CLINIC’s Defending Vulnerable Populations Program engages in strategic litigation to advance the rights of immigrants.
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. and Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project at the Urban Justice Center v. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services argues that the government has not been giving formerly separated families timely access to critical records in their immigration files.
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. and the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, known as ASAP, have filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court in Maryland seeking to compel the federal government to release the immigration records of formerly separated families.
CLINIC has filed suit on behalf of a Miami grandmother and widow who is seeking to become a citizen of the United States. She was initially granted her permanent resident status in error, but a federal immigration judge granted her a waiver under INA § 237(a)(1)(H). Yet, USCIS has unlawfully concluded that a person is permanently barred from naturalization if there was an error in the visa process, even if the person later obtains a waiver for that error.
The current administration has taken unprecedented steps to undermine the U.S. asylum system. CLINIC, along with Mei F. Chen, are counsel to Mr. L-E-A- in a case pending before the Attorney General, which will address family as a potential ground for asylum.