Responding to Changes in Immigration Policy | CLINIC

Responding to Changes in Immigration Policy

The new administration is making significant changes to immigration policy. As changes are announced, CLINIC is analyzing them and preparing resources and training to keep affiliates informed. Here are some of our resources for you to use with your clients.

 

General Resources and Analysis

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Updated on: 04/21/2017

The current 18-month grant of Temporary Protected Status for about 50,000 Haitians will expire on July 22, 2017 unless extended by Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly

Updated on: 03/17/2017

U.S. District Court Judge Derrick K. Watson of Hawaii on March 15, 2017, blocked enforcement of key provisions of President Trump’s revised executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” The order banned most people from six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.

Updated on: 04/04/2017

This webinar covered some best practices in informing your client communities about exposure to enforcement, protection against enforcement, and potential eligibility for immigration benefits.  It addressed: current enforcement priorities (as of 3/13/17); what to cover in a Know Your Rights presentation and how to cover it; what materials to distribute; the potential integration of self-screening or onsite screening by legal providers; and safety planning information. 

Updated on: 03/22/2017

NOTE: The travel ban provision of this executive order, and its provision suspending refugee admissions, have been blocked from taking effect under court orders in Hawaii and Maryland. Other court challenges remain pending. More information can be found here

 

Updated on: 03/22/2017

On March 6, 2017 President Trump signed an Executive Order imposing a 90-day suspension of entry and visa issuance to people from Iran, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. This new Executive Order goes into effect March 16, 2017. Key provisions of the order and DHS FAQs are described below.

Updated on: 03/27/2017

The new administration’s Executive Orders and Department of Homeland Security memos on immigration enforcement have implications for all areas of immigration law practice. This collection of practice tips will be updated as needed to alert you to issues you should consider as you counsel and represent clients.

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Updated on: 03/09/2017

An FAQ on the recent increased border security and immigration enforcement executive order and DHS memo.

Updated on: 03/08/2017

The “Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law (UPIL): A State-by-State Overview of Legal Mechanisms to Combat these Deceptive Practice” resource is intended for immigration attorneys, recognized and accredited representative, and community-based organizations assisting noncitizen clients who have been victims of unauthorized practice of immigration law. 

Updated on: 03/08/2017

The following is a simple summary of the main points of the enforcement guidance issued by the Department of Homeland Security Feb. 20 and DHS fact sheets of Feb. 21. More detailed legal analysis will follow.

Updated on: 03/08/2017

The following is a simple summary of the main points of the enforcement guidance issued by the Department of Homeland Security Feb. 20 and DHS fact sheets of Feb. 21. More detailed legal analysis will follow.

Updated on: 03/08/2017

This webinar included an analysis and discussion of the three executive orders issued on Jan. 25 and 27 and how they affect immigrants, refugees and the programs that serve them.

Updated on: 03/08/2017

A collection of frequently asked questions about the recent Executive Orders under the new administration.

Updated on: 03/10/2017

Use these flyers in your community to help people identify whether the Executive Orders affect them and what they need to know and do. Includes a customizable box to put the contact information of the nearest legal service provider.

Updated on: 03/08/2017

In his first days in office, President Trump signed two executive orders affecting immigrants. This document provides talking points on how to address each of these in your communities.

Updated on: 03/08/2017

DACA is an executive action, implemented by President Obama in 2012, providing deportation relief and the opportunity to work for a select group of young, undocumented people living in the United States. This document provides some talking points.

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Updated on: 03/08/2017

This resource offers preliminary information for you and your program, including how to prepare and how to stay informed.

Updated on: 03/08/2017

This resource can be provided to your clients. It answers questions such as, "What can you do to prepare?" and "What if you have DACA?".

This resource is also available in Spanish, a customizable English version, and a customizable Spanish version.

 

Outreach to the Administration

Updated on: 05/09/2017

Maintain detention system standards, letter urges CLINIC joined more than 250 organizations in urging Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to abandon plans to expand immigration detention. The organizations also called on Kelly to strengthen rather than loosen standards and monitoring of the detention system that endangers the lives and due process rights of asylum seekers and immigrants.

 

Know Your Rights Resources

In addition to the resources above, we also have a collection of Know Your Rights documents.

This webinar covered some best practices in informing your client communities about exposure to enforcement, protection against enforcement, and potential eligibility for immigration benefits.  It addressed: current enforcement priorities (as of 3/13/17); what to cover in a Know Your Rights presentation and how to cover it; what materials to distribute; the potential integration of self-screening or onsite screening by legal providers; and safety planning information. 

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This flyer can be customized and used to advertise a meeting where immigrants can come to get qualified legal help and understand their rights.

Know Your Rights Card

A collection of cards for you to print out outlining some of the information that can be found in our Know Your Rights guide.

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YOU HAVE RIGHTS regardless of your immigration status. You may be at risk of being deported if you are undocumented, if you are a non-citizen with a criminal history, if you are on parole or have a prior deportation order. To protect yourself, your family and your community you must KNOW YOUR RIGHTS. Knowledge is power. Act NOW. Do not wait. Be prepared. This guide will help you.

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This information sheet is for immigrant workers. “Know Your Rights: A Guide to Workplace Rights for Immigrants” provides information about workers' rights while on the job.

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This information sheet is for public school students and parents. “Know Your Rights: A Resource for Students, Parents and Guardians” provides information about students’ rights to public education and safety at school; parent and guardian rights; how to report incidents of harassment and resources on filing complaints.

 

Defending Vulnerable Populations Project

The project’s primary objective is to increase the number of fully accredited representatives and attorneys who are qualified to represent immigrants in immigration court proceedings.To accomplish this, the Defending Vulnerable Populations Project will conduct court skills training for both nonprofit agency staff (accredited representatives and attorneys) and pro bono attorneys; develop practice materials to assist legal representatives; advocate against retrogressive policy changes; and expand public awareness on issues faced by vulnerable immigrants. Below are a collection of resources that can also be found on the project's page.

What is the definition of an unaccompanied child (“UC”) under federal immigration law and what protections are afforded to such children? This practice advisory is intended to educate advocates on important UC protections and assist them with starting-point strategies for combating Department of Homeland Security efforts to strip vulnerable children of protections afforded to them as unaccompanied children. The practice advisory also discusses other steps advocates and communities can take to ensure that vulnerable children’s rights are protected.

Page last updated: May. 18, 2017

In a three-page April 11, 2017, memorandum, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called for increased criminal prosecution of noncitizens. Living up to his pro-prosecution, anti-immigrant reputation, Sessions’ memo directs federal prosecutors to prioritize bringing criminal charges to “further reduce illegality.”

Page last updated: May. 10, 2017

The Board of Immigration Appeals issued a precedent decision about administrative closure, on April 18, 2017. Administrative closure is a procedure that temporarily removes a case from an immigration judge’s active calendar. It is usually done due to the possibility of some event that is “relevant to immigration proceedings but is outside the control of the parties or the court and may not occur for a significant or undetermined period of time.”

Page last updated: May. 10, 2017

This webinar covered some best practices in informing your client communities about exposure to enforcement, protection against enforcement, and potential eligibility for immigration benefits.  It addressed: current enforcement priorities (as of 3/13/17); what to cover in a Know Your Rights presentation and how to cover it; what materials to distribute; the potential integration of self-screening or onsite screening by legal providers; and safety planning information. 

Page last updated: Apr. 4, 2017

Learn about what makes Maryland  unique when it comes to contingency planning. Those participating in this webinar will learn how to properly advise resident Maryland families who are facing potential family separation and what measures they should take to care for their children. It considers custody, guardianship, powers of attorney and kinship care affidavits. Ethical issues will also are discussed. Featured speakers are Maryland attorneys Van Doan, Jon Greene, and Michael Stelmack.

Page last updated: May. 18, 2017

CLINIC, along with Public Counsel, filed this amicus brief on March 7, 2016 in Doe v. Sessions before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. This brief provided the court with a framework, drawn from our experience working with young asylum-seekers, to decide whether the coerced actions of a child can trigger the "serious nonpolitical crime" bar to asylum.

 

Page last updated: Mar. 10, 2017

Since 2014, the Executive Office for Immigration Review docketing priorities have included unaccompanied minors and adults with children who were released at the border or from family detention.

Page last updated: Mar. 10, 2017

The “Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law (UPIL): A State-by-State Overview of Legal Mechanisms to Combat these Deceptive Practice” resource is intended for immigration attorneys, recognized and accredited representative, and community-based organizations assisting noncitizen clients who have been victims of unauthorized practice of immigration law. 

Page last updated: Mar. 8, 2017

CLINIC has asked SIJ experts in MD and NY to draft affidavits describing in detail their respective state laws expanding state “juvenile” court jurisdiction from 18 to the age of 20. Advocates should use these affidavits in a creative manner including submission to USCIS in response to Requests for Further Evidence (RFE) or to Immigration Judge to request release from custody.

Page last updated: Feb. 22, 2017

Are you expecting a friend or family member to arrive from one of the "travel ban" countries? Tell Airport Lawyer about their planned arrival. Airport Lawyer will share this information with teams of volunteer lawyers.

Page last updated: Feb. 13, 2017

On Feb. 9, 2017, a unanimous three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the federal government’s motion for a stay of an order enjoining implementation of the president’s Executive Order barring certain travel to the United States.

Page last updated: Feb. 13, 2017

CLINIC continues to monitor and is considering advocacy and litigation strategies to assist refugees and nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen affected by the “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” Executive Order. If your organization is serving an affected individual, CLINIC asks that you share the following information to help inform our strategies:

Page last updated: Mar. 7, 2017

Catholic Legal Immigration Network asked the Board of Immigration Appeals to reconsider its decision in Matter of W-A-F-C, 6 I&N Dec. 880 (BIA 2016) in a Jan. 17, 2017 motion to reconsider.

Page last updated: Feb. 10, 2017

This guide is intended to support pro bono attorneys, fully accredited Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Representatives, law students, and paralegals working to prevent the deportation of families who recently crossed the U.S.-Mexico border seeking asylum and have been ordered removed in absentia by an Immigration Judge (IJ). The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) at the Urban Justice Center and Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

Page last updated: Feb. 10, 2017

The Board of Immigration Appeals is currently considering the circumstances under which a person may qualify for asylum if they fear persecution on account of their family relationship to another person. CLINIC and Justice for Our Neighbors have offered an amicus brief arguing that family, standing alone, is a ‘particular social group’ as used in asylum law. 

Page last updated: Feb. 22, 2017

CLINIC and ASAP created guidance in Spanish for the Immigrant Justice Corps to distribute at the New York City Immigration Court to the Central American asylum-seeking mothers and children in deportation proceedings.

Download the guide.

Page last updated: Mar. 24, 2017