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Defending and advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members. #WeAreHome #ProtectFamilies #ImmigrantsAreEssential
17 Mar
🚨BREAKING: @JoaquinCastroTX, @RepTedLieu, @SenWarren & @SenAlexPadilla introduced the Citizenship for Essential Workers Act, which would provide 5 mil.+ undocu workers a path to citizenship.

#ImmigrantsAreEssential & millions risk their lives to keep our country running. 1/
#ImmigrantsAreEssential, not just to our economy, but to our communities & our nation.

While many of us are able to stay home, millions of immigrants in our communities are working high-risk jobs to care for our loved ones, teach our kids, keep us fed & deliver our goods. 2/
In fact, nearly 3/4 of all immigrants in the U.S. workforce — including more than 5 million undocumented immigrants — are working in essential roles and helping us get through the pandemic.

📣Read the stories of immigrant essential workers here: 3/
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9 Mar
🚨BREAKING: Today, the Biden administration agreed to end all SCOTUS appeals of the previous administration’s #PublicCharge ‘wealth test’, which targeted low-income immigrants and their families. This paves the way for ending this dangerous & racist rule.

🧵A thread 1/
Trump’s public charge ‘wealth test’ was cruel & dangerous to the health and well-being of our nation. It threatened the health, nutrition, and housing of millions of families and has impeded our ability to fully recover from the pandemic. 2/
This is an important step forward to build back trust within our immigrant communities. The Biden administration clearly recognizes that now more than ever, we must ensure everyone in this country has the freedom to thrive. 3/
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6 Mar
🚨BREAKING: The Senate passed the $1.9 trillion #AmericanRescuePlan, providing necessary relief to our communities—including 2.2 mil. more people in mixed-status families. Though we celebrate this victory, the bill once again unfairly excludes 9.3 mil. immigrants from relief. 1/
Rejecting @SenTedCruz’s effort to block stimulus checks for undocu immigrants is a big win for immigrant communities. 2.2 million additional families will now be included in relief.

This is the result of advocates who organized to ensure inclusion of ALL of our communities. 2/
We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again: There is no COVID recovery without immigrants. EVERYONE, including immigrants, must have access to COVID relief, testing & vaccines. 3/
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4 Mar
🚨BREAKING: @RepRoybalAllard, @NydiaVelazquez & @RepYvetteClarke reintroduced the Dream & Promise Act today, which would permanently protect 3.1 mil. immigrants.

NILC has fought for #DreamAct since 2001 & won’t stop until ALL immigrants in the U.S. have the freedom to thrive. 1/ Image
#DACA recipients, TPS holders & immigrants covered by DED belong here: they're living, working & building their futures here.

In fact, more than 200,000 DACA recipients are essential workers, keeping this country afloat & helping in our COVID recovery. #ImmigrantsAreEssential 2/
❓Did you know? The average TPS holder has been in the U.S. for 22 years, and the average DACA recipient arrived at age 6.

The Dream & Promise Act is an important step toward stability & a permanent solution — and it’s long overdue.

#WeAreHome 3/
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18 Feb
We applaud @SenatorMenendez & @RepLindaSanchez for introducing the #USCitizenshipAct today. This bill is a significant step toward a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants—including a fast track for #DACA recipients, #TPS holders & farmworkers.

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#USCitizenshipAct would:
✅Create a path to citizenship for 11 mil. immigrants
✅Begin to address root causes
✅Fortify worker protections
✅Remove barriers to family-based immig.
✅Put limits on exec. authority to issue bans
✅Restore asylum
✅Replace "alien” w/ “noncitizen”
.@MarielenaNILC: "Millions of immigrants are doing essential work to help us through the pandemic & are in urgent need of stability & relief. We urge members of Congress to swiftly provide undocumented members of our communities a path to citizenship." #ImmigrantsAreEssential 3/5
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11 Feb
🚨HAPPENING NOW: @MarielenaNILC is testifying before @HouseJudiciary.

Join us as we live tweet — we'll be here to remind you that #ImmigrantsAreEssential & that we need bold immigration reforms, starting with a path to citizenship.

“It is estimated that 3 in 4 undocumented workers are engaged in work that is deemed essential.” -@RepJerryNadler

“I am here today because my parents moved from Colombia to work in Rhode Island’s textile factories to give their 10 children better opportunities.” -@MarielenaNILC
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11 Feb
NILC forcefully denounces the ongoing hate crimes & bigotry targeting Asian Americans, and the recent rise in attacks on AAPI elders.

We stand in solidarity with AAPI communities in their pursuit of equity & justice. 1/4
Since the start of COVID, Asian Americans have increasingly become targets of racially-motivated attacks & racist rhetoric. All the while, they're disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, grappling with unemployment, high-risk health care work & economic instability. 2/4
In 2020 alone, @StopAAPIHate documented 2,808 racially-motivated hate incidents against Asian Americans across the country. 700 of those were in the San Francisco Bay Area. 3/4
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3 Feb
🚨BREAKING: @POTUS has begun the process of undoing the #PublicCharge immigrant ‘wealth test.’ This commitment to reverse one of the most harmful policies of the Trump administration is a colossal step toward ensuring we all have the freedom to thrive. 1/4
The public charge ‘wealth test’ stoked fear & confusion in our communities, causing many immigrants to choose between feeding their loved ones and accessing essential health care during a global pandemic. The rule is harmful & racist. 2/4
Over the last 4 years, NILC has worked alongside our partners to fight back against public charge. We co-led & founded the #ProtectFamilies campaign, driving in more than 250,000 public comments opposing the rule. 3/4
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3 Feb
🚨BREAKING: @POTUS took a number of positive immigration-related actions today, including:
✅Began the process of undoing the Public Charge “wealth test”
✅Created a Task Force to Reunify Separated Families
✅Addressed the “Remain in Mexico” Policy

.@POTUS also took action on the following today:
✅Ensured more protections and legal avenues as part of a more robust regional migration strategy
✅Reestablished the Taskforce on New Americans

We're grateful the Biden administration is prioritizing undoing the harm of the last four years & we'll continue to fight until everyone in this country has the freedom to thrive. 3/4
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2 Feb
🚨BREAKING: A federal court has largely allowed our case with @splcenter challenging a 2018 workplace raid to proceed. The raid took place at an East Tennessee meat processing plant where federal agents illegally targeted Latinx workers.👇1/6
In April 2018, dozens of DHS & IRS agents descended on the Tennessee meat processing plant, detaining approx. 100 Latinx workers. This created chaos & deep pain in the lives of these families, forever changing the community. @tnimmigrant has worked to support & empower them. 2/6
The court denied the government's request to dismiss claims alleging the IRS and DHS conspired with the Tennessee highway patrol to violate the immigrant workers’ rights to be free from unconstitutional detention. 3/6
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14 Nov 20
🎉 VICTORY! A Brooklyn court ruled in our case with @MaketheRoadNY and @WIRACYls on DACA that Chad Wolf was not lawfully serving, and his memo was not lawfully issued. We are still reading the opinion and will provide more details soon.
@MaketheRoadNY @WiracYls We knew the memo issued by Chad Wolf was another cruel and divisive move that sought to upend the lives of over a million immigrant youth while Trump schemes to dismantle #DACA. This decision confirms that the Wolf Memorandum was not lawfully issued in the first place. 2/
@MaketheRoadNY @WiracYls The judge also granted a class certification in our case. What this means is that our suit with @MaketheRoadNY and @WIRACYls now represents #DACA recipients across the country who are eligible for DACA under the 2012 DACA memorandum — approximately one million immigrant youth. 3/
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28 Aug 20
BREAKING: We just filed our lawsuit against the Trump admin on #DACA with @MakeTheRoadNY, @WIRACYls, our brave plaintiffs, and four new immigrant youth plaintiffs. The complaint challenges the legality of the Chad Wolf memo from July 28th. THREAD 👇 1/…
@MaketheRoadNY @WiracYls .@DHSgov’s memo drastically altered #DACA by rejecting all first-time applications, limiting the availability of advanced parole, and shortening the length of DACA renewal grants from two years to one year (essentially DOUBLING the cost of renewals). 2/
@MaketheRoadNY @WiracYls @DHSgov Our complaint argues that the Trump admin’s latest attempt to dismantle #DACA side-stepped proper procedures, stripping DACA applicants & eligible immigrant youth of due process. It also argues that @DHS_Wolf is serving unlawfully and does not have authority to alter DACA. 3/
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27 Feb 20
THREAD: For our new report, we interviewed several immigrant service providers and identified a common pattern: the new DHS public charge regulation generated confusion and concern in immigrant communities across the country even before it was implemented.
Researchers @manatt estimate that as many as 26 million people could be chilled from accessing health, nutrition, and housing programs because of fear and misinformation about the rule.
Our report helps uncover how that fear has manifested on the ground, including among groups not technically targeted by the rule: lawful permanent residents, U.S. citizens, and exempted humanitarian groups like crime and trafficking survivors.
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8 Jan 20
We are deeply disturbed by weekend reports of 60+ Iranian-Americans, including US citizens, being detained for hours at a time at US port of entry by CBP. Negah Hekmati, a US citizen traveling with her husband & two young children, were held & questioned for 5 hours. 1/
If this type of profiling sounds familiar, it’s because the aftermath of profiling & targeting Muslim and Middle Eastern communities that ramped up in 2001 are still being felt today. @DHSgov can’t infringe on people’s basic rights or profile people based on their nationality. 2/
We must keep fighting the racism and cruelty of the Trump administration and hold CBP accountable. Local law enforcement & leaders must counter these divisive tactics by rejecting racial profiling and surveillance. 3/
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12 Nov 19
Plaintiffs and attorneys have exited the #SCOTUS hearing on #DACA. Rally still going strong outside.

Upcoming: Some quick takes from the hearing. #HomeisHere 1/
It was a heated argument. Nearly all the justices had tough questions for both sides. 2/
Several justices recognized the impact of rescinding DACA not just DACAmented individuals but also on businesses, schools, and communities. 3/
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19 Mar 19
BREAKING: Today the Supreme Court failed to uphold one of our founding principles — no indefinite detention. #SCOTUS held that immigrants can be detained indefinitely for a crime they might have been released from years ago, w/o an opportunity for bail. 1/…
This means immigrants who paid their debt to society years ago are forever subject to being torn apart from their families and placed in detention without a chance to make their case to be released on bail. 2/
As Justice Breyer referenced in his dissent, this means the threat of indefinite detention can apply to immigrants who may have just been fined or subject to probation, like for using an invalid bus transfer, or illegally downloading music. 3/
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8 Nov 18
BREAKING: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit today upheld a lower court’s ruling to block @realDonaldTrump’s termination of DACA, allowing ~800,000 DACA recipients nationwide to submit renewal applications. 1/ #DefendDACA
@realDonaldTrump Attention DACA recipients! The future of #DACA is uncertain but your ability to renew your DACA is in your hands. If you have DACA, or have had DACA in the past, you can still file to renew. Learn more at @UnitedWeDream & @FWDus 2/
@realDonaldTrump @UNITEDWEDREAM @FWDus Trump’s attack on #DACA more than a year ago upended the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrant youth and their families. His administration has since gone to extreme lengths to end the program without regard for how it has impacted people’s lives.… 3/
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7 Nov 18
Votes were still being counted in some precincts, but turnout shattered previous midterm records across the coast, and voters made history by sending diverse leaders to state houses and to Washington. 1/ #ElectionDay
Republicans, who held majorities in both chambers of the U.S. Congress since 2012, lost control of the House despite a late push by President Trump & some candidates to fear monger and scapegoat immigrants in order to increase voter turnout among Trump supporters. 2/ #ElectionDay
.@MarielenaNILC: "Tonight’s election results, on the whole, were a rejection of hatred and anti-immigrant extremists. This offers a renewed sense of hope that we can get back on the path to a more just and inclusive vision for our country." 3/
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5 Nov 18
🚨BREAKING: In an extraordinary move, the Trump administration just asked the Supreme Court to take up three federal court orders currently blocking Trump’s termination of #DACA. Thread ↓ 1/ #DefendDACA
This is the Trump administration’s second attempt to sidestep the normal process of appellate review and throw #DACA in front of the Supreme Court before the three federal appellate courts have decided the issues. 2/ #DefendDACA
To #DACA recipients: federal court orders protecting #DACA remain in effect. If you have DACA, or have had DACA in the past, you can still file to renew. Learn more… or 3/
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22 Sep 18
BREAKING: President Trump just announced a devastating new proposed regulation that would harm countless immigrant families & all of our nation's communities. The adjustments to "Public Charge" would rig our immigration system so green cards would only go to the highest bidder 1/
This is a regulatory backdoor approach to separate more families. We’ve seen this before when Trump attempted to enact his draconian agenda of restricting legal immigration through Congress — but failed. 2/ #ProtectFamilies
The lead-up to this policy is already producing a damaging chilling effect. Families are foregoing critical, basic needs to stay healthy and thrive for fear of being shut out of the immigration process. 3/ #ProtectFamilies
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18 Aug 18
DACA UPDATE: DC district court partially stayed a previous order to fully reinstate #DACA. This means that USCIS will not accept first time applications or advance parole for now. DACA renewals are still being accepted. 📣 1/
Three federal courts that have now said that the Trump administration’s termination of DACA was wrong. 2/ #ProtectDreamers
This development in the DC case eliminates Texas’ explanation for why they need an immediate halt to #DACA renewals. Simply put: they have no real argument. 3/
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