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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.

2019 Guide to Creating “Safe Space” Policies for Early Childhood Programs
This guide from CLASP (Center for Law and Social Policy) provides practitioners, advocates, and policymakers with information and resources to design and implement “safe space” policies that safeguard early childhood programs against immigration enforcement. It includes three parts. 1.Overview of “safe space” policies 2. Template “safe space” policy 3. Key resources for parents and providers .Key Words: ALLIES7

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DHS Sensitive Locations Fact Sheet
Fact sheet from CLASP -The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has longstanding policies that restrict immigration enforcement actions in “sensitive locations.” This means that, except in limited circumstances, immigration agents should not conduct arrests, apprehensions, or other enforcement actions in the following locations: schools, child care programs, school bus stops, health care facilities, places of worship, Religious or civil ceremonies or observances, during public demonstrations. Key Words: ICE, deportation, Multi-language - Spanish

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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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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: ALLIES2

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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.

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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

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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

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SCC Rapid Response Network Training
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

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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.

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Southeast Asian Raids
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.

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U.S. Citizen Children Impacted by Immigration Enforcement
5/18 This fact sheet from the American Immigration Council, provides an overview of the U.S. citizen children who could be impacted by immigration enforcement actions, the challenges and risk factors that these children face, and the existing mechanisms designed to protect children if a parent is detained or deported.

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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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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

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With Contra Costa ICE contract ending, activists push to release detainees
7/16/18 Now that the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office has ended its jail contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, activists who pressured officials to end the partnership are calling on them to release the 169 detainees at the West County Detention Facility before they're transferred out of the region. Civil rights activists from across the Bay Area (concerned that many detainees may be jailed in facilities far away from their families and lawyers) are calling on ICE to speed up their cases and to release eligible detainees on bond. But whether ICE will clear their cases seems unlikely.

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Acting ICE Director attends annual media event of anti-immigrant hate group FAIR
9/12/18 Anti-immigrant hate group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) held their annual media event, “Hold Their Feet to the Fire,” in Washington, D.C., September 5 and 6. The convening regularly brings together radio hosts, nativist hate groups and politicians. Among the attendees was Ronald Vitiello, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On September 5, as highlighted by America’s Voice and promoted by FAIR, radio host Tom Roten interviewed Vitiello.

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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.

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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

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Family Preparedness Plan for Immigrants (English-Spanish-Chinese) ILRC
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 |

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HOW TO TALK TO A CHILD WORRIED ABOUT DEPORTATION
This is a 1-page patient education handout 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. Key Words: Mental Health, Children, Undocumented, Trauma Multi-language: Spanish & Creole

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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 |

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Living in Limbo: Understanding 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.

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New Comienzos
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.

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Preparing for Immigration Raids: What Child and Youth Advocates and Service Providers Can Do
7/22/19 Massive enforcement actions also take a major toll on the organizations that serve children, youth, and families, including child care providers, schools, churches, food banks, and others. These organizations are forced into crisis mode to meet families’ immediate needs and to ensure that families are reunited. Over time, direct service providers bear the added responsibility of mitigating long-term harm to children whose families were needlessly torn apart. CLASP can support children’s and youth organizations in preparing for and responding to immigration enforcement actions in their communities.

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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.

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Somos Mexicanos
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.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Deportation Provision
4/19/18 The April 17 SCOTUS decision Sessions v. Dimaya strikes down part of the Immigration and Nationality Act that authorized the government to deport some immigrants, including lawful permanent residents, convicted of “aggravated felonies.” The Supreme Court took up the issue of whether the term “crime of violence” in immigration cases is unconstitutionally vague. The void-for-vagueness doctrine protects people from being punished or deported based on vague language. The language of the “crime of violence” provision, for example, turned on an assessment of what is “substantial risk” of physical force. The Court held that this language was so vague as to be unconstitutional.

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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.

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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, ALLIES3

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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.

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ICE-Raids-Educators-Guide - Protect & Prepare Youth and Families
6/16 tools and resources to help protect and prepare youth and families in case of an immigration and customs enforcement (ice) raid. This guide was created for educators, school support staff and service providers who teach, mentor and help open the doors of opportunity for undocumented youth and unaccompanied and refugee children currently living in the US. It's critically important that educators, school support staff and service providers know the tools and resources available to help protect and prepare youth and families for an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid.

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The House and Senate speak out against charging migrant parents up to $8/min. to speak with their ki
7/27/18 Immigrants held in detention centers are being charged up to $ 8 per minute to make a phone call to talk to their children, from whom they have been separated by the authorities, under the Zero Tolerance policy. A group of 145 legislators led by Congressmen Jared Polis and Luis Gutiérrez, as well as by Senator Patty Murray, sent a letter to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) to put an end to this practice. Read Entire Letter

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A Judge Has Blocked ICE From Conducting Raids On Cambodian Immigrants, For Now
1/4/19 Federal immigration officials were barred Thursday from conducting any more unannounced raids on Cambodian immigrants living in the US with deportation orders, dealing a blow to the Trump administration, which has significantly stepped up deportations of Southeast Asian immigrants. Deportations from the US to Cambodia increased by 279% in 2018 compared to the previous year. In December, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted its largest deportation flight of Cambodian nationals with 36 people onboard.

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An activist used a legal argument to stop an ICE arrest. He says others should do the same.
3/29/19 A New York activist who successfully prevented the arrest of two undocumented immigrants traveling with him earlier this month says his case underscores the importance of understanding constitutional rights. The efforts of 30-year-old Bryan MacCormack, executive director of the nonprofit organization Columbia County Sanctuary Movement, went viral this week after video showed him refusing to open his car door for Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers attempting to detain two of his passengers. Key Wprds: KYR,

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CA Transparent Review of Unjust Transfers and Holds (TRUTH) Act
On 1/1/2017 the CA TRUTH Act went into effect. It brings transparency to local jail entanglement with immigration enforcement. Provides Know Your Rights to Every Individual. The TRUTH Act would require a local law enforcement agency, prior to an interview between ICE and an individual in custody, to provide a written consent form that would explain the purpose of the interview, that it is voluntary, and that the individual may decline the interview. The bill requires the form to be translated in multiple languages. Key Words: KYR,

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Detained or Deported: What About My Children? Parental Rights Toolkit
This toolkit from the Women's Refugee Committion provides detained and deported immigrant and undocumented mothers and fathers with crucial information they need to protect and maintain parental rights and make well-informed, critical decisions regarding the care and welfare of their children. It includes information on how to get a lawyer, how to stay in touch with children, and how to participate in family court or child welfare hearings. The toolkit also provides officials, attorneys, service providers and family members who work with detained parents and their children with critical information to ensure that family unity and children's best interests are taken into consideration in immigration decisions. Updated Dec 2016 Key Words: KYR, Informed Immigrant

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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

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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.

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ICE USES FACEBOOK DATA TO FIND AND TRACK SUSPECTS, INTERNAL EMAILS SHOW
3/26/18 ICE, the federal agency tasked with Trump's program of mass deportation, uses backend Facebook data to locate and track suspects, according to a string of emails and documents obtained by The Intercept through a public records request. The hunt for one particular suspect provides a rare window into how ICE agents use social media and powerful data analytics tools to find targets.

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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.

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Know Your Immigration Rights In American Sign Language
2 ASL videos from DCARA (Deaf Counseling Advocacy & Referral Agency) with transcripts in English and Spanish: (1) If You Are An Immigrant Here Are 9 Things You Should Know. (2) Know Your Rights When ICE/Police Approaches You.

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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

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Legal Aid at Work
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

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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

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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, ALLIES7

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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

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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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Tips for Coping with Immigration & the Family
This tipsheet from the Child Parent Institute helps parents understand children’s reactions to the fear of separation due to immigration, provides some suggestions for strategies to help manage behaviors and emotions, and suggest resources for community support and creating a family plan.When families include members with undocumented immigration status, this can create fear of separation from loved ones, produce psychological stress, and add economic hardship. Children of all ages and stages of development experience emotional reactions that vary depending on their age. Parents worry about the effects on their children and how to manage children’s emotions and behaviors. Multi-language Spanish

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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

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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: ICE, DHS,

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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,”

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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.

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Northern CA Rapid Response Hotlines and Updated KYR from ACLU
January 2018 - Given recent threats of large scale ICE raids, the ACLU of Northern California wants to make sure you know your rights and have access to rapid response hotlines set up in the Northern California region. Spanish Key Words: Undocumented Immigrants, Deportation, Legal,

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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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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.

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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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Digital Privacy at the U.S. Border PROTECTING THE DATA ON YOUR DEVICES AND IN THE CLOUD
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?

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ICE gained access to Santa Clara County inmates, breaching sanctuary policie
3/27/18 The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office allowed federal deportation officers to enter the jail it operates and interview four inmates this month in violation of the agency's pro-immigrant sanctuary policies, officials said. The interviews occurred March 7 and 8, around the time that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers visited San Francisco County Jail and interviewed an inmate there in a breach of the city's sanctuary rules, which restrict local cooperation in deportation efforts. Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith, in a statement to The Chronicle, said members of her staff 'mistakenly' let ICE officers into the jail. After learning of the incident, she said, the office "reevaluated and strengthened the clearance procedures in which all law enforcement agencies are permitted to enter our facilities."

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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.

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