Resources on State and Local

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This toolkit highlights the harm the USCIS proposed fee policy could have on states and localities, and offers arguments governors, mayors, and other officials may use in developing comments in opposition. It also suggests additional steps officials can take to support impacted residents.

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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.

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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. 

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Granting immigration status is the job of the federal government. However, states regulate who may receive a driver’s license or identification card. Currently, thirteen states and the District of Columbia have made a major investment in highway and public safety by allowing undocumented residents to apply for limited-purpose license and identification documents.

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Access to Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Residents States Map

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President Trump issued an Executive Order13888 on Enhancing State and Local Involvement in Refugee Resettlement, or the “Executive Order”, on Sept. 26 that will allow states and localities to restrict the resettlement of refugee in their areas.

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This year, lawmakers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia convened for legislative session. As in previous years, immigration issues were a priority for many legislators. CLINIC tracked 430 pieces of legislation between January and July in 46 states and the District of Columbia. Close to 60 bills and resolutions have been adopted or signed by the governors. A total of 130 proposed bills had died by July 31, while the remaining bills continued through the legislative process. Lawmakers in Alaska, Delaware, Idaho and Louisiana did not propose immigration legislation.

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A professional or occupational license authorizes practitioners of certain professions or trade, such as, medicine, teaching, plumbing, electrician, and cosmetology to work in a given industry. Although state governments regulate professional licenses through state licensing boards, under federal law, professional licenses cannot be extended to undocumented immigrants unless states affirmatively opt out of such federal restrictions by enacting legislation to provide for eligibility.[1]

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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.

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A federal court judge in California entered a ruling mostly in favor of the state in United States v. California, in which the Trump administration challenged the legality of the state’s pro-immigrant laws that were enacted in 2017: SB 54, AB 103, and AB 450.

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Twenty states and the District of Columbia offer in-state tuition to undocumented students. This infographic shows states that allow immigrant youth access to affordable and quality higher education. See whether DACA termination affects immigrants’ ability to attend or afford college in your state.

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A federal court judge has ruled against Texas in the landmark case, City of El Cenizo et al v. Texas regarding the state’s anti-immigrant law, commonly known as SB4.

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A federal court judge has ruled against Texas in the landmark case, City of El Cenizo et al v. Texas regarding the state’s anti-immigrant law, commonly known as SB4.

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This resource provides talking points for why states should enact laws that protect your community against notario fraud and other harmful immigration services.

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A toolkit with ideas for working with your local officials on immigrant integration.

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Hateful, anti-immigrant rhetoric has become common place in the news cycle and in legislative bodies across our country. In order to combat the narrative, organizations serving immigrants must look for ways to safely amplify immigrant voices in their communities. This three-part guide will teach you how to combat anti-immigrant narratives through legislative testimony, local media work, and social media.

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Civic engagement helps ensure the voices of the public are heard. It is a way to hold political leaders accountable and to protect marginalized groups, such as immigrants, by emphasizing issues that are important to the entire community. One way to become involved in the political process is to stay up to date with your state legislative process.

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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.

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This resource outlines the kinds of identification cards used by undocumented immigrants and their benefits to the community.

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This resources was created to understand immigration detainers and their impact on communities.

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Trying to understand immigration law by yourself can be overwhelming. Figuring out who to trust is just as hard. Beware of notarios and other immigration scammers trying to cheat you out of your money and waste your time.

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Did you know that the wrong immigration help can hurt? Due to the complexity of immigration law, even small mistakes can result in severe consequences to immigrants and jeopardize their future immigration status.

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This toolkit was created to help understand refugee resettlement.

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Read five facts about state mandatory e-verify laws.

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A webinar outlining the recent enforcement efforts in the United States and a call to action for individuals.

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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.

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This resource provides talking points for why states should enact laws that protect your community against notario fraud and other harmful immigration services.

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The document discusses five state-level legislative initiatives that promote the integration of immigrants into our states and communities. The integration measures discussed include legislation that creates tuition equity for all; strengthens human trafficking laws; invests in English language instruction; uses the budget process to integrate immigrants; and enhances access to financial aid and protection against immigration consultant fraud. It includes model language and talking points that advocates can use to educate legislators about the benefits of integration measures.

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