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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.

The continuing challenge of COVID-19 will be influencing our activities for some time. Programs continue to evolve in accordance with guidance from the Department of Health, changing needs and resources. We are trying to keep up with the simultaneous program changes of hundreds of resource links and this is made possible by the assistance of the community.  Please notify us of your events, ESL and Citizenship classes listed, and program changes, so that we can keep the information current.

We will continue to post important news and information on our COVID-19 page focusing attention on identifying and developing needed resources for those who will be most vulnerable in this pandemic. Please also share information about any resources or events that would be of benefit to the community or decision makers. Contact us at: Administrator@Immigrantinfo.org

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HEALTH - Help COVID-19 contact tracers, not scammers
6/25/20 Some scammers are pretending to be contact tracers so they can profit off of the current confusion. They’re trying to steal your identity, your money – or both. Luckily, there are ways to tell the difference between a real contact tracer and a scammer. Tips from the FTC on how to protect yourself.
HEALTH - Surgeon general- Immigration status should not be barrier to receiving COVID-19 vaccine
12/20/20 Surgeon General Jerome Adams encouraged undocumented immigrants across the U.S. to get vaccinated for COVID-19 when shots become available, saying during an interview on Sunday that it is a public health priority to see as many people vaccinated as possible. Speaking on CBS's "Face the Nation," the nation's top doctor said that a person's immigration status should not serve as a barrier between them and a COVID-19 vaccine.
HOUSING - FEMA to fund California’s Project Roomkey hotels until COVID crisis ends,
12/21/20 The federal government will continue paying into California’s Project Roomkey until the pandemic ends, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday, eliminating some uncertainty around the program and potentially buying more time for unhoused residents sheltering in hotels throughout the state. Key Words: COVID-19, housing, shelter, homeless
IMMIGRANTS - California students rush to apply for DACA for the first time in 3 years
12/22/20 With the door to apply for DACA open for the first time in more than three years, hundreds of high school and college students in California are rushing to apply, fearful it will be slammed shut again. “We’re on a mad dash to put out as much educational content for folks as possible,” said Juliana Macedo do Nascimento, the state and local policy manager for United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the country. “We know that this window is open, but we don’t know for how long.”
IMMIGRANTS - Mixed-status immigrant families now eligible for survival checks, retroactive funds under new law
12/29/20 Mixed-status immigrant families who were denied survival checks during the first round of federal pandemic relief this past March will be eligible for relief finally signed into law this past weekend. Vox reports that U.S. citizens previously shut out of relief because they filed joint taxes with an undocumented immigrant spouse are now eligible for $600 emergency checks. “The impact is significant,” Vox reports. “An estimated 16.7 million people live in mixed-status households nationwide, including 8.2 million US-born or naturalized citizens.” Additionally, the new law allows mixed-status families to retroactively receive funds they were previously denied. While this is a hugely important win, it still denies critical relief to millions of other undocumented families who do not fit this criteria.
LEGAL - Civil Rights Victory in Texas is a Model for Environmental Progress Nationwide
12/11/20 In a win for civil rights and environmental protection in Texas, the state has agreed to guarantee access to information and opportunities for Spanish-language and other non-English dominant communities to participate in decisions that affect their environment and health, including the siting of polluting facilities and infrastructure.
LEGAL - Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration’s 'Death to Asylum' Rule
1/8/21 The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of CA issued an order today blocking, in its entirety a Trump administration rule that would have made it virtually impossible for all refugees, including those who are LGBTQ or living with HIV, to secure asylum in the United States. The rule, set to go into effect on January 11, 2021, would have eliminated eligibility for anyone with a gender-based claim, and would have declared that most refugees should be denied protection because they don’t deserve it. Now, the controversial and sweeping rule will not go into effect while the case is being litigated.
LEGAL - Public Charge Rule Completely Blocked
11/2/20 The Department of State is currently blocked (since July 29, 2020) from applying its new public charge rule at U.S. consulates and embassies abroad. Court Ruling Key Words: Benefits, deportation
NEWS _ Pay to Stay- Delays, Barriers Plague Santa Clara County’s Quarantine Subsidies
12/9/20 ...According to a recent survey of clinic clientele, less than a fifth of those eligible for paycheck-replacement subsidies from the county ever receive them. Respondents cited documentation as one of the biggest obstacles, as well as cultural and communication barriers such as a lack of literacy or email access. With applications for financial help taking weeks and months to process, if at all, the county’s would-be beneficiaries face an impossible choice. Amid a staggering surge in Covid-19 filling up hospitals and prompting economically devastating lockdowns, Healing Grove Executive Director Brett Bymaster says an untold number of mostly poor, mostly Latino people are choosing to go back to work to avoid homelessness.
USCIS - Update: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
12/7/20 In compliance with an order of a US District Court, effective December 7, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is accepting first-time DACA requests and renewal requests based on the terms of the DACA policy in effect prior to September 5, 2017. Key Words: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
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
HEALTH - Home Isolation and Quarantine Guidance - Contact Tracing
8/7/20 The goals of case investigation and contact tracing are to support individuals who may be positive for COVID-19 to safely stay home and slow the spread of Coronavirus among their family, friends, and community. Multi-language: Spanish | Vietnamese | Chinese | Tagalog
IMMIGRANTS - USCIS Wants To Increase the Amount of Biometric Data It Collects by Over 60%
9/9/20 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced plans to dramatically expand the personal information that it collects in support of immigration petitions and applications. This new rule will increase the total number of people who are required to submit biometric data from 3.9 million currently to 6.07 million—an increase of more than 60%. The proposed rule increases the pool of people who must provide biometrics to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by requiring biometrics from individuals of any age. This will further scrutinize children, and discourage victims of crime from being able to navigate the complex U.S. immigration system.
LEGAL - A Muslim prayer app was doing more than reminding users to pray. It was selling their info
11/20/20 Users of the popular Muslim prayer app Muslim Pro are posting negative reviews and taking to Twitter to discuss their disappointment after a news report revealed the app was selling users’ information to companies and government agencies. An investigation and report by Vice’s Motherboard found that the app sold location data and other personal information to a third-party broker called X-Mode. X-Mode later sold that same data to defense contractors that provide information to agencies like the U.S. military.
HEALTH - Lack of Access to Information Implies Double Risk for Latinos During The COVID-19 Pandemic
8/18/20 As reported by NBC News, the combination of mass misinformation on social media and inconsistent signals from the U.S. government is now a “particular threat” to communities of color in the country, which continue to represent the highest rates of infection and hospitalization. The media explains that the fact that these communities have higher levels of mistrust of government, less access to health care, and lack of information in Spanish is now “a dangerous mix.”
EMPLOYMENT - Maintaining effective U.S. labor standards enforcement through the coronavirus recession
9/3/20 Evidence from the Great Recession of 2007—2009 indicates that high levels of unemployment weaken the labor market power of those low-wage workers who remain employed. Minimum wage violations increased dramatically during the Great Recession, disproportionately impacting Latinx, Black, and female workers. We anticipate the coronavirus recession will result in increased violations, yet as high unemployment adds to workers’ desperation to maintain any job, the likelihood that low-wage workers will file complaints with an enforcement agency will decrease.
HEALTH - InformaGente COVID-19 Youtube conversation for Latinx Community
Listos California, in partnership with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA), launched "InformaGente," a new online conversation series to foster a culture of emergency readiness among Latinx communities. 5/28/20 The first InformaGente conversation features actor Nicholas Gonzalez, star of ABC’s The Good Doctor, and Dr. Gil Chavez, Senior Advisor to the Director of the California Department of Public Health. Dr. Chavez and Mr. Gonzalez discuss issues related to COVID-19 from hand washing and physical distancing, to concerns about visiting a doctor due to immigration status. Multi-language: Spanish
HEALTH - Silicon Valley lawmaker examines links between racism, the environment and COVID-19
7/17/20 During a committee hearing this week, U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren of San Jose said the coronavirus pandemic has clearly exposed systemic racism in the United States. “It didn’t create it, but it revealed the divisions,” she said. “We have an opportunity now to examine the broad scope of that and to come up with a path forward for change.” The congresswoman was speaking at a virtual hearing to discuss the links between racism, environmental hazards and the coronavirus pandemic.
DEMOGRAPHICS - Racism Is a Public Health Crisis, Say Cities and CountiesRacism Is a Public Health Crisis, Say Cities and Counties
6/15/20 Being black is bad for your health. And pervasive racism is the cause. That’s the conclusion of multiple public health studies over more than three decades. “We do know that health inequities at their very core are due to racism,” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. “There’s no doubt about that.” More recently, research has shown that racial health disparities don’t just affect poor African Americans, but they also cross class lines, Benjamin said. “As a black man, my status, my suit and tie don’t protect me.”
LEGAL - How Biden Can Restore Humanitarian Protection at the Border
1/5/21 Asylum seekers represent a small fraction of the people who come to the United States each year, yet previous administrations have feared their arrival. This crisis-based mindset has fueled ever-increasing brutality at the border, with family detention eventually metastasizing into family separation. But despite the Trump administration’s torturous and cruel policies, people have continued to seek protection at our border. Keu Words: Immigrants, Immigrants