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In the News

"Not our role": Santa Clara County cops reaffirm they won't be deportation force
3/14/17 Morgan Hill Police Chief David Swing, president of the county police chiefs' association, was joined by San Jose Chief Eddie Garcia, 10 other South Bay chiefs and District Attorney Jeff Rosen at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in East San Jose to convey a message of solidarity. The agencies of this county will not enforce federal immigration laws, Swing said. "It is not our mission nor our role & we will treat all of our residents with dignity regardless of status."
Alzheimers 'tsunami' among Latinos raises concerns over costs, caregiving
3/18/17 The number of Latinos with Alzheimers 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 Californias Institute on Aging and the Latinos Against Alzheimers network. That tidal wave of Alzheimers 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.
Bay Area families rush to make deportation-preparedness plans
3-21-17 Deportation planning is part of a broader strategy to empower immigrants in the same vein as know-your-rights workshops that train people what to do and what not to do, if they come into contact with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Immigration Legal Resource Center, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, recently created a family preparedness guide that it distributes to grassroots organizations.
California's undocumented kids could be first to lose medical care under Trump
2/1/17 Assuming the new administration carries out plans to change how Medicaid is funded, health policy experts say California could stand to lose $17 billion the federal government currently provides for the Medi-Cal expansion the state adopted under the Affordable Care Act. Such a cut would leave state leaders unable to fully make up the funding difference and could force them to revisit a decades-old debate over whether the state has an obligation to care for sick children regardless of their immigration status, or should focus limited resources on citizens and legal residents.
Catholic Charities SCC Flood Relief
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County will help flood victims with mid- to long-term case management support to recover from the 2017 San Jose Flood. All services are provided free of cost to anyone regardless of faith, legal status, race or nationality, age, disability, gender or sexual orientation. | English | Spanish | Vietnamese |
Federal immigration authorities arrest more than 160 in L.A.-area operation this week
2/10/17 Immigration officials said Friday that they arrested more than 160 people (most of them with criminal histories) during an operation this week across Southern California. The arrests sparked a protest in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday evening. Some politicians said they were demanding answers from federal authorities about the arrests. Key Words: Immigration, Undocumented, ICE,
Food and Water Safety During Hurricanes, Power Outages, and Floods
FDA publication on how to keep food and water safe during and after floods and power outages.  Available in Spanish and French. Languages: Spanish, French
How the Irish compare to other waves of immigrants in the U.S.
3/17/17 St. Patricks 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.
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."
Mt View Community leaders pledge to resist immigration crackdown
Pledging a united front to protect migrants, local policymakers, school officials and law enforcement on Saturday issued a rallying cry to protest the recent executive orders by President Donald Trump. At the city-sponsored Civility Roundtable event, panel members gave repeated assurances to a crowd of about 200 that they would look to safeguard the full patchwork of the South Bay community, and they invited everyone to join them in the effort.
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.
Returning to your Flooded Home - Checklist
Tips on how to safely re-enter your home or business, how to clean after a flood, and how to start the recovery process. Hyperlink | Spanish | Vietnamese |
SCC kicks in $3.5M for immigrant support
3/16/17 Fearing a zealous immigration crackdown by the new administration in Washington, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to commit millions of dollars toward boosting legal services for immigrants facing deportation proceedings. The decision comes after months of deliberation. In a unanimous vote, supervisors agreed to devote $2.9 million in county funds for hiring attorneys to represent immigrants in need of legal assistance. Another $400,000 will be spent on a "Know Your Rights" campaign to educate immigrants on legal, housing, employment, refugee and tenant rights, and $200,000 for a media campaign aimed at alerting residents about issues affecting the immigrant community.
San Jose International Airport First in U.S. to Offer Citizenship Services for Employees
2/16/17 Mineta San Jose International is the first airport in the United States to provide citizenship services for its employees and their families in the country. That announcement was made SJC by San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and leaders from the National Immigration Forums New American Workforce, the only worksite citizenship program in the country, according to Jennie Murray, director of the forum's integration programs.
San Jose schools want to protect undocumented families but can they?
2/8/17 After being blasted by parents for a vague and confusing statement purporting to protect undocumented students, the San Jose Unified school board on Thursday will take up a new resolution intended to shore up student security from immigration agents. The district follows dozens of others declaring their campuses safe places for learning, regardless of students' immigration status. Alum Rock in San Jose, Oakland, Palo Alto and San Francisco all have issued statements claiming they will protect students. Key Words: Undocumented
San Jose, San Francisco among areas with largest undocumented immigrant populations
2/9/17 San Francisco and San Jose are among 20 metropolitan regions with the largest populations of undocumented residents in the United States, according to a first-of-its-kind report by the Pew Research Center. The report highlights a population at the center of a heated debate, as President Donald Trump looks to double down on deportations.
Saratoga: Iranian-American community celebrates Persian New Year amid political anxieties
3/17/17 Nowruz, which translates literally to new day in Farsi, is a secular holiday that marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year on the Iranian calendar. It is celebrated on the Vernal equinox, which occurs on March 20 this year. While originally a Zoroastrian festival, the holiday now is celebrated and observed in Iranwhere it is an official holiday lasting for 13 daysand many other parts of the world, including regions of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and China.
South Bay schools guard against Trump-inspired raids, hate
1/17/17 SAN JOSE Worried about possible increase in deportations, efforts to register Muslims, and a growing climate of harassment, Bay Area school districts have rushed to declare their campuses safe zones for the diverse families they serve. On Wednesday, 14 groups including the South Bay's largest school districts and labor unions will join immigrant-rights advocates to announce school safe zones and explain the need for them. Key Words: Sanctuary, student
Talking to Children About the Election: A Message from the AAP
In the aftermath of the national election, many parents and caregivers are wondering how to speak to their children about the results, how to help their children cope with disturbing rhetoric, and how to explain news reports of protests. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is doing everything we can as a national organization to represent the needs of children to our newly elected leaders and recognize the importance of making sure children feel safe and protected in their day-to-day lives. Here are some ways you can serve as a source of reassuring comfort and safety for your children. Key Words: Mental Health, Counseling Multi-language: Spanish
The Criminalization of Immigration in the United States
7/13/15 Report from American Immigration Council - For more than a century, innumerable studies have confirmed that immigrants are less likely to commit serious crimes than the native-born, and high rates of immigration are associated with lower rates of violent crime and property crime. This holds true for both legal immigrants and the unauthorized, regardless of their country of origin or level of education. In other words, the overwhelming majority of immigrants are not criminals by any commonly accepted definition of the term. For this reason, harsh immigration policies are not effective in fighting crime.
Trump administration is considering a new, narrower travel ban, officials say
2/10/17 Rebuffed again by the courts, the Trump administration is weighing a new, more narrowly tailored executive order to restrict entry into the U.S. that would forestall further legal wrangling, even as the president himself vowed Friday to do whatever is necessary to keep our country safe.
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.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) - CA
The VITA program provides free assistance to individuals with basic tax returns at locations around the state. Enter your zip code to find the closest. Some have multi-language capabilities. Sites open from February until April 15th each year. Sponsored by the California State Franchise Tax Board.| Spanish |
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) - Fed
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older. To locate the nearest VITA site, call 1-800-829-1040. Multi-Lingual:| Spanish | Vietnamese | Chinese | Korean | Russian | Key Words: Seniors, Finance
What a Trump Presidency Could Mean for Permanent Residents Who Aren't Citizens by Inauguration Day
Though permanent residents have secured the legal right to live in the United States, they're not citizens, which means they do not have the full protections available to citizens, such as the right to vote, travel freely, obtain a U.S. passport or help relatives gain legal status. Most significantly, perhaps, documented immigrants are not granted full protection from deportation. Will their status become more precarious under an administration that has made no secret of its aversion to foreigners?
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
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) 2016
The EITC or EIC, is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. To qualify, you must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if you do not owe any tax or are not required to file. EITC reduces the amount of tax you owe and may give you a refund. Multi-language: | Spanish |
Mexican Consulate - Protección 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
7 key take-aways from the court's ruling on Trump's immigration order
2/9/17 A federal appeals court panel on Thursday ruled to maintain the freeze on President Trump's controversial immigration order, meaning that previously barred refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries can continue entering the United States. Here are seven big take-aways from their unanimous, 29-page opinion.
ACLU of Northern California Contact Info for SFO, OAK, SJO, or FAT Arrivals Affected by Executive Or
1/28/17 The ACLU of Northern California is asking that people who have been expecting visitors to arrive at SFO, OAK, SJO, or FAT from one of the seven countries in yesterday's executive order: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen and have not heard from their visitors or have heard that their visitors have arrived and been detained or denied entry to please contact us at one of our two hotlines and leave a message. SFO, OAK, SJO: 415-621-2488 FAT: 559-374-2766 Key Words: Refugee, Legal, Human Rights, Immigration
The Santa Clara Valley AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) has formed a Rapid Response Team to assist immigrants in need of immediate assistance only. 18 Pro Bono Attorneys are largely Spanish speaking, but the Rapid Response Hotline also includes speakers of Cambodian , Korean, Cantonese , and Farsi. In the event of an imminent or existing crisis please call Sri at 917-981-8421 or Yemi at 408-334-0298 as backup. For email inquiries to: sri@sriklaw.com.
California joins 15 other states going to court to challenge Trump's immigration orders
2/6/17 California and 15 other states joined the growing legal challenge to President Trump's immigration orders, filing an amicus brief Monday supporting Washington state's lawsuit that argues the directives targeting people from Muslim-majority countries are unconstitutional. "On behalf of the nearly 40 million people of California, I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with [other] attorneys general ... to preserve the suspension of the Trump Administration's travel ban," Becerra said in a statement.
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.
Egyptian Immigrant launched a website so people can invite refugees to stay in their homes
8/25/16 An Egypyian immigrant has opened his apartmentto refugees and domestic violence victims free of charge, and he's launched a website to help Americans across the country do the same. The concept of his site, called EmergencyBnB, resembles Airbnb, where people list their homes or a bedroom for travelers to rent by the night. But on EmergencyBnB, no money is exchanged and the people looking for places to stay are often in a crisis with nowhere to go.
Full Scope Medi-Cal Expands To ALL Immigrant Children
Mar. 2016. As of May 1, 2016 all CA children are eligible for full scope MediCal, regardless of immigration status. Currently, children and adults in the country illegally qualify for limited Medi-Cal coverage, which covers emergency and pregnancy-related services. Enrollment help is free from local health clinics and community groups. Visit http://www.cchi4families.org/find-help for local resources. Advocates and state officials also want you to know that enrolling your kids should not lead to negative consequences for you or other members of your family who may not have legal immigration status.
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