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The News Section contains articles, reports, and press releases containing up to date information for immigrants and advocates. All of these links and much more can also be found in the Resources Search page.

Amid Trump fears, San Jose leaders reaffirm police will not be a deportation force
12/2/16 SJ Mercury News - Amid growing post-election fears, San Jose has joined a growing number of California cities looking to reassure its immigrant communities that their local police departments will not become deportation forces for the incoming presidential administration. Key Words: Undocumented, Unauthorized
Cities Vow to Fight Trump on Immigration, Even if They Lose Millions
11/27/16 NY Times - Across the nation, officials in sanctuary cities are gearing up to oppose President elect Donald J. Trump if he follows through on a campaign promise to deport millions of illegal immigrants. They are promising to maintain their policies of limiting local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration agents.
City of San Jose opens its first Vietnamese American Community Center
9/11/16 It has been a long time coming, but the City of San Jose, a city with one of the largest Vietnamese population in nation, will finally open its first Vietnamese American Community Center at the Shirakawa Community Center. The center demonstrates a need in the community for a place that celebrates the Vietnamese culture and provide services for the growing demographics. Key Words: Asia
DACA at Four: Participation in the Deferred Action Program and Impacts on Recipients
August 2016 Since its launch on August 15, 2012, DACA has provided a two-year reprieve from deportation and temporary eligibility to work legally to more than 728,000 unauthorized immigrants who came to the US as children. This issue brief provides the latest MPI estimates of the populations immediately and potentially eligible to apply for DACA, and presents trends in application rates nationwide and by state, as well as by country of birth. It also examines the impacts that deferred action has had on recipients. Key Words: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Detained, Deceived, and Deported: Experiences of Recently Deported Central American Families
May 18,2016 Between February and May, 2016, the American Immigration Council interviewed eight individuals who were deported (or whose partners were deported) from the United States after being detained in family detention facilities, during which time they came into contact with the CARA Pro Bono Project. These women (or in two of the cases, their partners) shared their experiencesboth describing what has happened to them and their children since returning to their country and recounting the detention and deportation process from the United States.
Dreamers lose legal status and jobs in renewal delay
Oct 28, 2016 The temporary legal status of thousands of DACA recipients nationwide has expired due to backlogs at the federal agency that processes requests for renewal. In what appear to be the longest delays in the four-year history of the program, young professionals are losing their jobs, their incomes and their benefits.
Four years after DACA, Asian immigrant youth face uncertain future
After four years, the Obama Administration's program for immigrant youth, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, has granted temporary relief from deportation for some 700,000 young people, but advocates in Southern California say Asian immigrants lag far behind others in benefitting from the program.
Huffington Post is Tracking Islamophobia
2016 The Huffington Post will document this deplorable wave of hate for all of 2016 using news reports and firsthand accounts. The breadth and severity of Islamophobia in America can no longer go unnoticed. Enough is enough. Email to report an anti-Muslim act for the tracker. Or tell us about those who have overcome, battled or survived Islamophobia for a possible story:
Informed Immigrant
In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, millions of documented and undocumented immigrants face increased uncertainty around their status in the United States. Immigrant rights organizations and leaders across the country have banded together and pooled resources to help immigrants and their allies obtain the current best-known information and guidance. | Spanish |
Long odds: Defending yourself in U.S. Immigration Court
Aug 2016 The first national study on attorney representation in U.S. immigration courts was completed in 2015. The UPenn Law Review Study found that only 37% of all immigrants and 14% of detained immigrants have representation in immigration court. The odds were 15 times greater that immigrants fought their deportation cases, and 5.5 times greater that they won their cases and avoided being deported, if they had legal representation.
Mountain View Council Passes Urgency Ordinance on Just-Cause Evictions
11/15/16 After a reported increase in the number of no-cause evictions and threats of evictions in the weeks before the elections, the MV City Council Councilmembers passed an Urgency Ordinance to implement a just-cause requirement for evictions that was included in voter-supported Measure V. The urgency ordinance takes effect immediately, while Measure V must still be certified. Key Words: Rent
New CA law adds transparency to process of deporting inmates
9/29/16 AB 2792 stipulates that immigrants are informed of their right to refuse interviews with ICE officers while incarcerated. Enforcement agencies are required to have inmates sign written consent form before ICE interview. Communication between ICE and local law enforcement agencies now subject to public records laws.
Pledge To Stand By NY Neighbors Who Are Frightened Post-Election
Thousands of New Yorkers signed up to accompany anyone being harassed on their commutes.
San Jose Language Access Policy (LAP)
11/7/16 San Jose Office of Immigrant Relations (OIR) staff has completed the development of language access policy that is now included in the City Policy Manual, effective this month. The purpose of this new policy is to ensure that the City and its departments make reasonable and practical efforts to reduce language as a barrier to accessing City programs or services.
San Jose, Santa Clara County approve plans to protect immigrants under Trump presidency
1/10/17 SJ Mercury News - City and county leaders Tuesday approved measures to protect undocumented residents from deportation under President-elect Donald Trumps administration, an approach in helping what lawmakers called Silicon Valleys most vulnerable population. SJ city leaders approved a communications campaign to educate immigrants about their rights, working with schools to craft safety plans, and easing restrictions to allow churches to provide sanctuary to undocumented residents if deportation sweeps occur.
Santa Clara University students walk out in solidarity with undocumented immigrants
11/17/16 Standing in solidarity with their undocumented immigrant peers, students at Santa Clara University vowed to protect them from any potential immigration policies that may come under the Trump administration, including mass deportations. The group has joined a growing movement in which students and alumni at universities nationwide are pushing to turn their institutions into safe havens to ensure that immigrant students are given an equal opportunity to learn.
Silicon Valley Community Foundation urges strong federal payday lending rules at town hall
8/3/16 At a town hall event in Oakland, Calif., on July 22, local citizens and organizations, including SVCF shared stories of how the payday loan industry hurts consumers, especially low-income families and communities of color. The Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is conducting a rulemaking to address consumer harms from practices related to payday loans and invites Public Comment until October 7, 2016
2016 Immigration Ombudsman's Annual Report to Congress
By statute, the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman submits an Annual Report to Congress by June 30 of each year. The Ombudsmans Annual Report must provide a summary of the most pervasive and serious problems encountered by individuals and employers applying for immigration benefits with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The Annual Report also reviews past recommendations to improve USCIS programs and services.
City of San Jose Hosts White House Regional Convening on New Americans
On April 1, 2016, the White House Regional Convening included more than 100 federal, state, and local officials along with service providers, the private sector, and local community leaders. One of several convenings held across the US, San Jose was selected to host the one-day event to help highlight the regions efforts at welcoming and integrating immigrants from all over the world.
Bay Area immigrants fear deportation after Trump victory
11/11/16 SJ Mercury News - Trump's immigration policies could have a profound effect on the nearly 3 million undocumented immigrants in California, which has one of the largest populations of undocumented immigrants in the country. In the left-leaning Bay Area, a region known as a rich melting pot of cultures and ethnicities, immigrants already feel a profound sense of loss. For many, a once distant threat of deportation now seems real, threatening the roots theyve put down in the United States.
Citizenship-A Wise Investment for Cities.pdf
This 2014 report represents the first stage in what will be an ongoing research effort by C4C (Cities for Citizenship) to analyze the social and economic benefits of increased naturalization to immigrant families and local economies. The initial assessment examines the economic benefits of naturalization for Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, with the understanding that similar benefits are achievable in other metropolitan areas. Key Words: Immigrant integration,
DAPA Matters: The Growing Electorate Directly Affected by Executive Action on Immigration
Nov 2015 On the one year anniversary of President Obama's executive action announcement, the Center for American Progress and CSII release a new report calculating how many potential votes could be on the line for the country's political leaders when it comes to their stance on Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA). CSII provides new state-by-state projections of how many U.S. citizens (of voting age) live with unauthorized family members who would be eligible for DAPA under the presidents planwe call them "DAPA-affected voters".
Looking Forward: Immigrant Contributions to the Golden State
2014. This new report details immigrants contributions to California, with updated information on demographics, labor force participation, economic contributions, entrepreneurship, and numbers of eligible voters among all immigrants. Looking Forward also zeroes in on undocumented immigrants contributions to the states GDP and the contributions of vulnerable workers with intermittent employment. Also contains previous reports from 2010 and 2012
More Mexicans Leaving Than Coming to the U.S.
Nov. 2015. A majority of the 1 million who left the U.S. for Mexico between 2009 and 2014 left of their own accord, according to the Mexican governments ENADID survey data. The Mexican survey also showed that six in ten (61%) return migrants  those who reported they had been living in the U.S. five years earlier but as of 2014 were back in Mexico  cited family reunification as the main reason for their return. By comparison, 14% of Mexicos return migrants said the reason for their return was deportation from the U.S.
Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders - A Community of Contrasts
Jan 2015. A 2014 report from Asian Americans for Justice. Though relatively small in number, NHPI was one of the fastest growing racial groups in California over the previous decade, growing 29% between 2000 and 2010. According to the 2010 Census, there were over 286,000 NHPI statewide. Census projections now put the population over 340,000. NHPI live in almost every county in the state, with the largest numbers living in Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, Alameda, and Orange Counties.
New California Laws Protecting & Providing Humanitarian Relief for Immigrant Youth
Jan. 2016. On January 1, 2016 two new laws New California Laws Protecting & Providing Humanitarian Relief for Immigrant Youth took effect. AB 899 is a new law that clarifies that California law does not permit the automatic sharing of confidential information from juvenile court proceedings with any federal official, including immigration officials. AB 900 is a new California law that will provide better support and protection for unaccompanied, undocumented youth between the ages of 18 and 20 in California.
Portrait of DACA Recipients 3 Years Later
Oct. 2015. Numerous studies have illustrated the impact DACA has had on the lives of undocumented youth. The United We Dream Network (UWD) conducted a national survey of DACA recipients to better understand the lives of undocumented youth after three-years of the program.
The Trump Effect: The Impact of the Presidential Campaign on Our Nation's Schools
4/13/16 Report by the Southern Poverty Law Center found that the campaign is producing an alarming level of fear and anxiety among children of color and inflaming racial and ethnic tensions in the classroom. Many students worry about being deported.
US Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII)
The mission of the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) is to remake the narrative for understanding, and to shape the dialogue, on immigrant integration in America. CSII intends to identify and evaluate the mutual benefits of immigrant integration for the native-born and immigrants and to study the pace of the ongoing transformation in different locations, not only in the past and present but projected into the future. Key Words: Research, Demographics
Unauthorized Immigrants and Their U.S.-Born Children
2014. Non-partisian demographic analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center utilizing U.S. Census Bureau's 2009 Current Population Survey.
Welcoming San Jose Plan - May 2016 Update
In September 2015, the Mayor and City Council adopted a Welcoming San Jose Resolution and the City of San Jose became a member of Welcoming America, a national organization leading the movement to create more inclusive communities. This is the May 2016 update of the Welcoming SJ plan. Key Words: SJ OIR