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Amicus Brief

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  • Mar 10, 2017: Doe v. Sessions Amicus Brief
    Mar 10, 2017: CLINIC, along with Public Counsel, filed this amicus brief on March 7, 2016 in Doe v. Sessions before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
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    Jan 25, 2017: Motion to Reconsider WAFC
    Jan 25, 2017: Catholic Legal Immigration Network asked the Board of Immigration Appeals to reconsider its decision in Matter of W-A-F-C, 6 I&N Dec. 880 (BIA 2016) in a Jan. 17, 2017 motion to reconsider.
  • Jul 13, 2016: CLINIC Amicus Brief on Family as a Particular Social Group
    Jul 13, 2016: The Board of Immigration Appeals is currently considering the circumstances under which a person may qualify for asylum if they fear persecution on account of their family relationship to another person. CLINIC and Justice for Our Neighbors have offered an amicus brief arguing that family, standing alone, is a ‘particular social group’ as used in asylum law. 
  • 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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  • Jul 9, 2018: California attorney devotes his career to helping children navigate immigration courts
    Jul 9, 2018: CLINIC Senior Attorney Martin Gauto has helped hundreds of children over the course of his career. A profile by ABA Journal gives insight into background, his drive, and his work. Read the full ABA Journal article here.
  • Jun 27, 2018: Before family separations, Trump quietly removed protections for migrant kids
    Jun 27, 2018: Over the last 18 months, the Trump administration has been significantly limiting protections for undocumented youth. CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson, Training and Legal Support Director Charles Wheeler, and Jennifer Bibby-Gerth, an attorney with Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington, a CLINIC affiliate, weighs in on the impact of these policy changes. Read the full Reveal article here.
  • Jun 26, 2018: 5 ways Catholic can take action to help immigrant families
    Jun 26, 2018: In an opinion article for U.S. Catholics, Michelle Fordice, CLINIC’s communications project manager,  shares how people of faith can support immigrants and the organizations that serve them. Read the full U.S. Catholic article here.
  • May 25, 2018: Sessions’s zero tolerance border policy may split families—and cost taxpayers
    May 25, 2018: The attorney general's decision to implement a "zerio tolerance" border policy by prosecuting every migrant who attempt to bypass inspection points will have ramifications beyond the immigration system. CLINIC's Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson provides insight on how the new tactic will create a greater backlog in immigration court. Read to the full America Magazine story here.
  • May 25, 2018: Donald Trump Is Waging War on Documented Immigrants
    May 25, 2018: The Trump administration's policies are impacting the entire immigrant population, documented or not. Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC's Executive Director, comments on how the administration is breaking from previous ones.  Read to the full GQ story here.
  • 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.


Sign On Letters

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  • Mar 29, 2017: Letter to Homeland Security decries proposal to separate parents and their children
    Mar 29, 2017: CLINIC joined more than 180 national and local organizations in calling on Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to reconsider a draft proposal to separate migrant parents from their children when they arrive at our borders. The letter calls the proposal cruel and inconsistent with the fundamental right to family unity; an unnecessary drain on resources and contrary to the stated objective of deterring families from making the journey to the U.S.
  • 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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  • Jun 26, 2018: Muslim ban ruling allows continued religion-based bias from administration
    Jun 26, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling June 26 upholding the Trump administration’s travel ban is a disappointment for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., as a faith-based organization that sees the ban as racist and discriminatory on the basis of religion.
  • Jun 25, 2018: Over 650 interfaith voices call on the administration to protect TPS holders from ongoing war and...
    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. 
  • Jun 20, 2018: 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. 
  • Jun 11, 2018: Attorney general’s decision upends asylum law
    Jun 11, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—In a June 11 decision, Attorney General Jeff Sessions upended asylum law, finding that victims of domestic violence may not receive the protection of asylum in the United States, even when they come from countries whose governments utterly fail to protect them. 
  • May 31, 2018: Visiting attorneys, bishop reach out to migrants at border awaiting admission while DHS secretary...
    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.
  • 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.