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:
Nebraska 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.
More information on Nebraska Appleseed’s Federal Immigration Policy Work:
Senate Immigration Bill (S. 744) Summary (Senate staff summary)
Additional resources on the Senate immigration bill (America’s Voice)
President Obama on Comprehensive Immigration Reform:
Cattlemen among those promoting immigration reform – Lincoln Journal-Star 02/12/2013
Learn about Deferred Action:
Get up to date information from WeOwnTheDream.org. Please also click on the links below for information on this positive new policy.
- General Fact Sheet
- Checklist of documents to collect for new deferred action policy (CHIRLA)
- Notario Fraud Fact Sheet (CLINIC)
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.
Nebraska has long benefitted from the hard work and leadership of Nebraskans from all backgrounds. Ensuring more young Nebraskans have the opportunity to further their education means our communities will be able to receive contributions from young people who grew up calling Nebraska home.
There are a number of scholarship opportunities that are available to young Nebraskans regardless of their immigration status. Please see the list and pass them on to young Nebraskans with college aspirations.
Remember, these scholarships are available each year, so if an application deadline already has passed, they can be applied for again next year!
State and Local Policy
Nebraska 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.
Nebraska 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.
Workers Rights & Safety
Nebraska 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.
Immigration Legal Resources
For direct assistance concerning immigration legal issues, contact one of these Nebraska organizations:
Catholic Charities of Omaha
Contact: Jessica Bernal
Center for Legal Immigration Assistance (Lincoln)
Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska (Lincoln)
Immigration Services – St. Ann’s Church (Lexington)