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:
DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
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.
DACA Current Status and Options (Immigration Legal Resource Center-ILRC) – English
Legislation comparison: side-by-side of DACA, Dream Act, & related 2017 legislation (NILC)
The Fierce Urgency in Protecting Dreamers Now (Center for American Progress
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!
Hope for the Future Scholarship – University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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.
General Immigration Resources
Cattlemen among those promoting immigration reform – Lincoln Journal-Star 02/12/2013
Rights and Planning Guide/Guia de Derechos y Planificación de Seguridad – Justice for Our Neighbors-Nebraska English, español
Informed Immigrant: Information on Mental Health, Education, Advocacy, Know Your Rights and more!
CHIRLA Know your Rights Video Series:
Interacting with Law Enforcement
Exercising your rights when Detained
CHIRLA Conozca Sus Derechos Serie:
Interactuando con agentes de policía/inmigración
Ejerciendo sus derechos cuando usted está detenido
Guide for Immigrant Employers – multiple languages available (National Employment Law Project & National Immigration Law Center)
Example of Warrants/Ejemplo de Orden de Arresto:
- The Basics of ICE Warrants and ICE Detainers
- Sample Arrest Warrant / Ejemplo de Orden de Arresto #1
- Sample Arrest Warrant / Ejemplo de Orden de Arresto #2
- Immigration Enforcement in Schools, Churches, and Courts: What the Government Can (and Can’t) Do (Immigration Impact Information)
- “Sanctuary” Policies: An Overview (Immigration Impact Information)
Immigrants’ Contributions in an Aging America (University of Southern California)
Is There a Link Between Refugees & U.S. Crime Rates? (New American Economy)
Southern Poverty Law Center: Report a Hate Incident
Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights: OCR’s mission is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.
- File a complaint online for bullying or harassment of students
- Find your regional Office of Civil Rights office (discrimination complaint form available)
- Resources Available in Other Languages
Department of Justice, Community Relations Service: DOJ’s “peacemaker” for community conflicts and tensions arising from differences of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and disability.
CRS works with police chiefs, mayors, school administrators, other local and state authorities, community-based organizations, and civil and human rights groups.
CRS also provides free cultural competency training programs.
- Find your regional Community Relations Service Office
- Information for religious groups
- Twenty Plus Things Schools Can Do To Prevent Hate Incidents Against Arab-Americans, Muslims, and Sikhs
- CRS Fact Sheets – español, العربيّة, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ
FBI Civil Rights
- Hate crime reporting process and statistics
- Regional FBI field offices
- Hate Crimes Data Collection Guidelines and Training Manual
Department of Homeland Security
- Office of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
- Customs and Border Protection “CBP” Sensitive Locations FAQs
- To report a DHS enforcement action that you believe is inconsistent with these policies, contact:
- ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) through the Detention Reporting and Information Line at 888-351-4024 or through the ERO information email address at ERO.INFO@ice.dhs.gov, also available at online here.The Civil Liberties Division of the ICE Office of Diversity and Civil Rights may be contacted at 202-732-0092 or ICE.Civil.Liberties@ice.dhs.gov.
- For enforcement at or near the border contact Customs and Border Protection “CBP” Information Center to file a complaint, by phone at 877-227-5511, or by email here.
For direct assistance concerning immigration legal issues, contact one of these Nebraska organizations:
NILAH – Nebraska Immigration Legal Assistance Hotline
Center for Legal Immigration Assistance (Lincoln)
Immigration Services – St. Ann’s Church (Lexington)
Lutheran Family Services
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.