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As Trump Prepares Immigration Rally in Arizona, Over 170 Organizations Release ‘2021 Immigration Action Plan’, Offering Blueprint to Undo Damage Wrought by Trump, Transform America’s Immigration System


August 18, 2020


HIAS Pennsylvania


As Trump Prepares Immigration Rally in Arizona, Over 170 Organizations Release ‘2021 Immigration Action Plan’, Offering Blueprint to Undo Damage Wrought by Trump, Transform America’s Immigration System

2021 Immigration Action Plan Outlines Ten Priority Actions for Incoming Administration

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, President Trump heads to Yuma, Arizona where he’s expected to host a major anti-immigration campaign rally to fire up his base, HIAS Pennsylvania joins more than 170 of the nation’s leading immigration and advocacy organizations in releasing the 2021 Immigration Action Plan, laying out a blueprint for the next administration to transform America’s immigration system — to not only restore human dignity to a system weaponized by the Trump administration but to also reinforce core American values and power the economic recovery of the nation.

“As an organization that has seen 138 years of changes to immigration policy, we are excited to support this action plan that provides specific actionable steps for a just and equitable immigration policy that puts families first,” says HIAS Pennsylvania’s Executive Director Cathryn Miller-Wilson. “By taking these steps, we will not only be welcoming immigrants fleeing persecution and violence, but make the United States stronger In a moment when the U.S. desperately needs immigrants to recover economically as well as invite innovative ideas for addressing the pandemic.”

While the 2021 Immigration Action Plan seeks to undo the damage wrought by the current administration — from putting children and families in cages and restricting the due process rights of immigrants at the border, to extending the detention limit for children and families, and forging ahead with a failed border wall — it acknowledges that more must be done to truly transform the system. This administration’s divisive, Anti-Black and racist rhetoric against immigrants fans the flames of xenophobia, further corroding a system that has been broken for decades. Reenvisioning the country’s immigration system to work in the long term will take a coordinated, clear-eyed effort that aims to benefit immigrant families in every policy initiative.

Ten Actions to Transform and Modernize America’s Immigration System

The ten actions will both reverse the racism and damage of the past 4 years and reshape long standing criminalization and deportation policies that have defined many past administrations:

  • Action 1: Prioritize Equity and Harm Reduction in the Immigration System.

  • Action 2: End the Anti-Black and Discriminatory Targeting of Certain U.S. Citizens and Immigrants.

  • Action 3: Rebuild the U.S. Economy.

  • Action 4: Re-envision Leadership in the Next Administration.

  • Action 5: Decriminalize Immigration.

  • Action 6: Protect Immigrant Children, Families and Their Communities.

  • Action 7: Phase Out Immigration Jails and Fund Community-Based Case Management Programs.

  • Action 8: Establish Thriving, Rights-Respecting Borders.

  • Action 9: Reimagine the Role of the Immigration Courts.

  • Action 10: Restore the Right to Seek and Receive Protection from Persecution, Torture, and Other Serious Human Rights Violations.

The 2021 Immigration Action Plan has been a collaborative effort nine months in the making. Further information — including the full text of the plan — can be found here.

Below is a full list of the 173 organizations that have signed on to the 2021 Immigration Action Plan.

Advocating Opportunity (AO)
African Bureau for Immigration and Social Affairs (ABISA)
African Communities Together (ACT)
African Public Affairs Committee (AfriPAC)
Alianza Americas
Alianza Nacional de Campesinas
Alliance of Baptists
America’s Voice (AV)
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice)
Amnesty International USA (AIUSA)
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO
Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV)
Asian Pacific Islander Political Alliance (API PA)
Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP)
Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
Bread for the World
Break the Cycle
Bridges Faith Initiative
California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC)
Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition (CAIR Coalition)
Care in Action
CASA in Action
Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities
Casa San Jose
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS)
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
Center for Victims of Torture (CVT)
Center Global, a program of the DC Center for the LGBT Community
Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
Central American Resource Center — CARECEN SF
Centro de los Derechos del Migrante (CDM)
Centro de Recursos Centroamericanos (CRECEN)
Centro Legal de la Raza
Centro Maya Guatemalteco
Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN)
Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)
Church World Service (CWS)
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)
Coalition on Human Needs (CHN)
Colectivo de Mujeres Transnacionales
Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
Community EsTr(El/La)
Compass Immigration Legal Services (CILS)
Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, U.S. Provinces
Demand Progress
Detention Watch Network (DWN)
Disciples Refugee and Immigration Ministries (RIM)
Durango Unido en Chicago
Every. Last. One.
Faith in Public Life (FIPL)
Families Belong Together (FBT)
Farmworker Association of Florida (FWAF)
Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC)
Florida People’s Advocacy Center (FL PAC)
For Good PGH
Franciscan Action Network (FAN)
Freedom Network USA (FNUSA)
Friends of Miami-Dade Detainees (FOMDD)
Frontera de Cristo
Future Coalition
Futures Without Violence (FUTURES)
Grupo de Apoyo e Integración Hispanoamericano
Haitian Bridge Alliance (HBA), also known as “The Bridge”
Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC)
HEAL Trafficking
HIAS Pennsylvania
Hispanic Federation (HF)
Hispanic Health Network
Human Rights First (HRF)
Human Rights Initiative of North Texas (HRI)
Immigrant Defenders Law Center (ImmDef)
Immigrant Food
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
Immigrant Legal Services of the Central Coast (ILSCC)
Immigrants Rising, a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives
Immigration Equality Action Fund
Immigration Hub
Innovation Law Lab
Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice (ICPJ)
International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)
Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
La Raza Centro Legal (LRCL), San Francisco
Latin Advocacy Network (LATINAN)
Latin America Working Group (LAWG)
Latinx LGBTQI+ Initiative Inc. (LILA)
Lawyers for Good Government (L4GG)
Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWE)
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS)
March On
Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)
Massachusetts TPS Committee
Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC)
Michigan United
Muslim Advocates
National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV)
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
National Association of Social Workers- NYC Chapter (NAWS-NYC)
National Council of Jewish Women
National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)
National Equality Action Team (NEAT)
National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC)
National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG)
National Justice for Our Neighbors (NJFON)
National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR)
National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA)
National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT)
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV)
Nebraska Appleseed
NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice (NETWORK)
New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC)
NILC Immigrant Justice Fund (NILC IJF)
North Carolina Justice Center (NC Justice Center)
Ohio Immigrant Alliance (OIA)
Open Immigration Legal Services
Partnerships for Trauma Recovery (PTR)
Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC)
People’s Action
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)
Poder Latinx
Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration
Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance (RITA)
Refugees International
Removal Defense Corps (RDC), Southwestern Law School
Resilience Force
Salvadoran Association of Los Angeles (ASOSAL)
Save the Children Action Network (SCAN)
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas – Justice Team
SPLC Action Fund
South Texas Human Rights Center
Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC)
Tahirih Justice Center
Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP)
The Children’s Partnership
The Lifeboat Project, Inc.
The Rhizome Center for Migrants
Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International (TASSC)
Ujima, Inc.: The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community
T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights
United Stateless
US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)
USC International Human Rights Clinic (HRC)
Utah Health & Human Rights (UHHR)
Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights (VACIR)
Voice for Refuge Action Fund
Voices For Freedom
Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)
Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians
Wind of the Spirit Immigrant Resource Center (WOTS)
Women’s Refugee Commission
Women Working Together USA
Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

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