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Limiting State and Local Compliance with Immigration Detainers: An Advocacy Overview

Over the last several years, we have witnessed a concerning increase in ICE relying on partnerships with state and local law enforcement to identify immigrants it wishes to remove from the United States. Through the Secure Communities program, for example, fingerprints taken when booking individuals charged with state or local crimes are checked against federal immigration databases. This information sharing enables ICE to investigate whether individuals in local jails might be unlawfully present or removable.

Why States Should Provide Access to Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants

Granting driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants improves public safety on our roads.

  • Extending driving privileges to undocumented immigrants will require individuals to take driver’s tests and properly register with the state’s motor vehicle agency.
  • Licensed drivers know the rules of the road and have a proper understanding of traffic regulations.

Webinar: State and Local Immigration Laws: Recap of 2013 and Outlook for 2014

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This webinar reviews some of the anti-immigrant and pro-immigrant laws passed by states in 2013 on topics including state-issued identification and driver's licenses, refugee resettlement, immigration enforcement, and access to higher education. Panelists also provide proactive and defensive advocacy strategies. Finally, they address the state-level immigration policy outlook for 2014.

Held on: 11/22/13

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Webinar: Immigration Detention: Perspectives from D.C. and the Field

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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.

Held 11/15/13

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