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Administrative Relief

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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  • Sep 13, 2013: Estimates of the Size and Demography of the Undocumented on-Citizen Population...
    Sep 13, 2013: In 2013, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) commissioned the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University to complete a study estimating the size, characteristics, and geographic distribution of the U.S. undocumented (i.e., non-citizens who are not temporary migrants such as students, diplomats, short-term visitors, etc., those who are legal...
  • May 10, 2013: Case Management for CIR
    May 10, 2013: Held on May 6, 2013.
  • Apr 30, 2013: Senate CIR Bill: Highlights of Proposed Legislation
    Apr 30, 2013: Legislation was introduced in the Senate today that would create a pathway to citizenship for most of the undocumented persons living in the United States.  It would also overhaul the family-based immigration system, create new opportunities for guest workers and other nonimmigrants, and impose heightened border, interior, and workplace enforcement.  Listen as CLINIC staff summarizes the most...

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Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

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  • Aug 18, 2014: Update on Unaccompanied Children and Families (August, 2014)
    Aug 18, 2014: By Sarah Bronstein, August 2014  
  • Aug 11, 2014: Frequently Asked Questions about the Unaccompanied Children Crisis
    Aug 11, 2014: Since October 2013, more than 57,000 children have entered the United States along the Southern border. This is twice the number that entered in all of last year. Read the questions and answers below to learn more about why children are fleeing their homes, what they experience when they arrive in the United States, what the Catholic Church is doing, and how you can help.
  • Aug 6, 2014: Learn More About the Law Protecting Unaccompanied Children
    Aug 6, 2014: As a response to the humanitarian crisis of children arriving at our Southern border, Congress considered legislation that would strip the protections created by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008. These changes would allow the United States to return Central American children to their home countries without meaningful screening to determine whether they are...

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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  • Oct 27, 2014: Update on DACA (October 2014)
    Oct 27, 2014: By Ilissa Mira The Ombudsman’s Office met with CLINIC and other immigration advocates to discuss developments regarding DACA and reports from the field.  This article provides updates on a variety of issues related to DACA eligibility and adjudication. USCIS Statistics
  • 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.
  • Aug 20, 2014: DACA Initial/Renewal Clinic Training for Volunteers
    Aug 20, 2014: Volunteer Training Part 1 - DACA Overview and the Eligibility Guidelines     Volunteer Training Part 2 - How to Complete the Application Forms     Volunteer Training Part 3 -  Overview of the DACA Workshop Model  

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Citizenship

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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. Click here for the webinar slides. 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. Held on September 12, 2012.

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Program Management

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  • Sep 26, 2014: CLINIC Newsletter - September 2014 - VOL. XVIII No. 9
    Sep 26, 2014: Topics include an article on the updates to the fee schedule by the state department, as well as a new network profile.
  • 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.
  • Aug 13, 2014: How to Create a Citizenship Education Program
    Aug 13, 2014: Are you interested in providing more comprehensive citizenship and immigrant integration services? Join us for this free webinar on citizenship education programs. We discuss how and why legal service providers are well-positioned to offer citizenship classes; present key components of a successful citizenship education program; provide resources and next steps for implementing a program; and...

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State/Local

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Inadmissibility and Waivers

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Asylum, Refugee and Other Humanitarian Relief

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Family-based Immigration

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  • Jul 23, 2013: Sixth Circuit Finds that TPS Creates Eligibility for Adjustment Under Section...
    Jul 23, 2013: Sixth Circuit Finds that TPS Creates Eligibility for Adjustment Under Section 245(a) By Jennie Guilfoyle
  • Jun 26, 2013: Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA
    Jun 26, 2013: Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA By Jennie Guilfoyle and Susan Schreiber
  • Apr 20, 2001: At-Risk Reports
    Apr 20, 2001: In 2000-2001, CLINIC published a series of reports on immigration issues based on numerous case studies. These are not current reports. The reports identify, track, and examine the impact of our nation's laws and immigration policies on at-risk immigrants. They illustrate particularly compelling problems faced by immigrants, clear explanations of the law at the root of such problems, and other...

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Immigrant Integration

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  • Mar 2, 2012: Spotlight on Integration: 6 Part Series
    Mar 2, 2012: Looking for ideas to promote and encourage immigrant integration within your community? CLINIC offers this 6 part series that spotlights immigrant integration initiatives across our network. Learn the definition of immigrant integration, its importance for our network and nation, and how it can be promoted locally. Featured programs encourage relationships between the receiving community and...
  • 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: Toolkit for Creating a Citizenship Preparation Program
    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...

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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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