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  • May 9, 2019: Día de las Madres 2019: Elena
    May 9, 2019: Elena es originaria de Honduras y mama de dos niñas y un niño. Llegó a los Estados Unidos hace aproximadamente 3 años con su hija de 14 meses. Elena es una de muchas madres alrededor del mundo que ha sacrificado todo por salvar su vida y la de su familia.  Vivir plenamente—sin golpes, amenazas y humillaciones—es un derecho universal. Elena busca un nuevo capítulo en Estados Unidos, libre de violencia.
  • May 9, 2019: Mother's Day 2019: Elena
    May 9, 2019: Elena is originally from Honduras and is a mother of two girls and one boy. She arrived to the United States approximately 3 years ago with her then 14-month-old daughter. Elena made the difficult decision to leave Honduras after surviving several years of physical and psychological abuse from her husband. To live fully – without beatings, threats and humiliations – is a universal right. Elena has sought a new chapter in the United States, free of violence.
  • May 7, 2019: Fête des Mères 2019: Sita
    May 7, 2019: Sita (pseudonyme) est mère de trois enfants. Elle a fui la persécution politique en Côte d’Ivoire et est récemment devenue citoyenne américaine après presqu’une décennie de difficulté. Le processus d’asile a pris plus de temps que prévu—une attente de quatre ans. Malgré cette difficulté, Sita n’a jamais cessé sa détermination de ramener de lapaix et de la stabilité à sa vie et à celles de ces enfants. 
  • May 7, 2019: Mother's Day 2019: Sita
    May 7, 2019: Sita is a mother of three. She fled political persecution in Ivory Coast and recently became a U.S. citizen after nearly a decade of struggle. The asylum process took longer than she expected—a wait of more than 4 years. Despite hardship, Sita has never wavered in her commitment to bring stability and peace back into her life and that of her children.
  • Apr 30, 2019: One year at CLINIC’s BIA Pro Bono Appeals Project: Reflections on professional growth and working...
    Apr 30, 2019: Since 2001, the BIA Pro Bono Appeals Project, an initiative within CLINIC’s Defending Vulnerable Populations department, has matched immigrants with pro bono counsel to defend their cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals, or BIA. The majority of appeals reaching the BIA involve orders of removal and applications for relief from removal. As a legal assistant for the project, I have multiple responsibilities: sending out consent forms, answering phone calls from detention centers, redacting briefs, drafting case summaries for the weekly newsletter, and assisting...
  • Apr 30, 2019: Heightened scrutiny on spousal petitions involving minors
    Apr 30, 2019: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service has recently strengthened the guidance and standard it applies when adjudicating I-130 petitions involving spouses who are under 18 years of age. To determine whether marriages between parties under the age of 18 violate public policy, the agency looks to the law of the state where the parties are currently residing or intend to reside, in addition to the jurisdiction where the marriage took place. This means that immigration practitioners need to know what their state requires when underage parties seek to marry, whether...
  • Apr 29, 2019: Notes from the Border Rights Project
    Apr 29, 2019: Updates from CLINIC’s border initiative since last November have been consistent in two ways: 1) Luis Guerra—CLINIC’s strategic capacity officer and one of the organization’s many superheroes—was working hard to organize chaos; and 2) the situation in Tijuana, Mexico sounded like a warzone. When I arrived, I only found one to still be true.
  • Apr 29, 2019: The Archdiocese of Indianapolis unites communities with CARE
    Apr 29, 2019: The Archdiocese of Indianapolis is part of a pilot project launched by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’s Office of Migration and Refugee Services. The Catholic Accompaniment and Reflection Experience program connects Catholic members with their new neighbors to provide support as they integrate into the community.


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  • 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.
  • Jul 17, 2018: Pregnant Women Say They Miscarried In Immigration Detention And Didn't Get The Care They Needed
    Jul 17, 2018: Luis Guerra, Strategic Capacity Officer for CLINIC, comments on the increased detention of pregnant women since the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) changed their policy. Several women have reported miscarriages to advocates, despite the DHS secretary's insistence that the women are provided with prenatal care. Read the full Buzzfeed News article here.
  • 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.


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  • 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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  • Nov 9, 2018: Administration’s attempt to bar some people from seeking asylum is based on fear, not facts
    Nov 9, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—­­Today’s presidential proclamation coupled with the publication of an interim final rule will make it more difficult for those fleeing violence and other harm to seek asylum in the United States. 
  • Nov 1, 2018: Administration efforts to intimidate asylum-seekers fly in the face of U.S. law and history
    Nov 1, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—­­CLINIC and our network of 330 nonprofit immigration legal services providers stand ready to protect the legally guaranteed right to asylum, including for any person who seeks it at our borders or other ports of entry.
  • Oct 29, 2018: Asylum Facts: Backgrounder
    Oct 29, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—­­Current events and political rhetoric have pushed the U.S. asylum system into the spotlight. Here are some key facts about the legal grounding of our asylum system.
  • Oct 9, 2018: 16 CLINIC Affiliates Receive USCIS Funding for Citizenship Services
    Oct 9, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—Fifteen CLINIC affiliates were among the 40 organizations in 19 states that received a funding award through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program. USCIS received more than 90 applications for the highly competitive grant program. The two-year grants announced Sept. 24 will provide up to $250,000 for support citizenship classes, naturalization application assistance and assimilation services. The program has helped more than 200,000 permanent residents prepare for citizenship over the last 10...
  • Oct 4, 2018: Injunction blocking some TPS terminations is welcome
    Oct 4, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland—­The decision Oct. 3 by a California federal judge to block the cancellation of Temporary Protected Status for four countries is a welcome step toward protecting about 300,000 people who are facing loss of the status that has allowed them to stay in the United States. 
  • 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.