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  • Aug 2, 2018: DACA litigation Amicus Brief
    Aug 2, 2018: CLINIC has joined with Lobby for Muslim Advocates and other faith partners as Amici Curiae, or friends of the court, in the Texas. v. Nielsen case challenging the constitutionality of the DACA program. The brief asks the court to deny Texas’s motion for preliminary injunction which would halt adjudication of all DACA cases. The case is scheduled to be heard in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on August 8, 2018.  
  • Apr 30, 2018: Matter of A-B Amicus Brief
    Apr 30, 2018: The Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc., filed an amicus brief April 27 challenging Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ effort to insert himself into a settled immigration case, the Matter of A-B. The attorney general’s unusual move could result in changes to long-settled immigration policy, making it harder for many asylum seekers -- notably those fleeing religion-based persecution – to obtain protection in the United States.  
  • Apr 2, 2018: Trump v. Hawaii: Brief Amici Curiae of USCCB, Catholic Charities USA and CLINIC in support of...
    Apr 2, 2018: USCCB, Catholic Charities USA and CLINIC have joined as Amici Curiae, or friends of the court, in the Donald J. Trump, et al. v. State of Hawaii, et al. case challenging the constitutionality of Presidential Proclamation No. 9645. This case is commonly referred to as the “travel ban” litigation. The brief asks the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the Executive Action as a violation of the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. The case is scheduled to be heard in the Supreme Court on April 25.
  • Mar 15, 2018: Matter of Castro-Tum Amicus Brief
    Mar 15, 2018: Attorney General Sessions requested briefing from amici in the case of Matter of Castro-Tum, 27 I&N Dec. 187 (A.G. 2018).  In response to this request, CLINIC and Matthew Hoppock filed this amicus brief on February 16, 2018.
  • Mar 5, 2018: Syria TPS Federal Register Notice published on March 5, 2018
    Mar 5, 2018: The Federal Register Notice for Syria TPS was published on March 5, 2018. Read CLINIC’s analysis for guidance on the re-registration process and maintaining work authorization.
  • Jan 19, 2018: Error in Haitian TPS Federal Register Notice: extra steps needed for work authorization for pending...
    Jan 19, 2018: Yesterday’s Federal Register Notice on Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for Haiti contained an error affecting Haitian TPS holders who have pending applications with USCIS.
  • Sep 19, 2017: Trump v. IRAP: Brief Amici Curiae of USCCB, Catholic Charities USA and CLINIC in support of...
    Sep 19, 2017: USCCB, Catholic Charities USA and CLINIC have joined as Amici Curiae, or friends of the court, in the International Refugee Assistance Project, et al. v. Trump case challenging the constitutionality of Executive Order No. 13780. 
  • Apr 19, 2017: CLINIC and Public Counsel BIA Amicus Brief on Definition of a Minor
    Apr 19, 2017: In response to the June 9, 2016 amicus invitation by the Board of Immigration Appeals on the definition of a minor for purposes of the asylum one-year filing deadline, CLINIC and Public Counsel submitted this briefing arguing that a minor should be defined as youth under 21.   

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CLINIC Blogs

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  • Dec 3, 2018: New CLINIC executive director brings deep experience in immigration law and policy
    Dec 3, 2018: Anna Marie Gallagher will join CLINIC as executive director effective Feb. 1, 2019. Gallagher’s selection was announced on Nov. 27 by Bishop Kevin J. Vann, chairman of CLINIC’s board of directors and head of the Diocese of Orange in California.
  • Nov 20, 2018: The immigrant origins of Thanksgiving
    Nov 20, 2018: Not all of the food on our tables today was eaten at the first Thanksgiving. Many traditional American dishes have been shaped by immigrant contributions over the years. Here are just of the few of the reasons we should thank other cultures for our delicious meals.
  • Nov 1, 2018: Maryland nonprofit uses workforce and vocational training to promote integration
    Nov 1, 2018: CASA de Maryland partners with community colleges and local government to enhance vocational skills for individuals as they integrate into the community.
  • Sep 18, 2018: Read with your child and learn about being—and becoming—a citizen together!
    Sep 18, 2018: What does it mean to be a citizen? Different people would say different things, but no matter our background, every person has special talents to contribute to building our country. It is easy to understand why immigrants take citizenship very seriously. Many spend decades pursuing their dreams of providing a better life for their loved ones and becoming a U.S. citizen.
  • Sep 17, 2018: My culture keeps me grounded
    Sep 17, 2018: My family’s story is similar to those of most immigrants because it involves leaving a place you called home in the hope that you may find opportunities to a better future. No matter how hard it was, holding on to our culture made everything feel a little better.
  • Sep 17, 2018: Citizenship Project: Working with immigrants to realize the dream of citizenship
    Sep 17, 2018: As one of the few organizations that focuses solely on naturalization work, Citizenship Project of Las Vegas, Nevada, is helping immigrants reach a pivotal milestone in their integration journey.
  • Aug 24, 2018: Well wishes on your retirement Terry!
    Aug 24, 2018: Congrats to Theresa ‘Terry’ Tiberi, office manager for the Immigration Assistance Program at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark, on her retirement! After 21 years with the organization, she is leaving an indelible legacy.­
  • Aug 22, 2018: Colorado photographer uses art to create an inclusive community
    Aug 22, 2018: Michele Cardamone worked with nonprofits to highlight budding friendships between English teachers and their immigrant students.

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CLINIC in the News

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Sign On Letters

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  • Dec 6, 2018: The Naturalization Working Group calls on USCIS to Withdraw Proposed Changes to Fee Waiver
    Dec 6, 2018: On November 27, 2018, CLINIC and other members of the Naturalization Working Group delivered a letter to Samantha Deshommes, Chief of USCIS’s Regulatory Coordination Division, opposing the proposal to change the Fee Waiver form and guidance to stop accepting receipt of a means-tested benefit as evidence of qualification for a fee waivers. The letter calls on USCIS to withdraw the proposed changes and maintain the current Fee Waiver form and guidance.
  • Sep 5, 2018: Over 200 organizations call on administration to address change in humanitarian fee waiver...
    Sep 5, 2018: On September 4, 2018, CLINIC and over 200 organizations that serve immigrant survivors of domestic violence and other crimes delivered a letter to USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna, expressing concern about an unannounced change in humanitarian fee waiver procedures resulting in a significant increase in denials. The letter calls on Director Cissna to reinstate USCIS’s prior fee wavier procedures and provide the public with clear information on new practices, among other requests.
  • Jul 11, 2018: Over 100 faith organizations and leaders call on administration to extend and redesignate TPS for...
    Jul 11, 2018: On July 11, 2018, CLINIC and Church World Service delivered a letter signed by over 100 faith leaders and faith-based organizations from across traditions urging the administration to grant an 18-month extension and to redesignate TPS for Somalia, demanded by Somalia’s humanitarian crisis and ongoing violent conflict.
  • Jun 21, 2018: Over 650 faith organizations and leaders urge administration to extend and redesignate TPS for Yemen
    Jun 21, 2018: On June 20, 2018, CLINIC and Church World Service delivered a letter signed by over 650 faith leaders and organizations from across traditions urging the administration to grant an 18 month extension and to redesignate TPS for Yemen, demanded by Yemen’s ongoing war and catastrophic humanitarian crisis.
  • Apr 27, 2018: More than 600 Interfaith Leaders and Organizations Fight Together for Honduran TPS Holders
    Apr 27, 2018: CLINIC and Church World Service delivered a letter signed by 640 faith leaders and organizations from across traditions calling on the administration to extend and redesignate TPS for Honduras for at least another 18 months.
  • Mar 22, 2018: Over 600 sign on to interfaith letter in support of continued Deferred Enforced Departure for...
    Mar 22, 2018: Over 600 faith leaders and organizations from across traditions delivered a letter to the White House on March 22, 2018 urging the president to extend Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberia for at least another 18 months.
  • Jan 24, 2018: Nearly 300 faith leaders and faith-based organizations deliver letter urging administration to...
    Jan 24, 2018: On Jan. 23, 2018, Church World Service and CLINIC delivered a letter to the administration signed by nearly 300 faith leaders and organizations from across traditions in support of Syrian TPS holders. The letter calls on Secretary Nielsen to extend TPS for Syria for 18 months and to redesignate in order to protect more Syrians in need.
  • May 1, 2017: Sign On Letter to Request to Extend Temporary Protected Status for Haiti
    May 1, 2017: CLINIC and Church World Service delivered a letter to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly signed by more than 400 faith-based organizations and faith leaders, requesting that he extend Temporary Protected Status for Haiti by 18 months. TPS for Haiti is currently set to expire on July 22. Kelly is expected to make his decision before May 23, 2017. Download the Letter

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Press Releases

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  • Dec 11, 2018: CLINIC calls on DHS to withdraw flawed public charge rule proposal
    Dec 11, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—­­The administration’s proposal to drastically change the way it calculates whether immigrants pose a risk of becoming a financial burden on society is morally and legally flawed, said the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., in a formal comment submitted to the Department of Homeland Security Dec. 9. 
  • Nov 27, 2018: Current and exiting CLINIC leadership express full confidence in incoming executive director
    Nov 27, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—­­Anna Marie Gallagher, an experienced litigator and immigration law expert, will join the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., as executive director, effective Feb. 1, 2019, announced Bishop Kevin J. Vann Nov. 27. Bishop Vann is chairman of CLINIC’s board of directors and head of the Diocese of Orange in California. 
  • Nov 9, 2018: Administration’s attempt to bar some people from seeking asylum is based on fear, not facts
    Nov 9, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—­­Today’s presidential proclamation coupled with the publication of an interim final rule will make it more difficult for those fleeing violence and other harm to seek asylum in the United States. 
  • Nov 1, 2018: Administration efforts to intimidate asylum-seekers fly in the face of U.S. law and history
    Nov 1, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—­­CLINIC and our network of 330 nonprofit immigration legal services providers stand ready to protect the legally guaranteed right to asylum, including for any person who seeks it at our borders or other ports of entry.
  • Oct 29, 2018: Backgrounder: Asylum facts
    Oct 29, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—­­Current events and political rhetoric have pushed the U.S. asylum system into the spotlight. Here are some key facts about the legal grounding of our asylum system.
  • Oct 9, 2018: 16 CLINIC Affiliates Receive USCIS Funding for Citizenship Services
    Oct 9, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—Fifteen CLINIC affiliates were among the 40 organizations in 19 states that received a funding award through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program. USCIS received more than 90 applications for the highly competitive grant program. The two-year grants announced Sept. 24 will provide up to $250,000 for support citizenship classes, naturalization application assistance and assimilation services. The program has helped more than 200,000 permanent residents prepare for citizenship over the last 10...
  • Oct 4, 2018: Injunction blocking some TPS terminations is welcome
    Oct 4, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—­The decision Oct. 3 by a California federal judge to block the cancellation of Temporary Protected Status for four countries is a welcome step toward protecting about 300,000 people who are facing loss of the status that has allowed them to stay in the United States. 
  • Sep 24, 2018: Administration’s latest proposal attacks immigrant families
    Sep 24, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—The Department of Homeland Security proposal announced Sept. 22, aims to change the policy for who may qualify to become a lawful permanent resident, putting the interests of the wealthy ahead of the needs of poorer families who have waited years to be reunited. “The administration has sunk to a new level of cruelty with this proposal to punish immigrants who use government assistance to feed, provide medical care for and house their families,” said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

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