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. During the 2017 state legislative session, lawmakers in nearly all 50 states considered more than 300 proposed immigration bills between January and June. The bills addressed critical immigration topics, including local police participation in federal immigration enforcement, anti-sanctuary policies in schools and local government, as well as refugee resettlement.
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 Advocacy@cliniclegal.org for more information.
State and Local Updates
This workshop provides an update on key measures CLINIC affiliates responded to during the 2017 state legislative session. It will also provide a national overview of state legislative trends and discuss successful strategies advocates used to respond to proposed bills in their respective states.
Changes in federal immigration policies have motivated a substantial increase in state legislative action on immigration. This year, lawmakers in all 50 states met for legislative session. Between January and June, legislators in 49 states considered more than 300 immigration bills and resolutions. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there was a 90 percent increase in the number immigration laws enacted in the first half of 2017, compared to last year. In 2016, lawmakers in 41 states enacted 229 pieces of immigration legislation between January and June.
This resource provides talking points for why states should enact laws that protect your community against notario fraud and other harmful immigration services.
A toolkit with ideas for working with your local officials on immigrant integration
Are you interested in learning how your local government can help you in your efforts to promote and encourage immigrant integration in your community? What resources and support can local government offer to your organization, and how can they assist your program in advancing its goals?
A document outlining how one can work with local officials on immigrant integration.
A resource that describes the benefits of extending driving privileges to all residents.
Civic engagement helps ensure the voices of the public are heard. This resource outlines how to stay up to date with your state legislative process and make sure yours is too.
Available in English.
A professional license authorizes practitioners of certain professions, such as medicine, law, social work, and cosmetology to work in a given industry. The licensing process exists to regulate a standard of skill and quality of service.
This resource outlines the kinds of identification cards used by undocumented immigrants and their benefits to the community.
This toolkit was created to help understand refugee resettlement.
CLINIC advocates for the end of the U.S. policy of detaining families who arrive in the U.S. seeking protection from crime and violence in their home countries. It also participates in the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Representation and Advocacy Project, working to provide legal representation to these families.
State Immigration Enforcement
This updated resource provides additional statistics related to the financial contributions undocumented immigrants make to local economies, as well as public policy arguments to support immigrant-friendly communities.
This resources was created to understand immigration detainers and their impact on communities.
Read five facts about state mandatory e-verify laws.
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.
A webinar outlining the recent enforcement efforts in the United States and a call to action for individuals.
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.
Migration in the Community: Bishops' Statements
A collection of statements from bishops on migration in the community.
National advocacy groups provide other resources on state and local immigration laws and policies. Below are a few resources:
The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) discusses research and advocacy about state and local issues on its website.
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) tracks state legislation related to immigration.
The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Immigration and the States Project examines the intersection of federal, state, and local immigration laws and policies.