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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.
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.
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.
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.