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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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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

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COMMUNICATION - AT&T Internet Access
In response to the public health crisis, Access from AT&T is temporarily: • Offering two months of free service to new Access customers who order by April 30, 2020. $5/mo or $10/mo thereafter, depending on your speed. • Expanding eligibility based on income2 and to households participating in National School Lunch Program/Head Start • Waiving all home internet data overage fees Eligibility based on Household income of 135% or less than the federal poverty guidelines Key Words: ALLIES1, Communication, Coronavirus, Pandemic, COVID-19

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EMPLOYMENT - Disaster Unemployment Insurance
3/25/20 Grants Flexibility to Temporarily Loosen State UI Policies. Changes in state laws governing the UI program must be approved by the U.S. Department of Labor. H.R. 6201 waives this requirement if the state pursues the following temporary changes: (1) eliminating the one-week waiting period before a worker is eligible for UI, (2) loosening work search requirements, (3) loosening so-called “good cause” requirements that limit when workers may receive UI benefits if they leave their job voluntarily, and (4) changing how employers’ experience ratings are calculated for COVID-19-related unemployment. Key Words: ALLIES1, Disaster, pandemic, coronavirus

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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HEALTH - Animal shelters urge the public to have an emergency plan for your pets
With more people getting sick with COVID-19 local animal shelters are concerned companion animals will be left uncared for. Local animal shelters urge the public to have an emergency plan for your pets. Key Words: Emergency, Disaster, coronavirus,

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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

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ILRC Public Charge Update:
2/6/20 “Public charge” is a ground of inadmissibility. (reasons that a person could be denied a green card, visa, or admission into the US). It does not apply to everyone. This law mainly impacts those seeking permanent resident status through family member petitions. Many immigrant categories are exempt, even if they might be applying for status or a green card. U visa holders, T visa holders, asylees, refugees, and many more categories are exempt. Public charge laws do not apply in the naturalization process (Citizenship application). On 1/27/20 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the DHS can now implement their new rule relating to the “public charge” ground of inadmissibility. The rule will go into effect on February 24, 2020. **Applications postmarked before 2/24/20 will be adjudicated under policies in place before the new rule** Key Words: ALLIES3, ALLIES4, Citizenship

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List of ‘essential’ businesses that can remain open during Bay Area’s coronavirus lockdown
3/18/20 Full list of businesses that will continue functioning over the next few weeks according to the March 16th Lockdown order. Key Words: Pandemic, SCC, COVID-19

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Meet the doctor who ordered the Bay Area’s coronavirus lockdown
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’

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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

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RELIEF FUNDS FOR UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS 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

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Resources for Undocumented Communities
Nationwide Directory of Emergency Funds and information for undocumented immigrants if every state. Key Words: coronavirus, undocufund, pandemi, ALLIES1, COVID-19

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SVCN Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund
The Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund will be administered by community foundations throughout the 10-county Bay Area. Operating grants for nonprofit organizations in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, that SVCF has pre-qualified to provide emergency-related services: food, shelter, health and mental health services to affected communities. SVCF will also provide operating grants for other nonprofits that have experienced unexpected costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic as described below.Area region. The fund will be used to provide flexible operating support grants to nonprofit organizations serving one or more of the 10 countie (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma). Key Words: Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SCVN), coronavirus, pandemic

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WE HAVE RIGHTS - What to Do When Interacting with ICE
2/20 In direct response to expressed community need, ACLU has joined forces with Brooklyn Defender Services to create and distribute a series of powerful and informative videos based on true stories to provide real life action points for what to do when ICE is outside our doors, is in our homes, stops us in our communities, and/or arrests us. Multi-language: Spanish, | Urdu | Arabic | Haitian Creole | Russian | Mandarin

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CA Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC)
California Families, singles and self-employed may qualify for CalEITC. Most recipients are people who do not need to file a tax return. For 2019 filing it is possible to earn up to $8000. A new credit this year adds up to $1000 for those with children under 6 years old. Find out if you are eligible and how much you might get. Spanish

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Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) - Federal
The EITC or EIC, is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. To qualify, you must meet certain requirements and file a federal tax return, even if you do not owe any tax or are not required to file. EITC reduces the amount of tax you owe and may give you a refund. 29 states and DC also have additional state EITC awards. All states have free tax filing assistance provided by trained volunteers between January 15th and April 14th. Call the IRS at 1-800-906-9887 to find locations nearest to you. Multi-language: | Spanish | Chinese Traditional | Korean | Russian | Vietnamese |

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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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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

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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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Leaked 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

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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.

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