The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., along with the Center for Migration Studies, Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Relief Services, Migration and Refugee Services of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, held a press conference on Feb. 1 at the Casa Italiana at Holy Rosary Church, in response to the recent immigration-related executive orders issued by President Trump.
SILVER SPRING, Maryland—President Trump signed an executive order Jan. 27 that erodes the United States’ commitment to the protection of refugees, weakens our country’s security, and harms our standing in the international community. “At a time when war and persecution have driven more people to flee in search of safety than any other time in modern history, we need to protect refugees rather than reject them out of misplaced fear,” said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of CLINIC.
SILVER SPRING, Maryland – Immigration-focused executive orders signed Jan. 25 by President Trump “greatly challenge and weaken the United States’ history and core value of offering refuge to the persecuted,” said Bishop Kevin W. Vann, chairman of the board of directors of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., the nation’s largest network of nonprofit immigration services agencies.
Nearly 900 religious, civil rights, ethnic and immigrant rights organizations who work on behalf of immigrants and their families are urging President-elect Trump to protect the more than 740,000 individuals who currently hold Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA.
The Obama administration had welcome news with its Dec. 22 announcement that it will permanently dismantle the National Security Exit-Entry Registration System, known as NSEERS.
CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson said the decision, which is effective Dec. 23, “is a victory for our Muslim brothers and sisters, and all people of faith and good conscience.”
The Department of Justice’s rule on the Recognition and Accreditation of Non-Attorney Representatives is now available at the Federal Register website. The final rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Dec. 19. It will take effect Jan. 18, 2017.
The rule makes substantial changes to the Recognition and Accreditation Program, which includes removing the nominal fee requirement and requiring renewal of recognition. The leadership of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., welcomes the changes.
CLINIC, joined by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA, asked Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and State Department Secretary John Kerry to do more to care for and protect Haitians following Hurricane Matthew.
Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers issued a report in which it unanimously concluded that "detention is generally neither appropriate nor necessary for families." Without a doubt, the harsh treatment of asylum seeking families, as described in the report, is consistent with what the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the American Immigration Council (Council) and Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
Programs to help immigrants become citizens and integrate into American society will be bolstered by nearly $10 million in grants from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to 18 affiliates of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.
Yesterday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson directed the Homeland Security Advisory Council to evaluate whether DHS should stop contracting with private prisons for its immigrant detention facilities.
SILVER SPRING, Maryland -- The Supreme Court’s 4-4 ruling today in U.S. v. Texas shatters the hopes of millions of immigrants who might otherwise have obtained temporary relief from immigration enforcement under two Obama administration programs.
“We’re extremely disappointed,” said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., the largest network of nonprofit immigration legal services programs in the nation.
DILLEY, TX –The stories of Central American mothers who were picked up for deportation in the latest round of federal enforcement actions shows a pattern of targeted scrutiny towards individuals who have viable asylum claims, states CLINIC and its partners in the CARA Pro Bono Family Detention project in a new report.
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Since news broke two weeks ago of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) renewed targeting of families and unaccompanied children fleeing violence in Central America, attorneys with the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project at the South Texas Family Residential Center (STFRC) and the Karnes County Residential Center in Texas, have already seen 16 such families.
Pleading for an end to their imprisonment, 69 mothers who have been detained with their children at the South Texas Family Residential Center, an immigration detention facility in Dilley, Texas, wrote a public letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
SAN ANTONIO, TX – CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project partners pointed to a growing collection of evidence that the federal government and private prison companies are failing to provide child care adequate to ensure access to counsel and meaningful representation in family detention. This situation substantially increases the risk that legitimate asylum claims will go unheard and that such children and their mothers will be wrongfully deported back to the very dangers they fled.
Washington D.C. – Today, the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project marks its one-year anniversary.
The CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project filed a formal complaint with the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and the Office of Inspector General to register ongoing concerns regarding the detention of traumatized mothers and children in ICE family detention centers.
As the White House grounds are the scene of joyful families celebrating Easter by participating in the 138th Easter Egg Roll on March 28, other families will mark the greatest feast of the Christian calendar while locked away in immigration detention centers.
SILVER SPRING, MD -- In an amicus, or friend-of-the-court, brief replete with personal stories of immigrants, Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. (CLINIC) joined more than 325 immigrant-serving agencies as well as civil rights, labor and social service organizations in urging the Supreme Court to uphold Obama administration executive actions.
Washington, DC –This week, immigrant rights organizations filed an amicus brief explaining how the government has misinterpreted the Flores settlement and failed to comply with Judge Dolly Gee’s August 2015 ruling in the case. Signing on to that brief were the four CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project partners who are outraged by the continued incarceration of children and mothers who are seeking asylum in the U.S.
DILLEY, TX – After being held in detention for more than a month by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), eight of the families rounded up by ICE at the beginning of January have finally been released from detention while their cases proceed.
DILLEY, Texas -- Seven women picked up and detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in early January in widely publicized raids have made a direct and personal appeal to President Barack Obama to allow their release while they pursue ongoing appeals of their deportation orders.
Silver Spring, MD -- With the announcement Jan 19 that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear U.S. v. Texas, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) joins millions of immigrants in celebrating the possibility that they might soon have the chance to work or attend school without daily fear of deportation.
Silver Spring, MD—The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., (CLINIC) has produced an information sheet to help people understand the recent enforcement actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to take into custody and deport families. Although the Jan. 2-3 actions took place in a handful of states, they have led to an environment of confusion and fear in immigrant communities around the country.
Washington D.C. – Last night, the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project succeeded in halting the deportation of four Central American families apprehended by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over the weekend, who had been scheduled for deportation this morning. Based on interviews with the families, who are currently detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, the CARA Project appealed their asylum cases to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and requested emergency stays of deportation.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, attorneys and advocates are calling the government to account for rushing detained Central American children and mothers seeking protection in the United States through the legal processes designed to protect them from danger. The glaring due process violations highlighted in the letter to high-level DHS officials have led to the deportation of many families with valid claims for asylum or other protection under U.S. law.
Silver Spring, MD—The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is disheartened by the Nov. 9 ruling in Texas v. United States by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The continued delay of administrative relief fails to recognize the contributions of those eligible for potential relief from deportation and poorly positions our nation to respond effectively to changing economic and social conditions.
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is pleased to announce the establishment of an innovative program to create capacity for high quality charitable legal immigration services in the southeastern United States. The initiative will build a stronger community of expert service providers in largely underserved states where the population of at-risk immigrants is on the rise.