Immigration

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

Our Position: 

IJPC fully believes that immigrants are to be welcomed to the United States and that U.S. law needs to provide a path for our undocumented neighbors to gain legal status. Immigrant individuals and families must be given opportunities for integration into U.S. 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:

The goal of IJPC’s immigration program is to engage immigrants, allies, and the general public on the realities of our broken immigration system so that they can come together and advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. 

  • IJPC’s Youth Educating Society (YES) program empowers immigrant youth and allies, through support and education, to cultivate social and legislative change for a more inclusive and just society. Through monthly meetings, leadership training, direct action organizing campaigns and sharing their stories, IJPC’s YES leaders are using their voices to demand change in Cincinnati and beyond.
  • IJPC offers interactive, dynamic group presentations to explain how the immigration system works and doesn’t work. There are three main presentations we offer, all of which can be tailored to the request: Immigration 101, DACA and Dream Act Presentation, and our YES Speakers Bureau.
  • IJPC collaborates with many partners to coordinate the Immigrant Dignity Coalition. The Immigrant Dignity Coalition’s membership represents local labor, education, civil rights and faith communities in the greater Cincinnati area who favor the dignity and basic human rights of all people. The Immigrant Dignity Coalition’s purpose is to inform, connect, and mobilize the Southwest Ohio / Northern Kentucky community to defend and protect the dignity of the immigrant and refugee community by working in partnership and as allies.

Get Involved:

Keep learning and stay connected to ongoing efforts:

Plug in and show up:

Take action:

  • Demand the U.S. Senate pass a clean Dream Act to provide a permanent pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients.
    • Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) 202-224-3353 (DC), 513-684-3265 (Cincinnati), email, tweet @senrobportman
    • Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) 202-224-2315 (DC), 513-684-1021 (Cincinnati), email, tweet @SenSherrodBrown
    • Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 202-224-2541 (DC), 859-578-0188 (Ft. Wright), email, tweet @SenateMajLdr
    • Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) 202-224-4343 (DC), 270-782-8303 (Bowling Green), email, tweet @RandPaul

Resources:

The following resources were researched and compiled as part of IJPC’s previous educational presentations. Click one of the topics below to be taken to a new page with links to articles, videos, and a list of actions to take.

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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