State and Local Immigration Project

Since 2007, CLINIC has been providing policy, engagement, and research support to advocates who are working on immigration legislation proposed and introduced at the state and local level. As efforts for immigration reform at the federal level continue to be delayed, state and local communities have been increasingly active on immigration-related matters. For example, after the collapse of comprehensive immigration reform in 2007, approximately 500 immigration related bills were introduced by state legislators with 270 measures enacted. Currently, over 390 state and local laws and resolutions have been enacted in the first half of 2015 alone. Through the State and Local Immigration Project, CLINIC provides legal analysis, training, technical assistance, and support to advocates working to both combat anti-immigrant legislation and ordinances, and to support pro-immigrant measures. Contact CLINIC Advocacy staff, at for more information.

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State and Local Updates

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Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 9:44am
We are called to show hospitality to newcomers. Placing non-criminals in detention is not in line with that value, nor does it realize refugees’ God given human rights.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 1:03pm

This webinar focuses on immigration issues and describes how other areas of social justice such as safety net programs, education, and transportation can include an immigration component.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 2:22pm

According to an August report by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), lawmakers in 41 states and the District of Columbia enacted 132 laws and 84 resolutions related to immigration during the 2014 legislative sessions.

Monday, October 27, 2014 - 10:46am

The response of the Catholic Church to the continued arrival of Central American children and families seeking protection in the United States has been tremendous.

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 3:03pm

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.

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:09am

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.

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 10:07am

There are three primary ways in which unaccompanied children may come to live in a particular community.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 4:14pm

Many states and localities are considering and enacting laws and policies that welcome undocumented individuals and enhance their ability to live, work, and participate as contributing members of society.

Monday, June 23, 2014 - 1:35pm

A wide array of city residents would benefit from eligibility for municipal ID cards, including such vulnerable groups as undocumented immigrants, victims of domestic violence or natural disaster, the homeless, low-income senior citizens, and the formerly incarcerated.

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 1:49pm

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.

Additional Resources

Advocacy groups around the country are providing resources on state and local immigration laws and policies. Below are a few resources:

What Are Our Bishops Saying About Immigration Legislation?

Federal/State Enforcement Partnerships

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.

ICE detainers are simply requests. It is not mandatory for local law enforcement to honor immigration detainers; when and whether to do so is discretionary.

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.

The Obama Administration has removed a record number of individuals - 1.5 million during the first term alone. Many deportable immigrants come to the attention of ICE through its various partnerships with local law enforcement agencies, including Secure Communities, the Criminal Alien Program, and 287(g).

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.