Immigrant Rights in DC

Recognizing that the struggle for worker rights depends on also securing justice for immigrants, KI is deeply engaged in the fight for immigrant rights in DC, especially on issues that impact the District’s immigrant workers.

Immigrants are vital members of our community. At Georgetown, they are some of our most talented students, our faculty and staff, and the workers who sustain our campus. In DC, they are our family, friends, and neighbors. KI is committed to fighting alongside community groups to ensure that DC lives out its promise to be a sanctuary city in the fullest sense.

  • Alongside legal providers and congregations with the DC Values Coalition, KI advocated to triple funding for immigration legal services and expand those services to include universal representation for DC residents who have been detained by ICE. We continue to support immigrant legal aid in DC each year.
  • Most DC residents who are detained by ICE are turned over to immigration custody by DC’s criminal justice system. KI fights alongside community groups, immigrant organizations, and faith allies to stop cooperation between DC government and ICE. KI joined the ICE out of DC coalition to passed a temporary bill banning such cooperation in 2019, and is working to pass a stronger, permanent Sanctuary Values Act to make DC a true sanctuary city.
  • During the COVID pandemic, undocumented immigrants faced mass layoffs but were excluded from unemployment benefits or the federal stimulus programs. Working in a broad coalition, KI helped secure and distribute $14 million in cash assistance to support undocumented DC residents and other excluded workers such as domestic workers, returning citizens, and cash economy workers.