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

In June 2018,  we filed a lawsuit on behalf of the legal services organization CASA de Maryland and twelve children and parents challenging the Trump Administration’s 2017 termination of the Central American Minors (CAM) parole program. The program had allowed children in danger in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala to obtain humanitarian parole and to safely reunite with a parent who is lawfully present in the United States.

The lawsuit charged that the termination violated administrative law and the Constitution.

In March 2019, the court granted the plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction and ordered the government to complete processing 2,700 conditionally approved children who were at the end stages of the application process when the program suddenly ended. In April 2019, the plaintiffs and the government entered an agreement that made the court’s order permanent.

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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  • 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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