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Amicus Brief

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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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  • Sep 30, 2019: Celebrating Latin American Heritage: The mighty 5 and the Latina field support coordinator at...
    Sep 30, 2019: The Lafayette Urban Ministry Immigration Clinic has become one of the few affiliates in CLINIC’s 380+ network to obtain initial partial accreditation for five or more volunteers at one time. The mighty five, who are team members at the program, learned they had received accreditation last April. Field Support Coordinator and Section Manager Nathaly Perez is the Latina staffer who guided and supported their trajectory to Department of Justice accreditation.
  • Sep 30, 2019: A unique integration project for Seattle’s immigrant seniors
    Sep 30, 2019: For more than a decade, St. James Cathedral Immigrant Assistance of Seattle has been supporting the elderly immigrant community, integrate by keeping them active, engaged and independent.
  • Sep 13, 2019: Read and Learn About Being and Becoming a Citizen
    Sep 13, 2019: CLINIC’s Center for Immigrant Integration has added to last year’s book list on books to read with children. These books touch on the importance of diversity and the journeys families make to become U.S. citizens. This year, we included several book recommendations for the adult reader and a short Netflix documentary!
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    Aug 29, 2019: Playing the long game
    Aug 29, 2019: Immigrant integration begins at the local level. Community members need opportunities to engage with neighbors on efforts that are mutually beneficial. Change is incremental and, therefore, slow. But it is only by playing the long game that temporary change becomes permanent.
  • Aug 29, 2019: Catholic Multicultural Center formally launches the Medical Advocacy Integration program
    Aug 29, 2019: The Catholic Multicultural Center collaborates with local medical clinics to promote immigrant integration by training medical staff on the logistics of filing N-648 and N-400 forms.
  • Jul 31, 2019: Reflections on two eye-opening summer projects
    Jul 31, 2019: CLINIC’s Communications department undertakes a wide range of tasks. As an intern in the department, I supported CLINIC’s social media presence and database organization and conducted initial research on a variety of immigration-related topics, most of them the typical assignments of an internship in the field. I did not expect, however, that my interest and passions would align so well with my work at CLINIC.
  • Jul 31, 2019: An expanded perspective of a summer college intern at CLINIC
    Jul 31, 2019: A summer internship at CLINIC has exposed me to the new realities of the immigration world and the work and people trying to change those injustices. For one particular project, I supported a Tijuana-based program for asylum seekers at the border, which resonated with my family’s experiences with immigration and expanded my perspective and insight to current socio-political issues.
  • Jul 31, 2019: New York-based recreational youth soccer league, La Unión F.C., promotes immigrant leadership on...
    Jul 31, 2019: La Unión F.C. is part of the unaccompanied minors program at Catholic Charities Community Services in New York. The team fosters immigrant youth leadership development while creating a safe and welcoming community.


CLINIC in the News

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  • Nov 13, 2018: How Catholic communities are crowdfunding fairer trials for immigrants
    Nov 13, 2018: "We're living in a time of an unprecedented attack on immigrant families, where it's more difficult for them to access to legal relief, more difficult for them to access representation," said Martín Gauto, senior attorney for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.  Read the full article published in Pacific Standard here.
  • 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.


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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  • Sep 5, 2019: Lawyers at major law firms across the country partner with nonprofit organizations to provide bond...
    Sep 5, 2019: SILVER SPRING, Maryland — Starting this week, lawyers at major law firms across the country will begin representing immigrants detained by ICE’s raids of poultry plants and facilities, in bond cases. It is estimated that several hundred immigrants remain in detention. Of that, nearly 100 immigrant workers arrested in the raids have requested pro bono legal representation for their bond applications and hearings.
  • Sep 4, 2019: CLINIC, AILA and AIC submit complaint over medical care in CBP custody
    Sep 4, 2019: SILVER SPRING, Maryland – Along with the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Immigration Council, CLINIC submitted an administrative complaint today over the care of immigrants in the custody of Customs and Border Protection. See the release from AILA and the full complaint.  
  • Aug 23, 2019: The administration releases new rule allowing indefinite immigration detention of children
    Aug 23, 2019: SILVER SPRING, Maryland – CLINIC condemns the joint final rule issued Aug. 23 by the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services that allows the federal government to hold immigrant children in family detention indefinitely. 
  • Aug 16, 2019: Faith leaders call for protecting asylum seekers, urge withdrawing rule that requires asylum...
    Aug 16, 2019: More than 250 faith leaders and organizations urged the federal government, to withdraw “a backdoor asylum ban” in the form of a requirement that asylum seekers be turned away from the United States if they don’t first seek protection in countries along their way to U.S. borders.
  • Aug 12, 2019: Public charge rule threatens family-based immigration
    Aug 12, 2019: SILVER SPRING, Maryland — The Department of Homeland Security’s final rule on public charge, which is expected to be formally published Aug. 14, is a direct assault on the American immigration system and threatens one of its core principles: family unity. The new rules are scheduled to take effect 60 days after formal publication.
  • Aug 6, 2019: Court order blocks new asylum policy affecting unaccompanied immigrant children
    Aug 6, 2019: GREENBELT, Maryland — A Maryland-based federal court granted a temporary restraining order Aug. 2 to protect the rights of thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children seeking asylum. The order by U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel blocks the government’s implementation of a policy that would significantly limit vital protections for children under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA).
  • Aug 1, 2019: Administration’s TPS decision is unacceptable; fails to include protection for thousands of Syrians
    Aug 1, 2019: SILVER SPRING, Maryland — The failure of the administration to redesignate Temporary Protected Status for Syria, along with the 18-month extension of TPS approved Aug. 1, is hardhearted and wrong, according to the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
  • Jul 29, 2019: Attorney general decision seeks to end asylum based on family membership
    Jul 29, 2019: SILVER SPRING, Maryland — Thousands of people fleeing violence and persecution will be denied safety in the United States under a precedent decision issued July 29 by Attorney General William Barr as the administration continues its attacks on asylum.