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Brief warns that action by attorney general could curtail faith-based petitions for asylum

May 1, 2018
Patricia Zapor

SILVER SPRING, Maryland - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc., along with nine other faith-based groups, filed an amicus brief April 27 challenging Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ effort to insert himself into a settled immigration case. 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.

CLINIC condemns Trump decision to terminate TPS for Nepal, clearly not based on the law

Apr 27, 2018
Patricia Zapor

SILVER SPRING, Maryland - In another decision that defies logic and good conscience, the administration on April 26 canceled Temporary Protected Status for one more nation, Nepal, that is unprepared to accept the return of its citizens after a disaster. The decision to end TPS in June 2019 came a day after the third anniversary of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that crippled the country.

Two welcome bits of federal news: Judge’s ruling that Trump action on DACA was unlawful; Sessions backs down on suspending rights education program

Apr 26, 2018
Patricia Zapor

SILVER SPRING, Maryland - Amid months of news about federal government actions against immigrants, a court ruling April 24 and an announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions the next day on a legal rights orientation program were welcomed by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

Nepal is still too unstable to cancel TPS for 9,000 people in the United States

Apr 3, 2018
Patricia Zapor

SILVER SPRING, Maryland - The United States must continue to protect the nearly 9,000 Nepali people who face forced return to their struggling country, concludes a newly-released report, “Rebuilding from Rubble: Why TPS is needed for Nepal,” about the next federal review of whether to extend Temporary Protected Status for a vulnerable population.

Proposed rule would force immigrants to choose between nutrition support for kids and eventual permanent residence

Feb 9, 2018

SILVER SPRING, Maryland - A draft new rule from the federal government likely would scare immigrants into withdrawing their children, including U.S. citizens, from needed benefits to which they are entitled, such as health care, food stamps and other nutrition, housing and education assistance.