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A version of this letter appears in print on May 2, 2015, on page A20 of the New York edition of the New York Times with the headline: A Path to Citizenship.

To the Editor:

News stories and images of desperate African and Middle Eastern people fleeing their home countries  aboard overcrowded ships that sink in the Mediterranean Sea are heartbreaking and speak to why CLINIC has a mission to serve vulnerable migrants.  These stories also give CLINIC pause to reflect on how black immigrants arrive to the U.S. and are fairing.  New findings from the Pew Research Center about black immigrants are striking and evoke a lesser known story about CLINIC’s history of helping black immigrants achieve their dreams in the U.S.

In a Letter to the Editor of the New York Times, CLINIC Executive Director, Jeanne Atkinson, responds to Roberto Suro’s Op-Ed, No Papers?  It’s the Kids Who Suffer.  “There is no reasonable case to be made for punishing the United States citizen children of undocumented immigrants,” Atkinson writes.   “Creating a path to lawful status in the United States is consistent with our values and heritage as a country, we must not delay further.”  Source:  New York Times.

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