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Immigration and Rural Communities Working Group. A cross – RPRP Network Project. Goals of our work. Impress upon policymakers, leadership and the general population, the strengths and contributions of immigrant Americans

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Immigration and Rural Communities Working Group

A cross – RPRP Network Project

Goals of our work

Impress upon policymakers, leadership and the general

population, the strengths and contributions of immigrant


Highlight immigrant contributions to rural communities and

bring a rural lens to the issue of immigration and community


Become a recognized voice for rural America on immigration


When an opportunity arises, be in a position to advocate for

policy improvements that will support integration in rural

communities and that will create a federal immigration system

that works for our families, communities, economy and future

History of the Immigration and Rural Communities Working Group

Key points in the History of the cross-RPRP Immigration and Rural Communities Working Group

2010October, 2010 – Presentation to Wyoming Immigration ActivistsEquality State Policy Center arranged for Martha Sanchez, (La Union del Pueblo Entero) to travel to Wyoming to deliver a presentation to local immigration activists

November, 2010 – Peer

Learning Session

A group of rural advocates

came together to share their

common interest around the

issue of Immigration Reform

Martha talks to members of TRIBE in

Rock Springs, Wyoming


January, 2011 – Working group meets in Florida

The rural advocates who coalesced at the Peer Learning Session met face-to-face in

Florida. The result of the meeting was the creation of the first draft of the ‘Immigration – Rural Position’ paper

June, 2011 – Presentation at the National Rural Assembly

Members of the Immigration working group delivered a presentation at the 2011 National Rural Assembly

August, 2011 – SWRPN brought resources into the effort

SWRPN Coordinator takes over the coordination of the Immigration working group

The coordination function includes convening phone calls (which currently take place twice a month), preparing agendas and materials for calls, writing up notes from calls, researching and disseminating materials to support the work of the group and keeping the momentum of the group moving forward by remaining in regular contact with the group

November, 2011 – Position statement hand-delivered to members of the Obama Administration

SWRPN Coordinator delivered a Position Statement to members of the Obama

Administration at the Albuquerque, NM convening of the White House Hispanic

Community Action Summit

Addressing the Issue of Immigration Reform and Community IntegrationThe group’s approach to work on the issue

The group’s approach to work on the issue…Create and distribute the message of positive contributions immigrants make to our communities

Work CreatedDocumentsIssue-specific documentsCapacity building documentsResourcesDigital StoriesPresentations


Issue-specific documents

Capacity building documents

Resources library

Issue-specific documents

  • The initial group created the ‘Immigration –

    Rural Position’ paper

  • The Immigration – Rural Position paper was

    revised for presentation at the National

    Rural Assembly

  • ‘Summary Document’ – The group created a list of activities identified as the first priority activities the group would engage in.

  • Position statement – A one-sheet document was created stating the group’s values and what we are asking for. This was hand-delivered to members of the Obama administration at a White House Community Action Summit in Albuquerque, NM

Capacity building documents

  • Committee Charter was begun ~ it is an

    evolving document

  • A ‘Letter of Inquiry’ to the Funding Exchange was written

  • Large body of notes from the Committee and

    Working Group calls is being archived.

    The notes have served to ensure continuity in the group’s discussion.

Resources Library

A resource library is being created and


  • Immigration Message Memo from the

    Frameworks Institute

  • Immigration Message Analysis – through

    Opportunity Agenda 2011

Digital Stories

A Digital Stories Working Group has been formed. This group will create digital stories to support the group’s messaging.


A presentation was delivered at the National

Rural Assembly in June, 2011

This PowerPoint presentation is available to

working group members as a report to

their Networks

Current actions being takenNext steps

Next Steps

The ‘Messaging’ Working Group is crafting

the message the group will put out

Digital Stories will be created

A plan will be developed for the dissemination

of the messaging

The structure created to move the work forwardThe Main Committee Working Groups Operating Procedures Sustaining the Work

The Main Committee

The Committee is establishing the fundamentals specific to the functioning of the group

An official name for the group has been


A Committee Charter is being developed,

which will help define the operations and

shape the governance of the Committee

Working Groups


Digital Stories

Operating Procedures

A Committee Charter is being crafted

The fundamental concepts were articulated in August

The Charter is an evolving document changing as the

work of the group evolves

Work is driven at this point by the ‘Messaging’ work group

Work takes place via

Conference calls

Email exchanges

Documents are housed on the RuralXchange site

Building a cross-RPRP alliance This alliance has formed around a shared concern for a very specific policy issueCross-RPRP network composition of the CommitteeThe ‘Network Advantage’

Cross-RPRP network composition of the Committee

There are six of the seven RPRP networks represented on the Committee email distribution list

The core group, (those that consistently participate in calls), is comprised of members from three of the RPRP networks:

NURV Network

Great Plains Network

Southwest Rural Policy Network

The ‘network advantage’

The group is making use of the ‘network advantage’:

The sharing of resources – the group is using the SWRPN conference calling service which is a toll-free number, and coordination of the effort is provided by the SWRPN

The sharing of expertise – Erica will provide Tirso with pointers for the march Tirso is helping organize. Members can call on one another for advice on how to address various situations

The group is poised to support one another in the efforts taken on by our individual organizations

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