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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Reopens El Puente Immigration Legal Services

Media Contact: Cailan Franz

SCHUYLER, Nebraska — Accessible and affordable immigration legal services are again available in northeast Nebraska thanks to a collaborative partnership between Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Omaha and Christ the King Priory.

Officials and stakeholders from the community held a ribbon-cutting and opening celebration today at El Puente Legal Immigration Services located at 1123 Road I in Schuyler.

El Puente is expected to serve hundreds of clients annually in Schuyler and northeast Nebraska. Services include:
• Renewal or replacement of lawful permanent residence card (green card)
• Family petition (I-130) for qualifying family members
• Self-petitions under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and U-Visas for victims of serious crimes
• Renewal or replacement of employment authorization document (work permit)
• Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) applications
• Immigration Legal Consultations
• Informational outreach presentations

“We are blessed for this opportunity to provide expanded access to affordable immigration legal services to Schuyler and the surrounding rural communities in the Archdiocese of Omaha,” said John J. Griffith, Catholic Charities executive director. “The collaboration with Christ the King Priory has been very fruitful, and we look forward to continuing our work together.”

Other speakers at the ribbon-cutting included David Reinecke, Mayor of Schuyler, Abbott Michael Reepen OSB, Abbey of Muensterschwarzach Abbey, Father Mauritius Wilde, Christ the King Priory, Jossy Rogers, Catholic Charities Director of Immigration Legal Assistance Services and Brother Damian Cayetano, OSB, El Puente Immigration Legal Services and El Puente client, Francisco Ramirez Rodriguez.

“There are a lot of good things that we can say about El Puente, but today we would like to express our profound gratitude for the efficient service that they have given us,” Rodriguez said. “We can emphasize, amongst other things, the professionalism, good customer service, friendliness, respect, earnestness, punctuality, and trust in their work, which has made us feel very content.”

Limited immigration services have been available at El Puente since January, with Thursday’s ribbon-cutting celebration marking the official return of full services to the area. El Puente was open from 2005 to 2009, when staffing issues led to its temporary closing. The program provides valuable services to help unify hundreds of immigrant families and assist them with the naturalization process to become an American citizen.

To inquire about services, call 402-352-3644 or visit El Puente, meaning “bridge” in Spanish seeks to build bridges of understanding between cultures through education and outreach.