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  • Children & Youth
  •   DREAM Act
  • Detention Centers
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  • Pa. Legislation
  • U.S. Legislation
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  • Faith-Based Resources
  • Immigration & Trade Policy
  • Other Organizations
  • Legal Sites
  • Government Agencies
  • Other Resources



  • Children & Youth
  •   DREAM Act
  • Detention Centers
  • Economic Impact
  • Pa. Legislation
  • U.S. Legislation
  • Mexican Perspective
  • U.S.-Mexico Border
  • New Sanctuary Movement
  • Refugee Resettlement
  • Stories & Movies
  • Denominational Statements
  • Undocumented Immigrants
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    This is a brief resource list on U.S. immigration issues and public policy.

    Faith-Based Resources on Immigration and Public Policy

    • Interfaith Immigration Coalition
    • Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
      LIRS provides services to individuals, families, and church congregations on a variety of refugee and immigration issues, including hosting new immigrants and supporting families and individuals facing detention and deportation.

      In 2007 LIRS compiled a report on two immigrant detention facilities -- the T. Don Hutto Residential Center Care Facility near Austin, Texas, and the Berks Family Shelter at Leesport, Pennsylvania. In 2009 the Don Hutto facility was converted to a women's detention center, but Leesport, PA facility still a family lock-up -- men, women, and children.

      The Pennsylvania affiliate of LIRS (in Lancaster and Philadelphia) is:

    • American Friends Service Committee Project Voice
      1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
      Phone: (215) 241-7000
      Conducts local and national organizing and education cad paigns to equip immigrant-led organizations in setting the national agenda for immigration policy and immigrants’ rights.
    • Borderlinks
      620 S Sixth Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701 Phone: (520) 628-8263
      Conducts travel seminars in U.S.-Mexico border communities, works with U.S. and Mexico partners to build peace both sides of the border. A member of the No More Deaths Campaign (, a coalition of faith communities and human rights organizations working to end border deaths.
    • Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
    • Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
      2012-13 Immigration Reform Campaign - Resources
      Resources for Clergy
      Movie Discussion Guide - Faith and Immigration
      CCIR is supported by an ecumenical coalition of church leaders and faith-based organizations.
    • Justice for Immigrants: A Journey of Hope
      The Catholic campaign for immigration reform.
    • Interfaith Worker Justice
      [look for new resources in February, 2013]
    • Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Immigration Education Program
      Immigration Program Director: Saulo Padilla
      Office Location: Goshen, IN Phone: (574) 534-4133
      Web: (Immigration Education Program)
      Web: (Immigration Education Resources)
    • Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office
      920 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
      Washington, DC 20003
      Phone: (202) 544-6564
      Monitors U.S. public policy for its impact on MCC’s domestic and international relief, development and peacemaking work.
    • Presbyterians for Just Immigration
    • Sojourner'sImmigration Resources
    • United Methodist General Board of Church and Society
      The Washington Office (addresses public policy issues on immigration)
      100 Maryland Ave N.E.
      Washington, DC 20002
      Phone: 202-488-5600
      Email: (Bill Mefford)
      Web: see GBCS/immigration or go to and search for immigration.
    • U.S. Interfaith Trade Justice Campaign
      1225 Otis St., NE, Washington, DC 20017
      Phone: 202-635-2757 x134
      Partners with church organizations to facilitate engagement of faith communities in educational activities, policy advocacy and fair trade efforts around global trade and investment policies.

    Denominational and Interfaith Statements on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

    Economic Impact of Immigration

    Recent immigrants - documented and undocumented are major contributors to the U.S. economy. As described in the Perrymany Group study, the economic impact of expelling all undocumented immigrants would be comparable to the "Great Recession" which began in late 2008.

    U.S. Legislative Issues

    Comprehensive immigration reform needs to address worker rights, detention practices, and policies that break families apart.
    • Legislative Issues (Interfaith Immigration Coalition)
      Provides a concise summary of current U.S. public policy issues relating to immigration.
    Also see other links below for more information on specific immigration issues.

    Pennsylvania / State Legislative Issues

    U.S. Refugee Resettlement

    Undocumented Immigrants - U.S. Overview & Statistics

    U.S.-Mexico Border

    Detention Centers and Immigration Enforcement

    Proposed Private Detention Center in eastern Pennsylvania

    The GEO Group has proposed to build a 2,500-bed private immigration detention center in Upper Mount Bethel. This project would require approval of both Northampton County and the federal government.

    Private Prison Corporations

    Children and Youth

    The DREAM Act - legislation to provide a path to legal status for undocumented youth who were brought to the U.S. as young children. Current federal law requires that public education be provided for all children through high school, but after high school graduation there are legal barriers to jobs and higher education.
    • DREAM Act - U.S. Senate vote in December 2010
    • DREAM Act advocacy and information site.
    • National Immigration and Law Center
      Detailed information about DREAM Act, personal stories, updates on legislative status.
    • ASPIRA - works with Puerto Rican and other Latino youth.
      Recommends bilingual education for children whose native language is not English.

    New Sanctuary Movement

    Immigration Stories, Movies & Video Clips

    Mexican Perspective on Immigration

    Immigration and Trade Policy

    • Highlander Center Many resource links on immigration.
    • Immigration FAQs (National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights - NNIRR)
    • Myths versus Facts (ImmigrationProf Blog)
    • Myths and Facts on Immigration (National Immigration Forum)
    • National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
      310 8th St., Suite 303, Oakland, CA 94607 Phone: 510-465-1984
      A coalition of local immigrant and refugee organizations. Offers popular education tools for community organizers including Project BRIDGE, Building a Race and Immigration Dialogue in the Global Economy, and a video, “Uprooted: Refugees of the Global Economy,” in English with Spanish subtitles.
    • National Immigration Forum
      50 F Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 2000 Phone: (202) 347-0040
      Convenes hundreds of national groups to advocate on a range of immigration policy issues, and equips local advocates and service providers across the country.
    • Oxfam International Advocacy Office
      1112 16th Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036
      Phone: (202) 496 1170
      Hosts the Make Trade Fair campaign, calling on governments, institutions and multinational companies to change the rules so that trade can become part of the solution to poverty, not part of the problem.
    • Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
      2105 1st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404
      Phone: (612) 870-0453
      Promotes resilient family farms, rural communities and ecosystems around the world through research and education, science and technology, and advocacy.
    • Fair Trade Resource Network:
      P0 Box 33772, Washington, DC 20033
      Phone: (202) 234-6797
      Conducts research and offers resources about fair trade. Connects individuals and organizations seeking to get involved in fair trade advocacy.
    • Ten Thousand Villages:
      704 Main Street, P0 Box 500, Akron, PA 17501
      Phone: (717) 859-8100
      Provides fair income to people in developing countries bymarketing their handicrafts and telling their stories in the United States and Canada.


    • Amnesty International:
      Promotes human rights and campaigns against specific human rights abuses.

      A free website run by an international consortium of agencies that help asylum seekers in Australia, Canada, the United States, and several countries in Europe. Over 95% of the content on this site is open to the public, including asylum seekers from any country and the lawyers or advocates who represent them.
    • Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc:
    • Church World Service:
    • Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees:
      A good site to find out statistics in each state on numbers of immigrants.
    • Human Rights Documentation Exchange:
      The Human Rights Documentation Exchange defends immigrant survivors of human rights abuses by providing information critical to their claims for refuge in the United States, advancing public awareness of human rights abuses and encouraging public policy development.
    • Human Watch Reports:
      Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. HWR investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable.
    • Refugees USA:
    • Immigrant Legal Resource Center:
      ILRC provides legal alerts, publications, seminars, trainings and other resources on immigration laws.
    • Asian American Justice Center:
      AAJC works to protect and advance the civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans. It also offers alerts, updates and briefing material on immigration, naturalization, language rights and welfare reform.
    • National Council of La Raza:
      The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization established in 1968 to reduce poverty and discrimination, and improve life opportunities, for Hispanic Americans.
    • National Clearinghouse on Agricultural Guest Worker Issues:
    • National Immigration Forum:
      NIF advocates and builds public support for public policies that welcome immigrants and refugees. NIF offers a series of short papers featuring useful statistical and historical information related to immigration, as well as immigration facts.
    • National Immigration Law Center:
      NILC staff specialize in immigration law, the employment and public benefits rights of immigrants. NILC also conducts policy analysis and impact litigation and provides publications, technical advise and trainings on immigration.
    • National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights:
      NNIRR offers extensive coverage of issues relating to INS raids and the militarization of the border.
    • Pew Hispanic Center:
      PHC’s mission is to improve understanding of the diverse Hispanic population in the U.S.
    • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
      The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established by the U.N. General Assembly in 1950, one of several attempts by the international community during the 20th century to provide protection and assistance to refugees.
    • U.S. Committee for Refugees:
      Information about refugees worldwide.

    Legal Sites

    • American Bar Association Immigration Pro Bono Development Project:
      Resources for local Bar associations seeking to develop pro bono projects for immigrants. Directory of local pro bono panels.
    • American Immigration Lawyers Association:
      Has some basic immigration information and a updates on current immigration policies.
    • American Immigration Law Foundation:
      AILF, established to promote public understanding of immigration law and policy through education, policy analysis, and support to litigators.
    • Find Law:
      FindLaw is the highest-trafficked legal Web site, providing the most comprehensive set of legal resources on the Internet for legal professionals, businesses, students and individuals. These resources include Web search utilities, cases and codes, legal news, an online career center, and community-oriented tools, such as a secure document management mailing lists, message boards and free e-mail.
    • Siskind's Immigration Bulletin:

    Government Agencies

    • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE):
      ICE focuses on the enforcement of immigration and customs laws within the United States.
    • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services:
      INS offers press releases, downloadable immigration forms, statistics, the Immigration and Nationality Act, information on Naturalization, memos, 8CFR, information for employers, etc.
    • U.S. Customs and Border Protection:
    • Congress:
      The Library of Congress’s site for information on Congressional legislation, past and pending
    • EOIR:
      You will find BIA decisions, list of suspended Practitioners, List of BIA recognized organizations and their accredited representatives.
    • Federal Bureau of Prison (BOP):
      BOP has statistics of prisoners and detainees dating back to 1982. You can search for a detainee by inmate number, name or INS number. The results will provide you with the exact location of the detainee (if in a BOP facility), their inmate number, INS number, full name, age, race and gender.
    • Federal Register:
      You will find the publication of proposed, interim & final regulations; notices; and executive orders.
    • Executive Office for Immigration Review Pro Bono Program:
      The EOIR has a list of free Legal Service Providers by States and other helpful information.
    • Department of Labor Office of Administrative Law Judges:
      Administrative law judges from the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Administrative Law Judges preside over formal hearings concerning many labor-related matters. You will find selected statutes or regulations relevant to the Immigration programs that may be adjudicated by the Office of Administrative Law Judges, United States Department of Labor.
    • Department of State:
      It provides an array of important services to U.S. citizens and to foreigners seeking to visit or immigrate to the U.S. It also has DV Lottery information and Visa Services.
      • Visa Bulletin:
        This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers each month.
      • Visa Services:
        It has information on different kinds of visa services, visitor visa application, affidavit of support, visitor visas, student visas, immigrant visas, employment visas, marriage to foreign nationals, public charge information, statistics and other visa questions.
      • US Embassies:
        It has information on Embassies and other Diplomatic Missions.
      • Freedom of Information Act
        It has the Foreign Affairs Manual
    • Employment and Training Administration
      You will find instructions for Filing Applications for Alien Employment Certification for Permanent Employment in the United States.
      • Information on Foreign Labor Certification processing dates, forms, state contacts, prevailing wage, application process and appeals process.
    • House of Representatives:
      Links to websites of members of Congress
    • House Judiciary Committee / Immigration Subcommittee:
      Contains testimony from Subcommittee Hearings
    • Human Rights Reports:
    • Internet Law Library:
    • Office of the Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices
      OSC was created by the anti discrimination provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 to monitor and litigate immigration related employment discrimination.
    • U.S. Census Bureau:
      You will find statistics on the U.S. population including the foreign born.
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    • U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service Asylum Resource Information Center
    • U.S. State Department, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration
    • U.S. Senate:
      Links to Websites of Senators
    • The White House:
      Presidential Statements and text of press conferences

    Other Resources

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    Last Updated: 1/30/2013
    Created: November 5, 2006