In this podcast, CLINIC interviews Father Patrick Delahanty, the recently retired Executive Director of the Catholic Conference of Kentucky. Reflecting on his tenure with the Conference, Father Pat shares stories about combating an “Arizona copycat” bill, working to secure housing for resettled refugees, and prospects for a driver’s license bill in Kentucky. He also provides valuable advocacy strategies for building relationships with the media and working with allies.
Date recorded: September 2, 2014
States are increasingly passing laws aimed at integrating immigrants into our communities. One recent trend in pro-immigrant legislation relates to affordable higher education for immigrant youth. In May 2014, Florida became the 20th state to extend eligibility for in-state tuition at public universities and colleges to its undocumented residents. In this podcast, CLINIC interviews Ingrid Delgado of the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops about Florida’s new tuition equity law and some of the advocacy strategies that contributed to this legislative success.
As Congress tackles immigration reform, a central issue in the debate revolves around the fate of the estimated 11 million undocumented individuals living in the U.S. CLINIC, and others, are advocating for a path for qualifying undocumented immigrants living in our country to earn permanent residence and, eventually, citizenship. Perhaps the most common opposing argument to allowing the undocumented to earn permanent residence is the sentiment that they sho