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Advocating for Tuition Equity in Florida

  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.  

“A Moment We Cannot Afford to Lose”

Taking their message to Capitol Hill on May 29th, bishops emboldened Catholics to seek justice for immigrants through support for comprehensive reform.  A mass, offered for the families of those separated by our broken immigration system, was concelebrated by six bishops at St. Peter Church in Washington, D.C.  The prayers of principal celebrant Archbishop Thomas Wenski were clear:  migration is a central narrative of our faith and nation’s history, and ensuring that laws evolve to uphold the dignity of migrants is a moral obligation.

Issues Around Immigration Reform

In order to pass comprehensive immigration reform, increased awareness among the public, particularly voters, is essential.  These materials are provided to help the reader in gaining more awareness and being a public voice promoting immigration reform.

Structuring and Implementing an Immigrant Legalization Program

By Donald Kerwin and Laureen Laglagaron   Summary: While comprehensive immigration reform may have moved to the back burner politically, Congress ultimately will need to reform US immigration policy as immigration enforcement alone will not prove effective in dealing with the nation’s estimated 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants.

Will History Repeat Itself? A Guide to Immigration Legalization Preparation

By Peggy Gleason As you know, the House and Senate are scheduled to negotiate a compromise that could produce a comprehensive immigration reform bill.  For the first time since the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986, legalization may become law.  Without knowing exactly what will pass, it is difficult to plan for our programs.  However, we know the rough outlines of the possible legislation and we can mine our own experiences for concrete preparation steps we can take now.

Legalization Readiness - Gathering Supporting Documentation

By Peggy Gleason   Regardless of what legalization program is eventually enacted and implemented, applicants will need to submit supporting documents to establish that they qualify. What documents are likely to be needed? What is the best way to organize them? How should clients now be counseled on ways to gather these documents? By looking at the prior legalization under the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986, and at the current proposals, we can estimate what may be required once a new legalization program is enacted.

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