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Report: State laws against unauthorized immigration legal practice are too often weak, unenforced

Jul 7, 2017

SILVER SPRING, Maryland – The unauthorized practice of immigration law is a nationwide problem with serious implications for immigrants and the legal profession, according to a new report released July 7 by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc., in collaboration with the American University Washington College of Law Immigrant Justice Clinic.

Court again says federal agencies are failing to treat detained children humanely

Jun 29, 2017

SILVER SPRING, Maryland – A California District Court judge has again ruled that the federal government is not complying with the Flores v. Sessions settlement, ruling that the Department of Homeland Security is not appropriately caring for children in its custody.

The nationwide settlement agreement regulates the treatment and conditions of children detained in federal immigration custody and creates a presumption in favor of release.

Lawsuit Challenges Government’s Interference with Legal Representation of Mothers and Children Detained in Dilley, Texas

Jun 2, 2017

The Dilley Pro Bono Project (DPBP), a consortium of the American Immigration Council, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), filed suit to challenge a new ICE policy that arbitrarily restricts the types of legal services that DPBP may provide and interferes with the ability of DPBP staff to effectively represent their clients.

New estimate: more than 15 percent of undocumented immigrants in 7 southern states could qualify for legal status

May 25, 2017

ATLANTA – At least 15.4 percent of the undocumented immigrants in southern states are potentially eligible for some kind of immigration status, according to data drawn from legal screenings this year. That would mean at least 600,000 of the unauthorized immigrants living in the seven states surveyed -- about 4 million people -- could be eligible for legal status.

More than 400 faith leaders and organizations nationwide urge support for Haitians at risk for deportation

May 2, 2017

CWS and Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. announced today that 248 leaders from across faith traditions and 168 faith-based organizations delivered a letter to DHS Secretary Kelly, urging him to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS), currently set to expire in July, for at least 18 months for our Haitians neighbors in the United States.

CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson receives Peter M. Cicchino Award for Outstanding Advocacy in the Public Interest

Apr 24, 2017

CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson received the Peter M. Cicchino Award for Outstanding Advocacy in the Public Interest, from American University Washington College of Law, in the category of “An Alum Whose Career has spanned 15 years or more.” The award was presented in an April 13 ceremony.