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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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  • Oct 4, 2019: Photo journal: Reflections on my experience at the USCCB Pastoral Encounter with Migrants at the...
    Oct 4, 2019: Religious Immigration Services Director Miguel Naranjo documented his experience visiting with religious and immigrant communities in El Paso and Hatch, NM. He shares his reflections as part of a photo journal.
  • Oct 3, 2019: How CLINIC helped me focus on what is important: A conversation with Father Pepe
    Oct 3, 2019: Growing up in the border town of Ciudad Juarez, Fr. Jose Ruiz, known as Pepe, never realized how complicated getting a U.S. visa could be. Following his naturalization ceremony last year, he reflects on his immigration journey, the important role CLINIC staff had on his success and what’s next.
  • Sep 30, 2019: Celebrating Latin American Heritage: The mighty 5 and the Latina field support coordinator at...
    Sep 30, 2019: The Lafayette Urban Ministry Immigration Clinic has become one of the few affiliates in CLINIC’s 380+ network to obtain initial partial accreditation for five or more volunteers at one time. The mighty five, who are team members at the program, learned they had received accreditation last April. Field Support Coordinator and Section Manager Nathaly Perez is the Latina staffer who guided and supported their trajectory to Department of Justice accreditation.
  • Sep 30, 2019: A unique integration project for Seattle’s immigrant seniors
    Sep 30, 2019: For more than a decade, St. James Cathedral Immigrant Assistance of Seattle has been supporting the elderly immigrant community, integrate by keeping them active, engaged and independent.
  • Sep 13, 2019: Read and Learn About Being and Becoming a Citizen
    Sep 13, 2019: CLINIC’s Center for Immigrant Integration has added to last year’s book list on books to read with children. These books touch on the importance of diversity and the journeys families make to become U.S. citizens. This year, we included several book recommendations for the adult reader and a short Netflix documentary!
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    Aug 29, 2019: Playing the long game
    Aug 29, 2019: Immigrant integration begins at the local level. Community members need opportunities to engage with neighbors on efforts that are mutually beneficial. Change is incremental and, therefore, slow. But it is only by playing the long game that temporary change becomes permanent.
  • Aug 29, 2019: Catholic Multicultural Center formally launches the Medical Advocacy Integration program
    Aug 29, 2019: The Catholic Multicultural Center collaborates with local medical clinics to promote immigrant integration by training medical staff on the logistics of filing N-648 and N-400 forms.
  • Jul 31, 2019: Reflections on two eye-opening summer projects
    Jul 31, 2019: CLINIC’s Communications department undertakes a wide range of tasks. As an intern in the department, I supported CLINIC’s social media presence and database organization and conducted initial research on a variety of immigration-related topics, most of them the typical assignments of an internship in the field. I did not expect, however, that my interest and passions would align so well with my work at CLINIC.

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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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  • Oct 11, 2019: ‘Arbitrary and capricious’ public charge rule is blocked nationwide, days short of its...
    Oct 11, 2019: A federal judge’s Oct. 11 decision blocking implementation of a new “public charge” rule for immigrants confirmed arguments raised by CLINIC and other plaintiffs that the rule is “arbitrary and capricious” and should be blocked nationwide.
  • Oct 9, 2019: 15 CLINIC affiliates receive USCIS funding for citizenship services
    Oct 9, 2019: Fifteen agencies in the CLINIC network were among the 41 organizations in 24 states that received a funding award through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fiscal Year 2019 Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program, announced Sept. 26. The two-year grants of up to $250,000 each will support citizenship classes, naturalization application assistance and services aimed at helping immigrants integrate.
  • Sep 27, 2019: CLINIC joined more than 100 organizations in urging the Department of Homeland Security to grant...
    Sep 27, 2019: More than 100 international, national, state, and local organizations sent a urged Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Director Kevin McAleenan grant Bahamian nationals Temporary Protected Status (TPS) due to Hurricane Dorian’s massive destruction and displacement of Bahamian nationals. Click here for a media backgrounder on TPS for the Bahamas.
  • Sep 19, 2019: New Report: Congress and States Must Expand Job Licensing to Dreamers and Immigrants
    Sep 19, 2019: Today, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration; Niskanen Center; FWD.us; United We Dream; Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.; and TheDream.US released a groundbreaking report that urges Congress and state legislatures to expand access to professional, business, and commercial licenses (also known as “occupational licenses”) to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, recipients, Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, holders, and all other immigrants with the ability to lawfully work.
  • Sep 6, 2019: Groups sue Trump administration, Cuccinelli for unlawfully ignoring the human toll on asylum...
    Sep 6, 2019: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, on behalf of RAICES and seven asylum seekers, Democracy Forward, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. and Proskauer Rose LLP sued the Trump administration to challenge several unlawful immigration directives issued by Trump appointee Ken Cuccinelli that eviscerate protections for asylum seekers fleeing persecution.
  • Sep 5, 2019: Lawyers at major law firms across the country partner with nonprofit organizations to provide bond...
    Sep 5, 2019: SILVER SPRING, Maryland — Starting this week, lawyers at major law firms across the country will begin representing immigrants detained by ICE’s raids of poultry plants and facilities, in bond cases. It is estimated that several hundred immigrants remain in detention. Of that, nearly 100 immigrant workers arrested in the raids have requested pro bono legal representation for their bond applications and hearings.
  • Sep 4, 2019: CLINIC, AILA and AIC submit complaint over medical care in CBP custody
    Sep 4, 2019: SILVER SPRING, Maryland – Along with the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Immigration Council, CLINIC submitted an administrative complaint today over the care of immigrants in the custody of Customs and Border Protection. See the release from AILA and the full complaint.  
  • Aug 23, 2019: The administration releases new rule allowing indefinite immigration detention of children
    Aug 23, 2019: SILVER SPRING, Maryland – CLINIC condemns the joint final rule issued Aug. 23 by the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services that allows the federal government to hold immigrant children in family detention indefinitely. 

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