In the challenging landscapes of Texas and Florida, where immigration policies directly impact migrant communities, frontline migrant justice organizations grapple with increasingly hostile environments and limited resources.  

Recent developments have exacerbated these challenges. In Texas, a federal judge’s ruling declared the DACA program unlawful, adding uncertainty over the lives of approximately 580,000 immigrant “Dreamers” who are currently enrolled in the program. This ruling not only affects the legal status and security of these individuals but also places additional pressure on frontline organizations to provide support and guidance to those impacted.  

In Florida, the implementation of one of the strictest immigration laws in the nation has brought about significant changes in the daily lives of immigrants in the state. This law criminalizes the transportation of immigrants lacking permanent legal status into the state, leading to concerns of mandatory detention and arrests for individuals who may unknowingly be at risk. Frontline organizations in Florida are faced with the challenging task of assisting immigrants in navigating these new regulations while contending with limited resources.  

As organizers, service providers, mutual aid funds and other community-based groups continue to navigate these heightened challenges, grantmakers have a unique responsibility to support their essential efforts. The first step in philanthropy’s necessary urgent response is acknowledging just how little money groups are currently receiving to handle the current political and humanitarian crisis.  

Frontline organizations in both Texas and Florida face tremendous funding challenges as they tirelessly battle against conservative politics.  In this pivotal moment, it is crucial that grantmakers stand in solidarity with them.  

Across the nation, local organizations that are dedicated to supporting immigrants, migrants, and refugees play an indispensable role in providing essential services and combating oppressive policies. The time has come for philanthropy to do more to support these vital institutions, ensuring they have the resources they need to defend their communities, essential services, and uphold their mission. By investing in immigrant justice, we invest in a stronger, more equitable future for all communities. 

The social, political and financial burden of responding to the moment cannot fall soley on these local organizations. If you are funding local communities, it is time to ask yourself: What steps am I taking to Invest in Immigrant and refugee communities? 

Read the full article about supporting frontline migrant justice organizations at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.