Updates from the Network
Marta Tuhchieva-Petit of Centro Romero in Chicago, Illinois
Aquinas Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Baptist State Convention of North Carolina in Raleigh, North Carolina
Journey’s End Refugee Services, Inc in Buffalo, New York
Light of Hope Immigration Law Center in Plano, Texas
Rays of Freedom in San Antonio, Texas
SF Labor Council/We Rise SF/Labor Center for Immigration Justice in San Francisco, California
Step up your advocacy by submitting comments on federal rules affecting immigrants
Petitions and letter-writing campaigns are common tools used to influence law and policy makers. However, when a federal agency tries to put in place a new rule, such strategies are not the best method. In the case of a proposed rule, it is most effective to participate in the public comment period and inspire others to do so, too! Submitting a public comment can be as easy as signing a petition.
The public comment period for the Flores rule closes on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
The comment period for changes to the public charge rule closes Monday, Dec. 10.
If the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed rule is allowed it would drastically expand the definition of what it means to be a public charge, which could prevent an immigrant from maintaining or obtaining legal immigration status. Download the toolkit here, then head to cliniclegal.org/public-charge to learn more.
CLINIC’s Center for Immigrant Integration takes it local as we highlight a Maryland nonprofit agency that promotes integration by offering their students vocational classes in various fields. The New American Economy created a Cities Index that scores immigrant integration around the United States. What did your community score? Share with us on Twitter by tagging @cliniclegal. There is still time to register for NIIC 2018. We hope to see you there!
CASA de Maryland partners with community colleges and local government to enhance vocational skills for individuals as they integrate into the community.
We update our new learning calendar as soon as new events are announced. Bookmark it and check back periodically to find a wide variety of integration-focused events being hosted around the nation. Coming soon: The 2018 National Immigrant Integration Conference in Arlington, Virginia. Click here to register.
Outside Events, Webinars, and Resources
The New American Economy introduced their NAE Cities Index, which evaluates immigrant integration by measuring policies and socioeconomic outcomes. Click this link to see how your city scored. Then, share with us and New American Economy on Twitter by tagging @cliniclegal and @newamericanecon.
Last year, the Center for Immigrant Integration highlighted the Gateways for Growth Challenge. This program offers qualifying cities financial and planning support in creating a multiyear strategic plan to help immigrants adapt and prosper in their communities. These cities also receive “on the ground” technical assistance from the sponsoring organizations. To continue their work, their application for part three is now open! If interested, submit your application by Nov. 19 and keep us updated on your status by emailing CLINIC Integration Program Manager Leya Speasmaker at firstname.lastname@example.org.