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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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California Immigrant Guide
2017 In an effort to integrate immigrants, CA has developed innovative services that help immigrants become part of the social, economic and civic fabric of our state. This guide features services that help immigrants thrive and succeed in their paths towards integration. Immigrants seeking help with English language learning, workforce skill development, naturalization preparation or legal assistance, can find information on available services throughout the state. The guide will serve as a bridge that can help immigrants fully participate in life in California. Key Words: Directory Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Arabic , Armenian, Farsi, Khmer (Cambodian),
California business leaders call on Congress to pass Dreamer legislation
11/21/17 A bipartisan coalition of California business leaders said Tuesday that hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars are at stake if Congress fails to pass legislation salvaging DACA, the program that has let hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants stay in the U.S. President Donald Trump on Sept. 5 announced he was phasing out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in the next six months, giving Congress a last-ditch opportunity to step in during that time. The business leaders urged Congress to act by the end of the year.
Federal Judge Blocks Trump's Third Travel Ban
10/17/17 President Donald Trump struck out again with his third try at a travel ban, as a federal judge blocked it from taking effect nationwide on Wednesday. This time, Trump's order was found to discriminate on the basis of nationality. In earlier rulings over two prior attempts at a travel ban, judges said they were motivated by bias against Muslims.
Judge permanently blocks Trump sanctuary cities order
11/20/17 A federal judge on Monday permanently blocked President Donald Trumps executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities, handing Santa Clara County a victory in a landmark lawsuit. Orricks ruling came in a lawsuit filed by Santa Clara County in February, which was joined by the city and county of San Francisco.
Local group fights to protect immigrant rights
10/1/17 Fear and anxiety spread among the local immigrant community last week after federal immigration officials conducted a nationwide sweep targeting sanctuary cities and counties, leading to the arrest of two undocumented Mountain View residents. But a group of local parents from the Castro and Mistral elementary school community is vowing to assuage the fears of deportation with action. The newly formed group, called Listos Mountain View, has assisted dozens of immigrant families with information and essential documents needed to ensure that parents and children are prepared if Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents knock on the door.
Santa Clara County sues over DACA
10/11/17 Lawsuit is first in nation filed jointly by an employer and a labor union to protect "Dreamers". It's the first lawsuit in the nation filed jointly by an employer and a labor union on behalf of DACA beneficiary employees, according to the county. "Yet again, the Trump administration has overstepped the constitutional bounds of its authority. The county and its residents are harmed by stripping law-abiding young people of their ability to participate in the workforce and access critical safety net services," said Dave Cortese, president of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. "The county of Santa Clara is prepared to fight vigorously todefend the rightsof itsemployees and residents." SEIU Local 521 represents more than 10,000 workers in Santa Clara County, some of whom are DACA recipients, officials said.
White House expands travel ban, restricting visitors from eight countries
9/16/17 Three nations were added to the list of countries whose citizens will face the restrictions: Chad, North Korea and Venezuela, although the restrictions on Venezuela are narrowly crafted, targeting that country's leadership and their family members. One country, Sudan, fell off the travel ban list issued at the beginning of the year. The new restrictions will be phased in over time, officials said, and the restrictions will not affect anyone who already holds a U.S. visa. For those visitors affected by the changed restrictions, the new rules will go into effect Oct. 18, according to the proclamation.
Bay Area group sues Trump administration over ban
11/14/17 The White House released a new executive order late last month that allowed refugee resettlement to restart but blocked most refugees from 11 countries for 90 days during a review of vetting policies. The new policy  laid out in subsequent memorandums  also bans all refugees from all countries who come to the US under the follow to join program, which allows spouses and minor children of refugees already in the U.S. to come from abroad and reunite with them.
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
Speaking out against immigration raids is her duty, California justice says
8/22/17 California's Supreme Court chief justice has forcefully called on federal immigration agents to stop looking in California's courtrooms for people they suspect are living in the country illegally... California's Supreme Court chief justice has forcefully called on federal immigration agents to stop looking in California's courtrooms for people they suspect are living in the country illegally,
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.
The case for immigration
9/3/17 The contemporary debate around immigration is often framed around an axis of selfishness versus generosity, with Donald Trump talking about the need to put America first while opponents tell heartbreaking stories of deportations and communities torn apart. A debate about how to enforce the existing law tends to supersede discussion of what the law ought to say. All of this misses the core point. Immigration to the United States has not, historically, been an act of kindness toward strangers. Its been a strategy for national growth and national greatness.