National Dialogues on Immigration

Key Players

Who is active in the immigration debate? Who shapes immigration policy, and how? Below are sixteen organizations whose work impacts immigration discussions. The National Dialogues on Immigration Project does not subscribe to any of the views below or align with any particular organization.


 

ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project

“No Human Being Is Illegal” – ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project

ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project

The ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP) has been at the forefront of almost every major legal struggle on behalf of immigrants’ rights, focusing on challenging laws that deny immigrants’ access to the courts, impose indefinite and mandatory detention, and discriminate on the basis of nationality. In addition, the Project has challenged constitutional abuses that arise from immigration enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels, including litigation against anti-immigrant “show me your papers” laws at the state level, local anti-immigrant employment and housing laws, improper enforcement of federal immigration laws by local law enforcement, and worksite and home raids.

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Center for Immigration Studies

“Current, high levels of immigration are making it harder to achieve such important national objectives as better public schools, a cleaner environment, homeland security, and a living wage for every native-born and immigrant worker.” – Center for Immigration Studies website

Center for Immigration Studies

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit, research organization. Since its founding in 1985, CIS has pursued a single mission: providing immigration policymakers, the academic community, news media, and concerned citizens with reliable information about the social, economic, environmental, security, and fiscal consequences of legal and illegal immigration into the United States.

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Council of Conservative Citizens

“We believe the United States is a European country and that Americans are part of the European people.” – Council of Conservative Citizens website

Council of Conservative Citizens

The Council of Conservative Citizens’ (CofCC), “believe in, commit themselves to, and pledge to work for and support [the] fundamental principles of American civilization, liberty, justice, and national safety…” The CofCC began conducting public demonstrations against undocumented immigration in the late 90′s, and in 2006 staged a rally of over 1000 people in opposition to the Senate Amnesty Bill, which did not pass. They consider themselves “conservative activists,” “developing unity, and successfully building a network of chapters and supporters at the grass-roots level nationwide to serve as a responsible, effective voice and active advocate for the no-longer silent conservative majority.”

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English First

“A nation divided by language cannot pull together as effectively as a people.” – Representative Steve King (R-IA)

English First

English First is a national, non-profit grassroots lobbying organization founded in 1986 that advocates for English to be the official language of the U.S. in order to give every child the chance to learn English, and to eliminate costly and ineffective multilingual policies.

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Federation for American Immigration Reform

“If the President is allowed to violate the laws for one group of people, it will not take long before he starts expanding his powers to reach the entire illegal alien population.” – Federation for American Immigration Reform, November 2013

Federation for American Immigration Reform

Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is a national, non-profit, public-interest, membership organization of concerned citizens who share a common belief that the nation’s immigration policies must be reformed to serve the national interest. FAIR seeks to improve border security, to stop illegal immigration, and to promote immigration levels consistent with the national interest.

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Immigration Equality

“He is my soul mate and my partner and has seen me through every tough time, and to finally stop worrying that we could be separated is all I ever wanted.” – Bradford Wells, in reference to marrying Anthony Makk, represented by Immigration Equality, August 2013.

Immigration Equality

Immigration Equality is a national organization fighting for equality under U.S. immigration law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive individuals. Founded in 1994 as the Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force, Immigration Equality provides legal aid and advocacy for LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants and their families. Immigration Equality is the first and only organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to achieving full equality for LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants.

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Migration Policy Institute

“The inability of high-skilled immigrant workers to get jobs commensurate with their skills and experience represents wasted talent.” – Migration Policy Institute President Demetrios Papademetriou, October 2013.

Migration Policy Institute

Migration Policy Institute (MPI) provides analysis, development, and evaluation of migration and refugee policies at the local, national, and international levels. It aims to meet the rising demand for pragmatic and thoughtful responses to the challenges and opportunities that large-scale migration, whether voluntary or forced, presents to communities and institutions in an increasingly integrated world. MPI grew out of the international migration policy program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights

“No mother should be separated from her children simply because she is involved in immigration proceedings. The right of a parent to care for and make decisions about her children is fundamental, and a core American value.” – National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights, August 2013.

National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights

The National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights (NCIWR) is comprised of grassroots and national advocacy organizations. NCIWR defends and promotes equality for all immigrant women and their families living and working in the United States. The organization integrates human rights principles into its work and asserts that immigrant rights are women’s rights. NCIWR advocates at the national, state and local levels for comprehensive immigration reform, fair and non-discriminatory implementation of our immigration and enforcement policies, and reproductive and economic justice for immigrant women.

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National Council of La Raza

“Reform will...modernize our legal immigration system and enable the millions of undocumented immigrants to get right with the law by offering them an earned path to citizenship.” – National Council of La Raza President and CEO Janet Murguía, October 2013.

National Council of La Raza

National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, working to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations, NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. To achieve its mission, NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas: assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health. In addition, it provides capacity-building assistance to its Affiliates who work at the state and local level to advance opportunities for individuals and families.

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National Domestic Workers Alliance

“My grandmother, who is 87, is able to have a vibrant life because a caregiver named Mrs. Sun supports her…I think the more we value people like Mrs. Sun, the healthier our society will be.” – Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, November 2013.

National Domestic Workers Alliance

Founded in 2007, the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the nation’s leading voice for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women. NDWA is powered by 39 local, membership-based affiliate organizations of over 10,000 nannies, housekeepers and caregivers for the elderly located in 14 states, plus the District of Columbia. NDWA is supported by domestic workers, employers and supporters.

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National Immigration Forum

“Immigration reform will create a stronger America. It is time for Congress to transcend politics and make it so.” – National Immigration Forum, November 2013.

National Immigration Forum

Founded in 1982, the National Immigration Forum advocates for the value of immigrants and immigration to our nation. In service to this mission, the Forum promotes responsible federal immigration policies, addressing today’s economic and national security needs while honoring the ideals of our Founding Fathers.

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National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

“Our border policy has tragically contributed to the deaths of thousands...while having no impact on the complex ‘root’ factors that drive migration.” – National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, May 2013

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) works to defend and expand the rights of all immigrants and refugees, regardless of immigration status. Since its founding in 1986, the organization has drawn membership from diverse immigrant communities, and actively builds alliances with social and economic justice partners around the country. As part of a global movement for social and economic justice, NNIRR is committed to human rights as essential to securing healthy, safe and peaceful lives for all.

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National Organization for Women

“Immigration affects women deeply, as more than half of the almost 12 million undocumented immigrants are women and children.” – National Organization for Women website

National Organization for Women

The National Organization for Women (NOW) has been a leading advocate in for the rights of women for over forty years. NOW’s mission is to fight against discrimination and seek to bring full equality to girls and women regardless of their age, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical and intellectual abilities, marital and/or socio-economic status. In this effort, NOW has joined the debate on the need for comprehensive immigration reform legislation. NOW insists that any “reform” legislation dealing with immigrants must be inclusive and contain provisions that address the specific needs and challenges specific to immigrant women and their children who work and live in the United States.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

“Hollywood likes to glamorize marriage fraud, but as this defendant discovered, in real life these schemes don't have happy endings…Immigration benefit fraud is a serious crime.” – Homeland Security Investigations, November 2013

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) primary mission is to promote homeland security and public safety through the criminal and civil enforcement of federal laws governing border control, customs, trade, and immigration. The agency has an annual budget of more than $5.7 billion dollars, primarily devoted to its two principal operating components: Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

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Welcoming America

“The traditional approach is to water the seed [the immigrant] with English classes and job training. But if you don’t pay attention to the soil around the seed, the receiving community…then it’s really hard for that immigrant to thrive.”
– Welcoming America, March 2013

Welcoming America

Welcoming America is a national, grassroots-driven collaborative that works to promote mutual respect and cooperation between foreign-born and U.S.-born Americans. The ultimate goal of Welcoming America is to create a welcoming atmosphere – community by community – in which immigrants are more likely to integrate into the social fabric of their adopted hometowns.

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