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Immigrant Info’s mission is to support a healthy and resilient community for everyone through successful integration of immigrants, refugees and asylees into our society. Our intention is to create a collaborative space that facilitates connection, cooperation and focus on our common goals. We invite the submission of information about news, classes, resources, and community events of interest to Santa Clara County immigrants.

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Durbin, Graham file Dream Act, hoping to ward off legal challenge to DACA
7/21/17 Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) introduced Dream Act legislation that would grant permanent legal status to more than 1 million young people who arrived in the United States before they turned 18, passed security checks and met other criteria, including enrolling in college, joining the military or finding jobs. Immigrants must have lived in the United States for at least four years to apply.
SCC Organizations Launch Rapid Response Hotline to Support Community and Keep Families Together
6/22/17 SAN JOSE, CA Community leaders and immigrant empowerment organizations reaffirmed their commitment to keeping families together and supporting those impacted by immigration enforcement today at a press conference launching the Rapid Response Network hotline in Santa Clara County. This Hotline can be called for immediate support if ICE comes to your home, workplace or neighborhood, or to report a raid. Call (408) 290-1144 This is not a general information hotline. Key words: RRN, Spanish This is a collaborative project led by Sacred Heart Community Service, Pangea Legal Services, PACT, SOMOS Mayfair, LUNA, SIREN, South Bay Labor Council, CARAS/SEIU, Diocese of San José, City of San Jose Office of Immigrant Affairs, and Santa Clara County office of Immigrant Relations.
SCC Rapid Response Network Training
The Rapid Response Network in Santa Clara County is a community defense project developed to protect immigrant families from deportation and to provide moral and accompaniment support during and after immigration operations in our community. Those interested in participating as Rapid Responders can connect through this link. It will be updated as trainings are scheduled around the County. Key Words: RRN
State Dept expands 'close family' criteria for visas
In response to a Hawaii federal judge's order last week, the department instructed U.S. diplomats to consider grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts and uncles, nephews and nieces and first cousins to meet the criteria for applicants from the six countries to receive a U.S. visa.
The travel ban is in effect. Heres how it will actually work.
6/29/17 At 8pm Eastern time on Thursday, the ban  which temporarily bars some people from getting visas if they come from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen for the next 90 days, as well as barring an untold number of refugees for 120 days went into effect in airports around America and consular offices around the world. Key Words: Refugee, Asylee, Immigrant
Ban on Immigration Detention Centers Sneaks Into California State Budget and Gets Approved
6/28/17 California became the first state in the nation on Tuesday to place a 10-year ban on any new immigration detention centers, making it virtually impossible for the Donald Trump administration to expand immigration detention in the state with the largest population of undocumented immigrants.
Effects of Sanctuary Policies on Crime and the Economy
4/17 To understand the effects of having a sanctuary policy, we statistically match counties based on a broad range of demographic characteristics and then compare sanctuary counties to non-sanctuary counties to better understand the effects that sanctuary policies have on a local jurisdiction. The data are clear: Crime is statistically significantly lower in sanctuary counties compared to non-sanctuary counties. Moreover, economies are stronger in sanctuary countiesfrom higher median household income, less poverty, and less reliance on public assistance to higher labor force participation, higher employment-to-population ratios, and lower unemployment.
Inspired by Trump, more immigrants rush to become U.S. citizens
Since Trump took office, his policies have inspired thousands of immigrants like Radwan to apply for citizenship. Between October and December 2016, the latest data available, 238,062 people applied for naturalization, according to Citizenship and Immigration Services records, compared with 185,466 applications during the same time period in 2015  a nearly 30 percent jump.
Report Highlights How Local Criminal Justice Policies Undercut the Promise of Sanctuary Cities
5/4/17 Local criminal justice policies, such as vagrancy laws and cash bail requirements, endanger vulnerable immigrant populations and undercut the promise of 'sanctuary' cities, according to a report released today by Harvard Law School's Fair Punishment Project, the Immigrant Defense Project, and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. The report urges city and county leaders who want to protect immigrants to act swiftly to end harmful criminal justice practices that criminalize poverty and send undocumented residents into the deportation pipeline.
House of Representatives' Fair Day in Court for Kids Act: Another Step Towards Fundamental Fairness
April 6, 2017Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) welcomes the introduction by Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) of the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act, which would ensure counsel for unaccompanied children to help them present their case for protection in immigration court. Only one in 10 children without attorneys is successful in gaining protection in the United States. With an attorney, a child is 5 times more likely to win their case. The bill has 23 co-sponsors. Key Words: Refugee, Asylee
Mt. View Police won't aid federal crackdown on undocumented, chief says
1/20/17 Police Chief Max Bosel promised a packed room at the Mountain View Day Worker Center on Jan. 9 that local law enforcement would not cooperate with federal immigration agents. It was the latest in a string of pledges from local officials they would take no part in any effort by the incoming Donald Trump administration to crack down on undocumented residents. Key Words: Undocumented
Refugee youth, Archbishop Mitty teens find unity on the soccer field
5/8/17 The Refugee Foster Care program is the only program in Northern California that serves unaccompanied refugee children who are fleeing oppression. For 38 years, Catholic Charities has resettled refugees from across the world in the South Bay. The agency typically serves about 100 foster youth each year across seven counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz.
SHOULDER TO SHOULDER
11/18/16 Division, fear, anger and distrust threaten our nation. Our Muslim neighbors have reason to fear for their safety and that of their children. Hate crimes targeting Muslims and other people in our communities have surged in the past year. American Muslim communities have been further victimized by a wave of hate crimes since the election. We, the religious institutions of this great nation, stand shoulder to shoulder with each other in support of our Muslim brothers and sisters. Key Words: Positive, Interfaith