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SA v. Trump: Re-opening the Central American Minors parole program

This case challenged the Trump Administration’s 2017 termination of the Central American Minors (CAM) parole program. The program allows children in danger in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala to obtain humanitarian parole and to safely reunite with a parent who was already lawfully present in the United States.

Our clients

Our clients were immigration advocacy and assistance organization CASA de Maryland and a group of twelve children and parents who were harmed by the Trump Administration’s termination of the CAM parole program. 

Impact

Processing Re-opened. In March 2019, the court entered a preliminary order requiring the government to complete processing of approximately 2,700 conditionally approved children who were at the end stages of the application process when the program suddenly ended. In April 2019, the government entered into a settlement agreement that made the court’s order permanent.

Case Status

IRAP is continuing to monitor the settlement agreement until processing under the agreement is complete.

Arnold & Porter LLP is co-counsel in this litigation.

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  • June 13, 2018 Complaint

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  • July 12, 2018 Plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction

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  • August 24, 2018 Defendants’ opposition to motion for preliminary injunction and motion to dismiss

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  • September 17, 2018 Plaintiffs’ reply in support of preliminary injunction

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  • September 17, 2018 Plaintiffs’ opposition to motion to dismiss

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  • September 27, 2018 Defendants’ reply in support of motion to dismiss

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  • December 10, 2018 Order granting in part and denying in part motion to dismiss

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  • December 10, 2018 Order addressing preliminary injunction

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  • January 8, 2019 Plaintiffs’ supplemental brief in support of preliminary injunction

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  • January 22, 2019 Defendants’ supplemental opposition to preliminary injunction

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  • January 29, 2019 Plaintiffs’ supplemental reply in support of preliminary injunction

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  • February 6, 2019 Order requesting additional briefing on preliminary injunction

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  • February 11, 2019 Plaintiffs’ supplemental brief in support of preliminary injunction

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  • February 11, 2019 Defendants’ supplemental brief in opposition to preliminary injunction

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  • March 1, 2019 Order granting preliminary injunction

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  • April 12, 2019 Settlement agreement

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  • June 28, 2019 Government’s First Quarterly Report

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  • October 1, 2019 Government’s Second Quarterly Report

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  • December 27, 2019 Government’s Third Quarterly Report

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  • March 31, 2020 Government’s Fourth Quarterly Report

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  • June 30, 2020 Government’s Fifth Quarterly Report

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  • September 30, 2020 Government’s Sixth Quarterly Report

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  • December 30, 2020 Government’s Seventh Quarterly Report

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  • March 31, 2021 Government’s Eighth Quarterly Report

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  • June 30, 2021 Government’s Ninth Quarterly Report

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  • October 4, 2021 Government’s Tenth Quarterly Report

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  • January 3, 2022 Government’s Eleventh Quarterly Report

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  • March 31, 2022 Government’s Twelfth Quarterly Report

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  • June 30, 2022 Government’s Thirteenth Quarterly Report

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  • October 3, 2022 Government’s Fourteenth Quarterly Report

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  • December 27, 2022 Government’s Fifteenth Quarterly Report

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  • April 3, 2023 Government’s Sixteenth Quarterly Report

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  • June 29, 2023 Government’s Seventeenth Quarterly Report

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  • September 28, 2023 Government’s Eighteenth Quarterly Report

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  • December 26, 2023 Government’s Nineteenth Quarterly Report

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  • Court docket available here

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  • Government and Central American Families Reach Historic Settlement, Paving the Way for Children to Reunite With Parents in the U.S.

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  • Court Orders Government to Resume Processing Central American Minors In Terminated Humanitarian Program

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  • Court Finds That the Mass Rescission of Humanitarian Parole for Central American Children Was Unlawful

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  • IRAP Challenges Termination of Parole Program for Central American Minors (CAM)

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  • Press Release: Groups File Challenge to Administration & Termination of Humanitarian Parole Program for Central American Children

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  • SA v. Trump: Re-opening the Central American Minors parole program

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