documents? By looking at the prior legalization under the Immigration Reform...
  • May 30, 2014: The Case for Legalization: Lessons Learned from 1986 and Recommendations for...
    May 30, 2014: By Donald Kerwin and Charles Wheeler   This article originally appeared in Issues in Immigration, Vol. 1 (Center for Migration Studies, 2004). It was reprinted by Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, Vol. 12, No. 3 (Feb. 1, 2007).  

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Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

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  • Jan 14, 2015: Webinar: Overseas Refugee Processing Program for Central American Minors
    Jan 14, 2015: On December 1, 2014, the Department of State launched a new in-country refugee and parole program for children residing in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Watch a free webinar to learn more about the process permitting certain parents in the United States to request that their children be admitted to the United States as refugees or granted parole. What are the eligibility requirements for...
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    Nov 17, 2014: Independent Study: Representing Unaccompanied Children: What To Do and How To...
    Nov 17, 2014: This is a free independent study e-learning course Take the Course (After clicking this link, choose "Login as Guest")
  • Oct 27, 2014: Serving Immigrant Children in Texas
    Oct 27, 2014: By Tatyana Delgado With over 6,000 unaccompanied children released from juvenile detention facilities to sponsors in Texas from January through August 2014, many legal service providers have shifted into high gear.  Over 3,000 unaccompanied children have been released to parents, relatives, or other caretakers living in Harris County, Texas, which includes Houston. 

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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  • Jun 25, 2015: Update on DACA (June 18, 2015)
    Jun 25, 2015: By Jen Riddle and Jill Bussey This month marks the 3-year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Since DACA launched in 2012, over 664,000 individuals have been granted temporary reprieve from deportation and a work permit.  All 50 states now permit DACA recipients to apply for driver’s licenses, following policy reversals in Nebraska and Arizona due to...
  • Jun 19, 2015: You Can Still Apply for DACA - Community Education
    Jun 19, 2015: Expanded DACA and DAPA are on hold, but you can still apply for DACA under the original guidelines.  Find out who qualifies and how you may be able to take steps to become DACA eligible.  CLINIC immigration attorney Ilissa Mira and BIA Accredited Representative Maciel Jacques share some tips on learning about your immigration options and preparing for the future.
  • 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...

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Catholic Social Teaching

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  • Jun 23, 2014: Webinar: Children Traveling Alone: The Catholic Church’s Response
    Jun 23, 2014:  This webinar discusses why unaccompanied children are coming to the United States, where they are staying, what services the Church is providing, and how you can help.   Panelists include experts on the root causes of migration from Central America and the emergency, social, and legal services available to these minor children.  Panelists:
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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.
  • Mar 24, 2009: Catholic Social Teaching and Migration Presentation
    Mar 24, 2009: This presentation, which was first given in July 2008, gives an overview of Catholic social teaching on migration. Topics include:

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Citizenship

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    Apr 21, 2015: Rapid E-Learning: Completing the Application for Naturalization Form N-400
    Apr 21, 2015: CLINIC has updated this self directed e-learning course to reflect the revised Form N-400 that was announced by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on 4/13/16. CLINIC has created a self directed e-learning course to help train new immigration legal staff and volunteers on completing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. The course is interactive and incorporates text, images, audio,...
  • 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.
  • May 12, 2014: New Form N-400 Released by USCIS
    May 12, 2014: On February 4, 2014, USCIS released its long-awaited revision of the Form N-400 (Application for Naturalization). A draft of the new form was published in the Federal Register for comment on December 20, 2012 and again on March 20, 2013. CLINIC submitted comments on the draft together with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) on February 15, 2013. The comments are posted on the...

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Program Management

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  • Apr 22, 2015: CLINIC Helps Indiana Welcome Newcomers
    Apr 22, 2015: By Jeff Chenoweth Across the country CLINIC and its 260-plus affiliates strive to welcome newcomers who seek to reunite with long-separated family members, work for fair wages with dignity, and find legal protections in the United States from persecution in their countries of origin. Helping our country, state, or local community to be welcoming to immigrants isn’t always easy, but it is the...
  • Dec 11, 2014: How to Offer Tax Preparation Assistance Services at your Agency
    Dec 11, 2014: Good moral character is a requirement for naturalization applicants. Paying taxes is one way to establish good moral character, and immigration legal service programs and their agencies can easily assist their clients with this important task. In preparation for the 2015 tax season, attend this webinar to learn quick and easy ways to establish this service within your own agency. Learn how...
  • Nov 17, 2014: Webinar: DACA Now – Administrative Relief Next: Evaluation for Success
    Nov 17, 2014: Held November 12th, 2014 Is evaluation a component of your program?  This webinar offers various recommendations on what to evaluate and how.  CLINIC will feature how DACA services, past and present, are important lessons learned when planning to implement even larger-scale services.  Nearly 600,000 DACA applications have been approved out of an estimated 1.7 million eligible.  Is this success...

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State/Local

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Inadmissibility and Waivers

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  • Apr 28, 2014: Seventh Circuit Finds IJs Have Jurisdiction of 212(d)(3) Waivers for U...
    Apr 28, 2014:   If you represent U visa and U status applicants, you already know that immigration judges have no jurisdiction over applications for U status or for applications for adjustment of status under INA § 245(m).  By statute, USCIS has exclusive jurisdiction over theses applications, including waivers of inadmissibility under INA § 212(d)(14), the waiver provision that exclusively applies to the U...
  • Mar 24, 2014: New BIA Decision Expands LPR EligibilIty for 212(c) Waivers
    Mar 24, 2014: By Susan Schreiber If you represent LPRs in removal proceedings, you will want to take a close look at the Board's recent  decision in Matter of Abdelghany, 26  I&N Dec. 254 (BIA 2014), which presents a new framework for analyzing LPR eligibility for INA § 212 (c) waivers.  It will likely result in more LPRs qualifying for this relief.
  • Feb 20, 2014: Recent Decisions on Immigration Law and Crimes
    Feb 20, 2014: By Susan Schreiber Three recent circuit court decisions provide some good news for immigrants related to immigration consequences of criminal offenses. These decisions, summarized below, address (a) analyzing when an offense is a crime of moral turpitude; (b) LPR eligibility for an INA § 212(h) waiver; and (c) conviction finality.

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VAWA and U

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Asylum, Refugee and Other Humanitarian Relief

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Family-based Immigration

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Immigrant Integration

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  • Dec 16, 2013: Partnership Toolkit
    Dec 16, 2013: There are several ways to establish a partnership and many tools to use that can help organize and manage the operations. This toolkit includes sample materials for managing a partnership, guidelines for working within a partnership, and tips on what to look for in a potential partner.
  • Oct 24, 2013: Creating a Workplace ELL Program
    Oct 24, 2013: Low English language proficiency impacts employee productivity, safety, and retention. Federal and state governments provide only a fraction of the funding needed for English language classes, and businesses have both the space and the financial means to offer this benefit to their Limited English Proficient workers. CLINIC offers the following resource to programs interested in pursuing...
  • Oct 10, 2013: Harnessing the Power of Partnerships
    Oct 10, 2013: This webinar training covers how to develop and use partnerships effectively and what resources you can use to manage them. Held on April 22, 2013.

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Religious Immigration

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  • Apr 14, 2015: Need Summer Help? Supply Priests and Immigration Law
    Apr 14, 2015: By: Megan S. Turngren RIS Attorney   At this time of the year, many of our clients are searching for supply priests to help with additional coverage during the summer months.  With many clergy members planning vacations, there is always a need for additional help between May and September.  However, it is always important to consider the immigration consequences of hiring foreign-born priests...
  • Apr 14, 2015: Staff Highlight: Minyoung Ohm
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  • Apr 14, 2015: The Year of Consecrated Life-CLINIC’S Annual Board Breakfast
    Apr 14, 2015:   On Monday, March 9, 2015 CLINIC hosted its annual Board Breakfast at the Silver Spring Office.  In celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life, the Religious Immigration Services Section invited a few of our local clients to meet with the members of CLINIC’s Board and CLINIC Staff.  The breakfast was a success, with all CLINIC Staff, eight Board members, and twenty RIS guests in...

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Detention and Removal

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  • Feb 8, 2016: Family Detention
    Feb 8, 2016: CLINIC continues to fight against the government’s practice of detaining immigrant mothers and their children. CLINIC, through its work in the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project has been especially active in the national fight to eliminate large scale family detention centers. CLINIC and CARA have been leading advocacy efforts to challenge unlawful asylum, detention, and deportation policies...
  • 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...
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    Jan 21, 2016: 8 Ways You Can Help Central American Women and Children
    Jan 21, 2016: CLINIC advocates for the end of the U.S. policy of detaining families who arrive in the U.S. seeking protection from crime and violence in their home countries. It also participates in the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Representation and Advocacy Project, working to provide legal representation to these families.

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