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"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those  
            who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."       
- Franklin D. Roosevelt                            
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  CSS and Newman/LULAC settlements


As of March 2012, nearly 80,000 persons have applied for temporary resident status under the class-wide settlements in Catholic Social Services v. USCIS and LULAC/Newman v. USCIS.


The Center continues to monitor USCIS's compliance with the settlements on a class-wide basis and serves as a clearinghouse for appeals to the special masters on individual claims that USCIS has violated the settlements.


Forms


Form to Gather Declarations 
Use this form to gather information for sworn declarations in support of class membership and residency applications

USCIS Forms and Fees Webpage
Official CIS forms are also available for download at the CIS website. Check CIS website for current filing fees as they change fairly often.

Tried to file for legalization in 1987-88 and now in a deportation case.

If you tried to apply for legalization under the amnesty program in 1987-88 and the INS refused to accept your application, and you never applied for late amnesty under the CSS or LULAC settlements, and you are now in a deportation case, you may be able to challenge the INS's refusal to accept your amnesty application back in 1987-88. Such a challenge can be made only if the Immigration Judge orders you deported or grants you voluntary departure, and you appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). If the BIA rejects your appeal you have the right to appeal to a federal Court of Appeals. When you appeal to a federal Court of Appeals, at that time you can raise the fact that you tried to apply for amnesty in 1987-88 but the INS refused to accept your application because

 (1) you had briefly traveled outside the US between November 1986 and the time you tried to apply for amnesty, or

(2) between 1982 and 1988 you briefly traveled outside the U.S. and returned using a non-immigrant visa.

If this seems to apply to you, you may download a copy of a federal Court of Appeals decision that is helpful to your case, and you also download our Opening Brief to the Court of Appeals, the Government's Brief , and our Reply Brief.





Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law Websites:
CENTERFORHUMANRIGHTS.ORG - CASA-LIBRE.ORG - CENTERFORHUMANRIGHTS.ORG/PRISONERS - CENTERFORHUMANRIGHTS.ORG/DOMA-
VOCESUNIDAS.ORG - NATIONALIMMIGRATIONREFORM.ORG - IMMIGRANTCHILDREN.ORG