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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 Power Outage and Fire Response Resources
10/19 The State of California is providing resources to help Californians impacted by the unique challenges brought on by wildfire and power shutoffs. Help with Shelter, Food, Key Words: Disaster

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Challenging the Expansion of Expedited Removal
9/27/19 Expedited removal is a procedure that allows a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official to summarily deport a noncitizen without a hearing before an immigration judge or meaningful review. On September 27, 2019, the court granted Plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction, which blocks the expansion of expedited removal from taking effect while the case moves forward. As a result, expedited removal currently remains limited to people who are within 100 miles from the border and have been in the U.S. for 14 days or fewer, and to those who arrived by sea. Key Words: ICE, Deportation, Detantion, KYR, Know Your Rights

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DACA and the Supreme Court and What the Future May Hold for DACA Beneficiaries
11/19 This report from the Center for Migration Studies gives an overview of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, provides a statistical profile of DACA recipients, and identifies the impact that the program has had. Finally, the author gives recommendations for allies and advocates, policymakers, immigrant-serving populations and others. Key Words: ALLIES3, immigration

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DHS Extends TPS Documentation for 6 Countries
11/1/19 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced a Federal Register notice extending the validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan through Jan. 4, 2021. The notice automatically extends the validity of Employment Authorization Documents; Forms I-797, Notice of Action; and Forms I-94, Arrival/Departure Record (collectively, TPS-related documentation). Key Words: Immigration, ALLIES3

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Federal Judges In 3 States Block Trump's 'Public Charge' Rule For Green Cards
10/11/19 Three federal judges on Friday temporarily blocked a Trump administration rule that would make it harder for low-income immigrants to get a green card. "The Rule is simply a new agency policy of exclusion in search of a justification," Judge Daniels wrote as he granted the request. "It is repugnant to the American Dream of the opportunity for prosperity and success through hard work and upward mobility. Immigrants have always come to this country seeking a better life for themselves and their posterity. With or without help, most succeed." Key Words: ALLIES1, ALLIES4, Public Benefits, Immigration

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How law enforcement agencies undermine the U visa
11/7/19 For this story, Reveal sought to examine how U visa certification requests were handled in the 10 states with the largest immigrant populations. 4 of those states – California, New Jersey, Illinois and Washington – have mandates that require law enforcement agencies to sign requests for victims of violent crimes who have been helpful to authorities. We contacted more than 100 law enforcement agencies in the other 6 states: New York, Massachusetts, Georgia, Virginia, Florida and Texas. The departments serve the largest immigrant communities within their respective states. We found that nearly 1 of every 4 of these agencies create barriers never envisioned under the U visa program. Key Words: KYR, ALLIES3, Know Your Rights

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ICE is reportedly using fake Facebook accounts to track undocumented immigrants
10/3/19 ICE agents have used fake Facebook accounts to monitor suspected undocumented immigrants and lure them into raids in 2019, according to multiple reports. Most recently, a New York Times report detailed how ICE agents used Facebook and other social media to carry out a series of arrests in Oregon this summer. The practice violates Facebook's rules, which prohibit "inauthentic behavior" including running accounts with fake names or accounts that mislead people. Key Words: Deportation, Detention

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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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MyShake Quake Alert App
10/17/19 For the 30th Anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake, the USGS has just released MyShake - a new Shake Alert app for the SF Bay Area. It is now available for download to iOS and Android devices, allows earthquake warning messages to reach Californians statewide, and should give several seconds warning at the beginning of an earthquake.  Possibly enough time to get to a safe place and Drop, Cover and Hold. Key Words: Disaster, emergency, prepared

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SCC Launches Enforcement Program to Collect Owed Wages for Food Workers
9/23/19 Santa Clara County has the highest number of wage theft claims in the state of California, a pervasive problem that disproportionately affects immigrants and low-wage workers. The County’s Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) and the Department of Environmental Health are launching a Food Permit Enforcement Program that will enable the County to start suspending food permits from business owners who have not paid their judgments. Multi-language: Spanish | Tagalog | Key Words: ALLIES1

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Stakes Are Huge for Hundreds of Thousands after Today’s Supreme Court Argument
11/12/19 Formally, today’s argument addressed two legal questions: (1) whether courts can even review the government’s decision to terminate DACA, a policy that had been in place since 2012, and (2) whether the Trump administration engaged in reasoned decision-making when it decided to terminate DACA (in nonlawyer terms, whether the administration properly “showed its work” or, instead, ended DACA arbitrarily). But in practical terms, the daily lives of close to 700,000 young people — teachers, parents, medical professionals, neighbors — and the health and welfare of the communities they call home are at stake. Key Words: ALLIES5

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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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Three Bay Area cities considered most diverse in the U.S.
10/14/19 Cultural identity has long been at the heart of the melting pot that is America. Yet immigration continues to be a hot-button issue even as the country gets more ethnically diverse. The nature of race, culture and community seems more controversial now than ever. San Jose, which ranked at number eight, got a total score of 68.5. San Jose has a population of 1,030,119, according to the census. “It stands out particularly in terms of linguistic diversity,” says Gonzalez. “As the second most language-diverse city, San Jose has about a quarter of its residents who speak Asian and Pacific Islander languages, and another 23 percent who speak Spanish.”

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Trump administration’s “public charge” rule is creating a chilling effect on immigrants
9/22/19 Across the Bay Area, the looming change in what is known as the “public charge” rule is sowing confusion and fear within the immigrant community, causing many people to abandon programs they need for fear of retaliation from immigration authorities, according to nearly two dozen interviews with health care providers, lawyers, nonprofit organizations, and social service agencies. Statewide, the rule could impact more than 2 million Californians, most of whom are not subject to the regulation, and could result in 765,000 people disenrolling from MediCal and CalFresh, according to UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research. Key Words: ALLIES4, Food Stamps, CalFresh, Public Benefits

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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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Federal judge blocks Trump administration from detaining migrant children for indefinite periods
9/27/19 A federal judge in Los Angeles has blocked the Trump administration from activating new regulations that would have dramatically expanded its ability to detain migrant children with their parents for indefinite periods of time, dealing a blow to the president’s efforts to tamp down unauthorized border crossings.

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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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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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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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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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Mothers and Children Sue Trump for Harm Inflicted by Zero Tolerance Policy
9/20/19 Five mothers and their children sued the U.S. government on Thursday for forcibly separating them in 2018. The five families are among the thousands of parents and young children who were split apart for months under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. The lawsuit demands accountability and compensation for the families’ significant and long-lasting trauma. Each mother and child fled horrific violence and abuse in their countries of origin to seek protection in the United States. Instead of offering refuge, immigration officers traumatized them.

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