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Amicus Brief

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  • Mar 13, 2019: Brief of Amici Curiae CLINIC Et. Al
    Mar 13, 2019: On March 12, 2019 CLINIC, joined by other faith-based organizations, submitted an amicus brief to the First Circuit Court of Appeals in the case O.L.B.D. v. Barr. In this case, Ms. O.L.B.D., a survivor of severe physical, sexual, and emotional abuse by her ex-husband, appeals the Board of Immigration Appeals denial of her asylum claim.
  • Feb 19, 2019: Matter of L-E-A- Brief
    Feb 19, 2019: As co-counsel to Mr. L-E-A-, CLINIC attorneys filed this brief with the Justice Department on Feb. 19, 2019. The client’s name and other identifying information has been redacted.
  • 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.

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CLINIC Blogs

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  • Jun 7, 2019: Father's Day Prayer
    Jun 7, 2019: A prayer to migrant fathers for Father's Day.
  • Jun 7, 2019: Lawsuit challenges government’s failure to provide reunited families with their documents
    Jun 7, 2019: Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. and the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, known as ASAP, have filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court in Maryland seeking to compel the federal government to release the immigration records of formerly separated families.
  • May 10, 2019: Mother's Day 2019
    May 10, 2019: In honor of Mother’s Day 2019, CLINIC has collected the stories of four mothers who have gone through or are currently going through the asylum process. It is our hope that these stories illustrate the experience of motherhood under extreme circumstances, and how they are connected by perseverance, love, and hope.
  • May 10, 2019: Día de las Madres 2019: Isabel
    May 10, 2019: Isabel es una madre joven que huyó de Centro América por las amenazas de muerte del crimen organizado. Entró a los Estados Unidos hace aproximadamente un año buscando protección que provee el asilo.  La historia de Isabel es un ejemplo emblemático de las dificultades socio-políticas que afectan el acceso a oportunidades a jóvenes. Isabel tiene la esperanza de un futuro estable y sano para su familia. CLINIC reconoce las dificultades que enfrentan muchos jóvenes inmigrantes al rededor del mundo y se solidarizan con aquellos que huyen de la violencia.  
  • May 10, 2019: Mother's Day 2019: Isabel
    May 10, 2019: Isabel is a young mother who fled from Central America due to death threats by organized crime. She entered the United States approximately a year ago seeking protection of asylum. Isabel’s story is emblematic of the social political difficulties, which affects youth’s access to opportunities.  Isabel has hope for a stable and healthy future for her family. CLINIC recognizes the difficulties, which many young immigrants face around the world, and stands in solidarity with those who flee from violence.
  • May 10, 2019: عيد الأم 2019: مريم
    May 10, 2019: مريم * (اسم مستعار) *  هي أم لطفلين ، ولدت ونشأت في الشرق الأوسط. الثلاثة جميعهم من الناجين من العنف المنزلي. لقد تركوا وطنهم بدافع مخاوف تتعلق بالسلامة ، حيث لم يكن لدى الحكومة نظام مناسب لتوفير الحماية. حصلت مريم وأطفالها على حق اللجوء منذ عدة سنوات وأصبحوا مؤخراً مقيمين بصفة دائمة. CLINIC قررت تسليط الضوء على قصتها بمناسبة عيد الأم 2019 ، في محاولة للاحتفال بالأمهات اللائي يقفن بجانب أسرهن ويطلبن حياة خالية من العنصرية والعنف القائم على النوع الاجتماعي.
  • May 10, 2019: Mother's Day 2019: Mariam
    May 10, 2019: Mariam, a mother of two children, was born and raised in the Middle East. All three are survivors of domestic violence. They left their home country out of safety concerns, as the government had no adequate system to provide protection. Mariam and her children were granted asylum several years ago and recently became lawful permanent residents. CLINIC has decided to spotlight her story for Mother’s Day 2019, in an effort to celebrate mothers who stand by their families and seek a life free from discrimination and gender based violence.
  • May 9, 2019: Día de las Madres 2019: Elena
    May 9, 2019: Elena es originaria de Honduras y mama de dos niñas y un niño. Llegó a los Estados Unidos hace aproximadamente 3 años con su hija de 14 meses. Elena es una de muchas madres alrededor del mundo que ha sacrificado todo por salvar su vida y la de su familia.  Vivir plenamente—sin golpes, amenazas y humillaciones—es un derecho universal. Elena busca un nuevo capítulo en Estados Unidos, libre de violencia.

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CLINIC in the News

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  • Feb 21, 2019: Under Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC has ramped up efforts to help immigrants
    Feb 21, 2019: Jeanne Atkinson led CLINIC for six years before making her exit in Feb. 2019. In this profile, the former exectutive director reflects on her time with the organization and how it has changed since she took on the role. Read the full article published by National Catholic Reporter here.
  • Dec 11, 2018: The Department of Justice just took a step to make asylum even more difficult for Central Americans
    Dec 11, 2018: Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has referred the "Matter of L-E-A-" to himself for "certification." CLINIC attorney Bradley Jenkins breaks down how this move could imact thousands of immigration cases. Read the full article published by CBS News here.
  • Dec 11, 2018: Immigrant advocates say proposed benefits rule is a 'wealth test'
    Dec 11, 2018: CLINIC and its partners denounce proposed changes to the public charge rule which would create barriers to legal permanent residency for documented immigrants. Read the full article published in National Catholic Reporter here.
  • Nov 13, 2018: President Trump’s move to limit asylum claims is ‘illegal,’ challengers say
    Nov 13, 2018: CLINIC attorneys call the president's plans to block migrants from seeking asylum blatantly illegal. Read the full article published in America Magazine here.
  • Nov 13, 2018: Judge blocks TPS cancellation, says ending program unconstitutional
    Nov 13, 2018: A judge has blocked the deportation of thousands of immigrants facing the end of Temporary Protected Status. Although the court order only covers four countries, the CLINIC's executive director says the move is a "welcome step." Read the full article published in Crux here.
  • Nov 13, 2018: Legal immigrants leery in wake of proposed green card restrictions
    Nov 13, 2018: Immigrants in the United States who have been fortunate enough to find a legal pathway to citizenship are about to encounter a new obstacle. Charles Wheeler, director of CLINIC's Training, Litigation and Support section, emphasizes how some of the proposed changes to the public charge rule border on absurd. Read the full article published in America Magazine here.
  • Nov 13, 2018: Sister immigration lawyers ply expertise at border, in courtrooms
    Nov 13, 2018: Religious sisters across the country are stepping up to provide assistance to migrants in crisis. When they need back-up, they call the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.  Read the full article published in Global Sisters Report here.
  • Nov 13, 2018: How Catholic communities are crowdfunding fairer trials for immigrants
    Nov 13, 2018: "We're living in a time of an unprecedented attack on immigrant families, where it's more difficult for them to access to legal relief, more difficult for them to access representation," said Martín Gauto, senior attorney for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.  Read the full article published in Pacific Standard here.

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Sign On Letters

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  • Mar 1, 2019: CRCL Complaint on Detention of Infants in Dilley
    Mar 1, 2019: In response to an alarming increase in the number of infants in ICE custody at the South Texas Family Residential Center, the American Immigration Council, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) filed a Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) complaint addressing the detention of infants and the lack of specialized medical care available to them. The complaint was submitted to DHS’s Offices of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and Inspector General on Feb 28.
  • Feb 27, 2019: Interfaith Letter Requesting Termination of Remain in Mexico Policy
    Feb 27, 2019: More than 500 faith leaders and organizations called on the Department of Homeland Security to end its policy of requiring some asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases proceed.
  • Feb 12, 2019: More than 300 faith organizations and leaders call on the administration to extend and redesignate...
    Feb 12, 2019: On Feb. 12, 2019, CLINIC and Church World Service delivered a letter signed by more than 300 faith leaders and faith-based organizations from across traditions urging the administration to grant an 18-month extension and to redesignate TPS for South Sudan, demanded by ongoing armed conflict and humanitarian crises in the country.
  • Feb 6, 2019: CLINIC and partners in Dilley Pro Bono Project Send Letter Urging Homeland Security to End the...
    Feb 6, 2019: CLINIC, with its partners, the American Immigration Council and the American Immigration Lawyers Association submitted a letter Feb. 6, 2019 to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen urging her to rescind the Remain in Mexico policy immediately.
  • 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 waiver 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.

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Press Releases

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  • May 1, 2019: As Venezuelan tensions rise, report underscores urgent need for Temporary Protected Status
    May 1, 2019: SILVER SPRING, Maryland — Escalating political tensions and protests in Venezuela this week illustrate the threats awaiting Venezuelans currently in the United States should they be forced to return. CLINIC’s new report, Lives in the Balance: Why TPS is Needed for Venezuela Now, summarizes why the law and basic human decency call for the Trump administration to designate Temporary Protected Status.
  • Apr 12, 2019: Another federal judge finds administration did not follow the law in Haiti TPS decision
    Apr 12, 2019: SILVER SPRING, Maryland — An April 11 ruling by a New York federal judge blocking the termination of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians is the second to prevent the administration from ending the program while legal challenges continue. The ruling affirmed arguments made by CLINIC and other advocates for TPS that the administration did not follow the statutory process in terminating TPS for Haiti. 
  • Apr 10, 2019: Injunction blocking ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy validates legal challenge
    Apr 10, 2019: SILVER SPRING, Maryland — A California federal judge took an appropriate first step April 8 by issuing a preliminary injunction that temporarily halts the administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, said CLINIC Executive Director Anna Gallagher. The Migrant Protection Protocols, as the administration calls the policy, force non-Mexican asylum applicants to stay in Mexico while waiting for their cases to be heard.
  • Mar 28, 2019: Expansion of 'Remain in Mexico' policy unnecessarily escalates dangers for vulnerable...
    Mar 28, 2019: SILVER SPRING, Maryland — The Trump administration’s expansion of the Remain in Mexico policy to El Paso, Texas, piles on to its two-year history of cruel and unjustified attacks on asylum seekers.  
  • Mar 11, 2019: DHS’s late decision on Temporary Protected Status for South Sudan and failure to protect those who...
    Mar 11, 2019: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—The administration’s decision not to redesignate Temporary Protected Status for South Sudan, allowing more people to be covered by it is “morally reprehensible,” said Anna Gallagher, executive director of CLINIC. 
  • Feb 27, 2019: More than 500 interfaith leaders and groups urge the administration to terminate immoral ‘Remain in...
    Feb 27, 2019: SILVER SPRING, Maryland – More than 500 interfaith leaders and organizations have called on the Department of Homeland Security to end its so-called “Remain in Mexico” policy (Migration Protection Protocols) that requires asylum seekers at the southern border to wait in Mexico for months - or even years -while their asylum cases are processed in the United States. A letter delivered to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Feb.
  • Feb 21, 2019: Case before attorney general challenges core definition of family as a 'particular social...
    Feb 21, 2019: SILVER SPRING Maryland – As co-counsel to a Mexican immigrant threatened by a drug cartel because of his family, CLINIC filed a brief with the Justice Department Feb. 19 in Matter of L-E-A-, a case which may have wide repercussions on future asylum eligibility.
  • Jan 29, 2019: CLINIC calls on DHS to end its latest attack on asylum seekers
    Jan 29, 2019: SILVER SPRING, Maryland – CLINIC is calling on the administration to prioritize human lives above its baseless and immoral “Remain in Mexico Plan,” or the Migrant Protection Protocols. 

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