State & Local Advocacy Project
Changes in federal immigration policies have motivated a substantial increase in state legislative action on immigration. This year, lawmakers in all 50 states met for legislative session. Between January and June, legislators in 49 states considered more than 300 immigration bills and resolutions. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there was a 90 percent increase in the number immigration laws enacted in the first half of 2017, compared to last year. In 2016, lawmakers in 41 states enacted 229 pieces of immigration legislation between January and June.
This resources was created to understand immigration detainers and their impact on communities.
In just over a year, Dana Davenport has emerged as a standout immigration advocate in Maryland. Driven pointedly by her faith and her genuine desire to help others, Davenport reflects on the 2016 legislative session, specifically highlighting which strategies worked best and how support from CLINIC led to many successes.
With only 12 states in regular session, positive legislative trends related to education and professional licensing have emerged in recent months. North Carolina proposed the Tuition Fairness Act (HB 1081) that would offer in-state tuition rates to students that have either completed three years of high school or obtained high school diploma in the state.
This webinar is for current and aspiring immigrant advocates on a grassroots level. This webinar provides an overview of the role each level of government plays in regulating the lives and livelihoods of immigrants.
By Jen Riddle
How many undocumented students could benefit from in-state tuition?
Offering in-state tuition rates to all residents benefits the state’s economy.
On February 14, 2014, CLINIC submitted comments to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services about the agency’s proposed changes to Form I-821D, the form used to request Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The proposed changes to the form establish procedures for individuals to demonstrate continued eligibility for deferred action – extending the two years of deferral originally granted to them.
Why States Should Provide Access to Driver’s Licenses to All Residents
Granting driver’s licenses to all residents improves public safety on our roads.
Bill/Statute: SB 833
Year Law Enacted: 2013
Effective Date: December 4, 2014 (assuming that Oregon voters decide to uphold the law in the November 2014 ballot measure seeking to repeal the law)
Name of Document Issued: Driver Card
Driver’s licenses play a critical role in American society and enable us to participate more fully and productively in our communities. Most of us rely on cars to get ourselves and our families to work, school, the hospital, the grocery store, and church. In addition to facilitating transportation, driver’s licenses enhance public safety by ensuring that all drivers are trained, tested, and qualify for automobile insurance.
By Allison Posner
On November 6, 2013, USCIS held a stakeholder engagement on its new 2D barcode technology. The new technology is part of the agency’s Forms Improvement Initiative, intended to enhance the agency’s ability to conduct intake at the lockboxes quickly and accurately.
This webinar will address immigration detention, including the federal mandate requiring the detention of certain immigrants, the recent rise of immigration detention, and alternatives to detention. Additionally, the panel will include local perspectives on the effects of detention facilities on communities and how local stakeholders can help combat this national phenomenon.
With the support of the Four Freedoms Fund, and in conjunction with other immigrant right organizations, CLINIC is tracking trends in immigration enforcement abuse in order to form a litigation strategy. To support this goal, CLINIC is asking affiliates to share information about cases that may be in need of litigation before state, local, and federal court systems.
Welcoming the Stranger through Immigrant Integration discusses five state-level legislative initiatives that promote the integration of immigrants into our states and communities. The integration measures discussed include legislation that creates tuition equity for all; strengthens human trafficking laws; invests in English language instruction; uses the budget process to integrate immigrants; and enhances access to financial aid and protection against immigration consultant fraud.
As members of Congress prepare to return to Washington, D.C. from the summer recess, the future of U.S.
CLINIC offers our faith-based perspective to recommend improvements to the Secure Communities program.
This tool kit provides an overview of the Criminal Alien Program, the Secure Communities Program, and the 287(g) Program. It also recommends strategies to advocate against the implementation and halt the continuation of these programs in communities.
Esta grabaciόn contiene una serie de preguntas y respuestas acerca de la ley migratoria de Indiana.
This podcast is a short Q & A on Indiana’s immigration law PL 171.