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  • Apr 2, 2019: Supreme Court Allows for Increased Detention of Immigrants with Criminal Convictions
    Apr 2, 2019: On March 19, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Nielson v. Preap, held that immigrants with certain criminal convictions can be detained without bond, even if their release from criminal custody occurred long before their arrest by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Clients who are inadmissible or deportable for old criminal convictions should be aware of the risk of mandatory detention.
  • Apr 2, 2019: WE the Community: A Conversation on Your Rapid Response Toolkit
    Apr 2, 2019: Are you going to Convening this year? Has the presence of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in your local courtrooms and community made your clients anxious? Has your community experienced ICE sweeps and raids in workplaces? How can community members reach out to others and offer support in times when a quick and informed response is needed? To learn more and share your perspective, join us at Convening for a brown bag lunch to dialogue about the power of community preparedness and offer feedback on a new CLINIC resource.
  • Apr 2, 2019: Defending Vulnerable Populations Is Now a Stand-Alone CLINIC Department
    Apr 2, 2019: After two years as a project within Training, Litigation and Support, Defending Vulnerable Populations on March 1 became a separate department within CLINIC. Though it comes as an acknowledgment of the importance of the work DVP has developed, the change primarily affects administrative functions within CLINIC.
  • Mar 1, 2019: Updates from the Network: Welcome 37 new members of the network, as LIRS agencies join CLINIC
    Mar 1, 2019: CLINIC’s network grew in one big step in February with the addition of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service agencies: 26 organizations with an additional 11 sub-offices. The CLINIC network stands at about 360 organizations with affiliates now in the District of Columbia and 49 states (lacking only Wyoming). LIRS and CLINIC have long had partnerships on different fronts. In the 1990s they cofounded the Detention Watch Network. At about the same time, LIRS contracted to use CLINIC’s attorney-of-the-day hotline for its affiliates that offered immigration legal...
  • Mar 1, 2019: Working With City Officials to Create a More Inclusive and Welcoming Pueblo
    Mar 1, 2019: In a Jun. 2018 meeting, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pueblo, the Latino Chamber of Commerce and several city officials grappled with the troubling fact that the local immigrant community was uncomfortable reporting a crime to the police. To address the issue, the organizations developed a plan for community integration that included sustained collaborations and community outreach.
  • Feb 27, 2019: CLINIC attorneys work with the Remote Bond Project to reunite a mother with her son
    Feb 27, 2019: "Luisa" is the most recent individual freed with the help of the Remote Bond Project, which recruits pro bono attorneys from across the country to represent detainees in their bond hearings.
  • Feb 21, 2019: Updates on requesting technical assistance
    Feb 21, 2019: As of Feb. 1, all technical assistance requests must be submitted through our Ask the Experts page on the CLINIC website.
  • Jan 29, 2019: Creating a more inclusive rural Nebraska
    Jan 29, 2019: Immigrant Legal Center, an affiliate of the Justice For Our Neighbors network, joins the Rural Community Inclusion Partnership to over come barriers immigrants and the underrepresented face  in rural parts of Nebraska.


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  • Sep 6, 2017: DACA decision meets swift Catholic condemnation
    Sep 6, 2017: CLINIC is among many Catholic organizations that voice outrage over the administration’s decision to end DACA. Read the Global Sister Report’s full article here.
  • Mar 23, 2017: Mayor Catherine E. Pugh Celebrates Women’s History Month
    Mar 23, 2017: In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Baltimore Mayor’s Office highlighted the importance of women helping each other succeed. Michelle Mendez, CLINIC’s Defending Vulnerable Populations Project manager, was interviewed alongside Mayor Catherine E. Pugh; Dr. Leana S. Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner; Marion McGaskey Blackwell, a Baltimore housing activist; and Diane Bell-McKoy, President and CEO of Associated Black Charities. Watch the entire video here.
  • Mar 15, 2017: CLINIC examines migratory executive orders
    Mar 15, 2017: During a talk at Catholic University of America, Catholic Legal Immigration Network Communications Director Pat Zapor highlights some of the ways CLINIC and its affiliates are responding to the new restrictive immigration policies. Read the full El Pregonero article in Spanish here.
  • Mar 3, 2017: Catholic Leaders Push Back Against Trump’s Immigration Policies
    Mar 3, 2017: Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson discussed how the church is serving immigrants, including CLINIC’s Know Your Rights materials and increased trainings for legal advocates. Read the National Register’s full article here.
  • Feb 14, 2017: Trump orders put Central American children between the sword and the wall (Spanish)
    Feb 14, 2017: During an interview with Hoy, Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC executive director, spoke up for undocumented youth, who are especially vulnerable because of the executive actions. Read the full article in Spanish here.
  • Feb 2, 2017: Catholic leaders on refugees urge Trump to scrap order
    Feb 2, 2017: Alongside six Catholic organizations, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. Executive Director Jeanne M. Atkinson spoke out against President Trump’s immigration-related executive orders. “The executive order is appalling, and deserves our attention and action." Full Crux’s story here.
  • Feb 2, 2017: Advocates stress that the U.S. has moral obligation to welcome refugees
    Feb 2, 2017: Leaders from six Catholic organizations, including Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., spoke out against President Trump’s immigration-related executive orders. CLINIC Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson spoke to the dangers of increased detention and deportation. “An increase in enforcement by federal and local officials “threatens due process and makes our communities and their residents, American and foreign-born, less safe,” Atkinson said. Full Catholic Philly’s story here.
  • Jan 26, 2017: Nearly 900 organizations urge support for DACA
    Jan 26, 2017: CLINIC Advocacy Director Jill Marie Bussey talked with Alan Scaia about the success of DACA and why it should be supported. This interview aired on both NewsTalk 820 WBAP and News and Information 570 KLIF.


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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.