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 them to share 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 US 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 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:

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. On the local level, IJPC’s Youth Educating Society (YES) program and IJPC’s Immigration Learning Community educate the general public, in particular people of faith, youth, and young adults, on issues relating to immigration. YES empowers immigrant youth and allies through support and education to cultivate social and legislative change for a more inclusive and just society.

IJPC collaborates with many partners to coordinate the Immigrant Dignity Coalition. The Immigrant Dignity Coalition has 26 members representing 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. Contact the coalition by email or by joining our Facebook group.

Take Action

Comment to Save Asylum (Updated 6.25.2020)

Last week, IJPC shared that the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security published a new rule that essentially dismantles our asylum system. This is just the latest in a string of policies limiting the power of this humanitarian program.

Click here to submit a comment to stop the dismantling of our asylum program. Make sure to edit the pre-filled comment to make it unique so that it is counted as its own individual comment.

This click-to-comment campaign will close at 1 p.m. ET Wednesday, July 15.

Resources:

  • To request a presentation about immigration, please fill out this form. There are three main presentations we can offer, all of which can be tailored to your group: Immigration 101, DACA and Dream Act Presentation, and our YES Speakers Bureau.
  • Download or order the immigration board game for your classroom or group.
  • 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 IJPC’s DACAmented Guide for regional schools, IJPC hopes this educates high school students to know the ins and outs of applying as a DACA recipient.
  • 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.
  • Educate yourself and others of our rights and our power to push back against unjust deportations. Browse the Know Your Rights Know Your Power guide.
  • From the Immigration Legal Resource Center, a packet for families to prepare in case of deportation (English and Spanish).
  • 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.
  • 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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