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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. 
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    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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  • May 23, 2018: DHS Ends Temporary Protected Status For Hondurans
    May 23, 2018: The Trump adminstration has ended Temporary Protected Status for Honduran nationals, some of which have been in the United States for nearly 20 years. CLINIC's Advocacy Director Jill Marie Bussey was featured on NPR's All Things Considered commenting on the situation. Listen to the full NPR clip here.
  • May 23, 2018: Archbishop Wenski: Ending T.P.S. will disrupt immigrant lives and communities
    May 23, 2018: Temporary Protected Status has been terminated for Nepal, leaving thousands of Nepalis facing the prospect of returning to a country still recovering from natural disaster. Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski, a CLINIC board member, and Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson have spoken out against the administration's targeting of TPS holders. Read the full America Magazine article here.
  • May 21, 2018: How does Session's review of an asylum petition based on domestic violence affect similar...
    May 21, 2018: Attorney Michelle Mendez explains the conditions under which a Central American victim of domestic violence can obtain protection in the United States, as well as how decisions made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions may affect future cases. View the full Univision video here.
  • May 21, 2018: Trump administration tries to curb asylum
    May 21, 2018: Advocates, attorneys, and career officials fear the administration's structural changes to the immigration legal system will make it nearly impossible for asylum-seekers to win their cases. "If the U.S. stops leading by example, we fear other countries will follow,” says CLINIC attorney Bradley Jenkins. Read the full Houston Chronicle article here.
  • May 21, 2018: Trump administration orders end to Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians
    May 21, 2018: The Trump administration's decision to end Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberia has put nearly 4,000 people at risk for deportation. Christy Williams, an attorney on CLINIC's advocacy staff and herself a Liberian immigrant, breaks down the ramifications the move will have on the community and Liberia itself. Read the full National Catholic Reporter article here.
  • Mar 7, 2018: Spooked by Trump Proposals, Immigrants Abandon Public Nutrition Services
    Mar 7, 2018: Data confirms immigrants, including those with American children, are rapidly disenrolling from public nutrition services due to proposed policies that they later would be ineligible for citizenship. Charles Wheeler, CLINIC director of training and legal support, says attorneys have been seeing the anxiety over this issue for more than a year . Read the full New York Times article here.
  • Feb 12, 2018: Exclusive: Trump administration may target immigrants who use food aid, other benefits
    Feb 12, 2018: The Trump administration is considering making it harder for immigrants  living in the United States to get permanent residency if they or their American-born children use public benefits such as food assistance, in a move that could sharply restrict legal immigration. Charles Wheeler, CLINIC director of training and legal support, discussed why this would be bad for the immigrant community and U.S. as a whole. Read the full Reuters story here. 
  • Oct 25, 2017: Commentary: Why Sessions is wrong about asylum seekers
    Oct 25, 2017: As co-author of a Chicago Tribune op-ed, Michelle Mendez, CLINIC senior attorney and managing attorney of the Defending Vulnerable Populations Project, points out how the administration is incorrect in their characterization of asylum seekers.

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Sign On Letters

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  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dec 14, 2016: ‘Sanctuary cities’; NJ Mayors face Trump fight
    Dec 14, 2016: CLINIC advocacy attorney Christy Williams provided extensive background information for this article with the Ashbury Park Press discussing sanctuary cities.   
  • Nov 23, 2016: NSEERS National Sign On Letter
    Nov 23, 2016: On November 21, 2016, CLINIC joined the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and nearly 200 civil and human rights, civil liberties, education, social justice, faith-based and inter-faith organizations in requesting that President Obama remove the regulatory structure behind the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Security Exit-Entry Registration System (NSEERS) and stop its future use.

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Press Releases

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  • May 18, 2018: CLINIC denounces attorney general’s decision in Castro-Tum; immigrants who played by the rules will...
    May 18, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland - The decision May 17 by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Matter of Castro-Tum, is deeply troubling, upending decades of settled practice whereby immigration judges used their discretion to “administratively close” some deportation cases in the interest of fairness.
  • May 11, 2018: Mounting evidence calls into question the validity of TPS decisions; further investigation warranted
    May 11, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland - Revelations in the press about the behind-the-scenes process of denying Temporary Protected Status to various countries show the Trump administration’s disregard for the advice of experts, including senior U.S. diplomats, and other information urging the continuation of the protection. This backgrounder outlines the range of shortcomings in how TPS decisions have been made and includes links to numerous reports on country conditions that explain why TPS should be continued
  • May 4, 2018: Decision to end TPS for 60,000 Hondurans was based on political agenda, not law
    May 4, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland - A political agenda, not the requirements of U.S. law, has led the Trump Administration to tell nearly 60,000 Hondurans they will no longer be protected from deportation by Temporary Protected Status.
  • May 1, 2018: Brief warns that action by attorney general could curtail faith-based petitions for asylum
    May 1, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc., along with nine other faith-based groups, filed an amicus brief April 27 challenging Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ effort to insert himself into a settled immigration case. 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 27, 2018: CLINIC condemns Trump decision to terminate TPS for Nepal, clearly not based on the law
    Apr 27, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland - In another decision that defies logic and good conscience, the administration on April 26 canceled Temporary Protected Status for one more nation, Nepal, that is unprepared to accept the return of its citizens after a disaster. The decision to end TPS in June 2019 came a day after the third anniversary of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that crippled the country.
  • Apr 26, 2018: Two welcome bits of federal news: Judge’s ruling that Trump action on DACA was unlawful; Sessions...
    Apr 26, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland - Amid months of news about federal government actions against immigrants, a court ruling April 24 and an announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions the next day on a legal rights orientation program were welcomed by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
  • Apr 3, 2018: Nepal is still too unstable to cancel TPS for 9,000 people in the United States
    Apr 3, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland - The United States must continue to protect the nearly 9,000 Nepali people who face forced return to their struggling country, concludes a newly-released report, “Rebuilding from Rubble: Why TPS is needed for Nepal,” about the next federal review of whether to extend Temporary Protected Status for a vulnerable population.
  • Apr 2, 2018: 275 faith leaders and organizations call on the administration to extend TPS for Nepal
    Apr 2, 2018: CLINIC and Church World Service delivered a letter signed by 275 faith leaders and organizations from across traditions calling on the administration to extend Temporary Protected Status for Nepal for at least another 18 months.

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