Issues & Results

Campaign for Citizenship

IndyCAN Immigrant and non-immigrant leaders are coming together to help Indianapolis reach it's aspiration to truly be a 'World Class City' that is welcoming to all.  IndyCAN Immigrant leaders are learning the tools of democracy and civic leadership, many for the first time, and finding a poweful new voice, grounded in our shared faith values.

“The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I the Lord am your God.” (Leviticus 19:34) 

In partnership with the PICO National Network and the Archdioces of Indianapolis, IndyCAN is working to bring the diverse experiences of immigrants together and telling the stories of immigrants in Indianapolis to build stronger, more just relationships based on human dignity.  IndyCAN leaders are working to;

  • Prevent the separation of families and improve public safety.
    The alarming rise in detention of immigrants that pose no public safety threat, simply because they can't show documentation, spreads terror across the immigrant community and makes everyone unsafe. "If someone breaks into my house, i want my neighor to feel safe calling the police," explained Barbara Williams IndyCAN leader at St. Gabriel Catholic Church "They shouldn't have to fear being torn away from their family on the drive to work, or calling to report a crime."
  • Increase access to higher education
    IndyCAN believes access to higher education should be accessible for all immigrant students which includes equal access to In-State Tuition to all students who graduate from Indiana High Schools and is working to pass the DREAM Act.

  • Expand pathways to good family sustaining jobs. 
    IndyCAN is working to increase access to good jobs, including working with employers to develop an on-the-job training career pipleine that prepares entry-level workers for the jobs of the future. IndyCAN believes all workers should be treated fairly and policies should be based on the principle of human dignity.
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