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Why We Do The Work

Welcome to the National Community Action Immigration Summit Resource Page.  This page is designed for Community Action Agencies and community partners who are committed to meeting the evolving needs of immigrant families.  The Immigration Summit and the curated resources are important because Community Action believes in the promise that every family should have an opportunity for success.  The resources on this page include practice models, research, legal resources, policy, and other insights for building and sustaining opportunities for immigrant families.

Community Action Values

We believe all people should be treated with dignity and respect and recognize that structural race, gender, and other inequities remain barriers that must be addressed.
We believe that this nation has the capacity and moral obligation to ensure that no one is forced to endure the hardships of poverty.
We believe that with hope, adequate resources, and opportunities, everyone can reach their fullest potential, and we are committed to achieving that vision.
We pledge ourselves ro creating an environment that pursues innovation and excellence through multi-sector partnership and collaboration. 


Check out these video resources that not only set the stage for our Immigration Summit, but also help to frame an evidence-informed conversation around immigration in our country.

Resources & Toolkits

Review the below resources from trusted experts in the field, detailing data trends and practice models for serving immigrant and migrant populations.
Advocacy & Census 2020 Tools

Community Action Partnership National Impact Report

Hard-To-Count 2020 Interactive Map (Hard to Count 2020)

Census Outreach Toolkit

Municipal Action Guide–Preparing for the 2020 Census (National League of Cities)

Why a Fair and Accurate Census Matters (Leadership Conference Education Fund & The Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality’s Economic Security & Opportunity Initiative)

Racial Equity Action Plans: A How-to Manual (Government Alliance on Race & Equity)

Using Big Data to Solve Economic and Social Problems (Opportunity Insights)

The 2020 Census and Confidentiality (US Census Bureau)

The 2020 Census at a Glance (US Census Bureau)

Partnership Fact Sheet (US Census Bureau)

How the Census Will Invite Everyone to Respond (US Census Bureau)

Counting for Dollars 2020: The Role of the Decennial Census in the Geographic Distribution of Federal Funds (George Washington University of Public Policy)


Since 1968, UnidosUS—formerly known as NCLR—has remained a trusted, nonpartisan voice for Latinos. They serve the Hispanic community through our research, policy analysis, and state and national advocacy efforts, as well as in our program work in communities nationwide. And we partner with a national network of nearly 300 Affiliates across the country to serve millions of Latinos in the areas of civic engagement, civil rights and immigration, education, workforce and the economy, health, and housing.

National Immigration Law Center

Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of immigrants with low income. At NILC, we believe that all people who live in the U.S. should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Over the years, we’ve been at the forefront of many of the country’s greatest challenges when it comes to immigration issues, and we play a major leadership role in addressing the real-life impact of policies that affect the ability of low-income immigrants to prosper and thrive.

Texas Rural Legal Aid

Founded in 1970 to represent Texas farmworkers, TRLA has grown into the nation’s third largest legal aid provider and the largest in Texas. TRLA provides free civil legal services to residents in 68 Southwest Texas counties, and represents migrant and seasonal farm workers throughout the state and in six other southern states. TRLA also operates public defender programs that serve at least 10 Texas counties, representing low-income and indigent people accused of felonies, misdemeanors, and juvenile crimes.

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Welcoming America

Welcoming America leads a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone feel like they belong. We believe that all people, including immigrants, are valued contributors who are vital to the success of our communities and shared future.Today, a growing number of places recognize that being welcoming leads to prosperity; Welcoming America provides the roadmap and support they need to become more welcoming toward immigrants and all residents.

Prosperity Now

At Prosperity Now, we believe that “prosperity” starts with financial security—not being one paycheck away from financial disaster. It gains momentum with financial stability – having savings to obtain assets that build wealth, like a house or an education. And it continues with financial mobility – the opportunity to climb the economic ladder for a brighter future.

The Urban Institute

The Urban Institute’s research on immigrants and immigration spans four interconnected domains: federal, state, and local immigration enforcement and integration policy; refugees and international migration; immigrant children, families, and communities; and the immigrant workforce.


The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization advancing policy solutions for low-income people. For nearly 50 years, our deeply knowledgeable staff has lifted up the voices of low-income children, families, and individuals; equipped advocates and organizers with policy ideas that work; built coalitions and partnerships to advance a bold vision; and helped public officials put good ideas into practice.

Migration Policy Institute

The nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute seeks to improve immigration and integration policies through authoritative research and analysis, opportunities for learning and dialogue, and the development of new ideas to address complex policy questions

Immigrant Legal Resource Center

The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) seeks to improve immigration law and policy, expand the capacity of legal service providers, and advance immigrant rights. The ILRC trains attorneys, paralegals, and community-based advocates who work with immigrants around the country. We inform the media, elected officials, and public to shape effective and just immigration policy and law. Our staff works with grassroots immigrant organizations to promote civic engagement and social change.