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 enacted more than 300 immigration-related laws within the first half of the year. The laws 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 attorneys, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
State and Local Updates
This resource provides general information about the standby guardianship process, its importance for immigrant families, and offers talking points for why more states should enact standby guardianship laws and make them accessible to immigrant parents.
This report discusses state legislative action on immigration, focusing on key measures CLINIC affiliates addressed in their respective jurisdictions.
This analysis provides an overview of federal court’s ruling on critical issues in the United States v. California case and what it means for the local community.
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
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.
This resource outlines the kinds of identification cards used by undocumented immigrants and their benefits to the community.
State Immigration Enforcement
This resource provides an overview of the federal E-Verify program, its challenges, as well as state and local laws requiring employers to use the program. It discusses gaps in state E-Verify laws and recommends alternatives to strengthen state economies and the workforce.
This resource highlights the benefits of expanding access to state identification cards and driver’s licenses for all residents. Use this tool to advocate for inclusive policies in your state.
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.
This toolkit was created to help understand refugee resettlement.
Read five facts about state mandatory e-verify laws.
A webinar outlining the recent enforcement efforts in the United States and a call to action for individuals.
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.
Migration in the Community: Bishops' Statements
- USCCB Executive Committee’s statement on the administration’s DACA decision
- Catholic Bishops condemn Trump administration’s decision to rescind DACA
- Nebraska Bishops issue statement of support for DACA immigrants
- California Bishops urge the administration to protect DACA youth and their families
- Bishops in Missouri call upon state and federal officials to work together to enact legislation that establish a pathway to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants
- Cardinal Cupich, Archdiocese of Chicago, responds to DACA decision by reaffirming the Churches commitment to upholding the dignity and fundamental rights of all persons
- Bishop McGrath of the Diocese of San Jose expresses disappointment with the decision to rescind DACA
- Bishops of Arizona and New Mexico urge the community to pray and advocate for protections for DACA youth
- Wisconsin Bishops call on Congress to find a legislative solution that protects DACA youth
- Indiana Bishops issue a statement of support for DACA immigrants and calls upon Congress to act responsibly to provide protection for them
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.