Federal Immigration Policy Priorities Supported by Central Valley Organizations
In response to the changing scenario at the national level, Central Valley immigrant serving organizations have identified a set of federal immigration policy priorities that must be taken into account by members of Congress and the White House.
Below is a letter addressed to members of Congress, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, endorsing organizations, and the PDF version of the document “San Joaquin Valley: Federal Immigration Priorities for the Immigrant Community.”
Letter to Congress and the White House
Dear President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Alex Padilla, Senator Robert Melendez, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congressmember Jim Costa, Congressmember Josh Harder, Congressmember Kevin McCarthy, Congressmember Devin Nunes, Congressmember David Valadao, Congressmember Linda Sanchez, Congressmember Adam Schiff, Congressmember Zoe Lofgren:
We are pleased to share with you the attached document, “San Joaquin Valley: Federal Immigration Priorities for the Immigrant Community.” This document outlines federal immigration policy priorities for the San Joaquin Valley region of California, a region which relies extensively on the economic, social, cultural, and civic contributions of immigrants. This document reflects input from a diverse set of stakeholders from across the region gathered during a series of regional strategy sessions hosted by the Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC) and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC). Due to the rapidly changing federal policy scenario, it does not endorse any specific policy or legislation but rather outlines issues of urgent concern to the immigrant community and immigrant serving agencies in our region. This document has the support of twenty-four organizations working in our region (see below).
We consider that there is a historic opportunity to develop inclusive immigration policies that acknowledge the contributions and dignity of immigrant families in our region and around the nation. It is critical that any new program or policy is accessible to and reflects the realities of our rural immigrant communities. We would welcome the opportunity to engage with you and your staff on these important matters.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss these issues further, please feel free to reach either of us at the contact information below.
Jesus Martinez, Executive Director, CVIIC
Allison Davenport, Supervising Attorney, ILRC
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC)
FIRM (Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries)
San Joaquin College of Law – New American Legal Clinic (NALC)
Mi Familia Vota
Education and Leadership Foundation
California Human Development Corporation
Greenfield Walking Group
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Stockton
Central California Environmental Justice Network
SIREN (Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network)
Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo indígena Oaxaqueño
Faith In The Valley
Council on American-Islamic Relations – Sacramento Valley / Central California
Stanislaus Community Foundation
Central Valley Partnership
Fresno Barrios Unidos
California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC)
Centro La Familia Advocacy Services, Inc
Youth 2 Leaders Education Foundation
California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
San Joaquin Valley: Federal Immigration Priorities for the Immigrant CommunitySan Joaquin Valley Immigration Priorities FINAL March 2021
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