Other Group

We Are Home

Website:

https://www.wearehome.us/

Location:

Washington, District of Columbia

Tax-Exempt Status:

Project of the New Venture Fund

Formation:

2020

Type:

Immigrant Advocacy Organization

President/CEO:

Bridgette Gomez, Campaign Director

We Are Home (WAH) Campaign is a far left immigration activist coalition of 18 immigration, civil rights, faith, and labor organizations with more than 50 partner organizations. [1] WAH advocates amnesty for all illegal immigrants in the United States, [2] for a moratorium on deportation of illegal immigrants, closing detention facilities for illegal immigrants run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), [3] transformation of the U.S. immigration system to “unite families,” and other liberal expansionist immigration policies. [4] WAH has committed $30,000,000 to an advocacy in defense of President Joe Biden’s immigration priorities, including a $1,500,000 million digital and television advertisement buy in April 2021. [5] Since 2020, WAH has received $1,000,000 of grants from Solidarity Giving. [6]

Launched in January 2021 by left-of-center United We Dream [7] and the United Farm Workers Foundation, [8] WAH is staffed and operated by former activists from the 2020 Joe Biden presidential campaign [9] and is a project of the left-of-center New Venture Fund. [10] WAH is associated with We Are Home Action, a project of the Sixteen Thirty Fund, which is a project of the dark money organization Arabella Advisors. [11]

Several far left and left-of-center organizations have hosted WAH’s “Eyes on ICE Truth and Accountability Forums” to advance WAH’s goal of dismantling the U.S. immigration enforcement system, including Democratic Socialists of America, [12] Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR), Project South, [13] National Immigrant Justice Center, [14] Jobs with Justice, the AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and MoveOn.org. [15] WAH’s steering committee contains left-of-center and immigration expansionist organizations, including America’s Voice, CASA, Community Change/Community Action, Detention Watch Network, FWD.us, National Domestic Workers Alliance, National Immigration Law Center, SEIU, Unite Here, UndocuBlack Network, UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza), United Farm Workers (UFW), and United We Dream. [16] [17]

Bridgette Gomez is We Are Home’s campaign director. [18] [19] She has previously worked for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), and the Obama 2012 Presidential Campaign. [20] [21]

History and Leadership

Although the WAH campaign was publicly launched by national groups including United We Dream [22] and the United Farm Workers Foundation in January 2021, [23] grants records indicate Solidarity Giving issued a $500,000 grant to WAH in 2020. [24]

Bridgette Gomez is We Are Home’s campaign director. [25] [26] Gomez previously worked as the Director of “Latinx” Outreach and Engagement for Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Latino Engagement Director for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), deputy field director for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), and for the Obama 2012 Presidential Campaign. [27] [28]

Former WAH campaign director Nathaly Arriolla Maurice is now a Special Assistant to the President and director of partnerships in the Biden Administration. [29]

Activities and Funding

We Are Home is a coalition of 18 immigration, civil rights, faith, and labor organizations with more than 50 partner organizations. [30]

Since its founding, WAH has advocated for a path to citizenship for the tens of millions of illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States, [31] including the so-called “DREAMers,” illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children, [32] and those in the U.S. on Temporary Protected Status (TPS); [33]  a moratorium on deportation of illegal immigrants; closing detention facilities for illegal immigrants run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); [34] a “swift undoing of all the damage” of [the Trump Administration]; and the reunification of families separated due to enforcement of immigration laws. [35]

WAH has committed $30,000,000 to an advocacy campaign totaling $50,000,000 to support President Joe Biden’s immigration agenda, including a $1,500,000 digital and television advertisement buy in April 2021. [36] To advance its positions, WAH has hosted petitions for amnesty for illegal immigrants and a deportation moratorium on the left-progressive MoveOn.org website. [37] In 2021, WAH co-signed a letter with 512 other organizations to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) advocating to include a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants in COVID-19 related legislation. [38]

We Are Home’s coalition steering committee contains many immigration expansionist, left-of-center nonprofit organizations, and labor unions including: America’s Voice, CASA, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Community Change/Community Action, Detention Watch Network, FIRM/ACTION, FWD.us, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), Immigration Hub, LA RED/Faith in Action, Make the Road New York, Mijente, NAKASEC, National Domestic Workers Alliance, National Immigration Law Center, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), UFW Foundation, Unite Here, UndocuBlack Network, UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza), United Farm Workers (UFW), and United We Dream. [39] [40]

Eyes on ICE Truth and Accountability Forums

To support its goal of dismantling immigration enforcement, WAH hosts “Eyes on ICE” Truth and Accountability Forums with other organizations. As a part of its guidelines for these forums, [41] WAH has a list of six ICE-related policy demands which are discussed in these settings: ending deportations; closing detention facilities and ending the use of private prisons and local jails to house illegal immigrants; end ICE Detainers, the Secure Communities Program, and coordination between local law enforcement and ICE; closure of hundreds of thousands of pending deportation cases on the immigration court docket; changing prosecutorial discretion guidelines; and allowing asylum-seekers to enter the U.S. while awaiting asylum. [42]

Several left-of-center and far left organizations have hosted or co-hosted Eyes on ICE Truth and Accountability Forums, including Democratic Socialists of America, [43] Mijente, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition (CAIR), [44] Georgia Detention Watch, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR), Project South, [45] Haitian Bridge Alliance, UndocuBlack, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Human Rights First, National Immigrant Justice Center, [46] Jobs with Justice, the AFL-CIO, SEIU, MoveOn.org, [47] and others.

Funding

WAH is a project of the left-of-center New Venture Fund. [48] In both 2021 and 2020, WAH received $500,000 grants from left-of-center Solidarity Giving. [49] WAH is associated with We Are Home Action, a project of the Sixteen Thirty Fund, which is a project of the dark money organization Arabella Advisors. [50]

References

  1. “Press.” We Are Home Press Page. Accessed July 6, 2021. https://www.wearehome.us/signpetition. ^
  2. “Our Demands.” We Are Home Partners Page. Accessed July 6, 2021. https://www.wearehome.us/#partners. ^
  3. “Eyes on ICE Truth & Accountability Forums.” Forum Guide. We are Home. Accessed July 6, 2021. https://gdoc.pub/doc/1IlvDWSXRoFgtCzugLZReM4bWw5lzu92oYHVbSeZvIZc. ^
  4. “Our Demands.” We Are Home Partners Page. Accessed July 6, 2021. https://www.wearehome.us/#partners. ^
  5. Jaffe, Alexandra. “Immigration groups launch $50 million effort for citizenship.” Associated Press. WAVY News. April 28, 2021. Updated April 28, 2021. Accessed July 6, 2021. https://www.wavy.com/news/politics/immigration-groups-launch-50-million-effort-for-citizenship/. ^
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  31. “We Are Home | Join us to Win a Roadmap to Citizenship.” Community Change Action YouTube Page. Posted January 25, 2021. Accessed July 6, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZNDbFhBBus&t=6s. ^
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  38. “Letter to Majority Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi.” We Are Home. January 22, 2021. Accessed July 7, 2021. https://www.wearehome.us/news/national-organizations-call-on-the-senate-and-the-house-to-secure-a-pathway-to-citizenship-to-undocumented-immigrants. ^
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