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Amicus Brief

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  • Nov 6, 2013: CLINIC Files Amicus Brief in Supreme Court in CSPA Challenge
    Nov 6, 2013: The above document is a copy of the amicus brief that CLINIC filed with the US Supreme Court in a case challenging the government’s interpretation of a part of the CSPA. CLINIC's Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court



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CLINIC in the News

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  • May 23, 2018: DHS Ends Temporary Protected Status For Hondurans
    May 23, 2018: The Trump adminstration has ended Temporary Protected Status for Honduran nationals, some of which have been in the United States for nearly 20 years. CLINIC's Advocacy Director Jill Marie Bussey was featured on NPR's All Things Considered commenting on the situation. Listen to the full NPR clip here.
  • May 23, 2018: Archbishop Wenski: Ending T.P.S. will disrupt immigrant lives and communities
    May 23, 2018: Temporary Protected Status has been terminated for Nepal, leaving thousands of Nepalis facing the prospect of returning to a country still recovering from natural disaster. Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski, a CLINIC board member, and Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson have spoken out against the administration's targeting of TPS holders. Read the full America Magazine article here.
  • May 21, 2018: How does Session's review of an asylum petition based on domestic violence affect similar...
    May 21, 2018: Attorney Michelle Mendez explains the conditions under which a Central American victim of domestic violence can obtain protection in the United States, as well as how decisions made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions may affect future cases. View the full Univision video here.
  • May 21, 2018: Trump administration tries to curb asylum
    May 21, 2018: Advocates, attorneys, and career officials fear the administration's structural changes to the immigration legal system will make it nearly impossible for asylum-seekers to win their cases. "If the U.S. stops leading by example, we fear other countries will follow,” says CLINIC attorney Bradley Jenkins. Read the full Houston Chronicle article here.
  • May 21, 2018: Trump administration orders end to Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians
    May 21, 2018: The Trump administration's decision to end Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberia has put nearly 4,000 people at risk for deportation. Christy Williams, an attorney on CLINIC's advocacy staff and herself a Liberian immigrant, breaks down the ramifications the move will have on the community and Liberia itself. Read the full National Catholic Reporter article here.
  • Mar 7, 2018: Spooked by Trump Proposals, Immigrants Abandon Public Nutrition Services
    Mar 7, 2018: Data confirms immigrants, including those with American children, are rapidly disenrolling from public nutrition services due to proposed policies that they later would be ineligible for citizenship. Charles Wheeler, CLINIC director of training and legal support, says attorneys have been seeing the anxiety over this issue for more than a year . Read the full New York Times article here.
  • Feb 12, 2018: Exclusive: Trump administration may target immigrants who use food aid, other benefits
    Feb 12, 2018: The Trump administration is considering making it harder for immigrants  living in the United States to get permanent residency if they or their American-born children use public benefits such as food assistance, in a move that could sharply restrict legal immigration. Charles Wheeler, CLINIC director of training and legal support, discussed why this would be bad for the immigrant community and U.S. as a whole. Read the full Reuters story here. 
  • Oct 25, 2017: Commentary: Why Sessions is wrong about asylum seekers
    Oct 25, 2017: As co-author of a Chicago Tribune op-ed, Michelle Mendez, CLINIC senior attorney and managing attorney of the Defending Vulnerable Populations Project, points out how the administration is incorrect in their characterization of asylum seekers.


Sign On Letters

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  • Dec 14, 2016: ‘Sanctuary cities’; NJ Mayors face Trump fight
    Dec 14, 2016: CLINIC advocacy attorney Christy Williams provided extensive background information for this article with the Ashbury Park Press discussing sanctuary cities.   
  • Nov 23, 2016: NSEERS National Sign On Letter
    Nov 23, 2016: On November 21, 2016, CLINIC joined the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and nearly 200 civil and human rights, civil liberties, education, social justice, faith-based and inter-faith organizations in requesting that President Obama remove the regulatory structure behind the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Security Exit-Entry Registration System (NSEERS) and stop its future use.
  • Nov 30, 2015: Access to Asylum for Foreign Nationals with Prior Removal Orders Sign On Letter
    Nov 30, 2015: CLINIC and 63 other organizations have asked the secretary of Homeland Security and the attorney general to allow asylum seekers to apply for protection from removal.
  • Oct 19, 2015: Texas Licensing of Detention Facilities Sign On Letter
    Oct 19, 2015: On October 16th, 2015, CLINIC along with more than 140 organizations and individuals, sent a letter to Texas state officials urging them to deny child care licenses to private prison companies operating two family detention camps in South Texas. The letter sent to Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner John Specia argued that the family detention facilities, by their nature, do not foster child welfare.


Press Releases

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  • May 18, 2018: CLINIC denounces attorney general’s decision in Castro-Tum; immigrants who played by the rules will...
    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.
  • May 11, 2018: 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
  • May 4, 2018: Decision to end TPS for 60,000 Hondurans was based on political agenda, not law
    May 4, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland - A political agenda, not the requirements of U.S. law, has led the Trump Administration to tell nearly 60,000 Hondurans they will no longer be protected from deportation by Temporary Protected Status.
  • May 1, 2018: Brief warns that action by attorney general could curtail faith-based petitions for asylum
    May 1, 2018: 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.
  • Apr 27, 2018: CLINIC condemns Trump decision to terminate TPS for Nepal, clearly not based on the law
    Apr 27, 2018: 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.
  • Apr 26, 2018: Two welcome bits of federal news: Judge’s ruling that Trump action on DACA was unlawful; Sessions...
    Apr 26, 2018: 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.
  • Apr 3, 2018: Nepal is still too unstable to cancel TPS for 9,000 people in the United States
    Apr 3, 2018: 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.
  • Apr 2, 2018: 275 faith leaders and organizations call on the administration to extend TPS for Nepal
    Apr 2, 2018: CLINIC and Church World Service delivered a letter signed by 275 faith leaders and organizations from across traditions calling on the administration to extend Temporary Protected Status for Nepal for at least another 18 months.