CLINIC Joins Coalition of 8 Immigrants’ Rights Organizations in Lawsuit over the Trump Administration’s Unlawful Fee Rule

SILVER SPRING, Maryland — The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, or CLINIC, joined a coalition of 8 of the nation’s leading immigrants’ rights organizations in filing a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Kenneth Cuccinelli over DHS’s new rule increasing application fees for immigration benefits, citizenship and asylum. The coalition is seeking a nationwide injunction of the rule to prevent it from going into effect on Oct. 2, 2020. 

Anna Gallagher, CLINIC executive director, had this additional statement:

“It's outrageous that that our government intends to charge asylum-seekers to submit their claims for protection. Only three countries in the world currently impose such a fee. While $50 may not seem like a lot to some people, it is a fortune to men, women and children fleeing grave danger and arriving at our borders with next to nothing. Catholic social teaching mandates we welcome and protect. To do otherwise goes against our values. But let’s be very clear: this is all part of the administration's master plan. First they broke the asylum system, and now they want to break USCIS. But legal immigration rules are outlined by Congress, not the administration. Increasing fees is about denying access to visas and citizenship--processes created by Congress, not the Executive Branch. This is political and illegal. When the administration violates the law, we will see them in court."