Advocacy

Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska (JFON-NE) advocates for immigrants in our community by providing free legal representation, conducting educational presentations at churches and other organizations, and through community involvement. Below you will find ways in which you can become involved with JFON-NE, other organizations that advocate for just immigration laws, documentaries that reflect the realities of our broken system, and educational articles that will help you become more knowledgeable about immigrants in our midst.
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JFON-NE 2017 Legislative Priorities

LB 505: Anti-Refugee/Anti-Asylee Bill Violates Federal Law

March 2, 2017 — Today our Legal Director Charles Shane Ellison testified on behalf of JFON-NE against LB505, the anti-refugee and anti-asylee bill that declares a state of emergency and would require data compilation from refugee resettlement agencies to be publically published. Shane spoke to the legal impracticalities of the bill, which would violate federal laws protecting privileged refugee information from unauthorized disclosures, and also to its fundamentally problematic premise that refugees pose a security threat–despite being the most intensely vetted group of American immigrants and extremely unlikely to pose harm. 

Read his testimony and watch this page for updates.

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Previous Posts:

April 20, 2016: LB 947 is Now Nebraska Law
Mar 30, 2016:  JFON-NE Refutes Governor’s Claims re NE LB947
Mar 31, 2016:  To BIA: Asylum Definition Needed for Families
Feb 19, 2016:   LB947 Moves Ahead
Feb 22, 2016:  Senator Kintner Halts LB966

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Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska (JFON-NE) is a nonprofit organization providing free immigration legal service, education, and advocacy for indigent and low-income immigrant individuals and families in Nebraska and western Iowa.  We serve immigrants of all faiths, races, abilities and ages, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable.  Staff attorneys specialize in immigration law, representing persons who are eager to earn legal status as lawful citizens of our community.