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Food4All Snapshot: No Exceptions. No Exclusions. No Delays.

May 15, 2023

California has the world's fourth largest economy -- and is home to millions of people affected by food insecurity, including more than 1.6 million immigrants. Undocumented Californians face xenophobic policies, structural racism, and unjust exclusion from safety net programs, all of which limit access to the food they need.

Accessing Coverage in Covered California

April 14, 2023

Undocumented Californians are explicitly and unjustly excluded from accessing and purchasing health care coverage plans through Covered California, the state's marketplace established under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). Assembly Bill 4 (Arambula) would address this exclusion by taking the first step toward allowing undocumented Californians to buy health plans through Covered California. AB 4 would direct Covered California to apply for a federal waiver under section 1332 of the ACA to waive the specific section that explicitly prevents undocumented individuals from purchasing coverage in Covered California.

California Immigrant Policy Center 2022 Impact Report

March 7, 2023

Let's toast the beginning of another year with a glass half full. In the face of seemingly insoluble problems, California has continued to show us that, despite the perilous times, there are good choices if we wish to make them. We can choose to treat each other with a deep recognition of our humanity and the need to uphold human dignity and maintain respect. In this Impact Report, you will see exactly what I mean. From providing comprehensive Medi-Cal to expanding food benefits and a California ID for All, our state continues to pave the way.

Supporting the Economic Security of Undocumented Immigrants

November 15, 2022

While California has been a leader on immigrant rights, people who are undocumented continue to face harmful exclusions to achieving economy security and participating in California's prosperity. Our interconnectedness shows us that investing in the economic security of undocumented individuals will strengthen the families and communities who depend on and love them; build greater prosperity for the entire state and economy now and in the long-term.This primer was developed by the Asset Funders Network and California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) to provide an overview of the intersectional issues impacting economic security for undocumented immigrants in California. It is designed to provide funders, policymakers, advocates, and practitioners with strategies and solutions to support economic mobility and justice for undocumented immigrant communities, and ultimately build a more equitable and resilient California for all.

Food Insecurity Among Undocumented Immigrants in California and Exclusion from Nutrition Assistance Programs

April 29, 2022

California is home to the largest economy in the United States–and our nation's highest rate of poverty. That experience of deep hardship in the face of great prosperity holds true for many California immigrants. An estimated 11 million immigrants–including approximately 2.3 million undocumented immigrants–contribute to the rich diversity of the Golden State.The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated hardship and driven inequitable outcomes for immigrants across California. But hardships such as poverty and food insecurity persisted well before this public health emergency. Exclusionary policies continue to perpetuate poverty and food insecurity, inflicting harm on California's immigrant communities and the state at large.This brief draws on quantitative data and community voices to provide a novel, state-specific analysis of food insecurity and poverty among undocumented immigrants in California. These findings are essential to advance evidence-based policies that can make California a more equitable, inclusive place for all who call it home.

Can You Verify? Addressing Work Authorization Restrictions As Obstacles to Workforce Development Equity for Immigrant Workers

March 9, 2022

This year, the Governor proposed over $250 million in funding for workforce development specifically intended to benefit immigrant communities. These investments include job training, support services, "earn and learn" opportunities, and more—promising, welcome, and necessary funding for our communities to gain better jobs in the workforce. But what does our current public workforce development system look like, especially for undocumented immigrant workers? Our latest research on workforce development, building off of our prior work, investigates how work authorization requirements may create unnecessary barriers for California's undocumented immigrant workforce when attempting to access public workforce services and resources. This report is the first-ever empirical analysis of the discrepancies in local workforce boards' policies and practices related to immigrant access to workforce development services. It offers new insights through original survey data collected from California's 45 local workforce development boards, COVID-19 and industry data on immigrant workers, and strategic recommendations that the California Workforce Development Board can implement to better support undocumented immigrant workers and remove exclusionary, and unneccesary, restrictions. 

California Immigrant Policy Center 2021 Impact Report

January 27, 2022

The California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) is a constituent-based statewide immigrant rights organization with staff presence in Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and the Central Valley. It is the premier immigrant rights institution in the state that promotes and protects safety, health and public benefits and integration programs for immigrants, and one of the few organizations that effectively combines legislative and policy advocacy, strategic communications, organizing and capacity building to pursue its mission. It is powered by a staff of policy experts and advocates; a Steering Committee composed of 13 statewide organizations; 85 member organizations; and nine regional coalition partners spanning Southern and Northern California, the Central Coast and the Central Valley. CIPC advocates for policies that uphold the humanity of immigrants and refugees while advancing racial, social and economic justice.

A Blueprint for the Nation: Building Immigrant Power from California to New York

February 24, 2021

The last four years have challenged immigrant communities to build their resiliency and advance despite sustained and consistent attacks on communities' dignity and humanity. One important lesson we have learned as advocates, organizers and litigators is that even with a change in the White House, immigrant communities cannot count on the federal government to ensure all of the conditions necessary for a just future.The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) and the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC), long-time legislative, advocacy and organizing leaders in our respective states, came together to celebrate what our states have done but to also chart a different way forward—one that centers the humanity and dignity of immigrants. This Blueprint serves as a call to action to ask states, allies and funders to work with us and our partners to invest in organizing, building power and leadership to ensure policy wins in every state across the country, not just California and New York.