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Overview of 2014 State Legislation (Nov 2014)

To: Catholic Conference Directors and Other State Advocates From: Jen Riddle - Advocacy Attorney, State and Local Immigration Project Subject: Overview of State and Local Immigration Legislation in 2014  Date: November 20, 2014  

Recent State & Local Immigration Developments (Oct 2014)

Alabama Agrees Not to Publish “Scarlet Letter” Immigrant List  

Globalizing Charity: 7 Ways Your Local Government Can Help Unaccompanied Minors

By Jen Riddle “It is necessary to respond to the globalization of migration with the globalization of charity and cooperation, in such a way as to make the conditions of migrants more humane.” - Pope Francis

Recent State & Local Immigration Developments (Sept 2014)

California Allocates $3 Million for Legal Services for Unaccompanied Children  

Webinar - Advocating to Protect Unaccompanied Children in Your Community

This webinar addresses advocacy on behalf of unaccompanied children residing with sponsors and relatives across the United States as they await their immigration hearings. Panelists  provide updates on where the children are living, their impact on local communities, and steps you can take to welcome them.

Webinar - Communities Resisting Immigration Enforcement: Detainer Policies and Local Advocacy

This webinar addresses the trend of law enforcement agencies across the country deciding not to detain individuals to hand over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for possible deportation. Following an overview of immigration detainers and how their use harms immigrant families, panelists discuss the shifting legal landscape and the important ways in which communities are changing their detainer policies. Finally, they share advocacy strategies for convincing law enforcement in your city or county not to get involved in enforcing federal immigration laws.

State and Local Resolutions in Support of Unaccompanied Children

The recent increase in youth fleeing violence in Central America and seeking protection in the United States has left federal authorities scrambling to find facilities to temporarily house these children until they can be reunited with family members or placed into foster care to await their immigration hearings. Many state and local leaders have taken steps to welcome this vulnerable population including offers to convert vacant buildings or military bases into emergency shelters.

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