Media Advisory: TODAY: CLINIC To Provide Testimony in Support of Maryland Bill Giving Access to Representation for Immigrants

Hearing livestream:

SILVER SPRING, Maryland — The Maryland House Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing today on HB114, “Access to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings Program,” a bill that would guarantee access to legal representation for immigrants in removal proceedings. Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., or CLINIC, has submitted written testimony in support of the bill, and Viviana Westbrook, CLINIC’s State and Local Advocacy Attorney, will provide oral testimony at the hearing.

The bill hearing will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. ET on Zoom and the Maryland House Judiciary Committee’s YouTube channel. Ms. Westbrook’s remarks are available here.

What: CLINIC testimony in support of HB114, “Access to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings Program,” in a Bill Hearing, Maryland House Judiciary Committee
Who: Viviana Westbrook, State and Local Advocacy Attorney, CLINIC
Where: YouTube
When: Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, at 1 p.m. ET

Background: As the nation’s largest charitable immigration legal services network, CLINIC embraces the Gospel value of welcoming the stranger and strives to promote the dignity and protect the rights of vulnerable immigrant populations. CLINIC supports Maryland HB 114 because its passage would ensure the fair and efficient operation of immigration deportation proceedings in the state of Maryland and in other states where Maryland residents appear. The bill would uphold due process and preserve the stability of families, neighborhoods, places of employment, and communities.