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  • 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.
  • 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.   
  • Mar 10, 2017: Doe v. Sessions Amicus Brief
    Mar 10, 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.
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    Jan 25, 2017: Motion to Reconsider WAFC
    Jan 25, 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.
  • Jul 13, 2016: CLINIC Amicus Brief on Family as a Particular Social Group
    Jul 13, 2016: 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. 

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  • Jul 17, 2018: Church leaders told John Kelly child separation was “contrary to our Catholic values” a year ago
    Jul 17, 2018: A Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Buzzfeed News revealed a letter sent to then-Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on March 17, 2017. The letter, signed by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Catholic Charities USA, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, warned the secretary of the traumatic consequences the policy could have on children. Read the full America article here.
  • Jul 17, 2018: A new study blows up Trump’s “catch-and-release” myth
    Jul 17, 2018: One of the biggest obstacles facing families seeking asylum in the United States is navigating an intricate legal and bureaucratic. A report release by CLINIC in early 2018 outlines the barriers that have kept potential asylees from obtaining status. Read Vox's coverage of the report here.
  • Jul 17, 2018: Pregnant Women Say They Miscarried In Immigration Detention And Didn't Get The Care They Needed
    Jul 17, 2018: Luis Guerra, Strategic Capacity Officer for CLINIC, comments on the increased detention of pregnant women since the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) changed their policy. Several women have reported miscarriages to advocates, despite the DHS secretary's insistence that the women are provided with prenatal care. Read the full Buzzfeed News article here.
  • Jul 9, 2018: California attorney devotes his career to helping children navigate immigration courts
    Jul 9, 2018: CLINIC Senior Attorney Martin Gauto has helped hundreds of children over the course of his career. A profile by ABA Journal gives insight into background, his drive, and his work. Read the full ABA Journal article here.
  • Jun 27, 2018: Before family separations, Trump quietly removed protections for migrant kids
    Jun 27, 2018: Over the last 18 months, the Trump administration has been significantly limiting protections for undocumented youth. CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson, Training and Legal Support Director Charles Wheeler, and Jennifer Bibby-Gerth, an attorney with Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington, a CLINIC affiliate, weighs in on the impact of these policy changes. Read the full Reveal article here.
  • Jun 26, 2018: 5 ways Catholic can take action to help immigrant families
    Jun 26, 2018: In an opinion article for U.S. Catholics, Michelle Fordice, CLINIC’s communications project manager,  shares how people of faith can support immigrants and the organizations that serve them. Read the full U.S. Catholic article here.
  • May 25, 2018: Sessions’s zero tolerance border policy may split families—and cost taxpayers
    May 25, 2018: The attorney general's decision to implement a "zerio tolerance" border policy by prosecuting every migrant who attempt to bypass inspection points will have ramifications beyond the immigration system. CLINIC's Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson provides insight on how the new tactic will create a greater backlog in immigration court. Read to the full America Magazine story here.
  • May 25, 2018: Donald Trump Is Waging War on Documented Immigrants
    May 25, 2018: The Trump administration's policies are impacting the entire immigrant population, documented or not. Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC's Executive Director, comments on how the administration is breaking from previous ones.  Read to the full GQ story here.

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  • Jul 19, 2018: Somalis with TPS given 18-month extension; more recent arrivals may not seek the protection
    Jul 19, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—The administration’s decision July 19 to extend Temporary Protected Status for Somalia will give the 500 people it covers 18 months to remain in the United States while providing no protection from deportation for other Somalis who arrived later. 
  • Jul 9, 2018: Administration orders turn immigration service agency into mechanism for deportation
    Jul 9, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland­—In another policy change that could dramatically increase the number of legal immigrants who face deportation, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, in guidance made public July 5, said that almost everyone who is denied an immigration benefit will be issued a Notice to Appear in court for potential deportation.
  • Jul 5, 2018: Existing TPS for Yemenis extended, but administration fails to include other victims of world’s...
    Jul 5, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—In the fourth year of what the UN secretary general called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the Trump administration is once again demonstrating a disregard for basic humanitarian principles in its decision to merely extend Temporary Protected Status for some people from Yemen, but not allow recent arrivals to be covered by it. 
  • Jun 26, 2018: Muslim ban ruling allows continued religion-based bias from administration
    Jun 26, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling June 26 upholding the Trump administration’s travel ban is a disappointment for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., as a faith-based organization that sees the ban as racist and discriminatory on the basis of religion.
  • Jun 25, 2018: Over 650 interfaith voices call on the administration to protect TPS holders from ongoing war and...
    Jun 25, 2018: WASHINGTON—On June 20, Church World Service (CWS) and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) delivered a letter signed by more than 650 faith leaders to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), calling on the administration to protect TPS holders from Yemen. 
  • Jun 20, 2018: Order on family separation doesn’t fix the ongoing administration policies that break families apart
    Jun 20, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—The executive order signed June 20 and touted as ending the administration’s policy of family separation merely pays lip service to the outcry from Americans to stop the cruel and unnecessary practice of removing children from their parents at the border. 
  • Jun 11, 2018: Attorney general’s decision upends asylum law
    Jun 11, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—In a June 11 decision, Attorney General Jeff Sessions upended asylum law, finding that victims of domestic violence may not receive the protection of asylum in the United States, even when they come from countries whose governments utterly fail to protect them. 
  • May 31, 2018: Visiting attorneys, bishop reach out to migrants at border awaiting admission while DHS secretary...
    May 31, 2018: TUCSON, Arizona—Volunteer immigration attorneys and the bishop who chairs the board of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., went to the Nogales, Arizona, port of entry to support migrants who have been waiting at the border for days to be admitted to seek asylum. Their visit to the border came in the same hour that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen visited the Nogales Customs and Border Protection facility on a tour to bolster the administration’s harsh enforcement strategies.

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