Indiana church expects more for immigration help

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, file)

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana church that’s been helping immigrants achieve citizenship is preparing for even more requests for assistance after President Barack Obama’s decision on immigration system changes.

The Bridge Community Church in Logansport started its immigration legal clinic in February, helping clients with the paperwork necessary for citizenship applications.

Pastor Zach Szmara tells the Pharos-Tribune that the church members wanted to assist people through the “confusing labyrinth” of the immigration system.

Szmara says the clinic has helped more than 100 people since opening. He says they’ve come from 14 countries, including India, Burma, the United Kingdom, Kenya and Colombia.

Obama’s executive action is expected to shield about 5 million people from deportation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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