CLINIC sues administration over new directives for asylum-seekers

WASHINGTON | President Donald Trump’s appointment of Ken Cuccinelli to a top immigration position violated federal law and therefore certain actions undertaken by his office are not legally valid, a federal lawsuit argues. The complaint was filed Sept. 6 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and challenges three directives from Cuccinelli,… Read more »

Faith leaders ask for end to rule for asylum-seekers

SILVER SPRING, Md. | Calling it “a backdoor asylum ban,” more than 250 faith leaders and organizations called for an end to the Trump administration’s policy to turn away asylum-seekers if they don’t first seek protection in countries along their way to the U.S. “The rule fails to understand or acknowledge the realities of asylum-seekers’… Read more »

Catholic group joins suit against government

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Catholic Legal Immigration Network joined three other organizations in filing a lawsuit against the federal government over a memo that the groups say changes the rules retroactively for unaccompanied immigrant minors seeking asylum. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for Southern Maryland July 1, the day after the… Read more »

Government’s plan to protect Syrian refugees too limited, CLINIC says

WASHINGTON | The Department of Homeland Security’s extension of Temporary Protected Status for 6,900 Syrians in the United States since 2016 leaves hundreds of more recently arrived refugees at risk, said the executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network. CLINIC’s Jeanne Atkinson called the Jan. 31 decision by Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen… Read more »