The Social Justice Committee invites you to join us for Simple Lenten Meals in the North Conference Room on the Friday evenings of Lent following the 6pm Stations of the Cross.
Each Friday we collect donations to benefit a different community-based organization in Washington, DC. On Friday, March 9, the beneficiary will be the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC).
Consider spending your early Friday evening with St. Matthew’s family and friends – come for the 5:30pm Mass, 6pm Stations of the Cross, and end with a shared meal organized by the RCIA Catechumens, for this great opportunity of almsgiving.
Please visit the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. website https://cliniclegal.org/ from which the following is excerpted and summarized.
The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
Embracing the Gospel value of welcoming the stranger, CLINIC promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants in partnership with a dedicated network of Catholic and community legal immigration programs.
Catholic Identity - Founded by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in 1988
The task of welcoming immigrants, refugees and displaced persons into full participation in the Church and society with equal rights and duties continues the biblical understanding of the justice of God reaching out to all peoples and rectifying the situation of the poor, the orphans, the widows, the disadvantaged, and especially in the Old Testament, the alien and the stranger.
Together a New People: Pastoral Statement on Migrants and Refugees. National Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1986
Advocacy - (CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Representation and Advocacy Project, BIA [Board of Immigration Appeals] Pro Bono Project, and State and Local Immigration Project)
Advocacy: Addresses problems of low-income and CLINIC member agencies through advocacy, education, pro bono representation, litigation, and media.
Identifies legal trends and issues affecting immigrants and pursues solutions.
Prioritizes its advocacy agenda with its member agencies; collaborates with theUSCCB Migration and Refugee Service; and focuses on administrative advocacy with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).
Supports state and local advocacy efforts to combat anti-immigration measures and to assist pro-immigrant initiatives.
Coordinates with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Pro Bono Project to increase representation for detained immigrants.
Documents and facilitates media coverage of U.S. Immigration policy, its human impact, and the challenges immigrants face, while supporting its member and colleague agencies’ media outreach.
Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities -(The Center for Immigrant Integration, Citizenship and Integration National Capacity Building Project, Comprehensive Immigration Reform, The New Americans Campaign, Immigration Management Project)
The Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities: Strengthens the immigrant rights community by preparing charitable immigration programs to expand their service-delivery capacity and establishing a coordinated service-delivery and legal support architecture.
Center for Immigrant Integration. CLINIC believes immigrant integration initiatives are most successful when both the newcomer and the receiving community participate (e.g., at Catholic Charities agencies, parish halls, neighborhood schools, libraries, city offices), and encourages such initiatives through resource building, training, and shared best practices.
CLINIC and the USCCB believe the U.S. Immigration system is broken, does not serve the nation’s needs, and demands significant reform. Long-term, undocumented immigrants who have significantly contributed to the nation’s economy and social fabric compel the United States to provide them a legal process to become documented, authorized to work, and naturalized as U.S. citizens. This earned pathway to citizenship (legalization) is essential to achieve Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
The New Americans Campaign seeks to increase the number of eligible Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) becoming U.S. citizens by assisting them with the naturalization process and advocacy. CLINIC funds and assists seven affiliate agencies (in Brooklyn, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, and the Washington, DC metro area) to expand and strengthen their existing services. CLINIC offers these affiliates naturalization and immigration law expertise (e.g., the immigration and information support line, reduced training and conference fees, and free access to live and recorded “webinars”).
Training and Legal Support -
Mission: To expand professional, low-cost immigration service availability by providing legal expertise, training, and technical assistance to CLINIC’s member agencies and constituents. Training and Legal Support attorneys advise over 1,000 nonprofit, community-based immigration service providers via phone consultations, trainings, broadcast e-mails, extensive publications and resources, a monthly newsletter, and a website.
Responding to Changes in Immigration Policy
As the current administration announces significant changes to immigration policy,CLINIC is analyzing them and preparing resources and training to keep affiliates informed:
General Resources and Analysis (64 Publications); Know Your Rights: A Collection of Resources; DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals): Latest Information on DACA, Legal Practitioner Resources, and Resources for Dreamers and the Public; Defending Vulnerable Populations Project; and TPS (Temporary Protective Status).