Immigrants & Communities

Immigrants have been working and building lives in Nebraska for generations.

At Nebraska Appleseed, we believe that our state has everything to gain from welcoming these new residents with open hearts and minds.

A welcoming environment not only helps newcomers become stronger, more valuable members of the community; it also helps the community itself take in and benefit from fresh perspectives.

With this in mind, Nebraska Appleseed is working to rebuild the immigration system – and to reframe the conversation about immigration – in our state.

Current Projects & Initiatives:

Federal Policy

NE_Appleseed_Icons_Congress-128Nebraska Appleseed believes there should be a clear roadmap to citizenship for aspiring Americans. Our communities and economy benefit from the contributions made by new Americans, and we work with our federal leaders to make that path to citizenship as clear and accessible as possible.

For more information on Nebraska Appleseed’s Federal Immigration Policy Work:

Deferred Action / DREAM Act

Learn about Deferred Action:

Get up to date information from Please also click on the links below for information on this positive new policy.

Applications for Deferred Action: Application forms are now available at the USCIS website

There are three forms:

Background: On Friday, June 15th, 2012, President Obama announced an encouraging new policy that will grant relief from deportations for undocumented youth who are known as DREAMers. These young immigrants grew up in United States and dream of using their education and skills to contribute to society. They are American in all ways except for one—paperwork. The Obama administration’s announcement was a long-awaited step toward allowing them to continue their education and contribute to their communities without the fear of being separated from the family and community they love.

It’s tax time – here is some important information / Es época de impuestos, conozca esta importante información:

Life After DACA – here’s some information on how to rescind your ITIN number and transfer your credit history. The Guide is available in English and Spanish. From the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement or the House of Labor.

La Vida Después de DACA – aquí mostramos esta importante información para prescindir de su número ITIN y transferir su historial de crédito. La guía está disponible en inglés y español. Del Consejo Latino Americano de Trabajadores o la Casa de Trabajadores.

State and Local Policy

NE_Appleseed_Icons_StateCapital-128Nebraska Appleseed advocates for state and local policies that allow people to quickly and effectively become a meaningful part of their communities. Sometimes that also means we educate our leaders on how overly restrictive policies can create barriers to equal opportunities that Nebraskans take pride in, which can be detrimental to our state.

Publications | Current Legislation | On Our Blog

Welcoming Communities

NE_Appleseed_Icons_Community-128Nebraska Appleseed believes our communities are stronger when all people feel welcome, so we are proud to take part in events that create a welcoming atmosphere. We work to develop leaders at a local level and strive to connect leaders with each other for betterment of our communities.

Publications | Nebraska Is Home | On Our Blog

Workers Rights & Safety

NE_Appleseed_Icons_Meatpacking-128Nebraska Appleseed joins together with Nebraska workers to create safer workplaces in our state with the goal of reducing the astonishingly high injury rate in meatpacking plants. We create employee education programs to inform all workers on their right to a safe workplace.

Publications | On Our Blog | Take Action

Immigration Legal Resources

NE_Appleseed_Icons_Legal-128For direct assistance concerning immigration legal issues, contact one of these Nebraska organizations:

Catholic Charities of Omaha
(402) 939-4615

Justice For Our Neighbors
(402) 898-1349

Center for Legal Immigration Assistance (Lincoln)
(402) 471-1777

Centro Hispano (Columbus)
(402) 564-2110

Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska (Lincoln)
(402) 474-1600

St. Mary’s Cathedral (Grand Island)
(308) 384-2523 office@stmarysgi.gom

Immigration Services – St. Ann’s Church (Lexington)
(308) 324-7300

In the News

Way forward on immigration

Lincoln Journal-Star Op/Ed 04/17/2013

Capitol crowd urges support for immigration reform

Lincoln Journal-Star 04/04/2013

Act now on immigration overhaul, supporters urge during rally in Lincoln

Omaha World-Herald 04/04/2013