DEI Toolkit: Immigration Status

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Types of Immigration Statuses:

  1. U.S. citizen
  2. Legal Permanent Resident (“green card holder”)
  3. Conditional Permanent Resident
  4. Asylee or Refugee
  5. Non-immigrant (visa holders)
  6. Person with Temporary Protected Status
  7. Undocumented person

Source: National Latino Network

As we know, immigration is a highly-debated issue within the U.S. Actions based on these views have long-lasting governmental and financial impacts on the U.S. as a whole as well as individuals and regional populations. What is your view on immigration? How does this impact your actions?

The Immigration and Nationality Act prohibits discrimination within hiring, discharging or recruitment/referral practices based on national origin and accepted immigration status. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246, and the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 also ban discrimination based on national origin. However, discrimination still persists. Various offices in the U.S. enforce these protective laws in the workplace. A link to these is provided in the additional resources section below.

Throughout history, individuals who are born outside the U.S. have made tremendous contributions to our society and continue to do so today. More importantly, these individuals can make valuable contributions to AAUW now and into the future.