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  • Sep 19, 2017: Trump v. IRAP: Brief Amici Curiae of USCCB, Catholic Charities USA and CLINIC in support of...
    Sep 19, 2017: USCCB, Catholic Charities USA and CLINIC have joined as Amici Curiae, or friends of the court, in the International Refugee Assistance Project, et al. v. Trump case challenging the constitutionality of Executive Order No. 13780. 
  • Apr 19, 2017: CLINIC and Public Counsel BIA Amicus Brief on Definition of a Minor
    Apr 19, 2017: In response to the June 9, 2016 amicus invitation by the Board of Immigration Appeals on the definition of a minor for purposes of the asylum one-year filing deadline, CLINIC and Public Counsel submitted this briefing arguing that a minor should be defined as youth under 21.   
  • 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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  • Jun 26, 2019: Grupo de Solidaridad brings a community together
    Jun 26, 2019: Fr. Jon Pedigo and Grupo de Solidaridad use their community organizing skills to create a community of inclusivity.
  • Jun 7, 2019: Father's Day Prayer
    Jun 7, 2019: A prayer to migrant fathers for Father's Day.
  • Jun 7, 2019: Lawsuit challenges government’s failure to provide reunited families with their documents
    Jun 7, 2019: Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. and the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, known as ASAP, have filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court in Maryland seeking to compel the federal government to release the immigration records of formerly separated families.
  • May 10, 2019: Mother's Day 2019
    May 10, 2019: In honor of Mother’s Day 2019, CLINIC has collected the stories of four mothers who have gone through or are currently going through the asylum process. It is our hope that these stories illustrate the experience of motherhood under extreme circumstances, and how they are connected by perseverance, love, and hope.
  • May 10, 2019: Día de las Madres 2019: Isabel
    May 10, 2019: Isabel es una madre joven que huyó de Centro América por las amenazas de muerte del crimen organizado. Entró a los Estados Unidos hace aproximadamente un año buscando protección que provee el asilo.  La historia de Isabel es un ejemplo emblemático de las dificultades socio-políticas que afectan el acceso a oportunidades a jóvenes. Isabel tiene la esperanza de un futuro estable y sano para su familia. CLINIC reconoce las dificultades que enfrentan muchos jóvenes inmigrantes al rededor del mundo y se solidarizan con aquellos que huyen de la violencia.  
  • May 10, 2019: Mother's Day 2019: Isabel
    May 10, 2019: Isabel is a young mother who fled from Central America due to death threats by organized crime. She entered the United States approximately a year ago seeking protection of asylum. Isabel’s story is emblematic of the social political difficulties, which affects youth’s access to opportunities.  Isabel has hope for a stable and healthy future for her family. CLINIC recognizes the difficulties, which many young immigrants face around the world, and stands in solidarity with those who flee from violence.
  • May 10, 2019: عيد الأم 2019: مريم
    May 10, 2019: مريم * (اسم مستعار) *  هي أم لطفلين ، ولدت ونشأت في الشرق الأوسط. الثلاثة جميعهم من الناجين من العنف المنزلي. لقد تركوا وطنهم بدافع مخاوف تتعلق بالسلامة ، حيث لم يكن لدى الحكومة نظام مناسب لتوفير الحماية. حصلت مريم وأطفالها على حق اللجوء منذ عدة سنوات وأصبحوا مؤخراً مقيمين بصفة دائمة. CLINIC قررت تسليط الضوء على قصتها بمناسبة عيد الأم 2019 ، في محاولة للاحتفال بالأمهات اللائي يقفن بجانب أسرهن ويطلبن حياة خالية من العنصرية والعنف القائم على النوع الاجتماعي.
  • May 10, 2019: Mother's Day 2019: Mariam
    May 10, 2019: Mariam, a mother of two children, was born and raised in the Middle East. All three are survivors of domestic violence. They left their home country out of safety concerns, as the government had no adequate system to provide protection. Mariam and her children were granted asylum several years ago and recently became lawful permanent residents. CLINIC has decided to spotlight her story for Mother’s Day 2019, in an effort to celebrate mothers who stand by their families and seek a life free from discrimination and gender based violence.


CLINIC in the News

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  • Nov 13, 2018: ‘We’re brothers and sisters in Christ’: For Encuentro Catholics, immigration is personal
    Nov 13, 2018: Latino Catholic gathered at Encuentro to discuss the issues affecting their community. Patricia Zapor, CLINIC's communication director, highlighted ways in which to incorporate immigration advocacy into everyday life. Read the full article published by the Catholic News Agency here.
  • 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.


Sign On Letters

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  • Apr 27, 2018: More than 600 Interfaith Leaders and Organizations Fight Together for Honduran TPS Holders
    Apr 27, 2018: CLINIC and Church World Service delivered a letter signed by 640 faith leaders and organizations from across traditions calling on the administration to extend and redesignate TPS for Honduras for at least another 18 months.
  • Mar 22, 2018: Over 600 sign on to interfaith letter in support of continued Deferred Enforced Departure for...
    Mar 22, 2018: Over 600 faith leaders and organizations from across traditions delivered a letter to the White House on March 22, 2018 urging the president to extend Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberia for at least another 18 months.
  • Jan 24, 2018: Nearly 300 faith leaders and faith-based organizations deliver letter urging administration to...
    Jan 24, 2018: On Jan. 23, 2018, Church World Service and CLINIC delivered a letter to the administration signed by nearly 300 faith leaders and organizations from across traditions in support of Syrian TPS holders. The letter calls on Secretary Nielsen to extend TPS for Syria for 18 months and to redesignate in order to protect more Syrians in need.
  • May 1, 2017: Sign On Letter to Request to Extend Temporary Protected Status for Haiti
    May 1, 2017: CLINIC and Church World Service delivered a letter to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly signed by more than 400 faith-based organizations and faith leaders, requesting that he extend Temporary Protected Status for Haiti by 18 months. TPS for Haiti is currently set to expire on July 22. Kelly is expected to make his decision before May 23, 2017. Download the Letter
  • 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.


Press Releases

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  • Mar 11, 2019: DHS’s late decision on Temporary Protected Status for South Sudan and failure to protect those who...
    Mar 11, 2019: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—The administration’s decision not to redesignate Temporary Protected Status for South Sudan, allowing more people to be covered by it is “morally reprehensible,” said Anna Gallagher, executive director of CLINIC. 
  • Feb 27, 2019: More than 500 interfaith leaders and groups urge the administration to terminate immoral ‘Remain in...
    Feb 27, 2019: SILVER SPRING, Maryland – More than 500 interfaith leaders and organizations have called on the Department of Homeland Security to end its so-called “Remain in Mexico” policy (Migration Protection Protocols) that requires asylum seekers at the southern border to wait in Mexico for months - or even years -while their asylum cases are processed in the United States. A letter delivered to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Feb.
  • Feb 21, 2019: Case before attorney general challenges core definition of family as a 'particular social...
    Feb 21, 2019: SILVER SPRING Maryland – As co-counsel to a Mexican immigrant threatened by a drug cartel because of his family, CLINIC filed a brief with the Justice Department Feb. 19 in Matter of L-E-A-, a case which may have wide repercussions on future asylum eligibility.
  • Jan 29, 2019: CLINIC calls on DHS to end its latest attack on asylum seekers
    Jan 29, 2019: SILVER SPRING, Maryland – CLINIC is calling on the administration to prioritize human lives above its baseless and immoral “Remain in Mexico Plan,” or the Migrant Protection Protocols. 
  • Jan 23, 2019: Trump Administration’s Policy between ORR and ICE Keeps Families Separated
    Jan 23, 2019: SILVER SPRING, Maryland – The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., joined a class action lawsuit, as an organizational plaintiff on an amended complaint, on behalf of the more than 10,000 children currently being held by the Trump administration in detention centers across the country. 
  • Dec 20, 2018: The administration’s ‘catch and return’ policy is fraught with problems and morally off track
    Dec 20, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland - The Department of Homeland Security’s newest plan to prevent asylum seekers from applying for safety in the United States leaves them in danger, and possibly violates their due process rights, said the Catholic Legal Immigration Network. “DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen claims that asylum seekers will have access to immigration courts and attorneys while in Mexico, but fails to provide details as to how the plan will be implemented,” said Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC’s executive director.
  • Dec 11, 2018: CLINIC calls on DHS to withdraw flawed public charge rule proposal
    Dec 11, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—­­The administration’s proposal to drastically change the way it calculates whether immigrants pose a risk of becoming a financial burden on society is morally and legally flawed, said the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., in a formal comment submitted to the Department of Homeland Security Dec. 9. 
  • Nov 27, 2018: Current and exiting CLINIC leadership express full confidence in incoming executive director
    Nov 27, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—­­Anna Marie Gallagher, an experienced litigator and immigration law expert, will join the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., as executive director, effective Feb. 1, 2019, announced Bishop Kevin J. Vann Nov. 27. Bishop Vann is chairman of CLINIC’s board of directors and head of the Diocese of Orange in California.