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In the News

Advocates response to DACA decision is swift, broad-based, emotional
9/6/17 WASHINGTON  Immigration advocates vowed they would go to court to block a Trump administration plan to wind down a deferred deportation program for young immigrants, almost as soon as Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the plan Tuesday. Business leaders worried about the potential loss of the thousands of employees who got permission to work as a result of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program enacted by President Barack Obama in 2012. It was one of a range of reactions to the announcement that were swift and emotional, with one opponent saying the decision would cause poverty, destruction and human suffering and another calling it a white supremacist scheme to terrorize immigrants.
CA officials vow to fight for DACA; how far can they go?
9/6/17 As states challenge the federal government's move to end DACA, experts say support is critical but it's not clear how far resistance will go. Throughout California, the message to Dreamers in the wake of President Donald Trump's plan to end deportation protection for young undocumented immigrants has been clear: We've got your backs. But with the federal government's exclusive control to enforce immigration law, it's not clear how effective the resistance of California and other states will be. On Wednesday, 15 states and the District of Columbia sued the U.S. government to block Trump's plan to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and ask Congress to come up with a solution for Dreamers within six months. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said he plans to file a separate suit to defend the state's 220,000 DACA recipients.
Licensed Peace Officer Bill Authored by Assemblymember Ash Kalra
7/25/17 CA Governor Brown has signed AB 1440 into law, a bill authored by Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) clarifying that federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Officers are not licensed peace officers under CA State Law. I am pleased that Governor Brown has signed AB 1440 into law, upholding the trust and faith our local law enforcement work to develop with local communities every day to provide for the publics safety, said Assemblymember Kalra. Under the new federal administration ICE and CBP are undertaking unprecedented and aggressive tactics to identify, monitor, and detain undocumented immigrants for deportation. This bill sends a clear messagethat in California, law enforcement officers are sworn to protect all residents, regardless of their immigration status.
Mountain View adopts ACLU 'Freedom City' policies
9/15/17 Hoping to assuage lingering fears in the immigrant community, the MV City Council took a new step to reassure vulnerable residents that the city has their back. Local elected leaders on Tuesday formally signed on Mountain View to many "Freedom City" policies, committing local officials and the police to a higher set of standards for dealing with undocumented individuals. Key Words: ICE,
Report: Trump to end DACA program for undocumented immigrants
9/3/17 President Donald Trump has decided to end the Obama-era program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children, according to two sources familiar with his thinking, a Politico report says. Trump has wrestled for months with whether to do away with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. He has faced strong warnings from members of his own party not to scrap the program and struggled with his own misgivings about targeting minors for deportation. The stakes are particularly high in California, which is home to 220,000 Dreamers, as the group of immigrants are called  more than any other state.
Trump Administration Ends Immigration Program for Central American Kids Fleeing Violence
8/26/27 Currently, there are nearly 3,000 minors fleeing violence in their home countries of El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras awaiting federal approval to settle in the United States. Last week, the Trump Administration extinguished that hope. On August 16, the DHS canceled the Central American Minors (CAM) program, a federal immigration option created in 2014 under the Obama Administration's guidance. This program offered U.S. entry to minors fleeing violence in Central America's "Northern Triangle," the tri-country region doused in rampant gang violence and corruption (in just the past two years, 33,000 people have been murdered in the region). Minors were only allowed this entry, however, if they already had a parent legally residing in the U.S waiting for them. Regardless, it was a small step in the U.S. acknowledging that people fleeing Central American were actual refugees, not criminals.
8/28/17 ILRC Updates: At this time, we do not know when or if the DACA program will be terminated or what the end of the program may look like. While the DACA program remains in effect at this time, these FACT Sheets list some things to keep in mind should the program end. Key Words: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Dreamers, Spanish |
Board Reaffirms Commitment to Program for Undocumented Youth
8/15/17 In unanimously approving a resolution on August 15th, the Board of Supervisors vowed to defend DACA against legal threats, send a letter to the Trump Administration in support of keeping DACA alive and a letter of support to co-authors of new Federal DREAM Act. The DREAM Act would provide legal status, as well as a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrant youth who entered the United States before the age of 18. Key Words: Dreamers
8/30/17 Immigrants and advocates across the country were anxiously waiting this week to hear President Donald Trump's decision on whether he'll keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The initiative, which allows young people who immigrated to the U.S. as children to temporarily escape deportation and receive other benefits, started under President Barack Obama in 2012. The next development on the program could come 9/5/17, the date set by a group of 10 conservative state attorneys general who have vowed to challenge DACA in federal court, should Trump not end it himself.
8/16/17 The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, now threatened under the Trump administration, gave young, undocumented immigrants or Dreamers temporary deportation relief and work permits. Yesterday the SCC Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution reaffirming its support for the program. I believe most of us understand that one of our highest obligations as adults in this community is to take care of children, and to act as if every child in our community is part of our own family, said Supervisor Cindy Chavez.
Deportation orders up under Trump, fewer prevail in immigration court
8-8-17 Federal immigration courts ordered 57,069 people to leave the US in the first 6 months of the Trump administration, up nearly 31% over the same period last year. Additionally, 16,058 people prevailed in their immigration cases, or had them closed, allowing them to stay in the United States, according to the data, which tallied orders issued from Feb. 1 to July 31. That total marked a 20.7% drop from the 20,255 immigrants who prevailed at the same time last year.
Federal Judge Blocks Texas Ban on Sanctuary Cities
8/30/17 AUSTIN, Texas - A federal judge late Wednesday temporarily blocked most of Texas' tough new "sanctuary cities" law that would have allowed police to inquire about people's immigration status during routine interactions such as traffic stops. The measure sailed through the Republican-controlled Legislature despite months of protests and opposition from business groups who worried that it could cause a labor-force shortage in industries such as construction. Opponents sued, arguing it violated the U.S. Constitution, and U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcias ruling in San Antonio keeps it from taking effect as planned Friday, allowing the case time to proceed.
ICE is aggressively prosecuting immigrants it used to let go
8/11/17 For years, prosecutors for Immigration and Customs Enforcement had the discretion to drop cases against low-risk or otherwise law-abiding undocumented immigrants. The process, known as prosecutorial discretion, gave a second chance to those with a path to citizenship like a marriage petition or a visa application, and allowed ICE lawyers to focus on violent criminals. The policy shift happened with a memo from ex-Secretary of Homeland Security and new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly in February. It essentially abolished prosecutorial discretion for previously low-priority immigrants and the priority system.
Last-minute changes narrow California sanctuary state immigration bill
9/11/17 SB 54 still prohibits law enforcement officers from asking people about their immigration status, participating in border-patrol activities, arresting people on civil immigration warrants, or acting as deputized immigration enforcement agents.It still would restrict the ability of California law enforcement officers to notify federal immigration agents about the immigration status of some detainees or to transfer some inmates into federal custody. But in a concession to law enforcement, a longer list of crimes would be exempted from those restrictions, such as felony assault convictions within the previous 15 years.
RESILIENCE IN AN AGE OF INEQUALITY: Immigrant Contributions to California
2017 Report by CIPC (CA Immigrant Policy Center) In the wake of the 2016 Presidential election, communities across the nation have been grappling with profound questions about our political and economic systems. Perhaps no two themes have generated more intense discus-sion than those of racial justice and economic equity - and the lack thereof for far too many. At times, these issues have been posed as mutually exclusive. Yet the experiences of California's immigrants - overwhelmingly people of color, and also a vital part of a labor force which generates great wealth yet suffers increasing inequality - offer a valuable bridge between these twin points. In the coming years, California is poised to play a unique role in defending fundamental human rights from unprecedented attacks.
Relatives of Undocumented Children Caught Up in ICE Dragnet
9/11/17 About 90 percent of minors detained at the southern border are eventually turned over to a family member. Its a system intended to spare the state from having to take care of children, and allow young people to live in normal homes while their visa and asylum claims work through the courts. Under President Barack Obama, ICE was instructed not to go after people who came forward to claim relatives, even if they were in the U.S. illegally. Guardians were told they had no reason to fear revealing themselves to authorities. Under President Donald Trump, that policy has been reversed.
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 Californias Supreme Court chief justice has forcefully called on federal immigration agents to stop looking in Californias courtrooms for people they suspect are living in the country illegally... Californias Supreme Court chief justice has forcefully called on federal immigration agents to stop looking in Californias courtrooms for people they suspect are living in the country illegally,
The travel ban is in effect. Here's 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
California Forbids U.S. Immigration Agents from Pretending to be Police
7/26/17 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN)  California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday barring federal authorities from presenting themselves as law enforcement officers in the Golden State. Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, wrote the bill, Assembly Bill 1440, in hopes of reducing unethical tactics by federal agents.
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.
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.
Mountain View Equality and Diversity Demonstration
8/19/17 For the second time in as many weeks, hundreds gathered in downtown Mountain View Saturday for a peaceful demonstration celebrating diversity. For the second time in as many weeks, hundreds gathered in downtown Mountain View Saturday for a peaceful demonstration celebrating diversity. Similar demonstrations and rallies were held in cities across the country