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Immigrant Info’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.

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Civil rights groups send a message to police about immigrants' Fourth Amendment rights
3/8/18 The federal government's attempt to enlist local law enforcement officials to detain immigrants could put local police departments at risk of legal liabilities, a civil rights group argued in a report released this week. The attention paid to 'sanctuary cities' in the report comes as the Trump administration has imposed financial and legal penalties against police departments refusing to hold immigrants after criminal custody release for potential deportation proceedings. Key Words: ICE, Undocumented, DOJ,

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Court Ensures That Asylum Seekers Will Receive a Fair Opportunity to Apply for Asylum
4/2/18 A federal court judge in Seattle ordered the government to notify asylum seekers that they are required by law to file their asylum applications within one year of their entry, and to adopt and implement a procedure that will ensure that applicants are able to file their asylum applications by the deadline. This decision, issued last week, will impact thousands of noncitizens who have fled persecution in their home countries. Without adequate notice, far too many asylum seekers do not learn about the one-year filing deadline until it is too late and face deportation back to the country that they fled, without ever being able to present their asylum claim. For many asylum seekers who are aware of the requirement and seek to file a timely application, the government imposes additional hurdles that make meeting the deadline an impossibility.

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Court Ruling On Texas Anti-Sanctuary City Law Sets The Stage For More Legal Battles
3/14/18 As Texas prepares to implement a law banning "sanctuary city" policies in that state, immigrant advocates say they will be documenting how the law is enforced as they continue their legal fight against it.

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Court: Immigrant children don't have right to free lawyer
1/30/18 Immigrant children are not entitled to attorneys paid for by the government when facing deportation, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The judges rejected a claim by the American Civil Liberties Union and immigrant groups that children have a constitutional due process right to a free attorney. A system already exists to give the children a fair hearing, and requiring the government to provide free attorneys would be an expense that would strain an already overextended immigration system, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said.

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DACA Frequently Asked Questions - Update Mar 2018
3/2/18 Recent government announcements and court cases on DACA have created confusion around who can apply, when they can apply, and how they can apply for DACA. To mitigate this confusion, ILRC (Immigrant Legal Resource Center) has created an informational FAQ. Please note that DACA cases are still pending in the courts, and information is changing. As of March 2018, the DACA program is still partially available and will continue according to the USCIS guidelines issued in January 2018 while litigation continues.

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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

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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 Trumps 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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ICE gained access to Santa Clara County inmates, breaching sanctuary policie
3/27/18 The Santa Clara County Sheriffs Office allowed federal deportation officers to enter the jail it operates and interview four inmates this month in violation of the agencys 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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ICE is about to start tracking license plates across the US
1/26/18 The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has officially gained agency-wide access to a nationwide license plate recognition database, according to a contract finalized earlier this month. The system gives the agency access to billions of license plate records and new powers of real-time location tracking, raising significant concerns from civil libertarians. Those powers are particularly troubling given ICE's recent move to expand deportations beyond criminal offenders, fueling concerns of politically motivated enforcement. In New York, community leaders say they've been specifically targeted for deportation as a result of their activism. With automated license plate recognition, that targeting would only grow more powerful.

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Justice Dept. to halt legal-advice program for immigrants in detention
4/11/18 The U.S. immigration courts will temporarily halt a program that offers legal assistance to detained foreign nationals facing deportation while it audits the program's cost-effectiveness, a federal official said Tuesday. Officials informed the Vera Institute of Justice that starting this month it will pause the nonprofit's Legal Orientation Program, which last year held information sessions for 53,000 immigrants in more than a dozen states, including California and Texas. The federal government will also evaluate Vera's "help desk," which offers tips to non-detained immigrants facing deportation proceedings in the Chicago, Miami, New York, Los Angeles and San Antonio courts.

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New civic workshop aims to empower Vietnamese Americans
3/3/18 Today, close to 30 South Bay residents are participating in San Jose's Vietnamese American Civic Leaders Academy, a seven-part seminar by VietUnity and the Office of Immigrant Affairs in which they'll learn how to better access city resources. But the sessions will also include discussions on gender justice, racism, housing, education, immigration and deportation - topics that haven't always been openly addressed in the Vietnamese community, particularly among older generations.

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SF woman settles lawsuit for 2014 arrest after police deny her a translator
3/9/18 Advocates for victims of domestic violence and police translation services announced a $50,000 settlement Thursday for a San Francisco woman who said she was sexually assaulted by her ex-partner, and was then arrested by officers who wouldn't provide her an interpreter. Key Words: KYR

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San Jose chief visits Latino congregations to calm fears of deportation and ICE raids
2/12/18 Amid rising anxiety in immigrant communities fueled by deportation fears and increasingly aggressive federal operations, San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia did one of the things he does best. Chief Garcia spoke at a Spanish-speaking mass Sunday at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish to offer assurance that police will not double as immigration enforcers.

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Seattle federal judge orders nationwide halt to immigration ban
2/4/18 In one of the strongest blows yet to President Trump's controversial immigration ban, a federal judge in Seattle on Friday ordered an immediate nationwide halt to enforcement of the order that has caused havoc at airports and sown confusion among thousands of visa holders and refugees. The temporary restraining order from U.S. District Judge James Robart blocks the federal government from enforcing measures that suspended refugee admissions and most other immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries until a new system of "extreme vetting" is put in place.

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Trump Administration May Target Immigrants Who Use Food Aid, Other Benefits
2/9/18 The Trump administration is considering making it harder for foreigners living in the United States to get permanent residency if they have received certain public benefits such as food assistance, in a move that could sharply restrict legal immigration. The DHS has drafted proposed new rules seen by Reuters that would allow immigration officers to scrutinize a potential immigrants use of certain taxpayer-funded public benefits to determine if they could become a public burden. The draft rules are a sharp departure from current guidelines, which have been in place for nearly two decades.

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Anti-Immigration Policies Will be Detrimental to U.S. Economy and Workforce
1/31/18 Economists say deporting undocumented immigrants and restricting immigration will remove billions of dollars from economy and cripple labor market. According to multiple independent studies, the United States stands to lose hundreds of billions of dollars, stagnate its workforce and deplete a wealth of intellectual capital if it pursues proposed deportation goals.

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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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