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Javier Palomarez Elected to CLINC’s Board of Directors

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) is proud to announce that USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., (CLINIC).  Mr. Palomarez will add a leading voice for Hispanics to an organization dedicated to helping immigrants become Americans.

“As a Roman Catholic, and as the son of immigrants, I am incredibly honored and humbled to be named to the Board of Directors of such a stellar organization. It is my hope to play a part in defending the American dream for the immigrants served by CLINIC,” said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. “I am proud to be part of an organization that truly does the good work that God calls us all to do in this world.”

CLINIC is one of the most effective immigration organizations in the nation.  Since 1997, the organization’s programs have helped more than 100,000 people apply for citizenship.  It has helped almost 12,000 refugees and asylum-seekers apply for green cards and provided immigrants with more than 15,000 hours of English language instruction.  The organization represents more than 170 dioceses and religious communities that bring foreign-born priests, sisters, seminarians and religious laypersons to the United States each year.

“As the former bishop of Fort Worth, Texas, and now here in Orange, California, I have been blessed to work with members of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in both dioceses. Thus, as the chairman of CLINIC, I am very happy to welcome Javier Palomarez to the CLINIC board,” said Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange, California Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. “As President & CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, he has had years of experience in advocating on behalf of small businesses and knows firsthand the necessity of immigration reform because of his friendship and relationship with so many Hispanic business owners and leaders. This experience will truly be an asset and a blessing to CLINIC, as together we seek to humbly serve the Lord in the faces and lives of our brothers and sisters, many of whom Javier would know personally.”

“I congratulate Javier for being named as a Board Member of CLINIC, an organization that does fantastic work to help immigrants looking for a fresh start in this great nation,” said Don Salazar, USHCC Board Chairman. “Javier is someone who is incredibly insightful and passionate for our community, never relenting in our mission to ensure that the American dream is accessible to all. I know that his fervor will allow him to provide fresh insight at CLINIC, allowing the organization to continue efficiently serving low-income immigrants across the country. We at the Board of Directors commend Javier Palomarez for this honorable achievement.”

CLINIC promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants through a network of 300 Catholic and community-based nonprofit legal immigration programs throughout the United States. CLINIC provides training and support with legal issues, program management and advocacy to its affiliates. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants obtain help and hope through the legal work of CLINIC’s network. CLINIC also represents religious congregations that need foreign-born priests, nuns and religious workers. It was founded by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1988 as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

About the USHCC

The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development and interests of more than 4.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses that, combined, contribute over $668 billion to the American economy every year. It also advocates on behalf of 260 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide. For more information, visit Follow the USHCC on Twitter @USHCC.

Pablo Manriquez

Vice President, Communications and Media

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