With the Senate passing its immigration bill in June and the House currently working on its own legislation, , comprehensive immigration reform is now, more than ever before, a likely reality. Although legislation is far from final, the expected overhaul will certainly have a monumental impact on all facets of immigration law. As news and media outlets constantly remind us, the question is not “if” but “when.”
What Are You Doing to Prepare for CIR?
In the Religious Immigration Section of CLINIC, we want to know if you’ve considered how CIR might affect your organization. For example, who could you employ if immigration reform allows undocumented men and women to receive work authorization and legal status? Do you currently have unpaid volunteer religious workers who might be prospective employees? Do you have men and women who would be ideal teachers but for their undocumented status, which prevents your Diocese from making offers of employment? Does your religious order have undocumented adult men and women interested in pursuing a religious vocation? Would these individuals be able to serve within the Church if they had work authorization?
After reviewing your feedback on our work with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, we’d like your thoughts on the next big thing. Immigration reform of this magnitude is unprecedented and, as major stakeholders of immigration policy, we truly wish to hear about the needs and concerns of religious workers. By taking this brief survey , you will help us better serve you in the shadow of CIR.
CLINIC staff members are working tirelessly to keep our clients and affiliates aware of the important issues involved in this ongoing debate. For more details, please visit the CIR page  on CLINIC’s website.
In our effort to provide the best possible resources for our clients and affiliates, CLINIC is also publishing a daily electronic newsletter. To keep track of the daily progress of the proposed legislation, we encourage our clients to subscribe to CLINIC DAILY, which provides up-to-the-minute news about the state of the debate. Please visit the CLINIC homepage  to sign up for Email alerts.