Policy Advocacy

Policy advocacy is a key component of our work to bring about systemic change. Causa works at the local, state and national level to advance issues that impact the daily lives of Latino immigrant families. 

At the national level:

For the last 10 years, Causa has advocated for immigration reform in national coalitions. We launched ambitious campaigns to raise visibility, educated our elected representatives, and trained immigrant families to tell their story to the media and the public.  We pushed President Obama to create the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, providing temporary relief from deportation, a work permit, and in Oregon, a driver license, for eligible undocumented youth. We have participated in the #Not1dollar campaign to divest from the deportation machine and keep families together.

Our values:

  • Transformation: We are fighting at every level of society and government to ensure the transformation of our immigration system. We believe in getting Full Citizenship for All. This means equitable access for immigrants to healthcare, higher education, affordable housing, and the ability to access benefits that individuals already invest in with their taxes.
  • Protect: Strengthen and protect all families. All families should be together and free, including LGBTQIA families, mixed-status families, undocumented youth, Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) holders and their families and individuals who have been separated through deportations.
  • Freedom: Embrace freedom and human rights. We must stop criminalizing immigrant communities. Our current system steals people’s rights, freedom, and due process.
  • Dignity and not Detention: We believe in ending private detention centers and the detention industrial complex.
  • Respect: Respect the safety and security of ALL during encounters with law enforcement.
  • Address Root Causes: Our country should both welcome and invest in displaced people to ensure they prosper both here and in their country of origin if they choose to return home.

At the state level:

Causa has played a key role in advocating with Latino immigrants at the state Capitol. Through diverse coalitions, Causa has defeated dozens of anti-immigrant bills, and has passed proactive new laws including Tuition Equity, the Safe Roads Act, Tuition Equity 2.0, Paid Sick Days, Cover All Kids, and increasing the Minimum Wage for all workers.

At the local level:

As a result of the current political environment, Causa has seen a need to work with counties, cities and school districts to create welcoming communities for immigrants and their families. In 2017, Causa passed 17 sanctuary city resolutions to restrict local police from collaborating with ICE. In 2018, we secured an investment of $1 million dollars from the City of Portland and Multnomah county for deportation defense creating the first Universal Representation program in Oregon. More information here.