Last updated on: 12/3/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“CLINIC, and its parent-organization the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), believes the U.S. immigration system is broken, does not serve the needs of the nation, and demands significant reform. Current immigration laws do not provide an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants access to legal status and a means to fully integrate into the American society. CLINIC believes that the long-term presence of undocumented immigrants, who make significant contributions to the nation’s economy and social fabric, compels the United States to create a legal process for them to become documented, authorized to work, and prepare for naturalization to become U.S. citizens. This earned pathway to citizenship… is a significant component in achieving comprehensive immigration reform. Comprehensive immigration reform is expected to make our nation’s immigration laws fair for immigrants and relevant for the current and future needs of the country, thereby making the U.S. stronger, more secure, and competitive in a globalized economy.”

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., “Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities,” cliniclegal.org (accessed May 18, 2016)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“CLINIC represents one expression of the Catholic Church’s commitment to the full membership of immigrants in their chosen society. CLINIC and its member agencies serve the most vulnerable immigrants, including refugees, asylum-seekers, detainees, separated families, exploited laborers, victims of domestic violence, and victims of human trafficking. In 1988, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) established CLINIC as a legally distinct 501(c)(3) organization to support a rapidly growing network of community-based immigration programs.”

“Serving a Nation of Immigrants, 2005 Anual Report,” www.cliniclegal.org, 2005

Mission:

“To enhance and expand delivery of legal services to indigent and low-income immigrants principally through diocesan immigration programs and to meet the immigration needs identified by the Catholic Church in the United States.”

“About Us,” www.cliniclegal.org (accessed June 18, 2007)

Other:
501(c)(3) Public Charity
Quoted in:
  1. Should E-Verify Be Mandatory for All Employers?
  2. Should States Issue Driver’s Licenses to Immigrants in the United States Illegally?