Catholic Charities ISAAC (Immigrant Support And Assistance Center) program helps reunite families!

We are committed to helping refugees and immigrants become U.S. citizens or file for visa permits. We also help those filing for asylum and those securing residency for their spouse, children, and family members.

Our services educate newcomers on U.S. Immigration Laws including visa information, legal employment, and status updates on immigration reform legislation. We provide advice, support, and advocacy regarding employment opportunities and employee rights. We also help refugees and immigrants find classes to learn English as a second language (ESL) and help with filing state and federal taxes.

Our ISAAC program provides a broad range of essential immigration and representation services to refugees, immigrants, and their families. Catholic Charities advocates for policies that protects family unity and allow newcomers to our country an opportunity to contribute and participate more fully in our communities.

The best way to reach us is via email: ISAAC@catholic-charities.org

DACA SUPREME COURT DECISION

On June 18, 2020 the Supreme Court (also known as SCOTUS) ruled in a 5 to 4 decision that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals [DACA] program will continue.

DACA is a United States immigration policy that allows some individuals with unlawful presence in the United States after being brought to the country as children to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and become eligible for a work permit in the U.S. in the U.S. To be eligible for the program, recipients cannot have felonies or serious misdemeanors on their records.

Catholic Charities highly encourages undocumented youth who meet the eligibility requirements and who will be applying for DACA for the first time to begin gathering their application documents so that they are prepared when USCIS [U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services] begins accepting applications. To schedule an individualized consultation to answer questions and evaluate your eligibility for immigration benefits please contact ISAAC@catholic-charities.org.

Catholic Charities believes the dignity of every human being particularly that of our children, must be protected. An estimated 800,000 young people have received and benefitted from the DACA program. Loving parents brought these young people to the United States with a focus on providing their children with the hope, opportunity, and safety unavailable in their countries of birth. Their stories are woven into our collective American identity as a nation of immigrants. They are veterans of our military, academic scholars in our universities, leaders in parishes and communities, and above all, our human brothers and sisters.

Throughout our long history, Catholic Charities has worked to protect and uphold the dignity of all people. Today, Catholic Charities continues to respond to the needs of immigrant communities coming to the United States from around the world. Through this work, Catholic Charities has not only seen the challenges faced by newcomers to our country, but we have also seen the incredible contributions immigrants have made and continue to make in our country. At the heart of these efforts, is the incredible role families play in advancing economic security, promoting integration, and providing the necessary social support for newcomers to our country.

DACA Update

USCIS [U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services] has yet to confirm that it is accepting and processing first-time DACA requests and advance parole applications in compliance with the Supreme Court’s decision.

Requests that are filed prior to USCIS reopening its application process are at risk of being rejected and returned. Alternatively, they may be accepted and then denied resulting in losing the filing fee.

In addition, first-time filers who have never had contact with DHS [Department of Homeland Security] risk drawing attention by submitting a request to USCIS.

We will continue to monitor developments in DACA policy and litigation, and keep you updated.