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AS ICE DEPORTS MORE CAMBODIAN REFUGEES, SOME FIND HOPE IN PARDONS
5/15/19 The Trump administration has deported Cambodian refugees with criminal records at an unprecedented pace. Liberal governors are using pardons to fight back. Key Words: Asian, Khemr, ICE

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Appeals court finds Trump administration’s move to end DACA ‘arbitrary and capricious’
5/17/19 A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the Trump administration had been “arbitrary and capricious” in its bid to end an Obama-era program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation. -- In a 2-to-1 decision, the court said the government had failed to “give a reasoned explanation for the change in policy, particularly given the significant” interests involved, according to the majority opinion written by Judge Albert Diaz and joined by Judge Robert King. Key Words: ALLIES3

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Census question crafted to benefit the GOP
5/31/19 Just weeks before the Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, new evidence emerged Thursday suggesting the question was crafted specifically to give an electoral advantage to white Republicans.

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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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SCC Human Relations Commission's Recommendations Regarding Board Policy on Sanctuary
6/3/19 Last month, during the Human Rights Commission meeting, testimony was taken from experts in the community and comments were heard from over 65 members of the public on the issue. The Commission voted to send a recommendation to the Board that they should make no substantive changes to the policy and that the County should not collaborate with I.C.E. You can read our final recommendation letter. Key Words: Santa Clara County, Sanctuary

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The Role of Contact and Values in Public Attitudes Toward Unauthorized Immigrants
4/19 This report from the American Immigration Council seek to analyze the reasons why people are likely to hold particular attitudes about immigrants. Just as with any other public issue, attitudes about immigrants are wrapped up not only with individuals’ personal characteristics, life experiences, and beliefs about a wide range of other issues, but also some of their personal values and the type of contact that they have with immigrants. Key words: Undocumented, research

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What You Need To Know About The 2020 Census
4/1/19 The federal government is getting ready to ask some personal questions for the 2020 census. By next April 1, the Census Bureau plans to send a letter or a door knocker to every U.S. household. It's part of a once-a-decade tradition of counting every person living in the U.S. Key Words: Demographics

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Former Dreamer lends a hand to U.S. deportees arriving in Mexico
3/10/19 Israel Concha was taken to Texas by his Mexican parents when he was just four years old. Thirty years later he was deported. Alone with no money or opportunities in Mexico City, Israel had nothing but his shattered self-esteem. It motivated him to create a place to go for people like him – Mexican nationals who lived their entire lives in the U.S. and found themselves suddenly living in Mexico. Our Game Changer is former Dreamer Israel Concha and his organization, New Beginning. key Words: Deport, Dreamer, Comienzo

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Immigrants Who Use Legal Marijuana Can Be Denied Citizenship for ‘Lacking Good Moral Character’
4/24/19 Under a new guidance issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), immigrants may find themselves barred from obtaining citizenship if they possess or use marijuana—even if doing so is legal where they live. To be eligible to become a naturalized citizen, an immigrant must demonstrate they had “good moral character” for the past five years before filing their application. But the law presumes that a person does not have “good moral character” if they have committed any violations of controlled substance laws. This is the case even if they were never arrested or convicted. There is an exception for those with a “single offense of simple possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana.”

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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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TRUMP WANTS TO DEPORT MORE PEOPLE WITHOUT HEARINGS
4/25/19 If a new proposal under consideration in the Department of Homeland Security goes into effect, undocumented immigrants who cannot prove they've lived in the country for more than two years would essentially be treated the same as people who just crossed the border. Immigration authorities would have the discretion to place these immigrants in "expedited removal proceedings," a fast deportation process that often skips the courtroom.

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Trump immigration crackdown deterring undocumented immigrants from testifying in cases
9/22/18 The Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration is deterring some women from testifying in incidents of domestic abuse and discouraging immigrants in the country illegally from appearing in court, experts told NBC News. The experts told the network that fears of being arrested by immigration officials is deterring undocumented immigrants from appearing at courthouses, where they could be apprehended by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

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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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Bill Would Block ICE from Arresting Immigrant Child Sponsors
10/1/18 A bipartisan group of lawmakers are seeking to prevent the Trump administration from arresting undocumented immigrants who come forward to take care of undocumented immigrant children who are in the country alone, after CNN reported such arrests were happening. The bill would bar the government from using a sponsor’s undocumented status as a reason to deny releasing a child to them, and it would prevent the Department of Homeland Security from using information provided by a potential child sponsor to arrest or deport an undocumented immigrant.

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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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Hidden Tribes: A Study of America's Polarized Landscape
10/18 This report is about polarization in America today: what is driving us apart, and what can bring us back together.The report was conducted by More in Common, a new international initiative to build societies and communities that are stronger, more united, and more resilient to the increasing threats of polarization and social division. Key Words: Research, Demographics

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Some Japanese-Americans Wrongfully Imprisoned During WWII Oppose Census Question
12/26/18 Under an executive order signed by President Franklin Roosevelt in February 1942, the government rounded up about 120,000 people of Japanese descent, mainly U.S. citizens. They were wrongfully incarcerated at fairgrounds, racetracks and remote prison camps that have been euphemistically called "relocation centers" and "internment camps." In a formal apology passed by Congress in 1988, lawmakers said the "grave injustice" was motivated by "racial prejudice, wartime hysteria, and a failure of political leadership." "The most important single source of information prior to the evacuation was the 1940 Census of Population," wrote U.S. Army Lt. Gen. John DeWitt, who advocated for and directed the mass removal of Japanese-Americans from the West Coast, in a 1943 report for the War Department.

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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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U.S. courts abruptly tossed 9,000 deportation cases. Undated Notices to Appear
10/17/18 The Supreme Court case involved Wescley Fonseca Pereira, a Brazilian immigrant who overstayed his visa and was put into deportation proceedings in 2006. The initial paperwork he was sent did not state a date and time of appearance, however, and Pereira said he did not receive a subsequent notice telling him where and when to appear. When he failed to show up in court, he was ordered deported. The Supreme Court ruled that paperwork failing to designate a time and place didn’t constitute a legal notice to appear in court.

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USCIS Can't Dodge Suit Over Special Immigrant Juvenile Rule
3/18/19 A class of young immigrants can move forward with their claims that a new U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services policy restricting their eligibility for certain special protections is illegal, a CA federal judge has held. In a Friday decision, U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael M. Cousins denied the federal government's motion to dismiss the lawsuit, which is challenging a new requirement that makes it more difficult for immigrants ages 18 to 21 to qualify for special immigrant juvenile status in California. SIJ status provides a path to permanent residency for people under 21 who have been abused or neglected and declared a dependent by a state court.

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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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Separated migrant families suing Trump administration for mental health treatment: report
6/8/18 Migrant families who were separated at the U.S.–Mexico border under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy are suing the Trump administration to cover the costs of their mental health treatment, according to a new federal class-action lawsuit. Key Words: Children

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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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Federal judge strikes down Trump asylum rules for domestic and gang violence victims
12/19/18 A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed Justice Department policies that made it harder for immigrants to claim asylum because of domestic violence or gang violence, finding the policies violated existing law. Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court in Washington ruled the harsher Justice Department policies ordered by former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions were "arbitrary, capricious and in violation of the immigration laws."

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How do you get Hispanics involved in local politics? Mountain View may have found a way
3/4/19 Started in 2017, Mountain View’s academy could be a model for other cities trying to get Hispanic residents involved with local government. Hispanics make up one-fifth of the U.S. population but just 1 percent of elected officials, according to a 2016 analysis by Univision News. Last year, Mountain View elected two minority council members: Lucas Ramirez, who is Hispanic, and Ellen Kamei, who said her family background included Japanese, Chinese and Puerto Rican field workers, according to the Los Altos Town Crier.

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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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