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Comprehensive Immigration Reform 2013-2014: The Road Forward from the Church's Perspective November 1, 2013. Our Presenters. Kevin Appleby , Director, Migration Policy and Public Affairs, US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Ashley Feasley , Immigration Policy Advisor, USCCB

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform 2013-2014:

The Road Forward from the Church's Perspective

November 1, 2013

our presenters
Our Presenters

Kevin Appleby, Director, Migration Policy and Public Affairs, US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

Ashley Feasley, Immigration Policy Advisor, USCCB

Michelle Sardone, Legalization Program Director, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

our agenda
Our Agenda

Political overview

House legislation: enforcement

House legislation: legal immigration

House legislation: bills not yet introduced

Messaging

Potential questions/Challenges

Next steps/Moving forward

Preparing for implementation

political overview
Political Overview

Strong Senate bill

Divided House Republican Caucus

Implications of Budget Debate/Shutdown

Three Pressure Points: Regular Order, Democratic bill, Administration

Timeline

house legislation enforcement
House Legislation: Enforcement

Border Security Legislation (HR 1417)

Metrics vs. More Resources (Corker-Hoeven)

Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement (SAFE) Act (HR 2278)

Criminalize Undocumented Presence

Criminalize Transporting/Harboring

Authorize State and local law enforcement

Authorize States to pass immigration laws

house legislation legal immigration
House Legislation: Legal Immigration

SKILLS Visa Act (HR 2131)

Elimination of Diversity Lottery and Family Categories

Fundamentally changes purpose of immigration system: family vs. economy

Ag Act (HR 1773)

Guestworker program for ag workers

No pathway to citizenship

Insufficient worker protections/wages

house legislation not yet introduced
House Legislation: Not Yet Introduced

KIDS Act (version of DREAM Act)

Legalization Bill—no path to citizenship

Asylum “Reform”

Low-Skilled Guestworker Program

messaging
Messaging

Path to Citizenship: No permanent underclass

Final product must be comprehensive

Congress must show bipartisan accomplishment/cooperation

NO SAFE ACT

Suffering (family separation, exploitation, death) must end

potential questions challenges
Potential Questions/Challenges

Legalization: Support to get to conference?

Position on HR 15 (Senate bill + House border security bill minus Corker-Hoeven)

Administrative action (timing)

Path to conference committee

Pulling the plug

path forward
Path Forward

We have until December 2014

Ongoing Advocacy toward swing members

Advocacy on detention and deportation issues (Administrative Action)

preparing for implementation
Preparing for Implementation

Advocacy

Catholic Call-In Day November 13th

Community education

Assist potential applicants to prepare

Partner with local immigration legal service providers

Immigrant integration

Resources

community education
Community Education

There is NO new law

There is no waiting list

Reputable legal service providers

https://cliniclegal.org/affiliates/directory

http://www.justice.gov/eoir/ra/raroster.htm

http://www.ailalawyer.com/

Start saving money

community education1
Community Education

Immigrant contributions

https://cliniclegal.org/resources/othergeneral/why-comprehensive-immigration-reform-good-states-without-footnotes-2013

U.S. Bishops’ statements

https://cliniclegal.org/category/issues/catholic-social-teaching

Justice for Immigrants

www.justiceforimmigrants.org

assisting potential applicants prepare
Assisting Potential Applicants Prepare

Translation of home country documents

Partner with consulates

Address and immigration history

Help organize documents

Proof of physical presence

How can your agency help?

Employment/school records

partner with local experts
Partner with Local Experts

Immigration legal service providers

https://cliniclegal.org/affiliates/directory

http://www.immigrationadvocates.org/nonprofit/legaldirectory/

Experts in immigration law

Community presentations

Materials

Consultations

Need volunteers

Need resources

immigrant integration
Immigrant Integration

Financial literacy

Taxes

Competent tax assistance

Pay your 2013 taxes before 4/15/14

English classes

Consider starting a class in your community

resources
Resources

CLINIC’s Preparing for Comprehensive Immigration Reform manual: https://cliniclegal.org/resources/legalization-manual

CIR planning outline: https://cliniclegal.org/sites/default/files/second_clinic_outline_for_cir_plans_2013_-_question_format_-_final.docx

Sample funding templates: https://cliniclegal.org/resources/cir-budget-template-affiliates

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Resources

Tax information:

http://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep

http://www.ilrc.org/files/documents/itin_and_taxpayer_faqs_final.pdf

ESL providers

https://www.literacydirectory.org/

http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/AdultEd/englit.html

free friday webinars
Free Friday Webinars

Nov. 8, 15, and 22 at 2-3:30 pm EST

Recent Trends in State and Local Immigration Enforcement

Immigration Detention: Perspectives from D.C. and the Field

State & Local Immigration Laws: Recap 2013 and 2014 Outlook

https://cliniclegal.org/calendar/webinar-series-hot-topics-immigration-advocacy

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kappleby@usccb.org

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Silver Spring, MD 20910

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