Immigration

From the workplace, to the classrooms, and in our neighborhoods, immigrant families are part of our communities in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. IJPC educates and advocates for immigrants’ rights and creates opportunity for them to share their unique voices as we work for comprehensive immigration reform.

Our Position: 

IJPC fully believes that immigrants are to be Immigrationwelcomed to the United States and that US law needs to provide a path for undocumented workers to gain legal status. Immigrant individuals and families must be given opportunities for integration into US society and protected from exploitation. Furthermore, IJPC realizes that people do not make the decision to leave their homeland lightly. Nations need to work together to create a just international economic structure in which every person’s human rights are respected and provides dignified work within each country. We believe that national security is not enhanced by threats of mass deportation, detention of undocumented individuals and families, or by vast increases in border surveillance.

Our Work:

On the local level, IJPC’s Youth Educating Society (YES) program and IJPC’s Immigration Committee educate the general public, in particular people of faith, youth, and young adults, on the realities of immigration. YES is a leadership program designed for both documented and undocumented immigrants and their friends and allies, who gather to network, learn more about the issues, and take an active role in the community. IJPC advocates for comprehensive immigration reform, expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), and works towards making Cincinnati more immigrant friendly.

Take Action

  • H.R. 2406: Immigration and Customs Enforcement Authorization Act of 2017 (updated 6.8.2017)
    • H.R. 2406 authorizes ICE to hire an additional 10,000 deportation officers, 2,500 detention officers, and 60 immigration prosecutors; all without increasing the amount of immigration judges. This more than doubles the number of ICE immigration enforcement officers, when compared to the current level of nearly 8,000. These changes are likely to increase the workloads for the judges, leading to cases spending longer periods of time in the already backlogged court system. Additionally, the deportation efforts are likely going to increase with the greater number of officers, leading to more undocumented immigrants being placed in danger. To read more about the increased workload of immigration judges, read this interview with Dana Leigh Marks, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges.
    • If the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Authorization Act is passed, officers will be mandated to carry M-4 assault rifles and other weapons. By distributing weapons to these officers, there will undoubtedly be more instances of violence among the members of immigration enforcement.
    • There has been no information stating this increase in ICE enforcement is necessary. By hiring 12,500 officers, the budget for ICE and CBP is expected to increase significantly. ICE and CBP already have a higher annual spending than all other divisions of federal law enforcement combined.
    • The House will soon be voting on this bill. Call your representatives and urge them to vote NO on the Immigration Customs Enforcement Authorization Act of 2017.
  • H.R. 2407: United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and Authorization Act (updated 6.8.2017)
    • On May 11th, Representative Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Authorization Act. This bill is an amended version of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and strives to increase the regulation of immigration enforcement.
    • The bill does not give any reference to the components of service, citizenship, and integration, which are crucial in the functioning of the USCIS.
    • This bill encourages the restriction of agency communication with external stakeholders. Decreased communication will likely lead to increased tension between the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and its core constituents.
    • Another major point of interest in H.R. 2407 is that it will make E-Verify permanent, however, it will not take any precautions to ensure authorized workers are correctly identified. In the past, E-Verify servers have wrongfully acted as roadblocks for many U.S. workers to seek employment. To read more about E-Verify, click here.
    • The House will soon be voting on this bill. Call your representatives and urge them to vote NO on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Authorization Act.
  • H.R. 2431: Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act (updated 6.8.2017)
    • On May 15th, 2017 Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) introduced H.R. 2431, a bill that will enact harsh immigration enforcement measures.
    • The Davis-Oliver Act introduced would restrict law enforcement grants from sanctuary cities, increase immigration enforcement by local authorities, and raise the penalties for several immigration crimes.
    • The legislation also aims to make it easier for people to be labeled deportable.  Examples of this would be deeming legal immigrants who are family members or associate with criminal gangs deportable.
    • The bill will allow agencies to enforce federal immigration law, and give grants to states to help them identify undocumented immigrants. The government is giving these agencies special access to databases to help them identify undocumented immigrants.
    • The bill authorizes police to arrest and detain anyone based solely on suspicion of being unlawfully present in the U.S., which is a form of racial discrimination.
    • The bill authorizes the addition of 12,500 ICE detention deportation officers, and it also mandates that officers be armed with M-4 assault rifles. Which raises the possibility of dangerous interactions between law enforcement and our communities.  
    • The bill authorizes the arrest and detention of all illegal immigrants which includes the mothers and fathers of children born in the US-which grants them citizenship.
    • This administration has demonstrated that it is targeting people regardless of their criminal/violent nature, which goes agents the sentiment of the President’s campaign promises.
    • The ICE and CBP have experienced incredible growth and their annual budgets are now almost $18 billion, which exceeds the combined spending on all other federal law enforcement. Though undocumented immigration is at an all-time low.
    • The Davis act would include a number of provisions that would erode due process for individuals who have already been screened and admitted to the United States. Read more bout visa renewal Here.
    • The House will soon be voting on this bill. Call your representatives and urge them to vote NO on the Immigration Customs Enforcement Authorization Act of 2017.
  • The Wall is Too Expensive and Unnecessary (updated 2.10.2017)
    • On January 25, President Trump ordered the construction of a physical wall along the United States’ 2,000 mile southern border with Mexico. The order calls for a wall that needs to be monitored electronically and staffed with personnel.
    • It is unclear if the wall will be in addition to, or replace, the current fence that spans 670 miles near the most populated areas along the border. Both Republicans and Democrats have said that they have the fencing they need.
    • It is estimated that the wall will cost between $15 BILLION and $25 BILLION to build and maintain. That estimate does not include what it will cost if the government needs to acquire land along the border.
    • There is a lot of uncertainty of how the wall will be paid for. There have been suggestions of increasing visa fees, instituting a border tax on imports from Mexico, or taxing people who use wire transfers to send money to Mexico.
    • In order to construct the wall, Congress needs to approve funding. Call your members of Congress and say NO to funding the border wall.
    • Ohio:
      • Senator Rob Portman: 513-684-3265 (Cincinnati), 202-224-3353 (DC)
      • Senator Sherrod Brown: 513-684-1021 (Cincinnati), 202-224-2315 (DC)
      • Representative Steve Chabot: 513-684-2723 (Cincinnati), 202-225-2216 (DC)
      • Representative Brad Wenstrup: 513-474-7777 (Cincinnati), 202-225-3164 (DC)
    • Kentucky:
      • Senator Rand Paul: 270-782-8303 (Bowling Green), 202-224-4343 (DC)
      • Senator Mitch McConnell: 502-582-6304 (Louisville), 202-224-2541 (DC)
      • Representative Thomas Massie: 859-426-0080 (Northern Kentucky), 202-225-3465 (DC)
  • The BRIDGE Act is Not the Solution, But Could Help Out (updated 2.10.2017)
    • On the campaign trail, President Trump vowed to repeal President Obama’s execution orders including mention of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Senators Graham (R-SC) and Durbin (D-IL) as well as Representatives Gutierrez (D-IL) and Coffman (R-CO) introduced two companion bills into the House (HR 496) and Senate (S 128) called the BRIDGE act to provide temporary relief from deportation and employment authorization to individuals who are eligible for DACA should DACA be repealed.
    • The BRIDGE Act would provide “provisional protected presence” and employment authorization to all DACA-eligible individuals. Applicants would be required to pay a fee, undergo background checks and meet a number of eligibility requirements (such as came as minors, grew up in U.S., pursuing an education, have not committed any serious crimes, good moral character)
    • Although this bill is only for 3 years, it provides opportunity for Congress to work out broader immigration reform in the meanwhile.
    • DACA recipients improve the communities they are a part of. If DACA is revoked without passage of the BRIDGE Act, the GDP would reduce by $433.4 billion over ten years.
    • S 128 was introduced January 12th and has been referred to the Judiciary Committee. Neither Brown or Portman have formally made statements in support or opposition of the bill. Please call them to support Senate Bill 128.
      • Senator Rob Portman: 513-684-3265 (Cincinnati), 202-224-3353 (DC)
      • Senator Sherrod Brown: 513-684-1021 (Cincinnati), 202-224-2315 (DC)
    • HR 496 was introduced January 12th and has since been referred to the Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. Neither Chabot or Wenstrup have formally made statements in support or opposition of the bill however Chabot is on the Judiciary Committee in the House.  Please call them to support House Resolution 496.
      • Representative Steve Chabot: 513-684-2723 (Cincinnati), 202-225-2216 (DC)
      • Representative Brad Wenstrup: 513-474-7777 (Cincinnati), 202-225-3164 (DC)

Resources:

  • Many times DACAmented  students don’t see college as an option, or know how to apply for college. A lot of DACAmented students or minorities in general struggle applying to college because they are the first in their family to go to college. With the DACAmented guide for regional schools, IJPC hopes this educates high school students to know the ins and outs of applying as a DACA recipient.
  • In light of the election, this fact sheet from the Immigration Legal Resource Center provides information about DACA.
  • Learn how to protect yourself from immigration raids and helpful tips to remember with this cartoon and PDF in English and Spanish created by CASA of Maryland.
  • Provide help in a beneficial way. Many immigrants and immigrant families are taken advantage on legal assistance. Catholic Legal Immigration Network has a flyer they developed for those seeking to be a helper for immigrants in this complicated matter.
  • From the Immigration Legal Resource Center, a packet for families to prepare in case of deportation (English and Spanish).
  • Know your rights cards for immigrants that can be printed and distributed.

About IJPC

The Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center educates and advocates for peace, challenges unjust local, national and global systems, and promotes the creation of a nonviolent society. IJPC is supported by faith-based organizations and individuals who work together to educate around justice issues, take collaborative action and do public witness. We address local, national and international concerns focusing on the death penalty, immigration, human trafficking and peace and nonviolence.

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