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‘Lives are being upended’ by USCIS policy changes and mismanagement, CLINIC advocacy director tells House subcommittee hearing

Jul 16, 2019

WASHINGTON — The political leadership at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has increasingly turned its efforts toward enforcement and away from its congressionally mandated purpose, CLINIC’s Advocacy Director Jill Marie Bussey told the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship July 16.

“Estamos Unidos,” We Are United: CLINIC to launch legal guidance program at border in Ciudad Juarez

Jul 1, 2019

At a time when each day brings news of another example of inhumane and shameful treatment of asylum-seekers at the Mexican border, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. will launch a project to provide legal guidance to people waiting in Juarez, Mexico, to pursue asylum claims.

As Venezuelan tensions rise, report underscores urgent need for Temporary Protected Status

May 1, 2019

SILVER SPRING, Maryland — Escalating political tensions and protests in Venezuela this week illustrate the threats awaiting Venezuelans currently in the United States should they be forced to return. CLINIC’s new report, Lives in the Balance: Why TPS is Needed for Venezuela Now, summarizes why the law and basic human decency call for the Trump administration to designate Temporary Protected Status.

Another federal judge finds administration did not follow the law in Haiti TPS decision

Apr 12, 2019

SILVER SPRING, Maryland — An April 11 ruling by a New York federal judge blocking the termination of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians is the second to prevent the administration from ending the program while legal challenges continue. The ruling affirmed arguments made by CLINIC and other advocates for TPS that the administration did not follow the statutory process in terminating TPS for Haiti.

Injunction blocking ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy validates legal challenge

Apr 10, 2019

SILVER SPRING, Maryland — A California federal judge took an appropriate first step April 8 by issuing a preliminary injunction that temporarily halts the administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, said CLINIC Executive Director Anna Gallagher. The Migrant Protection Protocols, as the administration calls the policy, force non-Mexican asylum applicants to stay in Mexico while waiting for their cases to be heard.

DHS’s late decision on Temporary Protected Status for South Sudan and failure to protect those who recently arrived is cruel and morally indefensible

Mar 11, 2019

SILVER SPRING, Maryland—The administration’s decision not to redesignate Temporary Protected Status for South Sudan, allowing more people to be covered by it is “morally reprehensible,” said Anna Gallagher, executive director of CLINIC.

More than 500 interfaith leaders and groups urge the administration to terminate immoral ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy and protect vulnerable people seeking protection

Feb 27, 2019

SILVER SPRING, Maryland – More than 500 interfaith leaders and organizations have called on the Department of Homeland Security to end its so-called “Remain in Mexico” policy (Migration Protection Protocols) that requires asylum seekers at the southern border to wait in Mexico for months - or even years -while their asylum cases are processed in the United States. A letter delivered to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Feb.