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How can the average person help support immigration reform?

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How can the average person help support immigration reform?

In a world dominated by twenty-four-hour news cycles and held together by vast global connectivity, we can find ourselves feeling helpless. In terms of immigration issues, you can do a lot from your positions as a community member to change the status quo. The topic may be important to you for many reasons. Perhaps you yourself, a loved one, or family member is an immigrant. Maybe you have a co-worker or neighbor who has explained that they are an immigrant. Here are four simple ways to get involved in immigration reform efforts.

  • Contact your representatives. 

    • Members of Congress can contact relevant federal agencies on behalf of their constituents. You can voice concerns about issues that are important to you.

    • Representatives can be reached by phone, email, post or, in some cases, in-person visits.

    • You can find your House representative here.

  • Keep an eye on headlines

    • Staying up to date on immigration news and policy changes is easier than it seems, and staying knowledgeable about current events pertaining to immigrants and immigration policy is one of the easiest ways to contribute to positive

    • Many research organizations and news outlets offer newsletters that deliver urgent headlines right to your inbox.

    • You can sign up for newsletters at organizations like the Migration Policy Institute and Amnesty or at your favorite news organization.

  • Join an immigrant-centered nonprofit 

    • Many nonprofit organizations actively work on issues surrounding immigration — whether they’re focused on specific ethnic groups, age groups or local communities. If you want to get hands-on, you can volunteer with a nonprofit with one of these focuses and do the most for your community.

    • Organizations like the Brightside Campaign, which provides a variety of services to immigrants across the country, are almost always seeking volunteers.

    • Donating to pro-immigrant organizations like the American Immigration Council helps these powerful advocacy groups continue to provide the positive immigration work they do.

  • Get to know your neighborhood

    • Sometimes, what we are looking for is just within reach. Your own neighborhood may be home to immigrants. Understand how you and your community play a role in larger immigration reform, and on the flipside, how immigration reform could impact your community. Get started by asking yourself the following questions:

      1. What are the demographics of your locale?

      2. Are certain local policies uniquely affecting immigrants in your community?

    • By learning about immigration issues specific to you and your neighbors, you can maximize your impact on movements for immigration reform.

If you or a loved one have further questions, please reach out to Ibrahim Law Office to schedule a consultation today.

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