The UULMMD Immigration Task Force is participating with the ACLU’s Lobby Day on March 4 to ask legislators to vote in favor of immigrants’ rights. Register to attend, learn about advocacy and meet with your legislators. Click here to register.
You may also want to contact your legislators if they are members of the committees to encourage them to vote YES for the following bills: (Click here to see if your legislator is a member of the committees)
HB214/SB144: Hearings completed. Authorizes state officials to certify petitions in 90 days for U Visas for those foreign nationals who are victims and witnesses of crimes who help in prosecuting criminal activity. The Department of Homeland Security will issue a temporary 2-year Visa upon certification. The bill will help to restore trust between law enforcement and immigrant communities by making it safer for victims to report crimes and help to make communities safer.
HB262/SB537: Hearings—Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, 2/20, 1:00 P.M. Expands the 2012 DREAM Act by allowing Dreamers to apply directly to any 4-year public college without first having to attend a community college in the same district where they graduated from high school and pay the in-state tuition rate. Because of the uncertainty surrounding the extension of DACA, the bill will help to bring stability and remove some anxiety among Dreamers.
HB913/SB817: Hearings—Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, 2/21, 12:00 P.M.; House Judiciary Committee, 3/5, 1:00 P.M. Prohibits state employees, e.g. correctional or police officers, from detaining an incarcerated person beyond her lawful state release date without a judicial warrant or notifying Federal immigration authorities of certain information about the person and prohibits a police officer from asking about a person’s immigration or citizenship status. This relates to ICE Detainer Requests to hold persons for 48 hours after their legal state release date to allow ICE to take them into custody with the intent to deport.
HB1165/SB718: Hearings—Senate Judicial Proceeding Committee, 2/21, 12:00 P.M.; House Judiciary Committee, 3/5, 1:00 P.M. Prohibits state employees, including police and correctional officers, employees of public primary and secondary schools, institutions of higher learning, hospitals, and others from requesting information about a person’s immigration or citizenship status. The bill will help to make it safer for immigrants to deal with state and local government agencies; it will help ensure public health making it safer for immigrants to visit hospitals, particularly with school-age children.
For more information about UULMMD’s immigration task force, please contact Jim Caldiero or Tammy Spengler at email@example.com