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Immigrantinfo.org’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.

COVID-19 continues to be an influence in our lives and we continue to post important news, information and resources in the COVID-19 Section.  Service Providers have been challenged to stay in sync with guidelines from the Department of Health, along with evolving needs and changing resources. We have eliminated the detailed listing of Santa Clara County ESL Classes, in order to focus on the program changes and the many local, state and national COVID relief resources.  

We continue to maintain the Immigrant Info Section, with multi-language pages with information on Disaster Preparation and Response, Immigration and Citizenship, Education, ESL Tools and Resources, the Rapid Response Network, and local Santa Clara County news and resources.

Please notify us of any necessary changes or updates to postings  on the site, so that we can keep the information current nd accurate.  Contact us at: Administrator@Immigrantinfo.org

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AFGHANISTAN - Joint Statement - URGENT POLICY ACTION NEEDED BY WHITE HOUSE TO SUPPORT THE AFGHAN PEOPLE
1/11/22 As detailed in a joint statement issued by the nine humanitarian organizations, more than half the country’s population of 23 million people are facing acute food insecurity, including 9 million who are on the brink of famine. According to the United Nations, if no action is taken, more than 100,000 children could die of starvation. While prices skyrocket, Afghan families cannot access cash to pay for food, medicine, or other items. The 9 global charities include:InterAction Alliance for Peacebuilding, | CARE USA | Catholic Relief Services | International Rescue Committee | Norwegian Refugee Council USA | Save the Children US | War Child USA | and World Vision U.S
CHILDREN - COVID-19 Vaccination Shots Now Available for Children Ages 5-11 in Santa Clara County
11/3/21 SCC is now providing COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5-11. Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is the only option for this newly approved age group, which numbers just over 167,000 members of our community. All children ages 5-11 who sign up for an appointment are eligible. Parents and guardians should visit www.sccfreevax.org to sign up for an appointment or to find a convenient drop-in location. Vaccines for children ages 5-11 are smaller doses and specially formulated. Families are also encouraged to check with their primary care physician or their local pharmacy about vaccine appointments for children. Multi-language: Spanish | Vietnamese | Chinese | Tagalog |
DEMOGRAPHICS - Census Bureau Releases 2021 Determinations for Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act
12/8/21 The U.S. Census Bureau has released a list of 331 jurisdictions (counties and minor civil divisions) across the nation and three states that are required under the Voting Rights Act to provide language assistance during elections for citizens who are unable to speak or understand English adequately enough to participate in the electoral process. The list, published in the Federal Register, identifies the jurisdictions that are covered by Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act and must provide language assistance for “persons who are American Indian, Asian American, Alaska Natives, or of Spanish heritage.”
DEMOGRAPHICS - Census Bureau Statement on 2020 American Community Survey 5-Year Data
12/20/21 In November, the U.S. Census Bureau announced it would delay the release of the 2016-2020 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year data, originally scheduled for December 2021,due to the impacts of COVID-19 on data collection. We continue to make progress towards a mid-to late-March 2022 data product release.
EDUCATION - CA Community College Immigration Legal Services & DACA Scholarship Funds
11/12/21 Free immigration legal services are available to students, staff and faculty affiliated with the Community Colleges. Priority for services is given to undocumented students, staff and faculty. The immigration legal service providers offering services at the 65 campuses have developed scheduling, intake, and reporting processes that ensure student information remains confidential and protected. Contact the closest provider in your region. For questions contact Alonso Garcia at algarcia@foundationccc.org .Legal Service Providers DACA Scholarship Fund
ETHNIC - White House Establishes New AAPI Visibility Task Force
1/4/21 With Business Leaders and Actor Daniel Dae Kim The group will be tasked with advising President Biden and other D.C. lawmakers on issues important to the AAPI community, including initiatives like adding more language options in federal programs, disaggregating AAPI data to improve policy changes and rehabilitating small businesses crippled by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Key Words: Asian
GOVERNMENT - SAN JOSE COVID-19 RECOVERY TASK FORCE
11/4/21 will be the first meeting of the the San José City Council approved 55 organizations to the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force, an important part of the City’s Community and Economic Recovery strategy. This Task Force, which will be convened for no more than a year, will be an opportunity for the City to engage with and learn from the people and communities who have been most impacted by the pandemic. Recovery is not for the City to do alone, rather this work must be done with the whole community, for the benefit of those most burdened by the crisis, guided by their wisdom, tapping into their potential, and building on their deep enduring strength.
HEALTH - CDC is expanding eligibility of booster doses to those 12 to 15 years old
1/5/22 CDC is expanding eligibility of booster doses to those 12 to 15 years old. CDC now recommends that adolescents age 12 to 17 years old should receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series. Data show that COVID-19 boosters help broaden and strengthen protection against Omicron and other SARS-CoV-2 variants. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for adolescents aged 12-17.
HEALTH - Health Equity Considerations & Racial & Ethnic Minority Groups
Health equity is when all members of society enjoy a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. Public health policies and programs centered around the specific needs of communities can promote health equity. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought social and racial injustice and inequity to the forefront of public health. It has highlighted that health equity is still not a reality as COVID-19 has unequally affected many racial and ethnic minority groups, putting them more at risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19. Multi-language: Spanish | Vietnamese | Chinese | Korean | Social determinants of health (SDOH)
HEALTH - Older undocumented immigrants to get Medi-Cal health care in CA
6/30/21 California plans to extend Medi-Cal health coverage to some 235,000 low-income undocumented immigrants over the age of 50 – offering the most expansive health coverage in the nation to people without legal residency. The state already offers Medi-Cal health care to immigrant children and young adults under the age of 26. This latest expansion, once it receives final approval, will mean that many undocumented immigrants, except those who are 26 to 50, will be eligible.
HEALTH - SCC COVID Testing Guidance
1/14/22 With a high demand for COVID-19 testing locally and throughout the nation, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department is offering guidance to those unsure of what kind of test to use and whether or not they need one. The testing options are a PCR test, typically administered in a clinic or drive-through operation; and an antigen test, which are also available for home use. The County recommends that the antigen tests be used for purposes of shortening isolation or quarantine periods for those who have tested positive or been exposed to a person with COVID. Positive antigen results should be recognized as valid – there is no need for a follow up PCR test at a healthcare or County facility. Spanish | Vietnamese | Chinese | Tagalog |
HEALTH - Who Are the Adults Not Vaccinated Against COVID?
12/28/21 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that as of December 14, roughly 85% of adults ages 18 and over in the United States had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine but 15% remained unvaccinated. Who are the unvaccinated and why are they choosing not to get a COVID vaccine? Household Pulse Survey Shows Many Don’t Trust COVID Vaccine, Worry About Side Effects
IMMIGRANTS - Biden Vastly Expands “Protected Areas” Where ICE Can’t Arrest Immigrants
10/28/21 Starting this week, the number of places where immigration enforcement officials are not allowed to arrest people is growing. The Biden administration issued a new policy Wednesday that directs agents to stay away from playgrounds, domestic violence shelters, healthcare facilities, public demonstrations, disaster response centers, and other locations. The new “protected areas” policy went into effect immediately and supersedes all previous guidance for what used to be called “sensitive locations.”
RESEARCH - The Complex Motivations and Costs of Central American Migration
11/21 Conducted in Spring 2021 amid the economic instability and changing migration policies brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, these surveys capture a snapshot of migration decision-making during a particularly dynamic period and point to important opportunities for regional collaboration. The report is the result of collaboration between MPI, the UN World Food Programme, and the Civic Data Design Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
RESOURCE - FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance
FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. The death must have occurred in the US, including the US territories, and the District of Columbia. The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19. The applicant must be a US citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after 1/20/20. There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a US citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien. FEMA Funeral Application Video ***COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number 844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585 *** FAQ Key Words: Pandemic Multi-language: Spanish | Chinese | Vietnamese | Portuguese | Creole |
RESOURCE - Hollaback! Anti-Harrassment Training and Tool Kits
Hollaback! is a global, people-powered movement to end harassment — in all its forms. We believe that we all deserve to be who we are, wherever we are. We believe we all have a role to play in disrupting harassment and building a culture where it is no longer seen as “just the price you have to pay” for being a woman, LGBTQ+, a person of color, or any other marginalized identity. We teach people to take action, and to reach across their own identities to ally with others and establish a united front against harassment each time we witness it. Key Words: Free Bystander Intervention Intervention Training, Hate Crime
NEWS - Fake news: Recognizing and stemming misinformation
9/17 Fake news is information that is fabricated (made up) and packaged to appear as fact. Unlike satire or other forms of humor, fake news attempts to deliberately mislead or deceive its audience, often with the goal of financial, political or other type of gain. Fake news often uses attention-grabbing headlines to draw as large an audience as possible. Being able to evaluate the accuracy of what you read or hear, and refraining from spreading false stories, will help you and others avoid the repercussions of fake news. Spanish
IMMIGRANTS - FBI: Hate crime reports at highest level in 12 years
10/26/21 Increase comes even as fewer agencies reported hate crime incidents in their jurisdictions to FBI than in previous years. More than 10,000 people reported to law enforcement last year that they were the victim of a hate crime because of their race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion or disability — a number that has been on the rise in recent years, according to the FBI’s annual hate crime statistics report
ETHNIC - Six men arrested in connection with 70 crimes targeting Bay Area Asian women, police say
12/15/21 Six men have been arrested in connection to a string of robberies allegedly targeting Asian women in the Bay Area, concluding a yearlong investigation, according to authorities. Ethnic slurs were allegedly used against some of the women by the three men and officials said the suspects followed the women to their cars in parking lots and waited until they were inside before opening the door or breaking a window to snatch a purse from their passenger seat. Key Words: Hate Crimes
HEALTH - We Debunk 5 Anti-Vax Myths About Kids’ COVID-19 Vaccines
10/28/21 On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration’s advisory committee recommended that the agency authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5-11. That approval could come any day now—listen closely, and you may hear a collective sigh of relief emanating from millions of parents. But not everyone is celebrating: Anti-vaccine activists are already planting seeds of doubt. Among disinformation experts, there’s a strategy called “prebunking”—basically, educating people about the kinds of rumors they can expect to encounter. It’s like, well, an immunization—but for disinformation. In that spirit, here are five claims that anti-vaxxers are already making, along with the reasons they’re wrong.
IMMIGRANTS - 7 Immigration Myths We Must Unlearn to Reclaim Our Humanity
Our immigration system is broken and cruel. Trump was enabled in turning the cruelty up to 11 by an infrastructure he inherited. It must be reengineered before another madman is allowed to hack American ideals to that extent again. But fixing it demands that we examine — then toss into the ash heap of history — the myths on which our archaic, even barbaric, immigration apparatus rests.
IMMIGRANTS - Why hundreds of thousands of kids in the US dread their 21st birthdays
"All my friends excitedly talk about turning 21 -- hitting the bars, all of that...but it's just something that I dread," she says. The day she turns 21, Parvathinathan will no longer be protected by the work visa that allowed her parents to immigrate to the United States from India. And she may face deportation. It's known as "aging out," and experts estimate that about 200,000 people like Parvathinathan are living in a similar limbo. Brought legally to the United States as children, many are scrambling to find ways to stay in the country they love. Some are forced to leave the US when they run out of options. They've dubbed themselves "documented Dreamers," and they say their plight shows how broken the US immigration system is.
NEWS - Across Parties, Americans Support People Seeking Refuge
9/22/21 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Strong majorities of Republicans, Independents and Democrats agree that the U.S. should have a legal, secure way to welcome people from oppressed or war-torn countries. In a new poll of 1,200 adults, including 1,000 registered voters, 65% of Americans — including 61% of Republicans, 63% of Independents and 75% of Democrats — agreed “that the United States should have a legal, secure process in place to take in people from oppressed or war-torn countries, such as Afghanistan.” The nationwide, online survey was fielded Thursday through Sunday. Key Words: Refugees, Asylum