Certification, Backlogs and Visa Retrogression: Advocating for SIJ beneficiaries to remain in the US to adjust status

We have heard from many of you over the past several months that it has become increasingly difficult to obtain a continuance in immigration court for your Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) clients.  Several factors have contributed to the challenge, such as the Attorney General’s ruling in Matter of L-A-B-R- and Matter of...

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Check out CILA’s resources and become a Texas UC Champion

At CILA, our mission is to empower Texas UC Champions–advocates guiding children through complex legal territory- to do so with courage, competency, compassion, and creativity.  We fulfill our mission through training and education, case and issue specific technical assistance to advocates, and coordination of working groups. In the words of one...

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Celebrating CILA’s 3rd Birthday: Join the hundreds of Texas UC Champions advocating for unaccompanied children

Three years ago, the Children’s Immigration Law Academy (CILA), a project of the American Bar Association (ABA), opened its doors in response to the thousands of children from Central America who surged across our Southern border fleeing prolific violence and abuse in their home countries and seeking humanitarian protections offered...

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