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  • 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.
  • 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.   



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  • Sep 18, 2018: Read with your child and learn about being—and becoming—a citizen together!
    Sep 18, 2018: What does it mean to be a citizen? Different people would say different things, but no matter our background, every person has special talents to contribute to building our country. It is easy to understand why immigrants take citizenship very seriously. Many spend decades pursuing their dreams of providing a better life for their loved ones and becoming a U.S. citizen.
  • Sep 17, 2018: My culture keeps me grounded
    Sep 17, 2018: My family’s story is similar to those of most immigrants because it involves leaving a place you called home in the hope that you may find opportunities to a better future. No matter how hard it was, holding on to our culture made everything feel a little better.
  • Sep 17, 2018: Citizenship Project: Working with immigrants to realize the dream of citizenship
    Sep 17, 2018: As one of the few organizations that focuses solely on naturalization work, Citizenship Project of Las Vegas, Nevada, is helping immigrants reach a pivotal milestone in their integration journey.
  • Aug 24, 2018: Well wishes on your retirement Terry!
    Aug 24, 2018: Congrats to Theresa ‘Terry’ Tiberi, office manager for the Immigration Assistance Program at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark, on her retirement! After 21 years with the organization, she is leaving an indelible legacy.­
  • Aug 22, 2018: Colorado photographer uses art to create an inclusive community
    Aug 22, 2018: Michele Cardamone worked with nonprofits to highlight budding friendships between English teachers and their immigrant students.
  • Aug 8, 2018: Meet Awa, RIS’ newest legal assistant
    Aug 8, 2018: Awa Sylla joins CLINIC after attending law school at Indiana University. Fueled by the desire to “protect the vulnerable,” she is excited to be an advocate for those in need.
  • Aug 8, 2018: From volunteer to attorney, the journey was worth it!
    Aug 8, 2018: CLINIC’s newest attorney Graciela Mateo says becoming an attorney was a dream of hers since she was nine years old. Read more to see what volunteer experiences led her to immigration and how she is settling into her new role as a staff attorney with Religious Immigration Services.
  • Aug 3, 2018: Great books to help young people understand immigrant experiences
    Aug 3, 2018: One of the many characteristics that makes the United States a great place to live is the abundance of cultural diversity. No matter where you live or visit, you can always find something new and extraordinary to explore. At the forefront of it all are the many immigrants who arrive with their hopes and dreams of a promising future. These men, women and children don't always have an easy journey or transition into their new life in the United State. However, they do all they can to adjust, while making sure to incorporate their native customs and traditions.


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  • Sep 6, 2018: Trump officials extend work permits for Salvadorans
    Sep 6, 2018: DHS officials narrowly avoid a crisis by issuing automatic renewals for work permits linked to the TPS status of Salvadorean nationals. CLINIC's Advocacy Director, Jill Marie Bussey decries the panic caused by the federal government's procrastination. Read the full article published in The Hill here.
  • Aug 15, 2018: Civil groups lead efforts to reunite children with deported parents
    Aug 15, 2018: The Trump administration may have ended its "zero tolerance policy," but deported parents are still struggling to be reunited with their children. NGOs have stepped in to assist families where the government has not, partial—as CLINIC attorney Sarah Bronstein explains—because the government has never faced a situation like this before. Read the full National Catholic Reporter article here.
  • Aug 15, 2018: Guards At A Family Detention Center Refused To Take Her Son To The Doctor. Then He Started...
    Aug 15, 2018: Bradley Jenkins, CLINIC attorney and manager of the BIA Pro Bono Project, comments on the conditions within the Artesia Family Residential Center in New Mexico which may have exacerbated a young child's medical condition. Read the full Huffpost article here.
  • Aug 15, 2018: SA Lawyer Leading Immigration Appeals for Asylum Seekers, Refugees
    Aug 15, 2018: The BIA Pro Bono project connected 130 attorneys with detained clients in need of legal assistance, with attorney Tim Patton being one of them. Patton's with the project has given him a new perspective on legal procedures in the United States, an experience the project director, CLINIC's Bradley Jenkins, finds pretty common for new volunteers. Read the full Rivard Report article here.
  • Jul 25, 2018: New credible fear guidelines cast uncertainty on asylum seekers coming to US
    Jul 25, 2018: Attorney General Jeff Session’s overturning of the Matter of A-B- means domestic or gang violence are no longer grounds for asylum, a move that will have a primarily effect Mexican and Central American asylum seekers. CLINIC Senior Attorney Victoria Neilson comments on how the new threshold for establishing a credible fear will make it even harder for migrants in these situations to obtain asylum. Read the full National Catholic Reporter article here.
  • 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.


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Press Releases

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  • Oct 9, 2018: 16 CLINIC Affiliates Receive USCIS Funding for Citizenship Services
    Oct 9, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—Fifteen CLINIC affiliates were among the 40 organizations in 19 states that received a funding award through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program. USCIS received more than 90 applications for the highly competitive grant program. The two-year grants announced Sept. 24 will provide up to $250,000 for support citizenship classes, naturalization application assistance and assimilation services. The program has helped more than 200,000 permanent residents prepare for citizenship over the last 10...
  • Oct 4, 2018: Injunction blocking some TPS terminations is welcome
    Oct 4, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—­The decision Oct. 3 by a California federal judge to block the cancellation of Temporary Protected Status for four countries is a welcome step toward protecting about 300,000 people who are facing loss of the status that has allowed them to stay in the United States. 
  • Sep 24, 2018: Administration’s latest proposal attacks immigrant families
    Sep 24, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—The Department of Homeland Security proposal announced Sept. 22, aims to change the policy for who may qualify to become a lawful permanent resident, putting the interests of the wealthy ahead of the needs of poorer families who have waited years to be reunited. “The administration has sunk to a new level of cruelty with this proposal to punish immigrants who use government assistance to feed, provide medical care for and house their families,” said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
  • Sep 19, 2018: CLINIC statement on refugee admissions target and linkage to asylum backlog
    Sep 19, 2018: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s use of asylum backlogs as a defense of the president’s shockingly low refugee admissions cap for the coming year is appalling. At the Catholic Legal Immigration Network we think Pompeo’s argument that the need to resolve the asylum backlog justifies closing American doors to some of the world’s most vulnerable people is a blatant attempt to pit one precariously situated group against another.
  • Sep 7, 2018: Administration proposal to detain more families for longer periods is an ‘abomination’
    Sep 7, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—The administration’s proposed regulations to dismantle the Flores Settlement Agreement are a blatant attempt to make an end run around the agreement that protects the dignity, respect and consideration for the vulnerability of children held in immigration custody. The proposed regulations were published in the Federal Register Sept. 7.
  • 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.