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.
This report discusses state legislative action on immigration, focusing on key measures CLINIC affiliates addressed in their respective jurisdictions.
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.
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.
State Immigration Enforcement
A resource that describes the benefits of extending driving privileges to all residents.
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.
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.