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The Rapid Response Section contains articles, reports, press releases and tools that support local collaboration regarding current immigrant issues. All of these links and much more can also be found in the Resources Search page.

IMMIGRANTS - 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
IMMIGRANTS - How ICE Uses Driver’s License Photos and DMV Databases
8/6/19 In NILC’s 2016 report summarizing documents we received as a result of a 2014 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and in our 2017 report Untangling the Immigration Enforcement Web, we describe how ICE asks DMVs to use their face-recognition systems to find people to target for deportation. These reports also describe the different ways ICE obtains DMV information. Last month, the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law School released documents confirming that ICE has asked DMVs in Utah, Vermont, and Washington to run face-recognition searches against their driver’s license photo databases.
IMMIGRANTS - ICE Blurs the Line between Civil Immigration Violations and Criminal Laws
8/27/19 ICE, in performing its various functions, has consistently blurred the line between the resources it allocates for investigating criminal activities and those it allocates to civil immigration enforcement. The blurring of lines between HSI’s criminal investigative work and ERO’s civil immigration enforcement is supported by an expanding immigration surveillance machinery designed to gather, manage, and use information to deport people from the U.S. We’ve previously reported on how ICE is vacuuming up vast quantities of data to use in immigration enforcement, relying on commercial aggregators.
IMMIGRANTS - ICE Guidance During COVID-19
3/21/20 Outline of ICE procedures and policies to accommodate the COVID-19 pandemic, including enforcement, detention, deportation, immigration court cases, application processing, interviews, visitation, and more. Key Words: RRN, Rapid Response
IMMIGRANTS - ICE Plans to Build ‘Hyper-Realistic’ Tactical Training Facility That Can Simulate ‘Urban Warfare’
9/18/19 At a new training facility at Fort Benning in Georgia, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reportedly planning to build “hyper-realistic” simulations of homes, schools, courtrooms, and commercial buildings to replicate the type of environment its agents encounter on the field. The facility will reportedly be used to train ICE “Special Response Teams,” as well as agents from ICE’s two main components: ICE Homeland Security Investigations and ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations.
IMMIGRANTS - 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
IMMIGRANTS - Immigration Agencies’ Intrusive Searches of Cell Phones, Laptops Are Ruled Unconstitutional
11/15/19 A federal court ruled this week that sweeping policies permitting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to search personal cell phones, laptops, and other electronic devices without reasonable suspicion are unconstitutional. The policies that the court rejected authorized CBP and ICE officers to search the contents of electronic devices of people arriving at U.S. borders, including U.S. airports, without reasonable suspicion that those devices might have evidence of illegal activity and without a court order. Immigration officers could randomly search the cell phones and laptops of anyone arriving in the United States, including U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. Key Words: Know Your Rights, KYR
IMMIGRANTS - SCC Rapid Response Network Hotline (RRN)
The Santa Clara County RRN is a 24/7 hotline that community members can call to report ICE operations and receive help in real life time! When you call the RRN line: The dispatcher that receives the call will support the community member in asserting their rights, and will dispatch trained Rapid Responders to the impacted site. If immigration enforcement is confirmed, the Rapid Responders will conduct legal observation, collect evidence that may support the immigration case of the impacted family, and provide moral support and accompaniment to the impacted family. If a community member is detained, we will connect them with immigration attorneys for legal counsel and provide accompaniment support. We want to make sure no community member has to go through this on their own. To report a raid,Call (408) 290-1144 This is not a general information hotline. Key words: RRN, Deport Spanish
IMMIGRANTS - SCC Rapid Response Network Training
COVID-19 UPDATE: RRN trainings are temporarily suspended in accordance with County guidelines. The RRN training team is working on an online version of the training that will be posted here when possible. Please check back for updates. We again ask all Rapid Responders to recommit to being present for some of our most vulnerable neighbors. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has not stopped ICE from enforcing detentions in our community and your action and presence are vital. If you have questions, you can email
The Rapid Response Network in Santa Clara County is a community defense project developed to protect immigrant families from deportation and to provide moral and accompaniment support during and after immigration operations in our community. Those interested in participating as Rapid Responders can connect through this link. It will be updated as trainings are scheduled around the County. Key Words: RRN, CORONAVIRUS
IMMIGRANTS - Top 6 Digital Safety Tips for Undocu Folks
6/2/20 From UnitedWeDream for immigrants, Black and indigenous people of color, our families, and our friends, it is important to keep our personal information out of the hands of those who want to harm us. Remember, we are in the work of protecting people, not property. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Technology, privacy
IMMIGRANTS - We Have Rights: Video When ICE is Outside our Doors
5/5/18 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: View in Spanish | Urdu | Arabic | Haitian Creole | Russian | Mandarin
LEGAL - Judge rules ICE must allow detainees free, private calls with attorneys during pandemic
4/11/20 A federal judge ruled Saturday that immigration enforcement officials must allow confidential telephone calls between detainees at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center and their attorneys in light of the coronavirus outbreak. The 15-page ruling by U.S. District Judge Jesus G. Bernal found that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement must reverse a policy that critics said made it virtually impossible for detainees and their attorneys to confer in private at the facility, about 80 miles east of Los Angeles in San Bernardino County. Bernal wrote that the agency must provide “free, reasonably private legal calls on unrecorded and unmonitored telephone lines, and must devise a reliable procedure for attorneys as well as detainees to schedule those calls within 24 hours of a request." Key Words: Detention, KYR, Know Your Rights
LEGAL - Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation: A Guide for Practitioners
Designed for immigrants and those who work with them: the host of attorneys, nurses, social workers, financial services professionals, and religious workers who are stepping up in challenging times. Appleseed’s Manual helps families develop plans to deal with critical financial and family issues in the event of detention, deportation, and other family emergencies. Languages: Spanish Key Words: Legal, Lawyer
MENTAL hEALTH - UndocuHealth Project Emergency Toolkit
The United We Dream (UWD) UndocuHealth Project was started to facilitate the incorporation and daily practice of self-love, community healing, and wellness when organizing in times of trouble, turbulence, and chaos. The Toolkit was designed to alleviate not only the stress and anxiety of folks across the nation and keep ours families secure, but also to give the reader tools that will allow them to conduct safe zone events and incorporate stress reducing activities within their community work and daily lives. Things like music-ivism, artivism, and breathing practices is what will transform these anxieties and insecurities into something positive! Key Words: Undocumented,
RESOURCE - Resources for Families Facing Deportation and Separation
6-19 Guides and reports from the Women's Refugee Commission provide information about family separation due to detention and deportation, safety planning and child welfare for families facing deportation. The documents provide tools for preventing family separation, resources for families caught between the immigration and child welfare systems, and a comprehensive approach to the question on the lips of every mother facing deportation: "What about my children?" Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: RIF
10/19 Update. This guide from Immigrants Rising, highlights important federal and state protections over student data, including the recent model policies that were released by the California Attorney General, and offers five concrete ways that schools can protect student data. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with these laws and take definitive steps to protect undocumented and immigrant students at your school. Key Words:
IMMIGRANTS - CA Local Rapid Response Hotlines
From Ready California, a list of County RRN Hotlines. Please use these numbers ONLY if you need assistance during an immigration raid and use the associated websites for informational inquiries. Key Words: KYR, ICE
IMMIGRANTS - ILRC Family Preparedness Plan for Immigrants (English-Spanish-Chinese)
Every family should have a Preparedness Plan in case of disruption of their routines for any reason. The dramatic expansion of ICE activities makes it even more important that immigrants consider the potential impact that detainment or deportation would have on their families. ILRC (Immigrant Legal Resource Center) has prepared this packet with information, forms, and additional information for families that include immigrants. Spanish | Chinese |
IMMIGRANTS - Know Your Rights (KYN) - ILRC Multi-language Red Cards
All people in the US, regardless of immigration status, have certain rights and protections under the U.S. Constitution. The Red Cards were created to help people assert their rights and defend themselves against constitutional violations. Red cards provide critical information on how to assert these rights, along with an explanation to ICE agents that the individual is indeed asserting their rights. These cards can be ordered free by non-profit service providers in English/Spanish. Also available on line in: | Spanish | Chinese | Tagalog | Arabic |
IMMIGRANTS - Living in Limbo: Your Rights, Benefits, and Obligations With No Immigration Status
7/20/18 Every year, millions of people wait for Congress to advance a solution that would provide stability for undocumented persons and their families. The numbers left waiting and worrying without a pathway to citizenship, protection from deportation, or the ability to work under the Trump Administration has only increased with the limitations on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for certain countries. Without a solution, many are left with questions about how they can survive, resist, and thrive as an undocumented person in the US. If you are undocumented, this guide will help you answer some of those questions by informing you of your continuing rights, benefits, and obligations while you wait for federal legislation.
IMMIGRANTS - NYC preschools are training teachers what to do if immigration authorities come knocking
9/11/19 In this climate of fear, misinformation and rumors can spread in online messages and through word of mouth. But preschool centers are in a unique place to pass along information to families, who may be more likely to trust the advice they get from staff who take care of their children all day. That’s why the Chinese-American Planning Council, a social services provider that enrolls about 300 children in publicly subsidized preschool programs in New York City, is making sure all of its school staffers are ready with information, and even step-by-step plans in the unlikely event immigration agents come knocking.
IMMIGRANTS - New Comienzos Help for Deportees in Mexico
Volunteer program with support, free services and assistance for people deported to Mexico. Al llegar a México después de un largo periodo de tiempo o por primera vez. Nuestros, Dreamers, Personas Repatriadas y familias binacionales se encuentran con muchos problemas para re-adaptarse a la vida en México. Tenemos varios servicios gratuitos para ellos. Queremos asistirlos en la reintegración a la sociedad mexicana y ayudarles a que persigan y cumplan sus metas y objetivos. Queremos demostrar de que el sueño americano también en México se puede lograr empoderandolos un paso a la vez.
IMMIGRANTS - 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. Key Words:
IMMIGRANTS - USCIS Online Detainee Locator System
Use this page to locate a detainee who is currently in ICE custody. Cannot look for records of persons under the age of 18. Search by A-Number or Biographical Information.
IMMIGRANTS - Why Asian Immigrants Are Uniquely Vulnerable To Trump’s Looming ICE Raids
6/25/19 With ICE raids scheduled to take place in about two weeks if Republicans and Democrats fail to reach a consensus on how to manage the number of people at the U.S. southern border, tensions remain high among Asian immigrants. “The immigration enforcement is not just about the Southern Border but also about the deep impact it’s having on Asian communities,” Jo-Ann Yoo, executive director of the New York City-based social services nonprofit Asian American Federation (AAF), told HuffPost in an email. “We know the faces and stories of those who live under deportation orders, many who are working through the legal system to seek recourse from being separated from their families.” Key Words: Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, API,
Patient education handouts for families coping with fear of deportation. From the Florida State University Center for Child Stress and Health - part of the Immigrant Child Health Toolkit. Multi-language: Patient Handout English | Patient Handout - Spanish | NAME | Patient Handout - Creole Affect Expression Tool - Spanish | Affect Expression Tool - ENGLISH Key Words: Mental Health, Children, Undocumented, Trauma
RESOURCE - Don't be a Bystander: 6 Tips for Responding to Racist Attacks
A simple primer on how to interrupt racist attacks in public from the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). This video suggests how we can all support a victim without involving police (unless the victim asks). If you are an educator, we strongly encourage you to share this video in your classrooms. Key Words: Islamophobia, Hate Crimes, Advocacy, intervention
RESOURCE - Help for Deported Veterans at the Bunker
12/30/19 TIJUANA, Baja California, Mexico – In a neighborhood just south of San Diego stands a narrow, two-story home connected to a tire shop. It’s where U.S. military veterans go after the country they served deports them and there’s nowhere else to turn. The Bunker offers food, clothing, connection to legal aid, help with Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and even temporary shelter. The center relies on donations to stay afloat, but sometimes Barajas-Varela and Varona have to dip into their own pockets. Officially known as the Deported Veterans Support House, the Bunker is adorned with U.S. flags. Portraits of deported men and women in uniform line the wall above the staircase. Medals, uniforms, photos and discharge papers form a collage of lives spent in the service of a nation that was never legally theirs.
RESOURCE - is dedicated to increasing access to resources and knowledge for the undocumented immigrant community across the U.S. We understand that these times are especially hard on immigrant communities dealing with the unique challenges of coronavirus and immigration status. Regularly updated national and state by state resource guides plus where to get legal help and DACA renewal. Multi-lingual: Spanish Key Words: COVID-19, health, financial, mental health, education
RESOURCE - Notifica App
Notifica is an app by United We Dream that gives you and your family a help button to alert key contacts if anyone is at risk of deportation. Simply create your messages today and you will be ready to press a button for help when you or your family needs it. Alerts are designed to inform family members, legal advocates, and other contacts that the sender may have been detained by the police or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Spanish
RESOURCE - Somos Mexicanos - Help at Mexican Consulate for Mexicans Planning to Return
An initiative of the Mexican government, to provide Mexicans who have voluntarily and involuntarily returned to Mexico with comprehensive care, through an inter-institutional and coordinated model to assist with short term to their social integration. Spanish Un Iniciativa del INM que tiene como objetivo brindar a los mexicanos que han retornado voluntaria e involuntariamente una atención integral, a través de un modelo interinstitucional y coordinado que contribuyan en el corto plazo a su integración social.
RESOURCE - What to Know About Immigration Raids
March 2017 comprehensive booklet created by the Santa Clara County Office of Immigrant Relations, that compiles information and resources that should help you respond if ICE conducts raids in your community, including a documents check list, multi-language Know Your Rights (English, Spanish and Arabic) preparing a family plan, Plan for Children's care, legal forms, contact information and more.
EDUCATION - Guidance and Model Policies to Assist California’s Colleges and Universities in Responding to Immigration Issues
10/2018 This advisory to CA Community Colleges provides information regarding recent California “sanctuary” jurisdiction legislation that prohibits state and local agencies from using resources to further certain federal immigration enforcement efforts. Senate Bill 54 eliminates state and local law enforcement discretion to use money and personnel to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect, or arrest persons, or to conduct other activities for immigration enforcement purposes. (Govt. Code, § 7284.6.) The legislation applies expressly to community college police.
EDUCATION - Guidance and Model Policies to Assist California’s K-12 Schools in Responding to Immigration Issues
4/18 Immigration enforcement threats have led immigrant families to ask whether it is safe to send their children to school. Although CA cannot control the actions of federal immigration enforcement agencies, federal and California laws empower schools to welcome all students and to reassure them of their educational rights and opportunities. Under the U.S. Constitution, all students have a right to receive an education without discrimination based on immigration status. Key Words:
MENTAL HEALTH - Video- Consejos para combatir el estres y la ansiedad
El aislamiento durante la crisis del coronavirus ha creado una situacion estresante y llena de ansiedad. Escuche unos sencillos consejos de una psicologa familiar para hacer mas llevadero este periodo. From the American Red Cross, Texas Gulf Coast Multi-Language: Spanish Key Words:
IMMIGRANTS - Children as Bait: Impacts of the ORR-DHS Information-Sharing Agreement
In May 2018, an agreement went into effect, requiring the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to report broad information about children to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agencies within DHS. According to this survey by The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) and the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), changes to the reunification or sponsorship vetting process are resulting in fewer potential sponsors—including parents, legal guardians, and close relatives such as siblings—are coming forward or completing the sponsorship vetting process out of fear that their information will be sent to CBP or ICE for immigration enforcement purposes.
IMMIGRANTS - Detained or Deported: What About My Children? Parental Rights Toolkit
4/20 The Women's Refugee Commission (WRC) publishes a guide to help asylum seekers maintain custody of their children, available in English and Spanish, in every immigration detention center in the United States. Key Words: KYR, Informed Immigrant
IMMIGRANTS - Facts about Mandatory Detention
Mandatory detention is the practice of imprisoning an individual without any consideration of whether incarceration is necessary or appropriate. Current U.S. immigration policies require whole categories of non-citizens to be imprisoned without any individual assessment of their risk to public safety or flight or of their vulnerability in detention while the government tries to prove that it has the authority to deport them. This 2017 Fact Sheet from the Detention Watch Network outlines the practice and justification. Key Words: Undocumented, deportation
IMMIGRANTS - Forms of Identification for Undocumented Immigrants
Alternative identification cards can enable immigrants to enjoy great benefits other residents also enjoy and they can help facilitate their abilities to cooperate with local law enforcement in resolving crimes and other safety concerns. Description of various types of ID available and accepted in different cities and states. Provided by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.
IMMIGRANTS - Mexican Consulate - Protecioón Consular
It is the function of the Mexican Consulate to protect and defend the rights of Mexican Citizens outside of Mexico, regardless of their immigration status. Links to resources and information for unaccompanied minors and families, problems outside of the country, and preparation for travel. (Conoce el trabajo que realizan nuestros consulados para proteger y defender tus derechos como mexicano, fuera del pais, sin importar tu situacióon migratoria) Multi-lingual - Spanish
IMMIGRANTS - National Map of Local Entanglement with ICE
11/13/19 The interactive map from ILRC represents the degree to which local policies limit assistance in immigration enforcement, based on FOIA data we received from ICE, as well as our own expertise in local and state laws and policies relating to immigration enforcement. We update the map regularly as the laws shift and grow. State and local governments across the country have created their own check on federal demands to coopt local law enforcement: sanctuary policies. Sanctuary policies take many forms, but broadly act to limit the participation of local agencies in helping with federal immigration enforcement. This map looks at what those policies do, where they are, and just as importantly, where they aren’t. Jurisdictions that have not enacted sanctuary policies are providing unnecessary, sometimes illegal, assistance to ICE. Key Words: Know Your Rights, KYR
IMMIGRANTS - Profiling Who ICE Detains - Few Committed Any Crime
6/30/18 The vast majority (58%) of individuals in ICE custody June 30 had no criminal record. An even larger proportion—four out of five—either had no record, or had only committed a minor offense such as a traffic violation. This left just one out of five who had been convicted of what ICE classified as a felony. Of these only 16 percent were what ICE defines as a serious, or Level 1, offense. Even among Level 1 offenses ICE included crimes such as "selling marijuana" which many states have now legalized. Key Words: Research, demographics
IMMIGRANTS - Santa Clara County Upholds Sanctuary Policy; No Cooperation With ICE
6/4/19 SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — Santa Clara County will not be providing any special cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials when potential illegal immigrants are about to leave county jail, even in the cases of violent offenders. The Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted 5-0 to uphold their existing policy of non-cooperation with ICE. Key Words:
IMMIGRANTS - Uno x Uno Deportation Defense Project Fillable Form for Deportation Case Evaluation
Jan 2016. The Uno x Uno Deportation Defense Project Intake Form is created to document cases and support people in deportation proceedings in understanding their case and evaluating their options. Please fill out the information in the intake to get an evaluation of your case. Multi-language: Spanish
IMMIGRANTS - Untangling The Immigration Enforcement Web
9/17 Basic Information for Advocates About Databases and Information-Sharing Among Federal, State, and Local Agencies. Report from NILC. We hope that the following questions and answers will give immigrants and their advocates a better understanding of (1) how the exchange of data occurs currently,(2) how to evaluate the potential immigration-related risks and benefits of interacting with federal and state authorities, and (3) how to forge strategies and measures that will protect immigrants more effectively. (National Immigration Law Center). Key Words: Privacy, ICE, DHS,
LEGAL - Legal Aid at Work
3/24/20 COVID-19 Update - If you are having work-related issues due to the coronavirus, call our Work & Family helpline: 800-880-8047 or general helpline: 415-864-8848. Multi-language: English, Spanish, Chinese, Urdu, Vietnamese and Farsi English Coronavirus FAQ | Vietnamese Coronavirus FAQ | Spanish Coronavirus FAQ | Chinese Coronavirus FAQ Key Words: Employment
Legal Aid at Work offers free information online, including our selection of more than 100 detailed and up-to-date fact sheets about specific provisions of the law related to employment. Also English, Spanish and Chinese manuals for employers to protect the rights of their workers.. Spanish | Chinese Workers' Rights Clinic, helplines 415-864-8208 or 866-864-8208 (toll-free) Key Words: ALLIES1, RRN, Rapid Response
The Silicon Valley Pro Bono Immigration Network is an innovative cross-agency collaborative that shares resources and support in order to provide high-quality legal pro bono volunteer opportunities to volunteer attorneys, We believe that there is a plethora of skilled lawyers in the greater Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area who are willing and able to provide this legal assistance – free of charge. Members of the Collaboration: Asian Law Alliance, Bay Area Legal Aid, Center for Employment Training, Tahirih Justice Center,
MENTAL HEALTH - 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
MENTAL HEALTH - Much damage to undo in family separations
8/15/18 We are hearing reunification stories from the front lines. Accounts from families, journalists, activists, political leaders and clinicians tell of the enormous distress that refugee children and parents have endured. Not only young children will show the ill effects of separation and detention. Children of all ages have suffered in different ways depending on age, health and the conditions of separation and detention. But younger children will not grasp why this happened to them as well as older children. Their young minds cannot comprehend immigration policy and enforcement. They'll ask, "What did I do?" or "Why did my mommy or daddy leave me?" Key Words: Mental Health,
MENTAL HEALTH - What the Fear Campaign Against Immigrants Is Doing
7/25/19 According to an Urban Institute report released this week, about one in six adults in surveyed immigrant families say that they or a family member avoided situations where they’d be asked about their citizenship status—routine acts like driving a car, renewing or applying for a driver’s license, or reporting a crime. Almost 8 percent avoided public places, like parks and libraries; about 6 percent avoided talking to doctors or teachers.....But there are signs that the administration’s fear campaign is also affecting “secure” households—ones where every foreign-born member of the family has green cards or are already naturalized citizens. One in nine adults in these households report restricted contact with public resources, too. “That suggests the ripple effects of immigration policies, and the generalized fear in immigrant communities,” Key Words: Public Charge
RESOURCE - San Jose Library Virtual Privacy Lab
Learn about privacy topics and generate a custom privacy toolkit geared towards your online needs. Toolkits include links, tips, and resources that empower you to customize your online identity. Email or print your privacy toolkit for future use. Available to the public. | Spanish | Vietnamese | Key Words:
TRANSLATION - Know Your Rights (KNR) in Mayan
Know your rights in Maya Mam. If you have any contact with la Migra (ICE) or the police on the street, at home, in jail, at work or while driving. Original translation and interpretation in Maya Mam by the International Maya League. Content provided by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network - NDLON. Recording and Editing by International Mayan League/USA Key Words: INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE RESOURCES
IMMIGRANTS - ICE deports dozens of Cambodian refugees
7/3/19 Approximately 40 Cambodians, some of whom have never set foot in Cambodia, were deported on Monday following targeted raids conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to immigration advocates. These deportations have become routine in Cambodian communities across the country, as the Trump administration has ramped up its immigration enforcement. In fiscal year 2018, a record 110 Cambodians were deported, compared to just 29 and 74 in the two previous fiscal years. Key Words: Asian, API
LEGAL - 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
LEGAL - Helping Immigrant Clients with Post-Conviction Legal Options: A Guide for Legal Services Providers
6/2019 For non-citizens, even a low level offense like a shoplifting conviction can lead to mandatory deportation. However, this can be avoided when people secure post-conviction relief to erase or modify their old convictions. If the convictions are vacated, or the sentences reduced, the grounds for removal often evaporate. This guide, created by the ILRC and Californians for Safety and Justice, is an effort to turn these “rare cases” into the rule, rather than the exception, by helping to build the capacity of legal service providers and pro bono attorneys to provide post-conviction relief to immigrants who would face certain deportation without it. Key Words:
LEGAL - Legal Liabilities for Local Governments that Choose to Enforce Fed Immigration Detainer Requests
3/18 This new report: 1) outlines the constitutional and legal framework governing ICE's detainer requests to law enforcement agencies to engage in arrests and detention for civil immigration purposes; 2) places ICE's recent and current detainer practices in historical context; 3) outlines the legally defective ways this and previous administrations have attempted to package these practices, and 4) discusses the non-legal consequences of local law enforcement officers acting as immigration agents. Prepared by collaboration of: National Immigration Law Center, Southern Poverty Law Center, American Immigration Council, American Immigration Lawyers Assoc, and the Nat. Immigrant Justice Center.
CHILDREN - A Guide to Creating “Safe Space” Policies for Early Childhood Programs
Early childhood programs play an important role in the lives of young children and their families. But in our current immigration policy climate, families across the country are questioning whether it’s safe to attend or enroll. Providers can take steps to protect families’ safety and privacy by implementing policies that designate their facilities as a safe space from immigration enforcement. This guide from CLASP explains federal agency guidance related to “sensitive locations,” provides information about designing and implementing “safe space” policies, and includes sample policy text that early childhood providers can adapt for their programs. Key Words:RRN
HEALTH - Healthcare access for Undocumented Folks in the Time of COVID19
If you feel sick, with symptoms of fever and dry cough, do not be afraid to seek medical assistance and call a doctor first. CDC Guide in Spanish Spanish. Although undocumented people are usually not eligible for health insurance, even through ACA, we can still receive health care through free/low-cost clinics that serve the uninsured. Undocumented people are welcome and will not be turned away from free/low-cost clinics. Multi-language. Key Words:
HEALTH - Medical Assistance Programs for Immigrants in Various States
7/20 Federally funded Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) is available to otherwise-eligible “qualified” immigrants who entered the U.S. before August 22, 1996, and those who have held a “qualified” status for five years or longer. Refugees and other “humanitarian” immigrants, veterans, active duty military and their spouses and children, and certain other immigrants can get Medicaid or CHIP without a five-year waiting period. The table describes state policies for providing health coverage to additional groups of immigrants.
IMMIGRANT - Deportation Fears Putting Mental Strain on Hispanic Families
3/1/18 Recent U.S. immigration policy changes are causing significant mental distress for many Hispanic parents in the country, a new study finds. A "substantial proportion" of Hispanic parents surveyed reported that "they are avoiding authorities, warning their children to change their routines and worrying about the future due to recent U.S. immigration policies and news," said study lead author Kathleen Roche. Nearly 40 percent said they often avoided getting medical care, help from police, or support from social services because of immigration actions and news. Key Words: Undocumented, DACA, mental health, anxiety, depression, family, Latino, Disaster
IMMIGRANTS - Gaps in social safety net leave undocumented immigrants most vulnerable in time of crisis
4/9/20 The COVID-19 or “coronavirus” crisis has exposed massive fault lines in U.S. health, economic and labor sectors. With no end in sight, undocumented immigrants are left most vulnerable because of systemic exclusion from health care and social safety nets. ... those without a valid Social Security number (SSN) and work authorization, have been cut out from receiving a single dollar from the COVID-19 Relief programs. Immigrant workers who file their taxes using an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) and families with mixed immigration status will bear the weight of these impacts. If one person in the household lacks an SSN, the entire family (including U.S. citizen children, spouses, and legal permanent residents) is denied access to the cash assistance.
IMMIGRANTS - In Trump era, "Rapid Responders" protect undocumented immigrants from ICE
2/4/18 Less than two years after its inception, the Rapid Response Network of Santa Clara County has amassed a remarkable 700 volunteers - from longtime organizers and faith leaders to grandparents, stockbrokers and stock boys, saleswomen and software engineers - ready to respond to reports of ICE sightings with notebooks and recording devices in hand. Many of the Rapid Responders, like the Lynches, are white U.S. citizens - not directly impacted by the immigration debate - but desperate to find some way to do more than stand by.
IMMIGRANTS - San Jose: Mayor and police chief in crosshairs of immigration debate
6/27/19 Despite Mayor Sam Liccardo denouncing President Donald Trump’s threat of ICE raids in sanctuary cities, local activists say San Jose lawmakers and police must do more to build trust with the undocumented community. Immigrant rights advocates say Liccardo and San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia’s comments on Santa Clara County’s proposal to amend its ICE detainer policy stirred more distrust of authority among immigrants in San Jose. During a rally dubbed “Enough is Enough” on Tuesday, several speakers expressed concern over inconsistent statements from the city and law enforcement. They say it has generated fear among undocumented residents toward local authorities.
LEGAL - A Guide to Representing Asylum Seekers in Expedited Removal and Reinstatement of Removal Proceedings
6/18 Ordinarily, when immigrants are facing deportation, they are placed in removal proceedings pursuant to Section 240 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), or “Section 240” proceedings. In Section 240 proceedings, immigrants appear before an immigration judge (IJ), who must provide them a fair and neutral opportunity to present their case, and they have the right to bring an attorney to represent them. If the IJ denies them relief, they can appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and then to a federal court of appeals.4 Unfortunately, many asylum seekers do not receive these basic procedural protections because they are subject to “expedited removal” proceedings or “reinstatement of removal” instead of a Section 240 proceeding.
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, API
LEGAL - Freedom for Immigrants
COVID-19 The Freedom100 Fund maintains a revolving loan fund for bonds. Each person bonded out is provided with case management support, including housing, connections to attorneys, transportation, and mental health services for the best chance of winning their cases. The Freedom for Immigrants Direct Support Fund provides financial support to people in immigration detention, recently released from detention, and their families. Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC). Grants of up to $500 to help detainees and their families. The National Detention & Abuse Reporting Hotline at 209-757-3733 or dial 9233 from detention for assistance or to report abuse. Key Words: Legal
LEGAL - National Detention & Abuse Reporting Hotline
The National Immigration Detention Hotline is the nation’s largest immigration detention hotline, connecting immigrants in detention to their family, resources, and abuse documentation support at no cost to them. Call: 9233 (from inside detention) and 209-757-3733 (from outside). Staffed by the Freedom for Immigrantsteam of highly trained multilingual advocates across the country. We receive between 600 to 14,500 calls per month from people in immigrant prisons and jails around the country. We have received calls from immigrants from 148 countries that speak 80 different languages. Multi-lingual
LEGAL - Southeast Asian Raids - Resources for Refugees Facing Deportation to Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos
Resources for Refugees Facing Deportation to Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has carried out a series of devastating raids on Southeast Asian refugee communities. This website was created by non-profit and community organizations to provide resources and up to date information to people facing deportation to Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, API.
LEGAL - Stop Hate Project / Lawyers’ Committee HOTLINE
The Lawyers’ Committee serves as a resource for organizations and individuals combating hate crimes 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. Resource and reporting hotline for hate incidents: 1-844-9-NO-HATE (1-844-966-4283).
LEGAL - TRAC (Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse)
TRAC is a data gathering, data research and data distribution organization at Syracuse University. TRAC-Immigration, deals in-depth with how our nation's immigration laws are enforced in administrative and criminal courts by a wide variety of agencies. Reports include records of individual judges. A reference library containing government immigration studies and a glossary are also maintained. Other TRAC Data and reporting sites include: Web sites describing the enforcement activities and staffing patterns of the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Key Words: DHS, DEA, FBI, IRS, ATF, FOIA, DEMOGRAPHICS
MENTAL HEALTH - Fear compromises health, well-being of immigrant families, survey finds
12/15/17 Immigrant families....are living with heightened fear and uncertainty because of stricter immigration policies and increased enforcement under the Trump administration, according to a report released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The fear, and the stress it creates, is compromising children's health, possibly for the long term, the report said. It is also causing some parents to forgo health care or withdraw from public health programs such as Medicaid, which covers people with low incomes, and Women, Infants and Children, which provides nutritional assistance.
RESOURCE - 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
SCC RRN Receives the Change Maker Award from the SVCN
5/18 Santa Clara County Rapid Response Network (RRN) was one of the local collaborations recognized as 'change makers'. The SCC RRN and hotline, a collaborative project led by Sacred Heart Community Service, PACT, Pangea Legal Services, LUNA, SIREN, CLESPA, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, the South Bay Labor Council, the Mexican Consulate, City of San Jose Office of Immigrant Affairs, and the SCC Office of Immigrant Relations, aims to expand the community's capacity to monitor and document ICE operations in real time. Through training, thousands of community members are ready to support immigrant families and protect their constitutional rights as our County is targeted for deportations.
3/10/17 Te U.S. government reported a 5-fold increase in the number of electronic media searches at the border in a single year, from 4,764 in 2015 to 23,877 in 2016. Every one of those searches was a potential privacy violation. Our lives are minutely documented on the phones and laptops we carry, and in the cloud. Our devices carry records of private conversations, family photos, medical documents, banking information, information about what websites we visit, and much more. Moreover, people in many professions, such as lawyers and journalists, have a heightened need to keep their electronic information confidential. How can travelers keep their digital data safe?
LEGAL - Sanctuary Policies: An Overview
2/25/17 Report from the American Immigration Council - Over the past several decades, many states, counties, and cities have adopted a variety of policies intended to serve and protect all of their residents, regardless of immigration status. These laws, policies, or resolutions are sometimes referred to as "sanctuary" policies, although no legal or standard definition of the term exists. There are many reasons jurisdictions adopt "sanctuary" policies, such as: strengthening resident-police relations and ensuring that all people feel comfortable reporting crimes, regardless of immigration status; and protecting police agencies from liabilities resulting from local enforcement of federal immigration laws.