CLINIC submitted comments about proposed changes to Form N-648 Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions on June 24, 2019, opposing the additional burdens the revised version of the form would place on the applicant and the certifying doctor.
Outreach to the Administration
On Aug. 15, 260 faith organizations and leaders from across traditions submitted a joint public comment opposing an interim final rule that denies access to asylum to people who have passed through any other country before arriving at the southern border, requiring them to have applied for asylum in at least one country they passed through in order to ask for safety in the United States.
CLINIC has submitted comments in response to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ proposed changes to Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence. This form is used by conditional residents who obtained status through marriage to request USCIS remove the conditions on his or her residence. CLINIC’s comment supports USCIS’ proposed changes to clarify the status of the petitioner and opposes the addition of questions that solicit irrelevant information for purposes of adjudication.
The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., Catholic Charities USA, the Catholic Health Association of the United States, and the USCCB’s Migration and Refugee Services joined in opposition to a Department of Housing and Urban Development’s proposal that would prevent mixed-status immigrant families from accessing certain federal public housing programs, threatening their family unity and well-being.
CLINIC submitted a comment in response to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ proposed changes to Form N-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. CLINIC’s comment focuses on the removal of information about accommodations for those with disabilities, and the inclusion of new questions related to the applicant’s foreign travel and residences and employment abroad.
CLINIC joined 30 human rights organizations in calling on Attorney General Barr and Acting Homeland Security Secretary McAleenan to refrain from adopting proposed regulations set forth in an April 2019 White House Memorandum.
CLINIC submitted a comment in response to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ changes to its Policy Manual at Vol. 1. (General Policies and Procedures).
CLINIC submitted a comment in response to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ proposed changes to Form N-336, Request for a Hearing on a Decision for Naturalization. CLINIC’s comment focuses on the disparate impact the proposed changes may have on applicants with disabilities and requests that USCIS restore the sections of the form and instructions assisting applicants to understand how to apply for accommodations per USCIS policy and the Rehabilitation Act.
CLINIC submitted comments addressing a series of questions posed by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (immigration court) in response to the NWIRP v. Sessions litigation.
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.