About the Project

Neighbors, Not Strangers is an interactive digital storytelling project by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., or CLINIC. Through this initiative, funded in part by the Catholic Communication Campaign at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, we hope to share powerful immigration stories from the CLINIC network to show how immigrants are our neighbors to be encountered and embraced. 

We know these stories are powerful.

Anti-immigrant sentiment remains prevalent, but we believe the Church and all people of good will can share stories of welcome to help shift the narrative. 

Our Stories

Neighbors, Not Strangers: Launch Story

On January 22, 2023, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., launched “Neighbors, Not Strangers,” a new digital storytelling initiative to spread the message that immigrants are our neighbors to be encountered and embraced.


"I was a stranger and you welcomed me."

With immigration at the forefront of current public debate, this familiar call from Matthew 25:35 is as relevant today as ever. The complexities of immigration to the United States are not only matters of law and policy, but also deeply felt social and ethical issues. For nearly 35 years, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., has protected the legal rights of immigrant families and promoted their dignity in the Catholic tradition of welcoming the stranger.

Founded in 1988, CLINIC’s mission is to carry out the gospel message of “welcoming the stranger” through providing training and support to charitable immigration law offices as well as specialized direct legal representation and advocacy for immigration policy at the federal, state and local levels.

CLINIC advocates for humane and just immigration policy. Its network of nonprofit immigration programs — over 450 organizations in 49 states and the District of Columbia — is the largest in the nation.