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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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CA DSS PUBLIC CHARGE CONTACT LIST
8/25/19 A list of organizations frim the CA Dept of Social Services, that have indicated they can provide legal consultation and/or education and outreach services specifically related to public charge. The public charge regulation does not apply to lawful permanent residents (green card holders) applying for citizenship, refugees, asylees, Special Immigrant juveniles (SIJs), certain trafficking victims (T non-immigrants), victims of qualifying criminal activity (U nonimmigrants), or victims of domestic violence (VAWA self-petitioners), among others. Key Words: ALLIES3, ALLIES4, Health, Public Benefits,

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Judge blocks Trump asylum restrictions at US-Mexico border
7/24/19 A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Trump administration to stop denying asylum to anyone who transits through another country to reach the U.S. border, marking the latest legal defeat for a president waging an all-out battle to stem the flow of migrants entering from Mexico. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco came hours after another federal judge in Washington, D.C., let the 9-day-old policy stand. The California judge’s preliminary injunction halts the policy while the lawsuit plays out in court.

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MS Worksite Raids Leave Hundreds of Children Stranded Without Parents -Concerns About ICE Policy
8/8/19 Yesterday’s news of a series of worksite raids in Mississippi, resulting in the arrest of nearly 700 individuals is one of the largest operations of its kind in nearly a decade. Reports said with the arrests of parents and family members many children were left stranded when they arrived home from school. Educators and other volunteers in the area were left to devise emergency plans to shelter children with nowhere to go. This crisis was worsened by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seemingly not adhering to their own guidelines to lessen impacts on children by notifying social service agencies in advance of worksite actions.

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Minorities in the Bay Area grapple with racism, anxiety in Trump’s America
8/17/19 After President Donald Trump’s tweets telling four minority congresswomen they should go back where they came from, the mass shootings at an El Paso Walmart by a gunman who said he was targeting Mexicans, the workplace raids in Mississippi and the Trump administration’s recent announcement that it wants to impose a wealth test on legal immigrants, many nonwhite residents of the diverse Bay Area are experiencing something unfamiliar: feeling unwelcome in their own country. Some residents are carrying proof of citizenship. Some are having tough conversations with their kids about race and discrimination. Some are afraid to speak Spanish in public. And mental health professionals report seeing increased anxiety or despair among their clients, especially people of color. Key Words: Mental Health, Stress

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New Data Highlight DACA Recipients’ Contributions to Families and Communities
9/5/19 marks two years since the Trump administration announced the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), creating chaos and confusion and upending the lives of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants and their families. On November 12, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether the Trump administration’s termination of the DACA program was lawful. The Center for American Progress is releasing a new data analysis that demonstrates the ways in which the 661,000 active DACA recipients remain key contributors to families and communities across the nation.

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New Public Charge Rule Guts Legal Immigration Eligibility
8/12/19 “The Trump administration’s new public charge rule will dramatically reduce the number of people allowed to come to the US and likely have a disproportionate impact on many nationals of developing countries. The rule sets an unreasonably high financial standard when asking people to show they can support themselves now and in the future. This will make it much harder for families to reunite, as it leaves their fate in the hands of a government administrator who unilaterally decides their earning potential and likelihood of success based on little-to-no concrete information. Key Words: ALLIES1, USCIS, eligibility

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Preparing for Immigration Raids: What Child and Youth Advocates and Service Providers Can Do
7/22/19 Massive enforcement actions also take a major toll on the organizations that serve children, youth, and families, including child care providers, schools, churches, food banks, and others. These organizations are forced into crisis mode to meet families’ immediate needs and to ensure that families are reunited. Over time, direct service providers bear the added responsibility of mitigating long-term harm to children whose families were needlessly torn apart. CLASP can support children’s and youth organizations in preparing for and responding to immigration enforcement actions in their communities.

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Santa Clara County lawmakers declare a Climate Emergency
8/30/19 SCC Supervisor Dave Cortese’s resolution to declare a climate emergency was unanimously approved with Supervisor Cindy Chavez absent. The declaration acknowledges that global climate change is “caused by human activities” that have resulted in a climate emergency that impacts the well-being health and safety of SCC residents. It demands immediate action to address the causes and effects of global warming, but does not yet include any actionable items for either local residents or government officials. to halt, reverse, mitigate, and prepare for the consequences of the climate emergency and to restore the climate for future generations. The county now joins a handful of Bay Area cities that have declared a climate emergency, including San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Cupertino and Santa Cruz,

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The Trump Administration Wants To Hold Undocumented Children In Detention Indefinitely
8/21/19 The Trump administration on Wednesday announced plans to roll out a new rule that would allow it to detain undocumented children and their parents indefinitely — a move that will most likely be challenged in court. The yet-to-be-published regulation seeks to replace a 1997 court settlement known as the Flores agreement that limits government detention of children to 20 days. The agreement initially applied only to unaccompanied minors, but in 2015 a federal judge ruled it also extended to children who arrived to the US with their parents, thus applying the 20-day limit to families with children.

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Two California counties sue Trump administration over new green-card rules
8/13/19 San Francisco and Santa Clara counties filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the Trump administration’s new “public charge” rules to restrict legal immigration. The lawsuit is the first after the Department of Homeland Security’s announcement Monday that it would deny green cards to migrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance.

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U.S. to expand rapid deportation nationwide with sweeping new rule
7/22/19 July 22 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Monday it will order more speedy deportations of immigrants who crossed illegally and are caught anywhere in the United States, expanding a program typically applied only along the southern border with Mexico. The rule set to be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday would apply “expedited removal” to any illegal crossers who cannot prove to immigration agents that they have been living in the country for two years. Legal experts said it was a dramatic expansion of a program that cuts out review by an immigration judge. Previously, only those immigrants caught within 100 miles of the border who had been in the country two weeks or less could be quickly ordered deported.

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CHILDREN CAN BE POISONED BY IMPORTED MAKEUP
7/19 We’ve seen an increase in lead poisoning among immigrant children in our region from use of lead containing imported makeup. The Pediatric Environmental Health Services Unit at UC San Francisco released a fact sheet on the risk of lead poisonings when using these makeup products on children. Available in Somali, Hindi, Urdu, Pashto, Dari, Arabic, and English.

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DHS Sensitive Locations Fact Sheet
Fact sheet from CLASP -The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has longstanding policies that restrict immigration enforcement actions in “sensitive locations.” This means that, except in limited circumstances, immigration agents should not conduct arrests, apprehensions, or other enforcement actions in the following locations: schools, child care programs, school bus stops, health care facilities, places of worship, Religious or civil ceremonies or observances, during public demonstrations. Key Words: ICE, deportation, Multi-language - Spanish

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H-1B visa: Approvals dropped sharply last year
7/20/19 The number of approvals for new and renewed H-1B visas fell sharply in 2018, just-released government data shows. And so far this year, approvals for the controversial visa have continued to decline. The declining approvals come amid a crackdown by the administration of President Donald Trump that has seen the denial rate for new H-1B visas skyrocket, with nearly one in four requests rejected, the highest rate in almost a decade.

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U.S. Citizen Children Impacted by Immigration Enforcement
5/19 Fact Sheet from the American Immigration Council. In the US today, more than eight million citizens live with at least one family member, often a parent, who is undocumented. Children make up the majority of these U.S. citizens; almost six million citizen children under the age of 18 live with a parent or family member who is undocumented. Consequently, immigration enforcement actions—and the ongoing threats associated with them—have significant physical, emotional, developmental, and economic repercussions on the children left behind. Deportations of parents and family members have serious consequences that affect children and extend to communities and the country as a whole. Key Words: RRN, ALLIES7

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Detaining migrant kids now a multi-billion dollar industry
7/12/18 Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the U.S. that now reaps $1 billion annually - a tenfold increase over the past decade, an Associated Press analysis finds. Health and Human Services grants for shelters, foster care and other child welfare services for detained unaccompanied and separated children soared from $74.5 million in 2007 to $958 million dollars in 2017. The agency is also reviewing a new round of proposals amid a growing effort by the White House to keep immigrant children in government custody. Currently, more than 11,800 children, from a few months old to 17, are housed in nearly 90 facilities in 15 states; Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

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How Misinformation Fueled Anti-Immigrant Sentiment in the Tijuana Border Region
2/7/19 In the US, misinformation and fake news have plagued the immigration debate for years, fostering anti-immigrant sentiment and hostility within certain segments of the population. A global phenomenon, misinformation has driven public debate on immigration and ethnic conflict in multiple countries—leading in a number of cases to violence. In Mexico, social media users took misleading images out of context and shared them on online platforms. The subsequent upsurge in misinformation led to anti-immigrant hostility and violent confrontations between Tijuana residents and the Central American migrant caravan. Key Words: Asylum, refugee

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ICE arrested undocumented adults who sought to take in immigrant children
2/14/19 When migrant children cross into the U.S., they’re placed in shelters run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. The agency then works to find sponsors, usually a parent or family member, who can take care of the children while their immigration cases are pending. But many of these sponsors are undocumented. And in April, the refugee agency started sharing sponsor information with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The result: Nearly 200 people who came forward to sponsor children were arrested by ICE, as the San Francisco Chronicle first reported. The latest funding agreement blocks this activity until October 1st.

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A Century of U.S. Intervention Created the Immigration Crisis
6/20/18 Those seeking asylum today inherited a series of crises that drove them to the border. At the margins of the mainstream discursive stalemate over immigration lies over a century of historical U.S. intervention that politicians and pundits on both sides of the aisle seem determined to silence. Since Theodore Roosevelt in 1904 declared the U.S.’s right to exercise an “international police power” in Latin America, the U.S. has cut deep wounds throughout the region, leaving scars that will last for generations to come. This history of intervention is inextricable from the contemporary Central American crisis of internal and international displacement and migration. Key Words: Asylum, Immigration Law, Deportation, TPS,

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Despite State of the Union rhetoric, immigrants contribute to US and deserve protection
2/7/19 Immigrants pay millions in taxes and their absence would devastate USA. Yet most don't have legal representation. Aid groups want to change that. Despite current administration rhetoric — echoed Tuesday night during a State of the Union address that blamed many of the country's problems on people attempting to cross the border — immigrants contribute to the social and economic vitality of this nation. And the unprecedented and cruelly indiscriminate detentions and deportations of the past two years do not make us any safer or our country more stable. Instead, those practices erode the American value of due process, contribute to a racist, fearmongering anti-immigrant agenda and bring chaos to communities.

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