Posted on June 10, 2023
As more politicians run on anti-immigrant platforms, the National Immigration Law Center Immigrant Justice Fund is fighting back
As more politicians run on anti-immigrant platforms, our grantee partners at National Immigration Law Center Immigrant Justice Fund are building power on all fronts by pushing for Congress to advance key legislation, supporting pro-immigrant candidates running for office and building partnerships to achieve electoral wins.
In November 2022, CREDO members voted to donate $26,383 to fuel NILC Immigrant Justice Fund’s legislative advocacy, messaging research, and electoral work geared toward advancing inclusive, equitable policies that improve the lives of low-income immigrants and their loved ones.
Powered in part by the generosity of CREDO and our members, NILC Immigrant Justice Fund had some recent victories and launched some great new initiatives. Here’s a quick report from the organization on how your donations are making an impact
After the 2022 midterm elections, the NILC Immigrant Justice Fund analyzed the role immigration played in key electoral races across the country and met with allies in the progressive movement to better understand how to engage them in the upcoming election cycle.
We focused on applying lessons learned to build upon and refine our program strategies, as well as adding new tactics and new partners to strengthen the IJF’s impact and continue to fulfill our goals to defend and advance the rights of low-income immigrants and their families.
We also initiated an opposition research project focused on top contenders for the Republican Party’s nomination for President, and then produced profiles on these candidates. Recognizing that these candidates will be trying to “out-extreme” one another on immigration-related issues during the upcoming election cycle, we are compiling in-depth reports of policies, statements, and any other actions these candidates have taken to produce a detailed report on what their administrations might pursue and what is at stake if they were to become President.
Visit https://www.immigrantjusticefund.org/extremism to learn more.
Going forward, we will work to garner earned media attention on our findings, share our report with political committees, partners in the progressive movement, and other stakeholders, and co-brand digital ads during key presidential debates so that we can apply more lessons learned toward our electoral cycle work to include the public debate on immigration issues.
We also plan to create a candidate, “Immigration 101” training program, which will be a succinct, but comprehensive guide to policy and messaging that helps promote and advance immigrant justice.