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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

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  • Two Sisters
    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: Globalizing Charity: 7 Ways Your Local Government Can Help Unaccompanied Minors
    Oct 27, 2014: By Jen Riddle “It is necessary to respond to the globalization of migration with the globalization of charity and cooperation, in such a way as to make the conditions of migrants more humane.” - Pope Francis
  • 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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Catholic Social Teaching

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  • 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:
  • Dec 29, 2008: Help Educate Catholics on Immigration Issues
    Dec 29, 2008: On May 10, 2005, the U.S. Catholic Bishops launched the Justice for Immigrants (JFI) Campaign in an effort to educate Catholics, including Catholic public officials, and other people of good will, about Catholic social teaching concerning immigrants.  The goals of the Campaign are to raise the awareness about the positive contributions of immigrants to our society and to advocate for changes in...
  • Dec 22, 2008: Statements of Pope Benedict XVI Regarding Immigration
    Dec 22, 2008: Words from His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, Regarding Immigration during His Apostolic Journey to the United States April 15-20 2008

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Citizenship

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  • 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...
  • May 6, 2014: N-400 Filing Tips and other Information from Meeting at USCIS Headquarters
    May 6, 2014: Dear affiliates,   USCIS recently revised its form N-400, Application for Naturalization.  The agency will now only accept the newest version of Form N-400, dated 09/13/13.
  • Apr 3, 2014: Fee Waivers for Naturalization: Eligibility, Workshop Issues, Problem Areas
    Apr 3, 2014:  Join us for a free webinar on fee waivers for naturalization applications as we discuss the following topics.

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Program Management

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  • 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? ...
  • Oct 22, 2014: Presentation: Creating and Managing Sub Offices
    Oct 22, 2014: Do you serve a large region with one office and wish to expand using sub offices or other spaces? Are you planning to expand your service delivery models to other locations once President Obama announces administrative relief before the end of the year? Perhaps you’ve considered expanding to an additional location but aren’t quite sure where to start.

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State/Local

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Inadmissibility and Waivers

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  • Feb 20, 2014: DHS and DOS Announce New TRIG Exemptions
    Feb 20, 2014: By Tatyana Delgado On February 5, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State (DOS) announced two new exemptions from the terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG) found at INA§ 212(a)(3).   TRIG aims to exclude individuals who have or will engage in terrorist activities, such as providing material support to terrorist organizations or their members.  Material...
  • Dec 17, 2013: Adjustment for Visa Waiver Entrants
    Dec 17, 2013: By Kristina Karpinski On November 14, 2013, USCIS issued a policy memorandum on adjudication of Form I-485, Application to Register or Adjust Status, filed by immediate relatives of U.S. citizens admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).  This long awaited guidance clarifies USCIS's position on adjudication of adjustment cases filed after the applicant's 90-day period of...
  • Nov 6, 2013: CLINIC Files Amicus Brief in Supreme Court in CSPA Challenge
    Nov 6, 2013: CLINIC's Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court The above document is a copy of the amicus brief that CLINIC filed with the US Supreme Court in a case challenging the government’s interpretation of a part of the CSPA.

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VAWA and U

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Asylum, Refugee and Other Humanitarian Relief

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  • Jan 27, 2015: TPS Extended for Salvadorans
    Jan 27, 2015: Salvadorans who have already been granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) are eligible to live and work in the United States for an additional 18 months and continue to maintain their status.  The extension of TPS for nationals of El Salvador is effective from March 10, 2015 and through September 9, 2016.  Nationals of El Salvador who have been granted TPS previously must re-register during the...
  • Jan 27, 2015: USCIS Implements Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program
    Jan 27, 2015: By Kristina Karpinski
  • 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 a...

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Family-based Immigration

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Immigrant Integration

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  • 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 4/22/13
  • Sep 30, 2013: Asylee Information
    Sep 30, 2013: In recent years, more than 24,000 people from over 100 nations have been granted asylum in the United States. Asylees have often suffered from persecution in their country of origin, forced migration, detention in the United States, and the uncertainty of the asylum adjudication process. Most confront systemic and bureaucratic barriers to resettlement and integration, and need well-coordinated...

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Religious Immigration

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  • Dec 18, 2014: RIS Staff Retreat – Fall 2014
    Dec 18, 2014: By Minyoung Ohm RIS Attorney  
  • Dec 18, 2014: A Note of Thanks
    Dec 18, 2014: By Miguel Naranjo RIS Director   At this time of the year I always find myself reflecting on the past 11 months.  I look back at the things we accomplished, the things that did not turn out so well, and on how we might do things differently in the New Year.  In addition, I also feel grateful for many things in life, including how fortunate I am to be working at CLINIC with the Religious...
  • Dec 18, 2014: CLINIC Resources for Administrative Relief
    Dec 18, 2014: On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a major immigration policy change that would grant millions of individuals (without legal status in the U.S.) temporary stay from deportation and the opportunity to apply for work authorization.   This administrative relief would be valid for three years.  The executive action contains several initiatives including:  

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Detention and Removal

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