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  • Mar 29, 2017: Letter to Homeland Security decries proposal to separate parents and their children
    Mar 29, 2017: CLINIC joined more than 180 national and local organizations in calling on Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to reconsider a draft proposal to separate migrant parents from their children when they arrive at our borders. The letter calls the proposal cruel and inconsistent with the fundamental right to family unity; an unnecessary drain on resources and contrary to the stated objective of deterring families from making the journey to the U.S.

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  • Jul 20, 2017: Fear in a Welcoming City: Baltimore's Immigration Policy
    Jul 20, 2017: Advocacy Director Jill Bussey appeared on Midday to discuss the climate of fear surrounding immigrant communities due to increased immigration enforcement, particularly in the Baltimore, Maryland area. Listen to the full episode here.
  • Jul 14, 2017: Immigrants ICE detained in Highlandtown released after lawyers intervene
    Jul 14, 2017: Beloved Baltimore community members, Serbando Rodriguez and Segundo Paucar, were released from detention with the help of CLINIC Senior Attorney Michelle Mendez Read the full Baltimore Sun here  
  • Jun 28, 2017: Some would-be immigrants left in limbo after Supreme Court travel ban order
    Jun 28, 2017: The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to review the travel ban cases and allow parts of the ban to go into effect has left many immigrants in limbo, including applicants for “diversity visas.”   CLINIC Staff Attorney Kiyanoush Razaghi spoke with Reuters regarding the grey area these applicants sit in. Read the full article here.
  • Jun 21, 2017: Legal Aid Group: 15 Percent of Immigrants Eligible for Citizenship
    Jun 21, 2017: During CLINIC’s Annual Convening 2017, a data announcement revealed approximately 600,000 undocumented immigrants were potentially eligible for legal status. Communications Director Pat Zapor offers examples of the types of immigration relief available. Read the full KTRH article here.
  • Jun 16, 2017: Senators, human rights groups demand answers on migrant detention
    Jun 16, 2017: CLINIC Advocacy Director Jill Bussey spoke with the Daily messenger on what is at stake if more humane immigration procedures are not extended to immigrants, especially those held in detention centers. Read the full article here.
  • Jun 13, 2017: Advocates Discuss Strategies To Counteract The Problems Of Undocumented Immigrants
    Jun 13, 2017: Immigration advocacy organizations, including Catholic Legal Immigration Network, met in Houston, Texas, to strategize ways to better help undocumented immigrants. One of the main conclusions drawn was the need for more low-cost or pro bono representation to help those at risk for deportation. Read the full Houston Public Media story here.  
  • May 18, 2017: Op-Ed Latinos must engage, not just resist, the Trump White House
    May 18, 2017: Javier Palomarez, president of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and CLINIC board member, argues the organization needs to work with the administration to best serve the 4.2 million Latino-owned businesses it represents. Read the full Los Angeles Times Story here.
  • May 2, 2017: Collaboration key to navigating the ‘new normal’ of immigration law
    May 2, 2017: Pat Zapor expands on how CLINIC is collaborating with organizations like Catholic Charities USA to protect and advocate for immigrants under the changed political climate. Read the full article, and others on immigration and refugees, in the Spring 2017 issue of the Catholic Charities USA Magazine.

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  • Jul 7, 2017: Report: State laws against unauthorized immigration legal practice are too often weak, unenforced
    Jul 7, 2017: SILVER SPRING, Maryland – The unauthorized practice of immigration law is a nationwide problem with serious implications for immigrants and the legal profession, according to a new report released July 7 by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc., in collaboration with the American University Washington College of Law Immigrant Justice Clinic. 
  • Jun 29, 2017: Court again says federal agencies are failing to treat detained children humanely
    Jun 29, 2017: SILVER SPRING, Maryland – A California District Court judge has again ruled that the federal government is not complying with the Flores v. Sessions settlement, ruling that the Department of Homeland Security is not appropriately caring for children in its custody.The nationwide settlement agreement regulates the treatment and conditions of children detained in federal immigration custody and creates a presumption in favor of release.
  • Jun 27, 2017: New CLINIC project aims to help Montgomery County immigrants from targeted countries
    Jun 27, 2017: SILVER SPRING, Maryland -- A new program under CLINIC’s Defending Vulnerable Populations Project will provide immigration legal advice and representation to people from countries covered by the Trump administration’s travel ban.
  • Jun 26, 2017: Supreme Court should overturn travel ban as religious discrimination
    Jun 26, 2017: SILVER SPRING, Maryland – The Supreme Court announced today that this fall it will hear Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project and Trump v. Hawaii, two cases that challenge the Trump administration’s Executive Order No. 13780, known as the travel ban. 
  • Jun 2, 2017: Lawsuit Challenges Government’s Interference with Legal Representation of Mothers and Children...
    Jun 2, 2017: The Dilley Pro Bono Project (DPBP), a consortium of the American Immigration Council, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), filed suit to challenge a new ICE policy that arbitrarily restricts the types of legal services that DPBP may provide and interferes with the ability of DPBP staff to effectively represent their clients.
  • May 25, 2017: New estimate: more than 15 percent of undocumented immigrants in 7 southern states could qualify...
    May 25, 2017: ATLANTA – At least 15.4 percent of the undocumented immigrants in southern states are potentially eligible for some kind of immigration status, according to data drawn from legal screenings this year. That would mean at least 600,000 of the unauthorized immigrants living in the seven states surveyed -- about 4 million people -- could be eligible for legal status. 
  • May 22, 2017: Short TPS extension for Haitians just continues unsettled situation
    May 22, 2017: The decision to extend for six months the Temporary Protected Status that has enabled certain Haitians to remain in the United States, leaves TPS holders worried that they will be sent home to an unstable country a few more months down the road, according to the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
  • May 2, 2017: More than 400 faith leaders and organizations nationwide urge support for Haitians at risk for...
    May 2, 2017: CWS and Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. announced today that 248 leaders from across faith traditions and 168 faith-based organizations delivered a letter to DHS Secretary Kelly, urging him to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS), currently set to expire in July, for at least 18 months for our Haitians neighbors in the United States.

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  • Apr 21, 2017: Sign On Letter for Extension of TPS Designation for Haitians
    Apr 21, 2017: Along with other Catholic partners, CLINIC April 17 called on DHS Secretary Kelly to extend the designation for Haiti for Temporary Protected Status for 18 months. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration & Refugee Services, Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA were partners in the letter to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. It said that the conditions in Haiti caused by a devastating earthquake, an ongoing cholera outbreak and a Category 4 hurricane have left the country too damaged and fragile for its citizens to safely return home.
  • Nov 30, 2015: CLINIC joins calls to ‘welcome the stranger,’ particularly Syrian refugees
    Nov 30, 2015: A majority of the nation’s governors have declared that their states will no longer welcome refugees from Syria. The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to block resettlement of Syrians for an undetermined length of time, demanding that the State Department revamp its already comprehensive and strict vetting process.