Award for Emerald Isle Immigration Center
Director Siobhan Dennehy
Siobhan Dennehy, Executive Director of the
Emerald Isle Immigration Center and Board
President of the Coalition
of Irish Immigration Centers
will be awarded the prestigious John F. Kennedy Medal of
Honor by the AOH for her work with Immigrants at their annual
convention in Cincinnati this summer. Warmest congratulations to
Siobhan on being the recipient of this
distinguished award. It is a well deserved recognition of your tireless work on behalf of
immigrants. Read the details in the Irish Echo
to Fr. Colm Campbell from the New York Irish Center
Colm Campbell, New York Irish
Center Board President and former CIIC Board President, will celebrate
his 50th year as a priest in June. To honor the occasion the Holy
Trinity Parish and the New York Irish Center
invite you to join Fr. Campbell at his Golden Jubilee Mass on Sunday
June 20 at 12:30 PM at 82nd St, Manhattan NYC (between Amsterdam and
Broadway. Congratulations and very best wishes to Fr. Campbell on this
Finding ICE Detainees
The ICE On-line Detainee Locator System (ODLS)
is due to be rolled out to the public this month. It will allow the
public to conduct online Internet-based queries to locate persons
detained by ICE for civil violations of the Immigration and Nationality Act. ODLS is intended to
allow members of
the public, especially family members and legal representatives, to
determine whether an individual is currently in ICE detention and, if
so, at which facility the person is detained.
ICEODLS will be accessible by visiting ICE's public website (http://www.ice.gov/locator).
There will be two ways to search for a detainee:
response page will show IN CUSTODY or OUT OF
CUSTODY. If IN CUSTODY, the system will show the name of the facility, with a link to its webpage with
information about directions and visiting hours. It will show
where the individual is currently being held, not previous places they
were held. If OUT OF CUSTODY, the system
will not provide any additional specifics.
a query using an Alien Registration Number (A-Number) and country of birth; or
a query using a full name and country of birth.
CIIC Training Event - Measuring Outcomes
CIIC recently organized a very important event for members to design
systems to measure the effectiveness of our
services to immigrants. Thanks to everyone who participated in this
effort to ensure we are all more effective in our work.
Legal Issues for those Adjusting Status
CIIC hosted a conference call recently to discuss potential barriers
across the US for those who are filing family petitions. We were joined
by members and immigration attorneys from Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Boston and
Philadelphia. The input and expertise of the
attorneys was extremely helpful and we will continue these calls as
needed to inform the work of the Irish
Centers and keep all involved informed about issues affecting our
community. For more information or to join future calls contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Another fee Increase Proposed by USCIS?
Centers and immigrants please review the proposed fee increases USCIS.
They are seeking public comment so let them know what the impact of the increases will be. The average fee will
increase by 10%. Click here to view the USCIS Fact Sheet.
No More Lost I-94 Cards!
use of paper I-94 forms (the green cards
stapled to passports) will be eliminated for Visa Waiver travelers with
an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) arriving
in the United States at all airports by the end of
this summer. Automated processing will be introduced on a rolling basis
at all airports over the coming months. Read more here
Returning to Ireland Information
Migrant Projects guide
for returning 'Returning
to Ireland' is an excellent resource that contains comprehensive
information for returning immigrants. It is available to download in
fact sheet format from their
website at http://www.migrantproject.ie/returning_to_ireland.htm.
a survey to assess the needs of Irish
emigrants/returnees and also the needs of the
organizations that provide services to
abroad. The survey will help the organization to continue to
provide quality services to Irish
emigrants/returnees in the
If you are an organization
information and services to Irish people
abroad, an immigrant who has or is planning to return to Ireland they
want your feedback. Please click here
to take part in the survey.
Rules for spouses of
who may be thinking of returning to Ireland
with a non- Irish spouse should be aware that
there is no automatic entitlement under Irish
law for an Irish citizen to
have their non-European Economic Area spouse, partner or other family
member to join them in Ireland. Crosscare provides detailed information
on the steps you need to take to apply for residency on their website -Residency Information for Family Members
& Partners of Irish
Items of Interest
Caitriona Palmer reports on the new wave of emigration to America
When the White House Calls. A story
on the impact of 287(g) and Secure Communities
on immigrant detentions and deportations.
you are an Irish Senior and you would like to
connect, via the phone, with someone from
Ireland for a chat or to discuss an issue call the toll free number 1-877-997-5777.
The Senior Connect program is free, easy
to access and completely confidential.
Coalition of Irish Immigration