CLINIC Executive Director on Biden's First Week

SILVER SPRING, Maryland — On Jan. 20, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden took a series of actions that will begin to heal the nation — responding effectively to the pandemic, beginning the long work of ensuring racial justice and repealing policies that denied immigrants’ basic human dignity and denigrated the religion of Islam.

Anna Gallagher, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. said:

As Reverend Leo J. O’Donovan, SJ noted in his invocation, it is our duty to care for and stand by others. To give of ourselves in service. Our Catholic Social Teaching and our adherence to the gospel of Matthew is what animates everything we do at CLINIC. After four difficult years, during which time our affiliates and staff worked night and day to protect immigrants’ legal and human rights, words cannot describe the joy we feel at the start of this new chapter in history.

In his executive actions and commitment to immigration legal reform, President Biden is recommitting our government to protecting the human dignity of immigrants. We look forward to working with the Biden administration in a climate of shared purpose and values, and renewed respect.

Repealing the Muslim and African Bans, phasing out the Migration Protection Protocols that put so many peoples’ lives in danger, extending Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians, protecting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and pausing deportations while new enforcement policies are crafted are bold and necessary moves.

Read more about CLINIC’s priorities for the Biden-Harris administration here: