2014 Congressional Recommendations

Read the 2014 Recommendations to Congress The Interfaith Immigration Coalition (IIC), a coalition of 42 national faithbased organizations, calls on Congress to enact immigration reform that will reunite families, provide meaningful opportunities for undocumented immigrants to apply for citizenship, and promote community wholeness. For more than a decade, the IIC has been working with congregations, service providers, and faith [...]

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Coalition members respond to House Republican “Standards for Immigration Reform”

On January 30, 2014, the House Republican leadership released “Standards for Immigration Reform“. Members of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition released the following statements in response: American Jewish Committee (AJC) Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Church World Service Franciscan Action Network Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) HIAS Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) Lutheran Immigration and [...]

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Say NO to H.R. 1148!

URGENT: Call the House Judiciary Committee Today! En Español The House Judiciary Committee will be considering the Michael Davis Jr., in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act (H.R. 1148), a very negative bill that would harm our communities and congregations. Members of the House Judiciary Committee need to hear from people of faith [...]

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Reject Rollbacks to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act

URGENT: Call the House Judiciary Committee Today! En Español Tomorrow the House Judiciary Committee will begin consideration on multiple bills that would unduly inflict harm upon families and unaccompanied children fleeing violence by expanding immigration detention, limiting access to due process, and creating additional bars to prevent access to our asylum and trafficking protection systems. [...]

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IIC Member Organizations Launch Letter-a-Day Campaign Urging Congress to Oppose Anti-Immigrant Proposals

As Congress considered bills that are harmful to immigrants, Member Organizations of the IIC will send a letter to Congress everyday for the next three weeks urging them to oppose any proposed legislation that would undo the Administration’s recent action on immigration, including amendments to the DHS spending bill H.R. 240, and that would militarize our border, [...]

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Anti-Immigrant Legislation – We Need Your Voice!

President Obama’s executive action will provide millions of our undocumented community members the opportunity to apply for temporary relief from deportation. Some members of Congress have threatened to stop administrative action through legislation, legal action or blocking funding for implementation. Additionally, with the new 114th Congress, we expect to see bills proposed with strong anti-immigrant sentiment [...]

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IIC Members Respond to Anti-Immigrant Proposals

As Members of Congress consider legislative proposals that would undermine years of progress for immigrants, Interfaith Immigration Coalition members release the following letters and statements: Faith Organization Sign-On Letter Church World Service Franciscan Action Network HIAS Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service United States Council of Catholic Bishops

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Tell Congress: Anti-Immigrant Proposals Take Our Nation Backwards

Urgent calls are needed Tuesday and Wednesday morning! Right now, the House of Representatives is considering legislative proposals that would be harmful to immigrants already living in the United States, as well as to those seeking protection from harm — including the most vulnerable among us: children. These proposals would take us backwards as a [...]

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Call for Action on Immigration

President Obama’s executive action will provide millions of our undocumented community members the opportunity to apply for temporary relief from deportation. Urge Congress to support the President’s executive action on immigration! Some members of Congress have threatened to stop administrative action through legislation, legal action or blocking funding for implementation. It is important for Congress [...]

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National Religious Leaders Respond to President’s Historic Action on Immigration

Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, Jewish and Muslim leaders from across the religious community are responding to the President Obama announcement of temporary relief for millions of undocumented immigrants. Selected quotes from national religious leaders: Rev. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): “Tonight the prayers of millions have been answered. Soon many of our neighbors will [...]

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Recent Legislation On Unaccompanied Children (as of July 29, 2014)

Helpful resources to respond to these bills: Faith Talking Points on unaccompanied children Talking Points on rolling back provisions in the TVPRA (AILA) Article on how we treat Mexican children, which should not be extended to Central American children H.R.5138 – Our Communities, Our Choices Act of 2014 would add language to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization [...]

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IIC members respond to President Obama’s announcements

On June 30, 2014, President Barack Obama made two announcements regarding immigration policies: a letter to Congressional leadership on the administration’s response to the increase in unaccompanied children fleeing violence in Central America, and a speech indicating future administrative action on immigration in light of House Republicans’ failure to pass legislation. Members of the IIC released [...]

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