IFCLA believes in the right of every human being to be treated with dignity. Every person has the right to move and live freely, in community and with their family, without fear of being separated from their loved ones or displaced from their home. Our Migration Justice programs seek to accompany migrants here in St. Louis, advocate for immigration policy change, and educate the St. Louis community around the issues of migration justice.
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 created the system, who does it fail and how can we respond? Immigration 101 seeks to guide participants in exploring these questions through short workshops.
**URGENT** The crisis of families being separated at the border is gaining national attention. What exactly is happening and what can we do about it? Click here for more information.
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.