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CA 'Sanctuary state' law defies president
10/6/17 SACRAMENTO » A far reaching measure aimed at preventing California's law enforcement officers from helping to carry out President Donald Trump's promised crackdown on illegal immigration - best known as the 'sanctuary state' bill - was signed into law Thursday, along with 10 other bills designed to protect undocumented immigrants. CA Democrats this year have led a sustained effort to thwart Trump's immigration agenda, an initiative that began more than a month before the president's inauguration. Senate Bill 54 and other laws taking effect in January are widely seen - by champions and foes - as the most extensive statewide protections anywhere in the nation for those fearing deportation.
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),
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, Trumps 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.
Know Your Rights: Protecting Our Immigrant Students and Families
9/15/17 The Metropolitan Education District collected the latest information from the ILRC (Immigrant Legal Resource Center), and produced a 14-minute video that covers a variety of important topics: AB 60 Driver's Licenses, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Naturalization, Legal Self-Defense, Know Your Rights Red Cards, and ICE in schools.
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.
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,
Mt. View Middle-schoolers march for DACA
10/1/17 Cheers erupted from a group of Graham Middle School students and teachers as they marched through downtown Mountain View around 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29. According to Edgar Gomez, a history teacher and the club advisor for Graham's Latino Student Union, about 35 to 40 students and staff members marched in the demonstration. The protest was largely organized by members of the Latino Student Union, Gomez said, spurred by the announcement from President Donald Trump's administration that it was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which grants temporary legal status to young people brought to the United States as children.
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. Its 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.
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.
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.
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 Garcia's ruling in San Antonio keeps it from taking effect as planned Friday, allowing the case time to proceed.
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. It's 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 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,
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.
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.