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:

  • Our Deputies are not ICE Agents (updated 2.10.2017)
    • President Trump’s January 25th executive order calls for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office (ICE) to expand the list of who is considered a priority for deportation. This expansion describes almost every undocumented person currently living in this country- close to 11 million people.
    • In order to find and process 11 million people, the executive order calls for 10,000 new ICE agents and 5,000 new border patrol agents, tripling the current size of the agency.
    • They are also encouraging local law enforcement agencies to sign up for the 287(g) program so they can act as ICE agents and enforce federal immigration laws.
    • If local deputies start to enforce federal immigration laws, their time will be spent racially profiling people and wasting precious money and time that could be used prosecuting violent criminals. In an order issued from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in February 2016, Sheriff Neil agreed to not detain undocumented immigrants unless there is an arrest warrant. This is a step in the right direction.
    • Send Sheriff Neil a thank you message! We need Sheriff Neil to keep standing up for what is right by saying NO to making our deputies federal ICE agents.  Call him at 513-946-6400. Sample message: “Thank you Sheriff Neil for making sure our deputies are not acting as federal ICE agents.”
  • 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)
  • Muslim Advocacy Groups are Not Terrorist Fronts (updated 2.10.2017)
    • Introduced by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on January 9, the “Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2017” (S.68) seeks to designate the Muslim Brotherhood, a religious and social movement that has been politically engaged, as a “foreign terrorist organization.”
    • There is a difference between disagreeing with the Muslim Brotherhood’s conservative stances and policies, but it is another to declare it a terrorist organization, when the organization itself has disavowed violence and does not promote it.
    • US Muslim Advocacy organizations including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (Cair), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Muslim Students Association (MSA) have been accused of being fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood, even though they are not associated.
    • Ultimately, labeling The Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization and questioning the intentions and motives of Muslim civil rights advocacy groups is a deliberate attack on Muslims aimed to promote fear, hate, and drastic political measures to remove them from American politics and social life.
    • Currently the bill has been referred to the Committee of Foreign Relations which Senator Rob Portman and Senator Rand Paul are a part of. Contact them to ask them to vote in opposition to this bill.
  • 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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