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"The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) today launches a
new, interactive web feature highlighting state and local immigration
initiatives across the country.
This feature is publically available for free, thanks to a grant from the Ford Foundation.
In 2007, CLINIC created a project to support advocates working to
address the growing number of restrictionist immigration measures
proposed and enacted at the state and local levels. After the collapse
of comprehensive immigration reform in 2007, approximately 500
immigration-related bills were introduced by state legislators. By 2008,
the number of proposed immigration-related bills had tripled to 1,562.
In 2011, legislatures in all 50 states considered at least one measure
related to immigrants, the most notably being the legislation enacted in
CLINIC’S cutting-edge online resource provides practitioners,
advocates, and the general public with legal and policy analyses,
technical assistance, and advocacy tools such as statements from U.S.
Catholic bishops, Q&As, talking points, and issue briefs.
“For almost 25 years, CLINIC has provided critical support to the
country’s largest network of charitable legal immigration service
providers,” said Maria M. Odom, CLINIC’s executive director. “Today, we
face an environment in which legislators are proposing competing
enforcement-only measures. Our interactive map will easily guide users
to CLINIC’s state-specific resources on a wide variety of topics and
will allow users to compare states, issues, and bills affecting the
lives of immigrants and their families.”
The webpage features
a clickable map and allows users to search based on topics found in
bills including employment, public benefits, education, and criminal law
enforcement. CLINIC will add new materials to the page as legislative
sessions across the country continue. Many of the resources will also
be available in Spanish." - CLINIC, Feb. 10, 2012.