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The administration’s ‘catch and return’ policy is fraught with problems and morally off track

Dec 20, 2018

SILVER SPRING, Maryland - The Department of Homeland Security’s newest plan to prevent asylum seekers from applying for safety in the United States leaves them in danger, and possibly violates their due process rights, said the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.

“DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen claims that asylum seekers will have access to immigration courts and attorneys while in Mexico, but fails to provide details as to how the plan will be implemented,” said Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC’s executive director.

CLINIC calls on DHS to withdraw flawed public charge rule proposal

Dec 11, 2018

SILVER SPRING, Maryland—­­The administration’s proposal to drastically change the way it calculates whether immigrants pose a risk of becoming a financial burden on society is morally and legally flawed, said the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., in a formal comment submitted to the Department of Homeland Security Dec. 9.
 

Current and exiting CLINIC leadership express full confidence in incoming executive director

Nov 27, 2018

SILVER SPRING, Maryland—­­Anna Marie Gallagher, an experienced litigator and immigration law expert, will join the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., as executive director, effective Feb. 1, 2019, announced Bishop Kevin J. Vann Nov. 27. Bishop Vann is chairman of CLINIC’s board of directors and head of the Diocese of Orange in California.
 

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 years.

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.

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.

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