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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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  • Nov 9, 2017: Nicaraguans lose Temporary Protected Status, Hondurans' situation still undetermined
    Nov 9, 2017: CLINIC opinions and our Haiti report were featured in the National Catholic Reporter’s article on the State Department’s decision, and indecision, on TPS for Nicaragua and Honduras. Read the full article 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.
  • Oct 25, 2017: Trump, Sessions attack immigration lawyers in latest affront to rule of law
    Oct 25, 2017: Michelle Mendez, CLINIC senior attorney and managing attorney of the Defending Vulnerable Populations Project, co-authored an op-ed for The Hill addressing the administration’s criticism of immigration defense attorneys and the U.S. asylum system.
  • Sep 6, 2017: DACA decision meets swift Catholic condemnation
    Sep 6, 2017: CLINIC is among many Catholic organizations that voice outrage over the administration’s decision to end DACA. Read the Global Sister Report’s full article here.
  • Jul 27, 2017: When Should Americans With DACA Go Into Hiding?
    Jul 27, 2017: CLINIC BIA Pro Bono Project Attorney Bradley Jenkins joins Pablo Manriquez on Life of Pablo to dispel rumors and discuss the state of DACA under the current administration. Listen to the entire interview here.   
  • 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.


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  • Dec 7, 2017: Immigrant rights advocates demand civil rights investigation into ICE raids that target sponsors of...
    Dec 7, 2017: Eight immigrant rights organizations filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and Office of Inspector General today on behalf of some of the 400 people swept up this summer in a DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operation.
  • Nov 21, 2017: Letter to DHS urges extending TPS for Haiti
    Nov 21, 2017: CLINIC joined the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, Catholic Relief Services, and Catholic Charities USA in urging Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke to extend Haiti’s Temporary Protected Status for 18 months.
  • Nov 20, 2017: Administration’s decision to terminate TPS for Haiti is an appalling disregard of the law, facts...
    Nov 20, 2017: SILVER SPRING, Maryland – "It is reprehensible that the administration has terminated Temporary Protected Status for 50,000 vulnerable Haitians," said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network. “The administration ignored overwhelming evidence that Haiti is far from ready to accept the return of 50,000 people and their families.” 
  • Nov 17, 2017: As TPS Haiti decision looms, reports target reasons why its protections should continue
    Nov 17, 2017: SILVER SPRING, Maryland –  A trio of recent reports on Haiti’s recovery from natural and man-made disasters points to the urgency of extending Temporary Protected Status. Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke must act on whether to continue or terminate TPS for Haiti by Nov. 23. 
  • Nov 7, 2017: Termination of Temporary Protected Status for Nicaragua is an affront to American values;...
    Nov 7, 2017: The Trump administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status for 2,500 Nicaraguans in 12 months “is a cruel and ultimately short-sighted action that—in addition to disrupting the lives of thousands of families that help make the United States vibrant—will harm the country and the region,” said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
  • Nov 2, 2017: CLINIC report details why TPS is needed to protect Haitians
    Nov 2, 2017: SILVER SPRING, Maryland – On the cusp of the Trump administration’s November deadlines to decide the fate of more than 100,000 holders of Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., released a new report detailing just why TPS should be extended for Haiti.
  • Oct 30, 2017: Letter to DHS urges extending TPS for Honduras and El Salvador
    Oct 30, 2017: CLINIC’s Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson joined the leaders of other major Catholic agencies that work to support immigrants and refugees have urged the head of the Department of Homeland Security to extend Temporary Protected Status for Honduras and El Salvador.
  • Oct 13, 2017: Trump administration threatens judicial independence
    Oct 13, 2017: SILVER SPRING, Maryland – The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. is alarmed by a Justice Department proposal to impose quota-driven evaluations for immigration judges, threatening to undermine the impartiality and effectiveness of the immigration court system.


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