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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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  • April 1, 2024 | Government’s Twentieth 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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