CLINIC and Other Faith-Based Organizations File Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Case, United States v. Sineneng-Smith

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January 27, 2020

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Represented by O’Melveny and Myers, LLP, CLINIC and twenty other faith-based organizations, including other Catholic groups, protestant groups, Jewish groups, and Muslim groups, have filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to strike down a federal criminal law that could lead to prosecutions for faith-related speech. The law in question makes it a felony punishable by up to five years in prison, for anyone who “encourages or induces” an individual to reside in the United States in reckless disregard of whether that individual has lawful status. The amicus brief argues that legal and advocacy work engaged in by CLINIC and other organizations, as well as providing noncitizens with food and shelter, could result in prosecution under this law. The faith organizations argue that the law should be struck down as it forces those moved by their faith to help others to choose between the tenets of their faith and potentially committing a felony.