Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

Advocacy Issues

Every two years PICC member organizations come together to choose the organization’s advocacy issue priorities. PICC staff chooses, with the guidance of members, specific policies and campaigns under those issues that further the overall goals of PICC.

On March 23, 2015 PICC members chose four issues as the core advocacy priorities for 2015/16.

  • Federal Immigration Policy
    • PICC is committed to advocating for just and humane immigration reform that keeps families together, promotes family unification, prevents exploitation of immigrant workers and provides a clear pathway to citizenship. This includes working to stop mass deportation, ending family detention, and advocating for administrative relief.
  • Education Justice:
    • PICC is committed to ensuring that immigrant and refugee students have access to safe and welcoming schools that address their unique needs. This includes supporting passage of tuition equity policies, language access, and fair and adequate funding for schools.
  • Driver’s Licenses for All:
    • PICC is supporting the campaign of community groups advocating for access to uniform or unmarked licenses for all drivers in Pennsylvania regardless of immigration status.
  • Workforce/Employment:
    • PICC is committed to combatting worker exploitation, and improving conditions for immigrant and refugee workers throughout Pennsylvania. This includes supporting raising the minimum wage and paid sick days policies.

In addition to advocating for pro-immigrant policies, PICC monitors proposals targeting immigrant and refugee communities at the local, state, and federal level and coordinates collective defense to ensure that these proposals do not become law.

PICC is also committed to supporting other issues important to immigrant and refugee communities: