Solidarity Letter in Support of Pro-Immigrant Policies

Our organizations stand behind the hundreds of state and local policies protecting localities from intrusive collusion, monitoring, and policing by federal immigration authorities.

These policies emerged after years of reasonable discussion and debate amongst community groups, local officials, and police and sheriff departments, as hundreds of cities, towns and states grappled with the harm of deportation programs, like the failed Secure Communities (S-Comm) now renamed the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). Our communities rightly concluded that local pro-immigrant policies not only protect public safety and constitutional rights—they are integral to fostering diverse and thriving communities.

 

The scapegoating of immigrant communities and attacks on local pro-immigrant policies and the officials who enacted them reflects a hardening racism and xenophobia in American politics that we must eliminate, not foster.  These attacks may score some political points in the short-term but strike against good governance and inclusive democracy.

 

We call on officials to stand up for human and civil rights and reject ineffective and punitive measures against immigrants, including PEP, a program that dangerously increases federal entanglement with local police.  Officials should support the difficult but necessary work of examining and addressing the root causes of violence in our communities.

 

We call on local, state, and federal officials to work with us to hear solutions about what community safety and welfare really mean for us – beyond more policing, incarceration, and deportation.

 

Visit our Take Action page for more info on how you can help. Click here to join the growing number of organizations listed below in support of policies that protect immigrants and promote community safety.

NATIONAL

American Civil Liberties Union

American Friends Service Committee

Anti-Defamation League

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)

ASISTA

Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)

Border Network for Human Rights

Casa Esperanza

Center for Popular Democracy

Detention Watch Network

Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries

Dream Action Coalition

Drug Policy Alliance

Franciscan Action Network

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Grassroots Leadership

Immigrant Defense Project

Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Justice Strategies

Latino Policy Forum

National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities ( NALACC )

National Center for Transgender Equality

National Day Laborer Organizing Network

National Immigrant Justice Center

National Immigration Law Center

National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild

National Lawyers Guild

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

NETWORK

New Sanctuary Movement

Not1More

NQAPIA: National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance

PICO National Network

The Praxis Project

Southern Poverty Law Center

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

Transgender Law Center

United We Dream

We Belong Together

A

Alaska

Alaska Institute for Justice

 

Arizona

Coalicion de Derechos Humanos

PUENTE

C

California

Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus

Asian Law Alliance

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach

California Immigrant Policy Center

California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance

Central American Resource Center-LA (CARECEN-LA)

Chinese for Affirmative Action

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)

Comite VIDA

Dolores Street Community Services

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant

Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist

Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement

Filipino Advocates for Justice

Fools Mission

Fresno Immigrant Youth in Action

 

California Continued

 

Immigrant Justice Team Emerson UU Church

Immigration Center for Women and Children

Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area

Nicaragua Center for Community Action

Palabra

Pangea Legal Services

Reedley Social Services. Inc.

Sacred Heart Community Service

Salvadoran American National Network (SANN)

San Francisco Public Defender

Silicon Valley De-Bug

SIREN, Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network

Social Justice Collaborative

Stanford Law School Immigrants’ Rights Clinic (for identification purposes only)

Street Level Health Project

Transforming Immigrant Communities through Education (TICE)

Colorado

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition

Criminal/Immigration Defense Clinic at Colorado Law (for identification purposes only)

Together Colorado

Connecticut

Unidad Latina en Acción

D-F

District of Columbia

CAIR Coalition

Florida

Farmworker Association of Florida

Florida Immigrant Coalition

Friends of Broward Detainees

University of Miami School of Law, Immigration Clinic

WeCount!

G-I

Georgia

Coalición de Lideres Latinos-CLILA

Georgia Detention Watch

Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights

GaNot1More Coalition

Southeast Immigrant Rights Network

SONG / Southerners On New Ground

Illinois

Cobb Immigrant Alliance

Korean American Resource and Cultural Center

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Interfaith Leadership Project

Northwest Side Housing Center

P.E.A.C.E

Association of Latino/as Motivating Action (ALMA)

 

Iowa

American Friends Service Committee- Iowa

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement

Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Latina Leadership Initiative of Greater Des Moines

L.U.N.A.

Trinity United Methodist Church

K-L

Kansas

Immigrant Justice Advocacy Movement

Sunflower Community Action

 Louisiana

New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice

M

Maryland

CASA de Maryland

Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity

 

Massachusetts

Chelsea Collaborative

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

 Michigan

Michigan United

Minnesota

Conversations with Friends

De Leon & Nestor, LLC

Jewish Community Action

 

Mississippi

MIRA Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance

 

Missouri

National Lawyers Guild – St. Louis Chapter

N

New Jersey

Reformed Church of Highland Park, NJ

New Mexico

El CENTRO de Igualdad y Derechos

Enlace Comunitario

La Plaza de Encuentro Gathering Place

New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice

New York

Brooklyn Defender Services

Families for Freedom

Immigration Justice Clinic, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Make the Road

Neighborhood Defenders Services of Harlem

New Sanctuary Coalition

New York City Anti-Violence Project

SEIU 32BJ

UnLocal, Inc.

North Carolina

FaithAction International House

North Carolina Justice Center

Southern Coalition for Social Justice

O-P

Ohio

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality

Oregon

Causa Oregon

Jobs with Justice – Portland

Pennsylvania

New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia

Juntos

T-U

Tennessee

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition

 

Texas

American Gateways

Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition

Austin Jewish Voice for Peace

RAICES

Refugio del Rio Grande

Texas Organizing Project

 

Utah

Comunidades Unidas

V-W

Virginia

Dreamers of Virginia

Legal Aid Justice Center

 

 Washington

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

OneAmerica

Puentes: Advocacy, Counseling & Education

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Casa Latina

 Wisconsin

Voces de la Frontera