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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.
Higher wages linked to immigrant diversity
4-10-17 Diverse immigrant populations do more than enrich a city's cultural fabric. According to geographers from the University at Buffalo and Southampton University, they also boost wages. In cities that are unwelcoming to immigrants, as diversity rises, people's wages either don't change, or they go up by only a small amount. In cities that are welcoming to immigrants, as diversity goes up, people's wages go up, and by a lot," said Abigail Cooke, an assistant professor of geography in UB's College of Arts and Sciences, who wrote the paper with Thomas Kemeny, a UB research assistant professor and a lecturer at the University of Southampton in England.
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.
Mexican government spends $250,000 in Sacramento to defend immigrants living here
5/7/17 The Mexican consulate in Sacramento will spend about a quarter-million dollars to help its nationals in the area fight deportations, part of a $50 million effort across the United States by the Mexican government as fears of immigration crackdowns grow..
Mobile apps for undocumented immigrants mark new era in technology
4/10/17 Developing digital safety nets and resources for this growing market has taken on new urgency in the wake of the Trump administration's immigration policies. Arrived is a free app available for download now. It was created by a team largely composed of Google employees, to empower immigrants with knowledge on a variety of topics, from housing and education to jobs and deportation. Other apps are in development. With the press of a digital panic button, immigrants detained by ICE may soon be able to send customized, encrypted messages to friends and family from their mobile phones in a last-minute attempt to share final parting words or critical information.
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.
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.
US: A nation of immigrants, but ambivalent about immigration
America's self-image is forever intertwined with the melting pot. It's a nation that welcomes the world's wretched refuse, a nation built by immigrants, a nation whose very motto is "E Pluribus Unum"  Out of Many, One. America's history also is replete with efforts to shut the golden door to arrivals from China, from Eastern and Southern Europe  and most recently, from predominantly Muslim nations. America's relationship with immigration is ... complicated.
USCIS to Redesign the Green Card and Employment Authorization Cards
4/19/17 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. USCIS will begin issuing the new cards on May 1, 2017.
Vietnamese-Americans mark fall of Saigon with solemn Black April ceremony
4/30/17 SAN JOSE  Forty-two years after Saigon fell to the communists on April 30, 1975, about 150 members of the Vietnamese-American community marked the anniversary of the collapse of the South Vietnamese government  still referred to in the community as Black April and the Day of Shame  with a solemn ceremony at the James P. McEntee Plaza at the County Government Center.
What is a sanctuary city?
A sanctuary city is a place that has decided to keep local resources to solve local problems. Some people think 'sanctuary' means the city is harboring fugitives. That's a misunderstanding of the term. A better term than sanctuary might be local control or safe city. From Teach Tolerance
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
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
In Trump era, Bay Area churches offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants
2/5/17 Already, dozens of Bay Area churches have declared themselves "sanctuary churches" in recent months, joining hundreds of others nationwide that have vowed to protect their most vulnerable parishioners, even if that puts them at odds with federal policy or law. "For immigrant communities and emerging communities, churches, synagogues, mosques and gurdwaras are all safe places where immigrants naturally gather for resources", said the Rev. Jon Pedigo, director of projects for peace and justice for the Diocese of San Jose. "So it's only natural that an immigrant community would turn to their churches for support, counseling, rent assistance and food assistance."
Mexican Consulate - Protecioón Consular
It is the function of the Mexican Consulate to protect and defend the rights of Mexican Citizens outside of Mexico, regardless of their immigration status. Links to resources and information for unaccompanies minors and families, problems outside of the country, and preparation for travel. (Conoce el trabajo que realizan nuestros consulados para proteger y defender tus derechos como mexicano, fuera del pais, sin importar tu situacióon migratoria) Multi-lingual - Spanish
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
Alzheimers 'tsunami' among Latinos raises concerns over costs, caregiving
3/18/17 The number of Latinos with Alzheimer's in the U.S. is expected to rise by more than eight times by 2060, to 3.5 million, according to a report by the University of Southern California's Institute on Aging and the Latinos Against Alzheimer's network. That tidal wave of Alzheimer's cases is prompting some tough conversations in Latino families, which often pride themselves on caring for elders at home, rather than placing them in nursing homes.
How the Irish compare to other waves of immigrants in the U.S.
3/17/17 St. Patrick's Day is March 17, when about 39 percent of Americans say they celebrate their Irish heritage. More than 4.5 million Irish immigrants arrived in the U.S. between 1820 and 1930. Between 1820 and 1860, the Irish constituted more than one-third of all immigrants to the U.S. Here is a look at many waves of immigrants coming to America over the decades.
NILC Statement on Leaked DHS Memo Proposing National Guard Mobilization for Immigration Enforcement
2/17/17 Media reports on Friday revealed that the Trump administration may be considering draconian and expensive immigration enforcement measures, including mandatory detention, rushed court proceedings, a rollback in protections for unaccompanied children apprehended at the border, construction of new detention facilities and a border wall, and the enlisting of National Guard troops as immigration enforcement agents.
Searching for Sanctuary - ILRC Analysis of US Cities & Counties
1/2017 Immigrant Legal Resource Council Immigrant Legal Resource Council (ILRC) identified seven different types of policies to consider in assessing the extent of local assistance with immigration enforcement in different jurisdictions. We used these factors to evaluate the extent to which local law enforcement agencies offer voluntary assistance to ICE. Without enacting policies to preserve local resources and safety for the entire community, regardless of immigration status, local law enforcement will continue to be extensively involved in deportations.
Gov. Brown's State of the State Speech Sends Message of Support to CA Immigrants
1/27/17 No part of the speech was more forceful than when the governor promised to protect those who live in California without legal U.S. residency. He admitted that federal law is supreme when it comes to immigration, but bragged about CA policies that take a blind eye to immigration status when offering access to higher education, employment rights and driver's licenses. "We may be called upon to defend those laws, and defend them we will, And let me be clear: We will defend everybody (every man, woman and child ) who has come here for a better life and has contributed to the well-being of our state." Key Words: Undocumented, Legal, immigrant, refugee