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  • 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.
  • May 21, 2018: Trump administration tries to curb asylum
    May 21, 2018: Advocates, attorneys, and career officials fear the administration's structural changes to the immigration legal system will make it nearly impossible for asylum-seekers to win their cases. "If the U.S. stops leading by example, we fear other countries will follow,” says CLINIC attorney Bradley Jenkins. Read the full Houston Chronicle article here.


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  • 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.
  • May 1, 2018: Brief warns that action by attorney general could curtail faith-based petitions for asylum
    May 1, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc., along with nine other faith-based groups, filed an amicus brief April 27 challenging Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ effort to insert himself into a settled immigration case. The attorney general’s unusual move could result in changes to long-settled immigration policy, making it harder for many asylum seekers—notably those fleeing religion-based persecution—to obtain protection in the United States.
  • Apr 27, 2018: CLINIC condemns Trump decision to terminate TPS for Nepal, clearly not based on the law
    Apr 27, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland - In another decision that defies logic and good conscience, the administration on April 26 canceled Temporary Protected Status for one more nation, Nepal, that is unprepared to accept the return of its citizens after a disaster. The decision to end TPS in June 2019 came a day after the third anniversary of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that crippled the country.
  • Apr 26, 2018: Two welcome bits of federal news: Judge’s ruling that Trump action on DACA was unlawful; Sessions...
    Apr 26, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland - Amid months of news about federal government actions against immigrants, a court ruling April 24 and an announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions the next day on a legal rights orientation program were welcomed by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
  • Apr 3, 2018: Nepal is still too unstable to cancel TPS for 9,000 people in the United States
    Apr 3, 2018: SILVER SPRING, Maryland - The United States must continue to protect the nearly 9,000 Nepali people who face forced return to their struggling country, concludes a newly-released report, “Rebuilding from Rubble: Why TPS is needed for Nepal,” about the next federal review of whether to extend Temporary Protected Status for a vulnerable population.
  • Apr 2, 2018: 275 faith leaders and organizations call on the administration to extend TPS for Nepal
    Apr 2, 2018: CLINIC and Church World Service delivered a letter signed by 275 faith leaders and organizations from across traditions calling on the administration to extend Temporary Protected Status for Nepal for at least another 18 months.