We welcome everyone who has made Arlington County their home. Our community provides a variety of programs and services for new immigrants and other residents who need assistance.
Arlington County Board Statements on Immigration
On behalf of the Board, and in response to questions and concerns that we have heard from the community, we want to reaffirm our commitment that Arlington County will remain inclusive and welcoming.
- World Refugee Day Event – Tue., June 25, 2019, 1-2 p.m.
- Ongoing County funding commitment for legal services for immigrants: In March 2019, the County Board approved $80,000 in ongoing grant funding for the Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC), which provides legal consultation and representation for for undocumented Arlingtonians and mixed-residency status Arlington families. The County previously provided one-time funding support in the two previous fiscal years.
- Citizenship Scholarship: In Jan. 2018, an anonymous Arlingtonian established a scholarship fund to help fellow Arlingtonians become U.S. citizens.
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 and Resources
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
Local, State and Federal Policy Statements on Immigration
- 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