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Administrative Relief

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  • Feb 26, 2015: DAPA, Expanded DACA, and the Court Injunction
    Feb 26, 2015:   By Jen Riddle
  • Feb 23, 2015: Countdown to Administrative Relief: Preliminary Injunction Edition (Webinar 3)
    Feb 23, 2015: In this third webinar in the series, we review the preliminary injunction announced in the Texas vs. U.S. case, the new FAQs and I-821D form instructions, and the possible consequences of a DHS shutdown. In addition, we give helpful tips on the work that your program can be focusing on now while waiting for the new programs to start.
  • Feb 20, 2015: Frequently Asked Questions: DAPA, Expanded DACA, and the Court Injunction
    Feb 20, 2015: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) had planned to begin accepting applications for the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on February 18, 2015 and for the new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program on May 19, 2015. Unfortunately, DHS has delayed the launch of both expanded DACA and DAPA due to a federal...

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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  • 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).  
  • Apr 29, 2014: Toolkit for Naturalization Workshops
    Apr 29, 2014: A naturalization group application workshop is a one-day community event that brings professionals and trained volunteers together to assist Lawful Permanent Residents in completing the Application for Naturalization (N-400). The workshop is an essential tool for efficiently and effectively providing naturalization assistance to large numbers of people. The success of the workshop model depends...
  • Mar 19, 2014: Assisting Clients in Complying with Tax Filing Requirements
    Mar 19, 2014: Back to CLINIC's CIR Resource Page  

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Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

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  • Oct 27, 2014: EOIR Releases Guidance on Expedited Court Procedures in Unaccompanied Children...
    Oct 27, 2014: By Sarah Bronstein On September 10, 2014 Chief Immigration Judge Brian M. O’Leary issued a memorandum to all Immigration Judges entitled “Docketing Practices Relating to Unaccompanied Children’s Cases in Light of the New Priorities” (hereafter EOIR Docketing Memo).  This memorandum was issued in response to concerns raised by CLINIC and other agencies working on unaccompanied children’s issues at...
  • Oct 27, 2014: Obama Announces In-Country Refugee Processing for Central American Children
    Oct 27, 2014: By Ilissa Mira On September 30, 2014, President Obama announced a plan to allow certain children from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to apply for refugee status within their own countries.  In fiscal year (FY) 2014, over 68,500 unaccompanied children fled violence in Central America, undertaking a long and dangerous journey to the United States.  As a response, in-country processing is...
  • Oct 8, 2014: Webinar Series: Representing Unaccompanied Children: What To Do and How To Do It
    Oct 8, 2014: The following webinars are from CLINIC's elearning course: Representing Unaccompanied Children: What To Do and How To Do It.  Check back October 29th for a link to the full course, including all reading materials.    Representing Children in Removal Proceedings   Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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  • 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...
  • Feb 26, 2015: What to Expect When Expanded DACA Opens Again
    Feb 26, 2015: By Ilissa Mira

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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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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...
  • 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.
  • 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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State/Local

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Inadmissibility and Waivers

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  • 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: CLINIC Newsletter - February 2014 - VOL. XVIII No. 2
    Feb 20, 2014: Topics include notes from a NSC teleconference, a listing of BIA accreditations, and an article on provisional waivers.
  • 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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  • Feb 26, 2014: Citizenship Test Preparation Program Self Assessment
    Feb 26, 2014: Click Here to access CLINIC's Citizenship Test Preparation Program Self Assessment
  • 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 Toolkit
    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...

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Religious Immigration

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  • Mar 21, 2017: USCIS site visits for religious workers
    Mar 21, 2017: An important part of the immigration process of sponsoring international religious workers to the United States involves a site visit from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This required visit is used to verify elements of the petition filed by the sponsor, including sponsor and beneficiary information, and work location. Site visits may occur with advance notice or without any notice. A...
  • Dec 14, 2016: Two days ‘away’ to brainstorm and plan
    Dec 14, 2016: Each year, the RIS staff spends time together to plan ahead for the next year. Through this two-day brainstorming session in November, team members discussed ways to improve RIS, in part by working more closely with other sections within CLINIC, as well as ways to increase our social media presence.
  • Dec 14, 2016: RIS staff visits California in October
    Dec 14, 2016: More than two dozen participants from as far away as Missouri, Texas and Nebraska met the staff of Religious Immigration Services in Garden Grove, California, in October for a day-long training in religious immigration. The group included practitioners from Catholic Charities agencies and private firms as well as priests and religious, representing dioceses or religious communities.

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Detention and Removal

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