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Asylum Officers Union Says Trump Migration Policy ‘Abandons’ American Tradition
6/26/19 A union representing federal asylum officers said in a court filing Wednesday that the Trump administration’s policy forcing migrants to wait in Mexico while their asylum cases are decided risks violating international treaty obligations and “abandons our tradition of providing a safe haven to the persecuted.” The union, which represents 2,500 Department of Homeland Security employees, including the asylum officers, said in its filing that the policy, the Migration Protection Protocols, puts migrants in danger because they could face persecution

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HUD says 55,000 children could be displaced under Trump plan to evict undocumented immigrants
5/10/19 The Department of Housing and Urban Development acknowledged that a Trump administration plan to purge undocumented immigrants from public housing could displace more than 55,000 children who are all legal U.S. residents or citizens. Current rules bar undocumented immigrants from receiving federal housing subsidies but allow families of mixed-immigration status as long as one person — a child born in the United States or a citizen spouse — is eligible. The subsidies are prorated to cover only eligible residents. The new rule, pushed by White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, would require every household member be of “eligible immigration status.” Key Words: ALLIES8

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Protests in San Francisco, Palo Alto over migrant detention centers
7/2/19 Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in the Bay Area on Tuesday to protest U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention centers for immigrants. One protest began at noon at Market and Montgomery streets, near Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office. Another took place in Palo Alto. Key Words: ICE

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Reopened Legal Challenge to Census Citizenship Question Throws Case Into Chaos
6/25/19 The battle over whether to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census was thrown into turmoil on Tuesday, just as the Supreme Court was expected to issue a ruling on the dispute this week. The case had appeared to be on a fast track to a resolution — until documents on the computer backups of a deceased Republican strategist, Thomas B. Hofeller, emerged last month. Those documents revealed new details about the genesis of the question, casting additional doubt on the Trump administration’s rationale for asking 2020 census respondents whether they are citizens.

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SCC Parks Prescription Program
June 2019 The Park Rx Program is a partnership between Public Health, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center's Pediatric Healthy Lifestyle Center, and the SCC Parks and Recreation Department. This program is designed to promote park utilization for individuals who are at high risk for chronic disease and provide access to families with limited park access. Families receive park prescriptions from their physicians to participate in park walks, rain or shine, the first and third Saturday of each month. To address identified barriers to park utilization, participants receive parking passes, transportation if requested, Spanish translation and incentive items including rain gear. Key Words: ALLIES4, ALLIES7

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Silicon Valley’s Asian community mobilizing for 2020 Census, civic engagement issues
6/18/19 With the theme “Stepping Up to 2020,” hundreds of community members attended the 2019 Silicon Valley Asian American & Pacific Islander Civic Leadership Summit held June 8, at Santa Clara County Office of Education in San Jose, California. Several Silicon Valley community-based organizations, public officials, activists, legislative staff, faculty members and students discussed civic engagement, and the challenges and issues affecting the Asian community in the U.S., with a major focus on issues with the 2020 Census and the importance of engaging the community in voter registration. Key Words: ALLIES8, SCC, Demographics, Civic Engagement

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Trump vows mass immigration arrests, removals of ‘millions of illegal aliens’ starting next week
6/17/19 President Trump said in a tweet Monday night that U.S. immigration agents are planning to make mass arrests starting “next week,” an apparent reference to a plan in preparation for months that aims to round up thousands of migrant parents and children in a blitz operation across major U.S. cities. Trump and his senior immigration adviser, Stephen Miller, have been prodding Homeland Security officials to arrest and remove thousands of family members whose deportation orders were expedited by the Justice Department this year as part of a plan known as the “rocket docket.”

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Where a citizenship question could cause the census to miss millions of Hispanics
7/4/19 The Justice Department said Wednesday they would continue to look for a way to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, reversing their decision from just one day prior, after a tweet from President Trump. A fraction of the nation’s population is already asked that question each year in the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. In the latest ACS, in 2017, the citizenship question went unanswered by about 1 in 12 Hispanics, a far higher rate than that of whites. Where these non-responses occurred can tell us where millions of Hispanics would probably be missed if the same question were added to the 2020 Census. Key Words: Demographics

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Immigration Options for Undocumented Immigrant Children
8/18 A collection of one-page fact sheets fro ILRC on: *Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) * Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) * U Visa * Trafficking Visa (T Visa) * Asylum * Temporary Protected Status (TPS) * Family Visas * Conditional Permanent Residence * Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) * Non-LPR Cancellation of Removal Advocates should only use these fact sheets for quick reference. Please consult with an immigration expert before filing any applications for relief with USCIS. Key Words: Legal, ALLIES3

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Proposed Changes to PUBLIC CHARGE: Analysis and Frequently Asked Questions
May 2019 Update from Protecting Immigrant Families: On 12/10/18 public comment period ended on the DHS proposed change to the public charge regulation. For over 100 years, the government has recognized that work supports like health care, nutrition and housing assistance help families thrive and remain productive. And decades ago, the government clarified that immigrant families can seek health care, nutrition and housing assistance without fear that doing so will harm their immigration cases. If this rule is finalized, we can no longer offer that assurance. Key Words: ALLIES1, ALLIES3

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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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Doctors decry plans to detain immigrant kids with parents
6/27/18 Doctors are speaking out against the Trump administration's plans to stop separating immigrant families by instead detaining children with their parents. That approach, top pediatricians warned Wednesday, replaces one inhumane policy with another. "It puts these kids at risk for abnormal development," said Dr. Colleen Kraft, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics.Key Words: Mental Health

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Stop Hate Project
The Lawyers’ Committee serves as a resource for organizations and individuals combating hate in their respective communities The Stop Hate Project works to strengthen the capacity of community leaders, law enforcement, and organizations around the country to combat hate by connecting these groups with established legal and social services resources. The Lawyers’ Committee has run an Election Protection Hotline for over a decade, providing resources and assistance to callers ahead of and on Election Day. Building on this expertise, the Lawyers’ Committee launched a resource and reporting hotline for hate incidents: 1-844-9-NO-HATE (1-844-966-4283).

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Changes to USCIS Policy Will Directly Impact Vulnerable Immigrants
11/15/18 The Trump administration’s move to deport more people from the US has come into sharp focus again as it targets some of the most vulnerable immigrants with its Notice to Appear (NTA) policy. The new policy, announced in June 2018, had already dramatically altered the role of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by broadening the circumstances in which USCIS may issue an NTA – a charging document that triggers the start of deportation proceedings – for certain applicants who have been denied immigration benefits. Starting November 19, individuals who have applied for humanitarian benefits will be directly impacted. USCIS has announced that, as of that date, it may issue NTAs impacting individuals who seek U visas (victims of crime), T visas (victims of severe forms of trafficking), and self-petitions under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

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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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US deporting crime victims while they wait for special visa
7/19/18 For victims of crime on U.S. soil who are living here illegally, a special visa program encourages them to help solve their cases and catch criminals, and often provides their only clear path to citizenship. But as Republican President Donald Trump's administration has taken a harder line on immigration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement appears to be stepping up the detention and deportation of people who have applied for the so-called "U visa."

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