key issues that affect immigrants
At their 2014 meetings, the CAN Community Council heard presentations by local collaboratives and service providers, including the Immigrant Services Network of Austin, the City of Austin Commission on Immigrant Affairs, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition. Community Council members discussed the needs and challenges of immigrants in our area. Top barriers and challenges identified at these meetings included:
- Immigrants need information on our nation’s laws, community customs, and their rights
- Insufficient command of the English language is the most common reason for rejection of an application for citizenship
- Undocumented residents face the threat of deportation, barriers in finding a place to live, are often taken advantage of by employers, and are hesitant to report crime and domestic violence
- Undocumented residents do not qualify for healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act.