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'Remain in Mexico' is another brick in Trump’s invisible wall
12-16-18 Now that President Trump has done everything he can to eliminate asylum access on the U.S. border, he is attempting to enlist Mexico’s newly minted President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, in a comprehensive scheme to block asylum seekers from gaining protection in the United States. Recent reports of negotiations over a “remain in Mexico” plan indicate that this bilateral agreement would keep asylum seekers in Mexico while U.S. immigration courts consider and adjudicate their asylum claims. UN agencies, international human rights organizations, and even U.S. government agencies have produced overwhelming evidence of the humanitarian crisis that is causing many Central Americans to flee. The violence inflicted by the gangs in Central America, and the utter failure of their governments to protect them leave these individuals and families with no choice but to flee.

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Bay Area families are opening their homes to asylum seekers: ‘It’s a bold act of resistance’
12/9/18 Sorce, 32, and Matzke, 40, are among hundreds of Californians who have volunteered to host asylum seekers in the past year, opening their homes and their personal lives to immigrants who have just set foot in an unknown land, carrying just a few personal belongings and the trauma of their journeys. At a time when the country’s asylum system has deeply divided the nation — and as the administration of President Donald Trump works to keep out thousands of members of a migrant caravan stuck in Mexico — a growing number of Bay Area families are giving them a chance.

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Effect of Separation from parents is catastrophic to children
6/18/18 This is what happens inside children when they are forcibly separated from their parents. Their heart rate goes up. Their body releases a flood of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. Those stress hormones can start killing off dendrites — the little branches in brain cells that transmit mes­sages. In time, the stress can start killing off neurons and — especially in young children — wreaking dramatic and long-term damage, both psychologically and to the physical structure of the brain. “The effect is catastrophic,” said Charles Nelson, a pediatrics professor at Harvard Medical School. “There’s so much research on this that if people paid attention at all to the science, they would never do this.”

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Federal judge stops Trump administration from deporting scores of Cambodian immigrants
12/15/17 A federal judge in Santa Ana issued a temporary restraining order Thursday preventing the Trump administration from deporting hundreds of Cambodian immigrants who have been convicted of crimes,

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Federal judge strikes down Trump asylum rules for domestic and gang violence victims
12/19/18 A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed Justice Department policies that made it harder for immigrants to claim asylum because of domestic violence or gang violence, finding the policies violated existing law. Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court in Washington ruled the harsher Justice Department policies ordered by former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions were "arbitrary, capricious and in violation of the immigration laws."

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HOW TO TALK ABOUT PUBLIC CHARGE - Updated Jan 2019
1/15/19 This issue brief summarizes topline Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) Campaign messages and recommended talking points when discussing public charge concerns with immigrant communities. While new instructions are being applied at consulates abroad, public charge policies have not changed for decisions made by immigration officers in the U.S. Some immigrants are exempted by law (or eligible for a waiver) from the public charge test, including refugees; asylees; survivors of trafficking, domestic violence, or other serious crimes (T or U visa applicants/holders); VAWA self-petitioners; special immigrant juveniles; and certain people paroled into the U.S. And lawful permanent residents (green card–holders) are not subject to the public charge test when they apply for U.S. citizenship. These laws will remain in place, even if the proposed regulation is finalized.

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Immigration Options for Undocumented Immigrant Children
8/18 A collection of one-page fact sheets fro ILRC on: *Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) * Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) * U Visa * Trafficking Visa (T Visa) * Asylum * Temporary Protected Status (TPS) * Family Visas * Conditional Permanent Residence * Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) * Non-LPR Cancellation of Removal Advocates should only use these fact sheets for quick reference. Please consult with an immigration expert before filing any applications for relief with USCIS. Key Words: Legal

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Judge forces Trump to bring back domestic violence victims he deported
12/19/18 Back in June, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued one of the cruelest pronouncements of his cruel tenure in the Trump administration: That victims of domestic violence or gang violence would generally not be eligible for asylum. Thankfully, the ACLU just won a major court victory forcing the administration to stop enforcing these policies. And the plaintiffs in the case, a dozen adults and children who had been denied asylum and given deportation orders, were ordered to be allowed to try again to seek asylum — and to be returned to the U.S. if they’d already been deported.

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LAWSUIT: ICE DETENTION CENTERS DENY DETAINEES CONTACT WITH ATTORNEYS
12/17/18 RIVERSIDE — For immigrants facing deportation, assistance from attorneys can make a profound difference in the outcome of their cases — immigrants with lawyers have an overwhelmingly better chance of being able to stay in the U.S. For asylum seekers, it can be a matter of life or death. But at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers in Southern California, officials make it nearly impossible for many detainees to contact and consult with attorneys. That violates not only the Immigration and Nationality Act, but also the First and Fifth Amendments to the Constitution.

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New deportation fears among Vietnamese immigrants
12/15/18 Rules would target some immigrants who came before 1995. Thousands of Vietnamese immigrants could be at risk of deportation under a Trump Administration re-interpretation of a long-standing agreement with Vietnam that largely has protected Vietnamese citizens who entered the United States before 1995. Earlier this year, the administration unilaterally changed its interpretation of that 2008 agreement to allow deportation of Vietnamese citizens who arrived before 1995 and have been convicted of crimes. But the administration quietly backed off amid a class action lawsuit by a coalition of immigrants rights groups and a backlash that included the resignation of the U.S. ambassador to Vietnam. Now, some activists are worried that was just a temporary reprieve.

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Supreme Court Declines to Take Up DACA Cases This Term
1-22-19 The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected the Trump administration’s attempts to rush a review of legal challenges to the termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, this spring. The Court will meet again on February 15 to discuss the possibility of hearing the cases later this year. For now, three federal district courts’ orders allowing DACA recipients to submit renewal applications remain in effect. Key Words: ALLIES3

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TRUMP EXTENDS ASYLUM BAN FOR ANOTHER 90 DAYS DESPITE CALIFORNIA INJUNCTION
2/8/19 President Donald Trump issued a proclamation on Thursday to extend by another 90 days his order denying the possibility of asylum to migrants caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border outside designated ports of entry, according to a news release from the Office of the Press Secretary. This is despite the order having been blocked by a California judge.

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The Trump Administration Is Closing the Door on Migrant Children
12/25/18 Because immigration law is civil, not criminal, children are not entitled to legal counsel when they go through their asylum interviews or immigration-court proceedings. The Obama administration had allocated $4.5 million annually for the legal representation of migrant children through the Justice AmeriCorps program, but in 2017, the Department of Justice under the Trump administration declined to renew the contracts with immigrant-legal-services nonprofits. Now, fewer and fewer children are getting the legal representation they need.

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What Is Asylum? Who Is Eligible? Why Do Recent Changes Matter?
12/3/18 Thousands of migrants traveling together to flee dire circumstances in their native Central American nations are camped in towns and cities edging the U.S.-Mexico border. Many hold out hopes that despite intense political pushback, they'll be given a chance to apply in the U.S. for the humanitarian immigration status known as asylum. Key Words: Caravan

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Another judge just blocked Trump Asylum Restrictions
11/20/18 The decision, by Jon S. Tigar of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, temporarily blocks Trump’s recent executive action barring people from seeking asylum if they did not cross at an official port of entry. The new court decision declares that this order runs afoul of federal law that “has clearly commanded that immigrants be eligible for asylum regardless of where they enter,” noting that the law explicitly says aliens can apply for asylum “whether or not” they entered “at a designated port of arrival.” For a full explainer on what the law says, see this Lawfare piece.

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Civics Test Updates
1/1/19 On the naturalization test, some answers may change because of elections or appointments. As you study for the test, make sure that you know the most current answers to the following questions: 20, 23, 28, 29, 39, 40, 43, 46 and 47. Answer the questions regarding elected or appointed officials with the name of the official who is serving at the time of your naturalization interview with USCIS. * If you are 65 years old or older and have been a lawful permanent resident of the United States for 20 or more years, you may study just the questions that have been marked with an asterisk. Key Words: Citizenship, ALLIES3

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H-1B: As immigration furor roils Silicon Valley, Canada smooths way for techies
10/13/18 Two weeks: That’s how quickly a foreign technology worker in Silicon Valley can get an employment permit from Canada. In the US, that process takes months. As the administration of President Donald Trump has increased scrutiny of H-1B visas for skilled foreign workers and plans to ban their spouses from holding jobs in the U.S., Canada has been moving aggressively to suck top foreign talent out of Silicon Valley and other technology-rich regions of the U.S. Key Words: Immigration, Indian

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Immigrant Women in Abusive Relationships Face Long Delays for Green Cards—and Possible Deportation
11/19/18 Starting today USCIS can begin deportation proceedings on victims of trafficking, crime, and domestic violence if their visa petitions have been denied. *** VAWA petitions are different from U visas in that they are available only to the abused spouse, child, or parent of a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and they do not require law enforcement’s participation. But soon these immigration provisions may expire along with the rest of VAWA. The bill was up for reauthorization in September of this year, and was temporarily passed along with other measures in a short-term spending bill designed to keep the government from shutdown. VAWA must be re-authorized by December 7 in order not to lapse. Key Words: Violence Against Women Act

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Immigrants and Their Children Use Less Welfare than Third-and-Higher Generation Americans
6/4/18 Research by the Cato Institute shows that immigrants, in the first and second generations consume an average of 33 percent fewer welfare benefits, per capita, than native-born Americans who are in the third-and-higher generations for these TANF (Welfare), SNAP (Food Stamps), SSI and Social Security.

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In America, Naturalized Citizens No Longer Have an Assumption of Permanence
6/19/18 Historically, denaturalization has been an exceedingly rare occurrence, for good reason: by the time a person is naturalized, she has lived in this country for a number of years and has passed the hurdles of obtaining entry, legal permanent residency, and, finally, citizenship. ...the creation of the task force itself is undoing the naturalization of the more than twenty million naturalized citizens in the American population by taking away their assumption of permanence. All of them (all of us) are second-class citizens now.

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Mission Asset Fund Immigration Programs
For those eligible to apply for Citizenship, Adjustment of status, green card or Temporary Protected Status renewal, MAF offering 0% loans that cover the cost of the USCIS filing fees. Also, 0% interest social loans thru Lending Circles for any purpose, and Business expansion loans with financial education and support, Key Words: ALLIES1, ALLIES3, Credit

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Muslim Ban 3.0 Update from CAIR
6/28/18 Since December 4, 2017, the Muslim Ban has been in full effect for certain individuals from: Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. All are facing difficulty in their applications for visas to be united with family, study in the U.S., get medical treatment, or visit for tourism. On June 26, 2018 the Supreme Court issued a decision allowing the Muslim Ban to remain in effect. In this advisory we cover the current status of the Muslim Ban, who is impacted, as well as information about the so-called waiver process. Key Words: Know Your Rights, KYR, Multi-language Arabic | , Farsi | , Somali |, and Urdu versions of this advisory.) Please note that this information is subject to change based on the various legal challenges. We will update you should changes happen.

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Rapidly Expanding 287(g) Program Suffers from Lack of Transparency
10/9/18 During his first week in office, President Donald Trump ...called for a rapid expansion of harmful 287(g) agreements, through which state and local law enforcement personnel are deputized to enforce federal immigration laws. For years, jurisdictions participating in the 287(g) program have faced legal challenges resulting from allegations of racial profiling and civil rights abuses. In addition, they have come under serious criticism regarding financial mismanagement and for their role in facilitating the deportation of thousands of immigrant residents over traffic violations and other minor offenses in their communities. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report that was deeply critical of ICE’s management and oversight of 287(g) programs and that raised concerns relating to poor compliance with the terms of the agreements, inadequate officer training, and a general lack of transparency and accountability.

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Refugees Contribute: Strategies for Skilled Refugee Integration in the U.S.
11/2017 Report from Upwardly Global - Immigrants and refugees with professional backgrounds face complex challenges to reestablishing their careers - such as a lack of professional networks,language barriers, and unfamiliarity with U.S. job search norms. Refugees, who often have experienced emotional trauma and long employment gaps, must overcome even greater challenges. This report details common barriers that refugees face, and how they can be overcome with targeted interventions.

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SF CAIRS (San Francisco Coalition of Asylee, Immigrant, and Refugee Services)
SF-CAIRS is a multidisciplinary coalition of 20 organizations serving the San Francisco Bay Area asylee, immigrant and refugee community and its service providers. Providing employment, immigration, health care, benefits application, domestic violence, legal asst, educational and vocational training, employment, housing, ESL, Interpretation and other support services. Expanding resource knowledge among service providers about health, employment, social, education and legal services for recent refugees, political asylees and immigrants in the SF Bay Area. The national HQ is located in Washington DC. Key Words: Muslim, SCC, KYR, Know Your Rights, LGBT, ALLIES3 Offices in Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Clara, Multi-language: Arabic , Farsi , Somali , Urdu

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SF judge suspends Trump's decision to end protected status for hundreds of thousands of immigrants
10/3/18 A U.S. district judge in San Francisco has dealt a blow to the Trump administration’s decision to rescind temporary protected status for hundreds of thousands of immigrants. The ruling late Wednesday afternoon will relieve immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan from the threat of deportation. It came in response to a class-action lawsuit alleging that government officials approached their decisions about TPS with a political agenda, ignored facts and were motivated by racism. Administration officials deny those allegations, saying the program was never intended to provide a long-term reprieve.

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Senators push to shield Venezuelans from deportation from US
12/13/18 Sens. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, the ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee; Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Senate minority whip; Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Judiciary Committee ranking member and Rubio of Florida, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; introduced a bill that would grant Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelans. The UN has said that more than 3 million Venezuelan refugees have fled the country’s economic and political turmoil. Colombia has taken in most of the refugees, followed by Peru. Venezuelans also have fled to Ecuador, Argentina, Chile and Brazil. Key Words: TPS

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To Free Detained Children, Immigrant Families Are Forced to Risk Everything
10/16/18 Under a new Trump Administration policy, family members who come forward to claim unaccompanied minors can now be arrested and deported if they are here illegally. Vetting sponsors has always been predicated on protecting children, not policing sponsors; in the past, officials from the Department of Health and Human Services made a point of stressing their independence from the Department of Homeland Security. “O.R.R. is not a law-enforcement entity,” Robert Carey, the former head of the office, told me. “It’s a social-service provider.” Now, according to advocates, the Trump Administration is manipulating the mission of the O.R.R. “They’ve flipped their mandate from the children’s welfare to immigration enforcement,” Jennifer Podkul, the policy director of Kids in Need of Defense, told me. Key Words: ICE, DHS

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Asian Law Alliance (ALA)
A community law office established in 1977 to provide individual legal assistance, community legal education, and community advocacy for the Asian Pacific American population of Santa Clara County. Legal Immigration and Citizenship services. Member of the SCC Citizenship Collaboration Multi-language: Vietnamese, Spanish, Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin), Tagalog, Korean. and other languages as needed. Key Words: Refugee, Housing, Domestic Violence, Civil Rights, Public Benefits, DACA, SCC OIR List, ALLIES3, RIF

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Beyond Deferred Action: Long-term Immigration Remedies Young Undocumented Immigrants Should Know Abo
Immigrants Rising Guide to the 6 most common legal remedies for Dreamers. DACA is a temporary, discretionary program that could be changed at any time. DREAMers should take this opportunity to consider other longer-term options, and pursue them as appropriate. And for those who do not have DACA, it might offer an alternative. This guide is not intended as legal advice. Links to legal resources are included. Key Words: Asylum, VAWA (or Violence Against Women Act), U Visa Nonimmigrant Status, T Visa Nonimmigrant Status, Family-Based Immigration, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Parole-in-Place, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), Cancellation of Removal for Non-Permanent Residents, LPR, ALLIES3

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CA Pretrial Diversion for Minor Drug Charges
1/1/2018 As of January 1, 2018, California will offer a pretrial diversion program to qualifying defendants charged with minor drug offenses. See AB 2082 (2017) (Eggman), amending California Penal Code § 1000 et seq. In this process, defendants will be permitted to plead "not guilty" before they are diverted to a drug education program. If they successfully complete this and other requirements within 12 - 18 months (or more, if they request and are granted more time), then the drug charge/s will be dropped and they will have no conviction from the incident for immigration purposes or any other purpose.

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Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
Citizenship services provided in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, including assessment of eligibility, application assistance, interview preparation, ESL and citizenship classes at offices in San Jose and Gilroy. CC provides resettlement and retraining services for refugees and asylees. Deferred Action (DACA), Foster Youth, Unaccompanied Minors, Disaster Casework. Member of the SCC Citizenship Collaboration and CADRE Many other free and sliding scale social programs for children, adults and seniors. Food, Health Care, Mental Health, House Sharing. Multi-language https://www.facebook.com/WorkingToEndPoverty/?ref=ts Key Words: ALLIES1, ALLIES3, ALLIES4, ALLIES7, RIF

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Center for Employment Training (CET) Immigration Service
With the support of volunteers and collaborative partners, the Immigration and Citizenship Program is able to provide services in over 20 languages. Full-time staff speak English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. ICP offers immigration legal, citizenship, and English as a Second Language (ESL) assistance. Staff is accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese Key Words: ALLIES3, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Member of the SCC Citizenship Collaboration, SCC OIR List, https://www.facebook.com/CetImmigrationCitizenshipProgram/

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Denaturalization, explained: how Trump can strip immigrants of their citizenship
7/18/18 A new "denaturalization task force" raises questions about who really counts as American. The administration's denaturalization push is working on two levels. As a policy matter, it's relatively aggressive but not unprecedented - and constrained by law from getting too arbitrary. But for many immigrants, those legal constraints provide little comfort. The sense of vulnerability and fear the administration has been able to inspire among immigrants tends to ripple far beyond those who are directly in its sights, and this is no exception.

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FAMILY CASE MANAGEMENT - a Cost Effective and Humane Alternative for Asylum Seeking Families
9/18 The Trump administration continues to present a false choice between separating asylum-seeking families at the border or detaining them. That premise ignores the many alternatives to detention the government can turn to while an individual or family goes through their asylum or immigration case, and in particular, a program Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operated that was specifically designed for families seeking protection in the United States. For families where the government seeks to mitigate a demonstrated flight risk or who may need additional support, the administration should turn to — and Congress should fund —the Family Case Management Program.

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ILRC DACA Update Augusst 31, 2018
8/31/18 The purpose of this advisory is to provide service providers with an update on the status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and how to counsel clients now. In it we include information on the current status of the DACA program, what to tell clients, factors to consider in deciding when and if to renew DACA, and ideas for what people should do now if they have never had DACA.

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IRC (International Rescue Committee) - San Jose
Providing Immigration legal services, legal consultations, relative visa petitions, adjustment of status, consular processing, employment authorization, affidavit of support, removal of conditional residence, refugee travel documents, naturalization, alien registration card replacement, freedom of information act request, document authenticity, information and referral. Member SCC Citizenship Collaboration. Multi-language: French, Laotian, Persian, Thai, Vietnamese, Oromo, Somali, Amharic, Assyrian, Arabic. Key Words: Refugee, RIF, ALLIES3

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Issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Deportable Aliens
10/1/18 US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) begins implementing the June 28 Updated Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Deportable Aliens Policy Memorandum (PM) An NTA is a document that instructs an individual to appear before an immigration judge. This is the first step in starting removal proceedings. After Oct. 1, 2018, USCIS may issue NTAs on denied status-impacting applications, including but not limited to, Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, and Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status.

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LEY (Laywers Educating You) Video Toolkit
Feb/2018 LEY (Lawyers Educating You) is a program of the SF Social Justice Collaborative. The LEY Video Toolkit is to educate immigrant communities and guide them through their immigration process. These FREE resources can be shared by allowing community members to watch these videos before conducting a consultation, workshop. English | Spanish | Chinese (Cantonese) | Mam | Key Words: LPR, U-Visa, DUI, Legal, RRN, Asylum

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San Jose Immigration Resource Page
2015 - The recent changes to immigration policy have prompted the City of San Jose to work collaboratively with the County of Santa Clara and community based organizations to ensure that our immigrant community receives accurate and timely information about President Obama's executive order. Here you will find information about organizations equipped to serve you and a list of informational events in San Jose. Key Words: SJ OIR

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Services, Immigration Rights & Education Network (SIREN)
SIREN provides free and sliding scale citizenship, legalization and advocacy services to the immigrant community in Santa Clara County, CA. General Phone (408) 453-3003. Immigrant Q&A Line: English & Spanish: (408) 453-3017, English & Vietnamese: (408) 453-3013 Bay Area BIA Accredited Non-Profit Multi-language, Member of the SCC Citizenship Collaboration Key Words: Know Your Rights (KYR), DACA, VAWA,

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Steps to Fight for Political Asylum and to Recover Children for Parents Who Have Been Deported
8/3/18 Dr. Alma Rosa Nieto, Immigration Attorney, spoke with Telemundo on important next steps for how to fight legal cases for reunified families and for deported parents. Key Words: Asylum, Children.

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Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
10/3/18 USCIS Updates on Countries Currently Designated for TPS - Court decision blocks deportation for 6 countries. El Salvador | Haiti | Honduras | Nepal | Nicaragua | Somalia | Sudan | South Sudan | Syria | Yemen |

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The Government Outlines Its Plan to Extend TPS Benefits Under Court Order
10/26/18 In early October, a federal court ruled that the Trump administration had violated the law when it terminated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for individuals from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. In the short term, USCIS will automatically extend all work permits currently issued to TPS recipients from Sudan and Nicaragua for a six-month period ending on April 2, 2019. Both Sudan and Nicaragua’s TPS designations were set to end before that date; Sudan on November 2, 2018, and Nicaragua on January 5, 2019. Because the ACLU’s lawsuit was filed before the Trump administration ended TPS for Honduras and Nepal, individuals from those countries are still at risk of losing legal status. As the recent caravan has shown, Honduras is still a country suffering from substantial instability, despite the administration’s decision to end TPS for that country.

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U.S. courts abruptly tossed 9,000 deportation cases. Undated Notices to Appear
10/17/18 The Supreme Court case involved Wescley Fonseca Pereira, a Brazilian immigrant who overstayed his visa and was put into deportation proceedings in 2006. The initial paperwork he was sent did not state a date and time of appearance, however, and Pereira said he did not receive a subsequent notice telling him where and when to appear. When he failed to show up in court, he was ordered deported. The Supreme Court ruled that paperwork failing to designate a time and place didn’t constitute a legal notice to appear in court.

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U.S. is denying passports to Americans along the border, throwing their citizenship into question
9/13/18 It’s difficult to know where the crackdown fits into the Trump administration’s broader efforts to reduce legal and illegal immigration. Over the past year, it has thrown legal permanent residents out of the military and formed a denaturalization task force that tries to identify people who might have lied on decades-old citizenship applications. Now, the administration appears to be taking aim at a broad group of Americans along the stretch of the border where Trump has promised to build his wall, where he directed the deployment of National Guardsmen, and where the majority of cases in which children were separated from their parents during the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy occurred. The State Department would not say how many passports it has denied to people along the border because of concerns about fraudulent birth certificates. The government has also refused to provide a list of midwives whom it considers to be suspicious.

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US deporting crime victims while they wait for special visa
7/19/18 For victims of crime on U.S. soil who are living here illegally, a special visa program encourages them to help solve their cases and catch criminals, and often provides their only clear path to citizenship. But as Republican President Donald Trump's administration has taken a harder line on immigration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement appears to be stepping up the detention and deportation of people who have applied for the so-called "U visa."

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USCIS - San Jose Office
"Information about the location, hours and services available at the San Jose Office of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (Replaced INS). Serves the following counties: Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey. Multi-Lingual: | Spanish | Multi-language

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USCIS Citizenship Resource Center
USCIS Multilingual One Stop site with information for Immigrants, Teachers and Advocates.Information in English, | Arabic | Chinese | Korean | Spanish | Tagalog |Vietnamese | Part of a USCIS Public Awareness Education drive. Key Words: Multi-language, Instructor Resource, Student Resource,

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USCIS Use of Digital Tablets in Naturalization Interview - Demo Video
On October 1, 2018, USCIS began using digital tablets to administer the English reading and writing tests during naturalization interviews. The expansion of tablet use is part of the agency’s ongoing business modernization efforts. This demonstration video on YouTube shows how the tablet is used during naturalization interviews. Key Words: Citizenship, Immigration

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'It IS bad there': Emails reveal Trump officials pushing for immigrant protection terminations
8/27/18 There was a simple explanation in October 2017 when a Department of Homeland Security official was asked why a memo justifying ending immigrant protections for Central Americans made conditions in those countries sound so bad. "The basic problem is that it IS bad there," the official wrote. Nevertheless, he agreed to go back and see what he could do to better bolster the administration's decision to end the protections regardless. The revelation comes in a collection of internal emails and documents made public Friday as part of an ongoing lawsuit over the decision to end temporary protected status for hundreds of thousands of immigrants who live in the US, most of whom have been here for well over a decade.

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2018 NCSL Report on State Immigration Laws
This report from the National Conference of State Legislatures summarizes the lmmigrant related laws passed in each state during 2018. The laws focused around Professional Licensing, Sanctuary Policies, Education, Civics, and Refugees.

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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: ALLIES1, Directory, citizenship, ESL Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Russian, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin),, Korean, Arabic , Armenian, Farsi, Khmer (Cambodian)

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Centro de Ayuda Legal para Inmigrantes (CALI)
Services: Adjustment of Status, Asylum applications, Consular Processing, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), DAPA, Employment authorization, Naturalization/Citizenship, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions. Languages: English, Spanish, Tagalog Key Words: ALLIES3

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Deportation Fears Putting Mental Strain on Hispanic Families
3/1/18 Recent U.S. immigration policy changes are causing significant mental distress for many Hispanic parents in the country, a new study finds. A "substantial proportion" of Hispanic parents surveyed reported that "they are avoiding authorities, warning their children to change their routines and worrying about the future due to recent U.S. immigration policies and news," said study lead author Kathleen Roche. Nearly 40 percent said they often avoided getting medical care, help from police, or support from social services because of immigration actions and news. Key Words: Undocumented, DACA, mental health, anxiety, depression, family, Latino

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FACTR (Family Alliance for Counseling Tools and Resolution)
Multi-cultural service, research and training center for the benefit of intergenerational immigrant families experiencing stress in their new environment. Provides counseling, psycho- educational services and cultural awareness programs for newcomer families and their children, regarding state Laws pertaining to Child Protection, Domestic Violence, Educational, Immigration and other areas. Nominal fees for services may be charged based on income. Multi-language: Key Words: Immigrant Integration, Advocacy, Mental Health, Legal, Allies6, Allies7, RIF

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Human Agenda CLARO Project
Since 2015, CLARO is a legal collective that provides free accessible immigration consultations and legal services for low-income immigrants. immigration legal services, deportation defense, political asylum, post-conviction relief, expungement applications. asylum, cancellation of removal, and more. Multi-language: Spanish, Farsi

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ICE Lies: Public Deception, Private Profit
2/18 Current U.S. immigration policy is driven in large part by the criminalization, scapegoating and targeting of people of color, inflicting trauma on immigrant communities and our society at large. This report proposes that ICE’s patterns of irresponsible governance—including fiscal mismanagement and opacity in detention operations—contribute to a failure of accountability for its ongoing rights violations Addressing these good governance concerns would not address all the problems in the system, or even the worst of them, but would constitute a critical first step toward oversight that has been sorely lacking on the part of Congress and independent oversight bodies like the DHS Office of Inspector General. This report was a collaborative effort of Detention Watch Network (DWN) and the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC).

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Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
ILRC is a national, non-profit resource center that provides legal trainings, educational materials, and advocacy to advance immigrant rights. Information for service providers, advocates and attorneys. Areas of expertise. | Know Your Rights Red Cards available in English and Spanish. Public Charge Cheat Sheet - English | Public Charge Cheat Sheet - Spanish Key Words: Asylum, Refugee, Citizenship, Naturalization, Crimes, DACA/DAPA, Enforcement, Family-Based, Youth, LGBTQ, Removal Defense, U Visa/T Visa/VAWA, Post-Election Resources, Deferred Action, Know Your Rights (KYR), Dream Act, Immigration Fraud Awareness. Serving Counties of: Marin, SF, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Alameda and Contra Costa. SCC OIR List

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Informed Immigrant
Directory of over 1,200 trusted non-profits, clinics, and immigrant-serving organizations that are able to connect with you directly in your community. Enter your zip code.and find free or low cost help in the following areas: Legal Help, Healthcare Access, Mental Health Support, Financial Assistance or employment support, Community Action & Organizing: local, regional, and national organizations coordinating many efforts of the immigrant community to advocate for their rights | Spanish |

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Judge could halt arrests of immigrants seeking green cards
8/22/18 US District Judge Mark Wolf heard testimony Tuesday from people who had been unexpectedly detained when they sat for marriage interviews as part of the application process to prove that their marriages to US citizens were legitimate. Emails entered as evidence in the case show what appear to be efforts between US Citizenship and Immigration Services employees and Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees to coordinate the interview appointments and arrests.

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Mexican Consulate Immigration Reform Hotline (CIAM)
Jun 2013. To prevent immigration fraud, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico has developed a project called "Centro de Informacion sobre Actualidad Migratoria or CIAM", who will basically give information about the status of the immigration reform and refer the callers to the services provided locally, with information provided by every Consulate of Mexico. Information is available 24/7 (only in Spanish). CIAM at 1 (855) 463 6395 , which operates 24 hours every day of the year.

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Multi-language Deportation & Detention Brochures
The San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN) has downloadable Deportation and Detention brochures in a variety of languages. | Chinese | Spanish | Arabic | Tagalog | Key Words: Post-Election Resources

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ORAM - Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration
Founded in 2008, ORAM specializes in the protection of exceptionally vulnerable refugees, including LGBTI refugees. ORAM's free professional training, toolkit, materials and direct refugee assistance, enable the international community to protect exceptionally vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers and safeguards the integrity of the international refugee protection system. Key Words: Gay, Transgender, Lesbian. Multi-language information and materials can be ordered or downloaded. Arabic | Farsi | French | Russian | Spanish | Turkish |

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Scanning immigrants' old fingerprints, U.S. threatens to strip thousands of citizenship
6/13/18 According to USCIS officials and documents reviewed by The Washington Post, Homeland Security investigators are digitizing fingerprints collected in the 1990s and comparing them to more recent prints provided by foreigners who apply for legal residency and American citizenship. If decades-old fingerprints gathered during a deportation matches those of someone who did not disclose that deportation on their naturalization application or used a different name, that individual could be targeted by a new Los Angeles-based investigative division.

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Starting Today (9/12/18), Legal Immigrants Face New Hurdles to Citizenship
9/12/18 Set to take effect today, new changes to U.S. immigration policies appear likely to block increasing numbers of legal immigrants from potential citizenship by ratcheting up penalties for mistakes on applications and then accelerating the process for deportation, according to immigration experts. The new policy language — written specifically to trigger on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — gives broad authority to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service administrators to deny a legal immigrant’s application for a green card or citizenship over simple clerical errors.

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Stop Notario Fraud
2015. Resources and information from AILA for victims of dishonest immigration consultants often known as "notarios." Immigration consultants, notaries public, and notarios cannot represent you in the immigration process.

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These Central Americans have a 2nd chance at asylum after being ‘unlawfully’ deported.
1/21/19 After years of rape, beatings and persecution from notorious gangs in their home countries, 12 Central Americans fled to the United States last year to seek asylum. But then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions had just issued a policy change: Domestic and gang violence would not be grounds for asylum. They sued, and in December, a federal judge said the policy change was "unlawful," and those individuals would get a second chance. But six of them had already been deported back to their native countries and, per the judges orders, ICE agents are responsible for bringing them back. All of six remain in Central America, and the government blames the shutdown.

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Thousands of Vietnamese, Including offspring of U.S. Troops, Could be Deported Under Trump Policy
9/4/18 The Trump administration, in a policy shaped by senior adviser Stephen Miller, has reinterpreted a 2008 agreement reached with Vietnam by the George W. Bush administration — that Vietnamese citizens who arrived before the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1995 would not be “subject to return.” Now, the White House says, there is no such immunity to deportation for any non-citizen found guilty of a crime. Key Words: Asian

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USCIS Multi-language Citizenship and Immigration Information
Selected USCIS pages in Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Chamorro, Chinese, French, German, Haiti Creole, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Palauan, Polish, Russian, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese

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USCIS You-Tube Channel
Hundreds of short videos with instructions, explanations or examples for the CIVICS test, the Citizenship Interview, and various forms and procedures. Key Words: Immigrants, Refugees, Asylees, Naturalization, ALLIES3

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Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
The VAWA provisions in the INA allow certain spouses, children, and parents of U.S. citizens and certain spouses and children of permanent residents (Green Card holders) to file a petition for themselves, without the abuser's knowledge. This allows victims to seek both safety and independence from their abuser, who is not notified about the filing. The VAWA provisions, which apply equally to women and men, are permanent and do not require congressional reauthorization. Help is also available from the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TDD). Key Words: Battered, Humanitarian, USCIS

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New Americans Campaign (NAC)
The New Americans Campaign is a nonpartisan, national network of legal-service providers, faith-based organizations, businesses, foundations and community leaders. We are streamlining access to naturalization services, so that greater numbers of qualified permanent residents take the critical step to becoming American citizens. The campaign is focused on assisting the 8 million lawful permanent residents who already qualify for citizenship. | June 2016 Impact Report |

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Welcome to the United States - Updated 2017
5/23/17. USCIS has updated the publication, Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants. The guide contains practical information to help new immigrants settle into everyday life in the United States, including how to find a place to live, how to get a Social Security number and how the U.S. system of government works. Available in 14 languages: | English | Spanish | Arabic | Chinese Traditional | Chinese Simplified | French | Haitian Creole | Korean | Portuguese | Russian | Somali | Tagalog | Urdu | Vietnamese |

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