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Administration orders turn immigration service agency into mechanism for deportation

Jul 9, 2018

SILVER SPRING, Maryland­—In another policy change that could dramatically increase the number of legal immigrants who face deportation, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, in guidance made public July 5, said that almost everyone who is denied an immigration benefit will be issued a Notice to Appear in court for potential deportation.

Existing TPS for Yemenis extended, but administration fails to include other victims of world’s worst humanitarian crisis

Jul 5, 2018

SILVER SPRING, Maryland—In the fourth year of what the UN secretary general called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the Trump administration is once again demonstrating a disregard for basic humanitarian principles in its decision to merely extend Temporary Protected Status for some people from Yemen, but not allow recent arrivals to be covered by it.

Over 650 interfaith voices call on the administration to protect TPS holders from ongoing war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen

Jun 25, 2018

WASHINGTON—On June 20, Church World Service (CWS) and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) delivered a letter signed by more than 650 faith leaders to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), calling on the administration to protect TPS holders from Yemen. 

Order on family separation doesn’t fix the ongoing administration policies that break families apart

Jun 20, 2018

SILVER SPRING, Maryland—The executive order signed June 20 and touted as ending the administration’s policy of family separation merely pays lip service to the outcry from Americans to stop the cruel and unnecessary practice of removing children from their parents at the border.

Visiting attorneys, bishop reach out to migrants at border awaiting admission while DHS secretary touts tough policies

May 31, 2018

TUCSON, Arizona—Volunteer immigration attorneys and the bishop who chairs the board of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., went to the Nogales, Arizona, port of entry to support migrants who have been waiting at the border for days to be admitted to seek asylum.

Their visit to the border came in the same hour that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen visited the Nogales Customs and Border Protection facility on a tour to bolster the administration’s harsh enforcement strategies.

CLINIC denounces attorney general’s decision in Castro-Tum; immigrants who played by the rules will be hurt

May 18, 2018

SILVER SPRING, Maryland - The decision May 17 by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Matter of Castro-Tum, is deeply troubling, upending decades of settled practice whereby immigration judges used their discretion to “administratively close” some deportation cases in the interest of fairness.

Mounting evidence calls into question the validity of TPS decisions; further investigation warranted

May 11, 2018

SILVER SPRING, Maryland—Revelations in the press about the behind-the-scenes process of denying Temporary Protected Status to various countries show the Trump administration’s disregard for the advice of experts, including senior U.S. diplomats, and other information urging the continuation of the protection.

This backgrounder outlines the range of shortcomings in how TPS decisions have been made and includes links to numerous reports on country conditions that explain why TPS should be continued