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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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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
DACA CELEBRATES 5 YEARS - WHAT DREAMERS ARE MADE OF
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.
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
State Dept expands 'close family' criteria for visas
In response to a Hawaii federal judge's order last week, the department instructed U.S. diplomats to consider grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts and uncles, nephews and nieces and first cousins to meet the criteria for applicants from the six countries to receive a U.S. visa.
A Veteran ICE Agent, Disillusioned with the Trump Era, Speaks Out
7/24/17 The agent was especially concerned about a new policy that allows ICE to investigate cases of immigrants who may have paid smugglers to bring their children or relatives into the country. ICE considers these family members guilty of placing children "directly in harm's way," as one spokeswoman recently put it, and the agency will hold them "accountable for their role in these conspiracies." According to ICE, these measures will help combat "a constant humanitarian threat," but the agent said that rationale was just a pretext to increase arrests and eventually deport more people. "We seem to be targeting the most vulnerable people, not the worst."
Ban on Immigration Detention Centers Sneaks Into California State Budget and Gets Approved
6/28/17 California became the first state in the nation on Tuesday to place a 10-year ban on any new immigration detention centers, making it virtually impossible for the Donald Trump administration to expand immigration detention in the state with the largest population of undocumented immigrants.
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.
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.
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.
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 Californias 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.
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
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.
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