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9th Circuit Provides Additional Protections For Asylum Seekers

On March 7, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit issued a precedential decision in Thuraissigiam v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security that paves the way for federal court review of negative credible fear decisions. Thanks to the decision, asylum seekers in the 9th Circuit’s jurisdiction who have received a negative credible fear decision by the asylum officer and the immigration judge can now seek review of that expedited removal order in the federal district court via a habeas corpus petition.

Fact Sheet Appraises Proposed Risks to Sponsors of Unaccompanied Children

Apr 2, 2019
Ann Garcia

Parents, family members and other potential sponsors of immigrant children held in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, or ORR—the agency tasked with the care and custody of unaccompanied immigrant children apprehended by immigration authorities—fear immigration enforcement actions if they volunteer to be a sponsor. CLINIC published a new fact sheet with information on the risks of ORR sponsorship and guidelines to important resources.

CLINIC’s Response to Family Separation Makes a Difference

Apr 2, 2019
Adriana C. Zambrano

In the eyes of many, the zero tolerance policy and the family separation crisis came and went as one of the darkest times in U.S. policy toward families, children and asylum seekers. The latest news reviving the issue, particularly Judge Sabraw’s decision to expand the class in Ms. L v. ICE to include thousands beyond the 2,800 separations previously acknowledged, reminds us that our work to bring justice to these families is far from over. CLINIC, along with partners and affiliates, has built a multi-faceted response to the family separation crisis that supports hundreds of families and stands to help thousands.

Supreme Court Allows for Increased Detention of Immigrants with Criminal Convictions

Apr 2, 2019
Rachel Naggar and Reena Arya

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.

WE the Community: A Conversation on Your Rapid Response Toolkit

Apr 2, 2019
Tania M. Guerrero

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.

Citizenship Navigator Profile: Terrina Wong, strengthening the lives of refugees and immigrants in American society

Oct 24, 2017
Leya Speasmaker

Terrina Wong is the deputy director of Social Services, Education and Training of Pacific Gateway Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Read more to learn how she went from teaching about cultures from around the world to helping newcomers navigate their new lives in the U.S.