No Human Being Is Illegal

No Human Being is IllegalLa Casa de Amistad wishes to respond to community concerns about issues regarding immigrants, asylum seekers, and limiting refugee admissions and benefits.

The National Immigrant Justice Center posted a breakdown of the legal issues happening (LINK). The climate of negative rhetoric and stigmatization promotes fear. We want to share facts so that each of us can act as an advocate for all immigrants in Michiana.

Words Matter: People are not “illegal” and hence “No Human Being Is Illegal”. We present this tag line to change the narrative through words and facts. We are here to support, love, and serve our community. La Casa de Amistad offers hope, education, acculturation and collaboration to our community’s immigrants.

  • Immigrants are here seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Their presence enriches our lives and continues the rich tradition of our immigrant nation.
  • Many current undocumented individuals entered this country with a visa and had a green card. There are many circumstances that contribute to compromising an immigrant’s status. Unlawful presence is a civil offense. Civil offenses don’t make you a criminal.
  • Undocumented immigrants are not eligible for federal and state benefits. Many studies show that even eligible Latino citizens and resident families tend to not use these benefits.
  • Immigration is not at a high point. Since the recession in 2008, immigration has slowed; presently, the net migration between US/Mexico is actually negative.
  • Undocumented immigrants pay sales taxes, property taxes and purchase items here.
  • The Social Security Administration estimates that in 2013 alone, undocumented immigrants and their employers paid $13 billion in payroll taxes for benefits that were not claimed.

Please engage in our campaign to change the conversation with a “No Human Being is Illegal” sticker, button or sign. Please visit the Notre Dame Institute for Latino Studies (McKenna Hall), the South Bend Brew Werks (downtown SB) or our office to get items so you can display your support for the campaign. Together, with knowledge and understanding, we can create positive momentum regarding immigrants.

Join our campaign, sign up to volunteer, contribute to the cost of stickers, buttons, and signs, or send a supportive message on our Facebook page. Let our community know you care. Remember, “No Human Being Is Illegal”.

Download the press release here PDF
Download Sign YardSign
Donate to this campaign via YouCaring

We have stickers (2.5 inch and 4 inch), yard signs, and buttons (2.25 inch) available to show your support of the campaign. We are thinking about ordering shirts, let us know if you want one.

There are many excellent resources available for information on immigration and immigration reform. Check out a list of some available resources:

LULAC
United We Dream #HereToStay Network
VotoLatino
NIJC
ACLU (Immigrant Myths Page)
US Chamber of Commerce (2016 Myths PDF)
Indiana Latino Institute
ND Institute for Latino Studies
PBS (Made in LA Page)

This is just a short list of some local, state and national resources. Please share articles and information from those sites to help change the conversation about immigrants. Thank you for your help and support of the rich and beautiful community we serve.

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Hiring Summer Interns

We are hiring… well kinda… we are signing up summer interns! We still have open spots for volunteers and interns for our summer programs.

Summer InternsSummer internships are a great opportunity for anyone that would like to experience working with youth and La Casa de Amistad. We are looking for energetic, responsible and enthusiastic interns that want to experience first hand the Latino culture and not afraid to get their hands dirty. This is a great summer program where you will be able to work and learn about the Latino community along side kids and teens and have tons and tons of FUN doing it. You don’t have to speak Spanish, you just have to be willing to help with activities that include field trips, art activities, games, and much more.

Fill out our volunteer application here: LINK For more information please call us at 574-233-2120.

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Conozca Sus Derechos – Know Your Rights

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Es importante que nuestra comunidad esta informada sobre sus derechos y responsabilidades. Les pedimos que lea, revise y comparta este importante documento, el cual incluye información sobre sus derechos del Centro Nacional de Justicia para Inmigrantes. Si tiene preguntas favor … Continue reading

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La Casa Team Updates

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We would like to update the community on changes to our team at La Casa de Amistad. We are excited about the new changes and what the future holds for our team. First, we want to welcome Dalila Huerta.  She is … Continue reading

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