Share Feedback on Draft Framework for Arlington’s Commitment to Strengthening Trust with our Immigrant Community
Arlington County has always had the vision of being a welcoming and inclusive community where every person has the right to live, learn, work and play. We affirm Arlington County’s commitment to fostering a diverse, inclusive and welcoming community; our values of equality and equity for all residents regardless of immigration or citizenship status; and ensure the trust and confidence of residents to access services and benefits afforded to all residents without fear or concern for either their security or safety.
We have created a Draft Framework for Arlington’s Commitment to Strengthening Trust with our Immigrant Community which reflects these values and we want to hear from you! Your feedback will help inform the creation of a draft “trust policy” and draft action agenda regarding the immigrant community and the County’s relationship to/with ICE and federal immigration services.
How to Participate
- Read the Draft Framework for Arlington’s Commitment to Strengthening Trust with our Immigrant Community, available in:
- Share your thoughts. Online feedback form available in:
Feedback will be collected through October 21, 2021.
The role of Arlington County law enforcement is to keep our community safe, not to enforce federal immigration laws. The Arlington County Police will continue to work with residents, civic associations and others to maintain strong relationships vital to public safety. Learn more about the County’s enforcement policies.
Know Your Rights
There are many resources to learn about your rights, as well as information about the official path to Citizenship.
- Arlington Human Rights Commission and Complaint Forms
- National Immigration Law Center
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
- Immigration Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
- United We Dream
- United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
- DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Legal Aid Services
The following organizations assist immigrants in need of legal help and other services such as power of attorney.
- CAIR – Capital Area Immigrants Rights Coalition
- Just Neighbors (Immigration Legal Services)
- Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC)
- Arlington Service Providers – Immigration Updates 2-5-18 (PowerPoint Presentation)
- Northern Virginia Family Services
Arlington County Resources
- Citizenship Classes: The Arlington Community Outreach Program also offers free, virtual Citizenship Classes on weekday afternoons and evenings. Interested students should register for the classes by phone to ensure that they are eligible (or will soon be eligible) for naturalization and can speak, read and write basic English. Call 703-228-1198 to register and for more information.
- Citizenship Scholarship: Arlington County offers a Citizenship Scholarship to pay the application fee charged by USCIS to those seeking to become U.S. citizens. Arlington residents, as well as those who work in Arlington and those who attend Arlington citizenship classes are eligible based on their household income. Contact Susan at email@example.com or 703-228-1198 for more information.
- Hogar Immigrant Services Naturalization Workshops: Catholic Charities’ Hogar Immigrant Services conducts periodic Naturalization Workshops to assist eligible applicants in completing U.S. citizenship applications. Call 703-534-9805 for the dates of upcoming workshops.
- Housing & Eviction Resources: Arlington County’s housing and rental assistance programs seek to help tenants facing eviction. Learn more.
- Food Resources: The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) is committed to providing free supplemental groceries to any Arlington County resident who cannot afford to purchase enough food for themselves or their families. Open to all regardless of race, religion, immigration status, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, first language, gender, or disability. Learn more about AFAC. Additionally, find an interactive map of all County free food resources.
- Watch: Employment Rights of Immigrants & Non-Citizens Forum
- Watch: US Naturalization Ceremony in Arlington County
Local, State and Federal Policy Statements on Immigration
- Arlington County Board Message on Immigration (Jan. 17, 2017) | en español | Watch the video
- County Manager Statement on Immigration (Feb. 27, 2017) | en español
- Arlington County Public Schools Letter (March 2, 2017) | en español
- County Manager Letter to Arlington County Employees on Immigration (March 10, 2017)
- FAQ on Immigration for Arlington County Employees (March 10, 2017)
- County Manager Letter to US Sec’y of State & Sec’y of Homeland Security in support of resettlement of refugees in Arlington (Oct. 22, 2019)
- Commonwealth of Virginia Guidance Regarding School Division Responsibilities and Actions Under the Law in Reference to Students and Immigration (March 1, 2017)
- White House Presidential Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements (Jan. 25, 2017)
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security MEMO: Implementing the President’s Border Security Immigration Enforcement Improvement Policies
- White House Presidential Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States (Jan. 25, 2017)
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security Memo: Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest (Feb. 20, 2017)
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security Memo: Implementing the President’s Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements Policies (Feb. 20, 2017)
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security/ICE Memo: Enforcement Actions at or Focused on Sensitive Locations (Oct. 24, 2011)
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration Detainee Locator Website