Updates from the Network
Thomas Dedah of the Diocese of Providence in Rhode Island
Huong Nguyen of National Korean American Service and Education Consortium in Annandale Virginia
Children’s Legal Center in Chicago, Illinois
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) in Portland, Oregon
Jewish Family Service of Seattle, Washington
Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso, Texas
New Hope Free Methodist Church in Rochester, New York
Santa Barbara County Immigrant Legal Defense Center in Santa Maria, California
Public Charge Wrap-Up
Thank you to all of our affiliates who participated in the public commenting period on the proposed public charge rule, which ended on Dec. 10!
More than 215,000 comments were submitted, which was more than double the 100,000 comments goal set by our partner, the Protecting Immigrant Families campaign. The Department of Homeland Security now has to review all of the public comments submitted, and may make changes to or potentially abandon the proposed rule if there are any problems that cannot be resolved.
During this review period, the current methods of determining public charge remain in effect. If DHS completes a final version of the rule, it will be posted in the Federal Register with an implementation date in the future. CLINIC will keep you updated if a final rule is published in the Federal Register.
We would be happy to hear any feedback you have about our efforts to keep you updated and to engage you in this public commenting period. Let us know how we did! You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A small number of Catholic Charities agencies are piloting local loan programs to leverage Kiva's lending for migrants establishing businesses here in the United States. If you are interested in piloting a program, please complete this brief survey and register for our upcoming webinar for more information.
Updates from the Center for Immigrant Integration (January 2019)
Happy New Year! CLINIC’s Center for Immigrant Integration’s January highlight focuses on the Rural Community Inclusion Partnership. A collaboration between Justice For Our Neighbors and other local nonprofits, it is a unique service delivery model designed to create a more inclusive rural Nebraska . The Center also kicked off its FREE four-part webinar series on partnering with your city government to promote immigrant integration. The Migration Policy Institute explores the benefits and importance of creating strategies to support two-generation refugee integration. Lastly, don’t forget to check out the Immigrant Integration Training Calendar for upcoming events and trainings throughout the country!
The Immigrant Legal Center, an affiliate of the Justice For Our Neighbors network, joins the Rural Community Inclusion Partnership to eliminate barriers immigrants in rural parts of Nebraska.
Launched Jan. 23, this four-part webinar series focuses on the basic components of establishing a relationship with your city government to foster immigrant integration. Participants will learn best practices for approaching officials, how to craft a proposal for city government support, and how to establish their agency as a trusted source for city officials. You will also receive supplemental reference materials. The recording of the first webinar is available for viewing today. Click the link to register for the other three live trainings.
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. Up next, 2019 Immigration Symposium: Fighting to Keep Families Together
Outside Events, Webinars, and Resources
The Migration Policy Institute and state refugee coordinators explore the significance of implementing and establishing two-generation approaches to refugee integration. With limited resources dedicated to children and nonworking family members in the traditional refugee resettlement system, this webinar focuses on strategies that address the needs of the entire family.
The Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services is hosting their annual fundraiser to help their new neighbors regain hope and integrate into the community.