First look: Facing GOP challenge, immigration groups merge

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Two major immigration groups — the new american economy And this American Immigration Council — Congress is merging, Nerdshala has learned, to prepare for a potential Republican takeover.

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why it matters: Immigration has increasingly become a Central American political issue. Pro-immigrant groups have gained influence through their advocacy and litigation in recent years – especially during the Trump era. Both groups say a possible return to legislative power by the GOP would require more clout.

  • “It’s rare that nonprofits merge, but that shouldn’t happen,” said Jeremy Robbins, who served as New American Economy’s executive director and will retain that title in the new group.
  • NAE is an immigration think tank founded a decade ago by Michael Bloomberg.
  • “I believe that our field needs to evolve, and it is time to redefine our work in a way that helps us serve new people while rebuilding a bipartisan and constructive case.” helps what immigration to America means.”

The name of the new group will be the American Immigration Council. The council was founded by the sister group American Immigration Lawyers Association—the only US legal association for immigration attorneys.

  • The merger comes after an outcry among immigration advocates, including Council, under a federal court order, on reinstating the Trump-era “Stay in Mexico” policy by the Biden administration.
  • It also comes as groups reconsider the best way to pursue pro-immigrant policies in anticipation of Republicans taking back the House next year. This includes an emphasis on state and local policies, especially with new immigrant communities such as Texas, Ohio, and Colorado.
  • Former President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, enacted policies to make it more difficult for migrants to obtain asylum, and imposed a new money and health “public fee” test for green card applicants.

big picture: NAE’s work has focused on economic research and building state and local advocacy networks, which now span more than 100 communities.

  • Those efforts will now continue with the council’s legal strength, national advertising campaigns, and federal advocacy.
  • Members hope that the combined resources will help teams “better expand and protect immigrants’ rights, fully ensure immigrants’ ability to succeed financially, and help make those communities more welcoming.” Let’s do it,” according to a news release previously provided to Nerdshala.


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