CLINIC Welcomes Designation of Deferred Enforced Departure for Palestine

SILVER SPRING, Maryland — On Feb. 14, 2024, President Biden issued a memorandum to the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security designating Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for some Palestinians for 18 months.

“CLINIC welcomes the designation for Palestinians issued by President Biden,” said Anna Gallagher, Executive Director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., (CLINIC). “The dire and worsening humanitarian conditions faced by Palestinians make their safe return impossible, and the president’s exercise of constitutional authority in this matter is precisely what it was intended for.”

“CLINIC’s network looks forward to serving the estimated 6,000 people who will benefit from this protection,” said Karen Sullivan, Director of Advocacy. “We will continue to advocate for the administration to extend protection to all people whose safety and human dignity are threatened due to conflict or natural disaster.”

CLINIC remains aligned in prayer with people of all faiths that a peaceful end may be reached to the ongoing violence in the region.