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CLINIC joins call to Supreme Court to lift stay on deportation-deferral programs

Mar 9, 2016

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.

Immigrant Rights Organizations Argue Against Government's Inhumane Family Detention Policies

Feb 25, 2016

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.

Eight of Twelve Families Targeted by ICE Have Been Released: Remaining Mothers and Children Still Unjustly Incarcerated

Feb 9, 2016

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.

Central American Mothers Targeted in Immigration Raids and Still Detained Pen Letter to President Obama

Jan 28, 2016

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.

As Supreme Court accepts DACA/DAPA case, CLINIC joins in renewed hope for immigrant protections

Jan 19, 2016

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.

CLINIC advises: Stay calm, know the facts about recent deportations

Jan 8, 2016

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.

CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project Succeeds in Winning Stays of Deportation of Four Mothers and Their Children Recently Rounded-Up by ICE

Jan 6, 2016

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.

Denial of Due Process to Incarcerated Immigrant Families Worsens in Spite of Court Ruling

Dec 24, 2015

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.

CLINIC disheartened by 5th Circuit ruling; remains hopeful for immigrants on appeal

Nov 10, 2015

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.