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CLINIC Welcomes Immigration Action

Apr 17, 2013
Wendy Rhein

CLINIC WELCOMES IMMIGRATION ACTION, READY TO LEAD 215 NETWORK AFFILIATES IN IMMIGRATION LEGAL SERVICES

Washington, D.C. (April 17, 2013) - [En Español] - The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is encouraged by the U.S. Senate’s consideration of a bill that will reform the broken immigration system.  CLINIC announces that its network of more than 215 charitable legal service providers stands ready to serve low income and vulnerable immigrants when a bill is finally signed into law.

The Senate’s proposed bill is a first step toward comprehensive immigration reform.  CLINIC looks forward to a final bill that incorporates a fair and just path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people in our country, maintains family unity as the hallmark of our immigration system, reinstates due process protections and compassion to our immigration enforcement policies, provides protection to the persecuted, and protects immigrant workers.

"The Senate proposed legislation will forever change the lives of 11 million undocumented immigrants who are already here, building communities and supporting families,” says Jeanne M. Atkinson, executive director of CLINIC.  “We need a permanent fix to the immigration system, including the ability to provide safe and trustworthy legal immigration services to those of all economic and social strata.  CLINIC’s network already serves more than 600,000 immigrants every year and we are gearing up to meet this huge need with increased trainings, program management support for sustainability, and additional funds to our network offices whenever possible,” says Atkinson.  “We will be ready.”