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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.
  • 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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  • Sep 17, 2018: Citizenship Project: Working with immigrants to realize the dream of citizenship
    Sep 17, 2018: As one of the few organizations that focuses solely on naturalization work, Citizenship Project of Las Vegas, Nevada, is helping immigrants reach a pivotal milestone in their integration journey.
  • Aug 24, 2018: Well wishes on your retirement Terry!
    Aug 24, 2018: Congrats to Theresa ‘Terry’ Tiberi, office manager for the Immigration Assistance Program at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark, on her retirement! After 21 years with the organization, she is leaving an indelible legacy.­
  • Aug 22, 2018: Colorado photographer uses art to create an inclusive community
    Aug 22, 2018: Michele Cardamone worked with nonprofits to highlight budding friendships between English teachers and their immigrant students.
  • Aug 8, 2018: Meet Awa, RIS’ newest legal assistant
    Aug 8, 2018: Awa Sylla joins CLINIC after attending law school at Indiana University. Fueled by the desire to “protect the vulnerable,” she is excited to be an advocate for those in need.
  • Aug 8, 2018: From volunteer to attorney, the journey was worth it!
    Aug 8, 2018: CLINIC’s newest attorney Graciela Mateo says becoming an attorney was a dream of hers since she was nine years old. Read more to see what volunteer experiences led her to immigration and how she is settling into her new role as a staff attorney with Religious Immigration Services.
  • Aug 3, 2018: Great books to help young people understand immigrant experiences
    Aug 3, 2018: One of the many characteristics that makes the United States a great place to live is the abundance of cultural diversity. No matter where you live or visit, you can always find something new and extraordinary to explore. At the forefront of it all are the many immigrants who arrive with their hopes and dreams of a promising future. These men, women and children don't always have an easy journey or transition into their new life in the United State. However, they do all they can to adjust, while making sure to incorporate their native customs and traditions.
  • Jul 30, 2018: Catholic Charities’ Vardaman Family Life Center tackles one of the biggest issues that disconnects...
    Jul 30, 2018: This Catholic Charities program promotes immigrant integration by bringing students together to learn about different cultures while they practice their second language.
  • Jul 17, 2018: Inspired by gratitude for her own welcome to the U.S., rep dives in and gets fully accredited
    Jul 17, 2018: Nearly 20 years after she first began working with immigrants teaching citizenship classes, Gloria Avila of the Hispanic Services Council in Tampa, Florida, obtained full DOJ accreditation and successfully represented her first client.


CLINIC in the News

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  • Nov 13, 2018: Trump Administration Aims to Sharply Restrict New Green Cards for Those on Public Aid
    Nov 13, 2018: The Trump administration's proposed changes to public charge alarmed advocates across causes, from immigration to public health and more. CLINIC's Charles Wheeler emphasises how the complexity of the rule deters push-back. Read the full article published in The New York Times here.
  • Sep 6, 2018: Trump officials extend work permits for Salvadorans
    Sep 6, 2018: DHS officials narrowly avoid a crisis by issuing automatic renewals for work permits linked to the TPS status of Salvadorean nationals. CLINIC's Advocacy Director, Jill Marie Bussey decries the panic caused by the federal government's procrastination. Read the full article published in The Hill here.
  • Aug 15, 2018: Civil groups lead efforts to reunite children with deported parents
    Aug 15, 2018: The Trump administration may have ended its "zero tolerance policy," but deported parents are still struggling to be reunited with their children. NGOs have stepped in to assist families where the government has not, partial—as CLINIC attorney Sarah Bronstein explains—because the government has never faced a situation like this before. Read the full National Catholic Reporter article here.
  • Aug 15, 2018: Guards At A Family Detention Center Refused To Take Her Son To The Doctor. Then He Started...
    Aug 15, 2018: Bradley Jenkins, CLINIC attorney and manager of the BIA Pro Bono Project, comments on the conditions within the Artesia Family Residential Center in New Mexico which may have exacerbated a young child's medical condition. Read the full Huffpost article here.
  • Aug 15, 2018: SA Lawyer Leading Immigration Appeals for Asylum Seekers, Refugees
    Aug 15, 2018: The BIA Pro Bono project connected 130 attorneys with detained clients in need of legal assistance, with attorney Tim Patton being one of them. Patton's with the project has given him a new perspective on legal procedures in the United States, an experience the project director, CLINIC's Bradley Jenkins, finds pretty common for new volunteers. Read the full Rivard Report article here.
  • Jul 25, 2018: New credible fear guidelines cast uncertainty on asylum seekers coming to US
    Jul 25, 2018: Attorney General Jeff Session’s overturning of the Matter of A-B- means domestic or gang violence are no longer grounds for asylum, a move that will have a primarily effect Mexican and Central American asylum seekers. CLINIC Senior Attorney Victoria Neilson comments on how the new threshold for establishing a credible fear will make it even harder for migrants in these situations to obtain asylum. Read the full National Catholic Reporter article here.
  • Jul 17, 2018: Church leaders told John Kelly child separation was “contrary to our Catholic values” a year ago
    Jul 17, 2018: A Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Buzzfeed News revealed a letter sent to then-Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on March 17, 2017. The letter, signed by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Catholic Charities USA, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, warned the secretary of the traumatic consequences the policy could have on children. Read the full America article here.
  • Jul 17, 2018: A new study blows up Trump’s “catch-and-release” myth
    Jul 17, 2018: One of the biggest obstacles facing families seeking asylum in the United States is navigating an intricate legal and bureaucratic. A report release by CLINIC in early 2018 outlines the barriers that have kept potential asylees from obtaining status. Read Vox's coverage of the report here.


Sign On Letters

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  • Apr 21, 2017: Sign On Letter for Extension of TPS Designation for Haitians
    Apr 21, 2017: Along with other Catholic partners, CLINIC April 17 called on DHS Secretary Kelly to extend the designation for Haiti for Temporary Protected Status for 18 months.
  • 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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  • Sep 24, 2018: Administration’s latest proposal attacks immigrant families
    Sep 24, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—The Department of Homeland Security proposal announced Sept. 22, aims to change the policy for who may qualify to become a lawful permanent resident, putting the interests of the wealthy ahead of the needs of poorer families who have waited years to be reunited. “The administration has sunk to a new level of cruelty with this proposal to punish immigrants who use government assistance to feed, provide medical care for and house their families,” said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
  • Sep 19, 2018: CLINIC statement on refugee admissions target and linkage to asylum backlog
    Sep 19, 2018: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s use of asylum backlogs as a defense of the president’s shockingly low refugee admissions cap for the coming year is appalling. At the Catholic Legal Immigration Network we think Pompeo’s argument that the need to resolve the asylum backlog justifies closing American doors to some of the world’s most vulnerable people is a blatant attempt to pit one precariously situated group against another.
  • Sep 7, 2018: Administration proposal to detain more families for longer periods is an ‘abomination’
    Sep 7, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—The administration’s proposed regulations to dismantle the Flores Settlement Agreement are a blatant attempt to make an end run around the agreement that protects the dignity, respect and consideration for the vulnerability of children held in immigration custody. The proposed regulations were published in the Federal Register Sept. 7.
  • Jul 19, 2018: Somalis with TPS given 18-month extension; more recent arrivals may not seek the protection
    Jul 19, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—The administration’s decision July 19 to extend Temporary Protected Status for Somalia will give the 500 people it covers 18 months to remain in the United States while providing no protection from deportation for other Somalis who arrived later. 
  • Jul 9, 2018: 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.
  • Jul 5, 2018: Existing TPS for Yemenis extended, but administration fails to include other victims of world’s...
    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. 
  • 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.