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Mi Familia Vota Participates in the Country’s Largest Immigration Conference At a Critical Time In History for Refugees and Immigrants

12.09.2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

December 9, 2018

CONTACT:

Karina Martínez: 858/752-1262 or karinam@mifamiliavota.org

 

Mi Familia Vota will Participate in the Country’s Largest Immigration Conference At a Critical Time In History for Refugees and Immigrants

NPNA’s National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC) 2018 Expected to Attract Over A Thousand of Advocates, Government and Elected Officials and Academics

WASHINGTON – Mi Familia Vota will participate at the National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC) 2018, the largest immigration conference in the nation, at a time when immigrants are under attack, policies toward refugees are under scrutiny, and the federal government is placing less importance on the contributions of new Americans.

At Mi Familia Vota, the NIIC is especially important to us because it allows us to unify our strategies for making our country more welcoming and inclusive; we all benefit from the contributions immigrants make to our country, it’s time to proffer support.

Now in its 11th year, National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC) to be held from Dec. 9-11 in Arlington, VA., will advance  the “New American Dreams Platform,” a set of common-sense solutions at all levels of government for bolstering the contributions and dignity of immigrants and refugees in this country and helping these communities move from resistance to victory. The NIIC 2018 will feature over 150 speakers from organizations across the country. It will include over 45 workshops and strategy sessions on issues such as From Resistance to Victory: Strategies for Building Legal Protections for Vulnerable Immigrants; America as a Refuge: Refugee Resettlement, Asylum, TPS & the Refugee Crisis; and Healthcare & Our Communities: Public Charge, Mental Health, & Health Access/Coverage for All.

After the elections, decisions including the fate of Dreamers, immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS,) the cap on refugee admissions to the US, and families that continue to be separated (and now tear gassed the border),  as well as the future of the border wall and the shape of America’s overall stance on immigration, hang on the balance.

“Immigrants, refugees, advocates, and those who work with these communities must be prepared to face a changing landscape and take on those who continue to renege on America’s promise of being a democracy that embraces all,” said Joshua Hoyt, Executive Director of NPNA.

Ben Monterroso, executive director of Mi Familia Vota, is participating at the NIIC this year to highlight how immigrants can be included in our democracy and the civic engagement opportunities available to immigrants, including citizenship.

NIIC 2018 is a part of ongoing efforts by the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) to drive policies that support immigrants, refugees and new Americans and build a more inclusive democracy.

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Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.