Policy Advocacy

CGRS-California Managing Attorney Christine Lin at Immigrant Day

CGRS-California Managing Attorney Christine Lin joins fellow immigration advocates from across California in Sacramento for Immigrant Day 2016

CGRS-California advances pro-refugee policies and procedures through advocacy and education of national, state, and local government contacts, the legal community, immigrant and refugee communities, and the general public. Immigration and refugee law is made at the federal level, but it directly affects refugees and immigrants residing in California. CGRS-California analyzes immigration policy through research and tracking of cases, and educates the California legal, immigrant, and refugee communities about legislation and other policy proposals and their implications. The goal of this work is to promote law and public policies and procedures that recognize and advance the rights of asylum seekers and other immigrants seeking status in the United States and that align with international norms.

CGRS-California has led efforts to seek legislative support for key federal immigration bills by mobilizing California-based immigrant rights’ groups to sign-on to letters urging support from members of Congress and liaising with congressional staff on behalf of constituent groups.