IFCLA believes in the right of every human being to be treated with dignity under our current laws. This includes working with the local St. Louis community to advocate for just immigration reform and to help immigrant right. IFCLA engages cross-border networks in order to support individuals who have been deported find resources in a drastically altered phase of life. IFCLA also advocates, and works with municipalities take a stand against deputizing local police as Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) agents, a practice otherwise known as a 287g agreement.
Across the country there have been several cases of migrants being detained after going for a routine check-in at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices. In some cities, a successful tool to protect against this threat to due process has been to accompany individuals to these check-ins.
Amidst failure to pass legislation on the DREAM Act, and recent repeals of DACA, the current political climate for DREAMers is tenuous and unstable. IFCLA is committed to advocating for the passage of a clean DREAM Act and immigration policy reform.
What is the system for immigration to the U.S., what caused the system, who does it fail and how can we respond? Immigration 101 seeks to guide participants in exploring these questions through short workshops.
Each year IFCLA sends volunteers to Dilley, Texas to work with the CARA Project in supporting women and children detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center. Volunteers act as legal assistants and interpreters, and meet with the asylum seekers to help them prepare for their credible fear interviews.
Most recently, in December 2017, a team of IFCLA representatives visited Dilley, Texas.
Read one volunteer's reflection here