Rapid Response

The Rapid Response Section contains articles, reports, press releases and tools that support local collaboration regarding current immigrant issues. All of these links and much more can also be found in the Resources Search page.

Fear compromises health, well-being of immigrant families, survey finds
12/15/17 Immigrant families....are living with heightened fear and uncertainty because of stricter immigration policies and increased enforcement under the Trump administration, according to a report released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The fear, and the stress it creates, is compromising childrens health, possibly for the long term, the report said. It is also causing some parents to forgo health care or withdraw from public health programs such as Medicaid, which covers people with low incomes, and Women, Infants and Children, which provides nutritional assistance.
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.
Nationwide ICE Raids Lead to 21 Arrests in Santa Clara County
9/29/17 Federal immigration agents arrested 21 people from Santa Clara County this week as part of a national four-day operation targeting so-called "sanctuary cities", according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). "Operation Safe City" focused on cities and regions with policies that prevent local police from being deputized to enforce immigration laws. In SCC, the Sheriff's Office refuses to detain inmates for ICE and several cities prohibit their police from coordinating with immigration officials. Meanwhile, a bill that would make California the first "sanctuary state" is a signature away from becoming law.
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
Bay Area Solidarity Network aims to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation
4/7/17 SAN JOSE - Building on a national movement to protect immigrant communities, faith leaders and local and state politicians on Friday pledged their support to undocumented immigrants who fear deportation under the Trump administration. The network includes 70 congregations throughout Santa Clara County. Some have pledged to offer sanctuary to families at immediate risk of deportation while others will provide various forms of support to these individuals, such as connecting them to legal resources. Others will participate in PACT's Rapid Response Team, a group of volunteers that plans to show up to the scene of local ICE raids to document the incident.
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),
ILRC Family Preparedness Plan
Every family should have a Preparedness Plan in case of disruption of their routines for any reason. The dramatic expansion of ICE activities makes it even more important that immigrants consider the potential impact that detainment or deportation would have on their families. ILRC (Immigrant Legal Resource Center) has prepared this packet with information, forms, and additional information for families that include immigrants. Spanish
Know Your Rights (KYN) - ILRC Multi-language Red Cards
All people in the US, regardless of immigration status, have certain rights and protections under the U.S. Constitution. The Red Cards were created to help people assert their rights and defend themselves against constitutional violations. Red cards provide critical information on how to assert these rights, along with an explanation to ICE agents that the individual is indeed asserting their rights. These cards can be ordered free by non-profit service providers in English/Spanish. Also available on line in: | Spanish | Chinese | Tagalog | Arabic |
Mobile apps for undocumented immigrants mark new era in technology
4/10/17 Developing digital safety nets and resources for this growing market has taken on new urgency in the wake of the Trump administration's immigration policies. Arrived is a free app available for download now. It was created by a team largely composed of Google employees, to empower immigrants with knowledge on a variety of topics, from housing and education to jobs and deportation. Other apps are in development. With the press of a digital panic button, immigrants detained by ICE may soon be able to send customized, encrypted messages to friends and family from their mobile phones in a last-minute attempt to share final parting words or critical information.
11/17 This is Part One of our new Eyes On ICE: Documenting Immigration Abuses series, which examines the role of video in exposing immigration abuses, holding Immigration and Customs officials accountable, and advocating for communities. Follow along each month as we create & share resources, case studies, interviews with activists and organizers, videos and more in hopes of strengthening communities in resistance.
Politically Motivated ICE Hotline Turns Neighbors, Friends and Even Spouses into Informants
10/18/17 When the Trump administration launched the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) hotline in April, it billed the service as a way to help "victims of crimes committed by removable aliens" On its website, the VOICE office expressly states that it's "not a hotline to report crime." But internal logs show that people have used the service to snitch on strangers, neighbors, colleagues and even their own family members.
Report Highlights How Local Criminal Justice Policies Undercut the Promise of 'Sanctuary' Cities
5/4/17 Local criminal justice policies, such as vagrancy laws and cash bail requirements, endanger vulnerable immigrant populations and undercut the promise of 'sanctuary' cities, according to a report released today by Harvard Law School's Fair Punishment Project, the Immigrant Defense Project, and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. The report urges city and county leaders who want to protect immigrants to act swiftly to end harmful criminal justice practices that criminalize poverty and send undocumented residents into the deportation pipeline.
Stand up to ICE and stand for California values
6/23/17 Federal immigration policies and enforcement have taken an aggressive shift in recent months, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents making arrests at public facilities such as schools and courthouses. Instead of making us safer, these new immigration policies will only spread fear and promote race-based prejudice. SB 54 will protect the safety and well-being of all Californians by ensuring that state and local resources are not used to support mass deportations, separate families, and damage California's economy. Local law enforcement would still be able to coordinate with federal authorities when undocumented violent criminals are released from state custody or under investigation. SB 54 passed the Senate and it is now before the Assembly.
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. Spanish
Child Migrant Return and Reintegration Project (CMRRP)
2/2/17 KIND's Child Migrant Return and Reintegration Project helps unaccompanied children returning to Guatemala and Honduras from the United States. KIND and its partners have helped children by ensuring they are returned to their communities safely and receive reintegration support such as family reunification, skills training, counseling, and help with school enrollment and scholarships. English | Spanish Key Words: Education, Financial Aid
How will President Trump's Executive Order affect refugees in America?
Refugee Center Online (RCO) has prepared webpages in the following languages to help explain to refugees how the Executive Order will affect them: English | Arabic | Chinese | Dari | Farsi | French | Karen | Kirundi | Kiswahili | Kurdish | Nepali | Pashto | Russian | Somali | Spanish | Turkish | Vietnamese |
ICE-Raids-Educators-Guide - Protect & Prepare Youth and Families
6/16 tools and resources to help protect and prepare youth and families in case of an immigration and customs enforcement (ice) raid. This guide was created for educators, school support staff and service providers who teach, mentor and help open the doors of opportunity for undocumented youth and unaccompanied and refugee children currently living in the US. It's critically important that educators, school support staff and service providers know the tools and resources available to help protect and prepare youth and families for an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid.
Muslim Advocates
Muslim Advocates is a national legal advocacy and educational organization that works on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths. As a watchdog of justice, we use the courts to bring to task those who threaten the rights of American Muslims. 2/10/17 Update| Reporting Form for Persons Questioned or Detained at the Border |
National Map of Local Entanglement with ICE
12/16 The federal immigration system continues to expand and grow more punitive, assisted in large part by the time and resources of local governments and law enforcement agencies. Expending any local resources helping Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) is entirely voluntary. Some local and state officials have recognized the poor policy effects of working too closely with ICE, which has torn apart countless families and undermines already strained relations with local law enforcement. This map shows the degree to which local law enforcement offer assistance to federal immigration authorities, as well as the degree to which localities have enacted laws or policies limiting their involvement in federal immigration enforcement.
2016 California Laws Protecting & Providing Humanitarian Relief for Immigrant Youth
On January 1, 2016 two 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.
CIVIC Direct Support Fund
The Direct Support Fund provides financial support to people in immigration detention, recently released from detention, and their families. Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC). Grants of up to $500 to help detainees and their families.
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.
3/10/17 Te U.S. government reported a 5-fold increase in the number of electronic media searches at the border in a single year, from 4,764 in 2015 to 23,877 in 2016. Every one of those searches was a potential privacy violation. Our lives are minutely documented on the phones and laptops we carry, and in the cloud. Our devices carry records of private conversations, family photos, medical documents, banking information, information about what websites we visit, and much more. Moreover, people in many professions, such as lawyers and journalists, have a heightened need to keep their electronic information confidential. How can travelers keep their digital data safe?
Fast-Track Deportation Expansion Could Impact Hundreds of Thousands of Immigrants
6/9/17 Since 2009, the deportation numbers have grown dramatically to more than 400,000 per year. During the Obama administration, the numbers of individuals deported from the interior of the country dropped as border deportations rose through fast-track removal procedures. Nearly 75 percent do not see a judge before they are deported; While use of that process has been limited to the border region, President Trump has ordered his administration to expand the use of expedited removal across the nation.
Forms of Identification for Undocumented Immigrants
Alternative identification cards can enable immigrants to enjoy great benefits other residents also enjoy and they can help facilitate their abilities to cooperate with local law enforcement in resolving crimes and other safety concerns. Description of various types of ID available and accepted in different cities and states. Provided by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.
Iranian-American Community Advisory: Know Your Rights at the Airport and the Border
7/2017 Given the recent Muslim Travel Ban executive orders, many Iranians are concerned about their right to enter the United States (U.S.) and interacting with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which polices the border. CBP has broad authority at the border and airport. This advisory provides some general guidance. Multi-language: Farsi |
Local Options for Protecting Immigrants
12/15/16 In response to President elect Donald Trump's promise to deport 2 to 3 million immigrants when he takes office, many cities and counties across the US are seeking to enact local policies (often referred to as 'sanctuary' or 'welcoming') to protect their immigrant residents. These policies seek to keep immigrant communities safe, ensure that all individuals are treated equally (regardless of immigration status) devote local resources to local priorities, and uphold the Constitution.
Mexican Consulate - Protecioón 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
Refugee Phrasebooks - 16 Languages
In the 1980s and 1990s, the Cultural Orientation Resource Center was funded to develop phrasebooks for selected refugee populations. These phrasebooks include appropriate English phrases for use in daily American life, selected to be direct, brief, and relevant. Among the nineteen units included are sections on Giving Information About Yourself, Recognizing Signs, Dealing With Money, Health, Food, Clothing, Housing, and Jobs. Each phrasebook is approximately 140 pages and can be downloaded for free. Languages: Russian, Spanish, Bosnian / Croatian / Serbian, Chinese (Cantonese), , Somali . Czech, Farsi , Haitian Creole, Hungarian, Hmong,, Khmer . Lao , Polish and Vietnamese
Sanctuary Policies: An Overview
2/25/17 Report from the American Immigration Council - Over the past several decades, many states, counties, and cities have adopted a variety of policies intended to serve and protect all of their residents, regardless of immigration status. These laws, policies, or resolutions are sometimes referred to as "sanctuary" policies, although no legal or standard definition of the term exists. There are many reasons jurisdictions adopt "sanctuary" policies, such as: strengthening resident-police relations and ensuring that all people feel comfortable reporting crimes, regardless of immigration status; and protecting police agencies from liabilities resulting from local enforcement of federal immigration laws.
Uno x Uno Deportation Defense Project Fillable Form for Deportation Case Evaluation
Jan 2016. The Uno x Uno Deportation Defense Project Intake Form is created to document cases and support people in deportation proceedings in understanding their case and evaluating their options. Please fill out the information in the intake to get an evaluation of your case. Multi-language: Spanish
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.