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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

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  • Aug 25, 2014: State and Local Resolutions in Support of Unaccompanied Children
    Aug 25, 2014: The recent increase in youth fleeing violence in Central America and seeking protection in the United States has left federal authorities scrambling to find facilities to temporarily house these children until they can be reunited with family members or placed into foster care to await their immigration hearings. Many state and local leaders have taken steps to welcome this vulnerable population...
  • Aug 20, 2014: CLINIC Newsletter - August 2014 - VOL. XVIII No. 8
    Aug 20, 2014: In this issue…                         Update on Unaccompanied Children and Families Migrant Children, Uninvited Guests, and Welcoming the Stranger Advocacy Update
  • Aug 20, 2014: Advocating Locally on Behalf of Unaccompanied Minors
    Aug 20, 2014: By Jen Riddle  


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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  • Jun 10, 2014: USCIS Releases Revised Form I-821D and DACA Renewal Guidelines
    Jun 10, 2014: By Ilissa Mira, CLINIC Training and Legal Support Attorney   On June 5, 2014, USCIS released the much anticipated revised Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  The new dual-purpose form will be used to file both initial and renewal DACA requests.  As of the release date, USCIS will not accept DACA requests submitted on the old form.
  • May 22, 2014: Webinar: DACA and Advance Parole (May 2014)
    May 22, 2014: This webinar is for legal service providers helping Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients apply for permission to travel abroad using advance parole.
  • May 20, 2014: CLINIC Submits Second Round of Comments to DACA Application Form
    May 20, 2014: Taking the opportunity to submit further comments to USCIS about the DACA application and renewal process, CLINIC commended the agency for the changes it did make, including extending the DACA renewal application window to 150 days, simplifying the education-related questions, and streamlining the application requirement for renewal applicants.  CLINIC also encouraged USCIS to make additional...



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  • Jan 28, 2013: Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
    Jan 28, 2013: This morning the New York Times published a bi-partisan statement of principles outlining four goals of immigration reform.  CLINIC welcomes this bi-partisan leadership in keeping the conversation moving.  The principles include a path to citizenship and relief for agricultural workers and highly skilled graduates.  The Senators also outline plans for continued enforcement along the border as...
  • Sep 17, 2012: "Mega" Group Application Workshop
    Sep 17, 2012: The purpose of the webinar is to educate charitable immigration legal staff on the unique differences of planning and implementing a large, "mega" group application workshop for naturalization and deferred action. Held on September 12, 2012.
  • Sep 17, 2012: "Mega" Group Application Workshop
    Sep 17, 2012: The purpose of the webinar is to educate charitable immigration legal staff on the unique differences of planning and implementing a large, "mega" group application workshop for naturalization and deferred action. Click here for the webinar slides. Held on September 12, 2012.


Program Management

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Inadmissibility and Waivers

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Asylum, Refugee and Other Humanitarian Relief

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  • Jun 23, 2014: Maryland Law Expands Eligibility for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
    Jun 23, 2014: By Kelly Kidwell Hughes, Advocacy Intern  
  • Apr 28, 2014: BIA Finds Asylee Status Ends After Adjustment
    Apr 28, 2014:  By Susan Schreiber   What if your asylee client became deportable for conviction of a crime after adjusting status?  Can you client re-adjust under INA § 209(b), along with seeking a waiver under § 209(c)?   In Matter of C-J-H, 26 I&N Dec. 284, the Board said “no” because asylees who adjust status to lawful permanent residence no longer qualify as asylees.
  • Mar 24, 2014: TPS for Haitians Extended
    Mar 24, 2014: The Department of Homeland Security has extended its designation of Haiti for TPS for 18 months.  The extension will begin on July 23, 2014 and last through January 22, 2016.  The 60-day re-registration period for those who currently have TPS began on March 3, 2014 and will end on May 2, 2014.  Those who are eligible and timely re-register will be granted an EAD with an expiration date of...


Immigrant Integration

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  • Jan 4, 2012: Citizenship and Civic Participation Toolkit
    Jan 4, 2012: This toolkit contains a variety of resources collected and produced through CLINIC’s citizenship projects.  It is designed to assist agencies providing citizenship services and civic participation opportunities for the most vulnerable applicants.
  • Aug 12, 2011: Creating a Citizenship Program Preparation Toolkit
    Aug 12, 2011: Citizenship test preparation and quality legal services go hand in hand in assisting an immigrant along the path to citizenship. A prospective bill for comprehensive immigration reform will most likely bring changes in legal and language requirements for citizenship. It is the job of all legal service providers and teaching professionals working with the foreign born to anticipate these...
  • Nov 19, 2010: How to Establish and Develop a Successful ESL Program
    Nov 19, 2010: Held Nov. 16, 2010 Due to an increasing need for quality English as a Second Language (ESL) and Citizenship Test Preparation classes, many community-based organizations are interested in starting their own language learning programs. Combining CLINIC’s key components for program management and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages’ (TESOL) Standards for Adult Education ESL Programs...


Religious Immigration

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  • Nov 11, 2014: The Impact of Artesia: One Volunteer’s Story
    Nov 11, 2014: By Angelia Amaya RIS Legal Assistant  
  • Nov 11, 2014: The Immigration Journey of Br. Ramon Flores
    Nov 11, 2014: In 1990, I was born in Mexico into a staunchly Roman Catholic family. When I was twelve years old, my immediate family illegally migrated to California.  We have lived there ever since.
  • Nov 11, 2014: RIS Attorneys Hit the Road!
    Nov 11, 2014: This summer, several attorneys in the Religious Immigration Section of CLINIC had the opportunity to travel and meet with their clients.  The funding for this special endeavor was provided by a grant from the Open Society Foundation.  These trips provided the attorneys with the chance to meet with clients, provide information regarding religious worker immigration and the need for immigration...