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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.

Our world is rapidly being altered to face challenge of COVID-19. .Our mission at Immigrantinfo.org remains the same but, we will be focusing much of our attention on identifying and developing needed resources for those who will be most vulnerable in this pandemic. We are now posting important news and information on our new COVID-19  pages. 

Many of the events in the Community Calendar have been cancelled or changed to virtual gatherings. Almost all schools and colleges are closing and classes are either cancelled or changing to online distance learning. Service providers are shifting their efforts to best address changing needs. Please confirm any events or classes listed, as we will not be able to update the data bases immediately and the information won't be current.

Please send us anything that would be of benefit to the community or decision makers. Contact us at: Administrator@Immigrantinfo.org

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ALA DACA Renewal Video - Scholarships Available
5/5/20 Contact Asian Law Alliance ' right away for a free consultation to see if you should renew your DACA. (408) 287-9710. Scholarships for the $495 fee are still available for eligible applicants. The Supreme Court is currently considering termination of the DACA program. A decision could come any day and if they decide to terminate the program, it will be too late. The good news is, that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is still accepting DACA renewals. If your DACA will expire within the next year or even if your DACA has expired, you may be able to renew. Key Words: Undocumented., immigration, ALLIES3
CHILDREN - Drawing Contest Invitation from Mexican Consulate
3/27/20 Children around the world are confined due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Mexico has invited all children to put their imagination in motion and showcase their artistic abilities by participating in the XXIV edition of the Contes “Este es mi México” Theme “Alebrijes”, fantastic figures around the world. The contest will remain open until June 29, 2020. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: pandemic, mental health, COVID-19
GOVERNMENT - strict new Bay Area lockdown Extended to May 3rd
4/1/20 New restrictions ordered on construction, dog parks; further social-distancing rules for essential businesses Six Bay Area counties and the city of Berkeley announced new, stricter stay-at-home rules that force millions of residents in Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County and San Francisco to shelter in place through May 3, 2020. Key Words: COVID-19, Coronavirus
HEALTH - A doctor clearly explains how to disinfect your groceries and take out - Video
3/27/20 With the coronavirus spreading rapidly, even something as simple as bringing a canned good into your home with the virus could end up setting your family back. You don’t know who handled that item before you or whether they have COVID-19, therefore we must take extraordinary measures to protect ourselves. Key Words: coronavirus, health, COVID-19
HEALTH - COVID-19 Screening Tool
3/27/20 If you think that you or a family member have been exposed, this free Apple App can help you understand what to do next about COVID-19. Let’s all look out for each other by knowing our status, trying not to infect others, and reserving care for those in need. Key Words: ALLIES4, CDC. pandemic, disaster, health care
NEWS - Farmworkers deserve workplace protections too - Ash Kalra
3/31/20 Today we celebrate the birthday of the visionary labor leader and community activist, Cesar Chavez. His contribution to the fight for economic and social justice for California’s farmworkers underscores the fact that we still have much to accomplish to ensure fair and safe working conditions for these workers. As our state addresses the overwhelming task of combating the coronavirus, we must mitigate the impacts on workers, and in particular, our most vulnerable ones. We need to dedicate resources to protect the health of California’s farmworkers. When a farmworker is diagnosed with the coronavirus, other farmworkers who were exposed to that worker should be paid to take the number of sick days recommended to self-quarantine. The $9.5 billion farmers are receiving in federal emergency assistance makes this possible.
NEWS - Farmworkers, Mostly Undocumented, Become ‘Essential’ During Pandemic
4/2/20 Immigrant field workers have been told to keep working despite stay-at-home directives, and given letters attesting to their “critical” role in feeding the country. It is an open secret that the vast majority of people who harvest America’s food are undocumented immigrants, mainly from Mexico, many of them decades-long residents of the United States. Often the parents of American-born children, they have lived for years with the cloud of deportation hanging over their households. Key Words: ICE, COVID-19, Coronavirus
NEWS - Meet the doctor who ordered the Bay Area’s coronavirus lockdown
3/29/20 SJ Mercury News: Meet the doctor who ordered the Bay Area’s coronavirus lockdown, the first in the U.S.Under intense pressure, Sara Cody’s cohorts made the move ‘none of us really believed we would do’
NEWS - Migrant workers are at the front lines-they need protections
3/25/20 The 1.6 million migrant workers in the United States employed through temporary work visa programs are on the front lines of the nation’s COVID-19 response. They are performing essential jobs that make the U.S. function, including producing our food. Yet they have been largely left out of conversations about how best to protect people. In the coming days, many migrant workers in the food supply chain will travel to the United States. At the same time, many temporary migrant workers are already here performing essential work–processing seafood, cutting grass, working in the fields. Many of these workers are particularly vulnerable to the virus because of their living and working conditions, and they are working with virtually no protections. Key Words: Coronavirus, Disaster, COVID-19
NEWS - Trump’s executive order to stop issuing green cards temporarily, explained
4/21/20 President Trump announced that he will sign an executive order temporarily suspending the issuance of green cards, saying it’s needed to protect American jobs amid an unemployment crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Under the executive order, American citizens will still be able to apply for green cards on behalf of their children and spouses, according to the Times. But the families of existing green card holders and those applying for green cards through their employer will not be able to do so for a period of 60 days.
UNDOCUMENTED Workers Relief Funds in California
3/23/20 List of cash assistance programs and applications in English and Spanish, for undocumented workers in the areas of: * restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers and more * Workers in the hospitality industry, dishwasher, bartender, server, busser, chef, cook, sommelier, manager, host, concierge, cleaning staff, or barback * domestic workers who have participated in activities of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), Key Words: Immigrant, ALLIES1, aide, coronavirus, pandemic, emergency, COVID-19
VOLUNTEER - Californians for All Volunteer Match
5/27/20 Governor's CA Volunteers office has launched a partnership with VolunteerMatch to create a volunteer engagement platform. This will make it easier for any Californian to volunteer, whether at home to help a neighbor, volunteering for an hour or dedicating a year to service to help their communities. It offers a variety of service options from activities you can do at home or with local organizations. It will provide more than 10,000 volunteer engagement opportunities in CA. Share how you are helping your community with stories, videos and photos using the hashtag #CaliforniansForAll on social media or e-mail us at info@cv.ca.gov. Key Words: ALLIES8,COVID-19, Coronavirus
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.
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
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,
NEWS - Border Patrol Memo Tells Agents to Send Migrants Back Immediately — Ignoring Asylum Law
4/2/20 Citing little-known power given to the CDC to ban entry of people who might spread disease and ignoring the Refugee Act of 1980, an internal memo has ordered Border Patrol agents to push the overwhelming majority of migrants back into Mexico. Key Words: Asylum, ICE, Immigration, COVID-19
NEWS - Coronavirus could overwhelm legal help for America's poor
4/1/20 Often overlooked and already short on resources, civil legal aid groups in the COVID-19 era are among the first responders for Americans who need help navigating the legal system to fight unfair evictions and foreclosures, get domestic abuse protective orders, obtain unemployment or unpaid wages, access health care or respond to scammers. These groups now face an unprecedented crunch from all sides as the nation's poor take the brunt of the faltering economy and skyrocketing unemployment numbers. The closure of businesses for social distancing will not only increase the number of people with those legal problems but also increase the number of people who qualify as low income.
NEWS - NewsGuard - Avoid coronavirus hoaxes
Avoid coronavirus hoaxes and other misinformation with NewsGuard. Now free until July 1st for the COVID-19 crisis. Trust ratings for 4,000+ news and information sites–written by trained journalists based on nine journalistic criteria. We tell you who’s behind each site, how it’s funded, and whether you can trust it.