Despite public outcry and legal challenges, DHS has persisted in the expansion and implementation of its immoral, life-threatening practice of forcing certain asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their case is processed. CLINIC renewed its February 2019 interfaith letter opposing this policy in response to requests by faith leaders and organizations and over 650 faith-based organizations and leaders signed on requesting the termination of the Remain in Mexico policy.
Outreach to the Administration
CLINIC submitted a comment in opposition to the proposed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Tip Form, which would collect reports of alleged fraud from the general public without requiring submitters to identify themselves for proper vetting of their claims, or providing sufficient privacy protections for domestic violence or crime victims.
More than 215 national, state, and local organizations in the areas of immigration, civil rights, human rights, labor, faith, and education called on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to immediately designate Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
More than 500 faith leaders and organizations called on the Department of Homeland Security to end its policy of requiring some asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases proceed.
CLINIC, with its partners, the American Immigration Council and the American Immigration Lawyers Association submitted a letter Feb. 6, 2019 to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen urging her to rescind the Remain in Mexico policy immediately.
CLINIC submitted a comment in response to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' policy guidance changing filing procedures and adjudications for the N-648 Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions. CLINIC requested that the revised policy guidance be withdrawn, as it would create undue burdens for disabled applicants, and would introduce suspicion of fraud based on factors that could easily be present in legitimate applications.
On Jan. 16, 2019, CLINIC submitted its comment to USCIS on proposed changes to the N-400 form and instructions. CLINIC’s comment focuses on ensuring that the naturalization process is accessible and efficient, reducing the burden on the applicant, practitioners and USCIS. In its comment, CLINIC drew particular attention to the redaction of language regarding accommodations for individuals with disabilities and/or impairments and urged USCIS to restore the prior language and information.
CLINIC is among the more than 210,000 organizations and individuals that submitted comments in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s Notice of Public Rule Making (NPRM) entitled “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds.” CLINIC opposes the NPRM, which would drastically change the definition and scope of the public charge ground of inadmissibility.
On November 27, 2018, CLINIC and other members of the Naturalization Working Group delivered a letter to Samantha Deshommes, Chief of USCIS’s Regulatory Coordination Division, opposing the proposal to change the Fee Waiver form and guidance to stop accepting receipt of a means-tested benefit as evidence of qualification for a fee waivers. The letter calls on USCIS to withdraw the proposed changes and maintain the current Fee Waiver form and guidance.
CLINIC joined more than 100 organizations in asking the Department of Health and Human Services to stop sharing information about juvenile immigrants’ sponsors with the Department of Homeland Security. The details are being used to deport sponsors, which the letter says violates the law and causes families to be too frightened to step forward to reconnect with their children.