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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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California leaders call for release of detained Cambodian, Vietnamese immigrants
11/29/17 In a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke earlier this month, the states Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus called on immigration officials to release the detained individuals, saying these immigrants have led productive lives in the U.S. for decades, despite their convictions. Members of the 12-person caucus include Senate Leader Kevin de León and Assemblymen David Chiu, Evan Low, Ash Kalra and Kansen Chu, among others. Several members of Congres, including Rep. Zoe Lofgren and Rep. Ro Khanna, sent a similar letter to DHS on Nov. 9.
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) 2017
The EITC or EIC, is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. To qualify, you must meet certain requirements and file a federal tax return, even if you do not owe any tax or are not required to file. EITC reduces the amount of tax you owe and may give you a refund. Multi-language: | Spanish | Chinese Traditional | Korean | Russian | Vietnamese |
Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban
12/4/17 The Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries. This is not a final ruling on the travel ban: Challenges to the policy are winding through the federal courts, and the justices themselves ultimately are expected to rule on its legality. But the action indicates that the high court might eventually approve the latest version of the ban, announced by President Donald Trump in September. Lower courts have continued to find problems with the policy.
Judge permanently blocks Trump sanctuary cities order
11/20/17 A federal judge on Monday permanently blocked President Donald Trumps executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities, handing Santa Clara County a victory in a landmark lawsuit. Orricks ruling came in a lawsuit filed by Santa Clara County in February, which was joined by the city and county of San Francisco.
SCC Organizations Launch Rapid Response Hotline to Support Community and Keep Families Together
6/22/17 SAN JOSE, CA Community leaders and immigrant empowerment organizations reaffirmed their commitment to keeping families together and supporting those impacted by immigration enforcement today at a press conference launching the Rapid Response Network hotline in Santa Clara County. This Hotline can be called for immediate support if ICE comes to your home, workplace or neighborhood, or to report a raid. Call (408) 290-1144 This is not a general information hotline. Key words: RRN, Spanish This is a collaborative project led by Sacred Heart Community Service, Pangea Legal Services, PACT, SOMOS Mayfair, LUNA, SIREN, South Bay Labor Council, CARAS/SEIU, Diocese of San José, City of San Jose Office of Immigrant Affairs, and Santa Clara County office of Immigrant Relations.
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
California Immigrant Guide
2017 In an effort to integrate immigrants, CA has developed innovative services that help immigrants become part of the social, economic and civic fabric of our state. This guide features services that help immigrants thrive and succeed in their paths towards integration. Immigrants seeking help with English language learning, workforce skill development, naturalization preparation or legal assistance, can find information on available services throughout the state. The guide will serve as a bridge that can help immigrants fully participate in life in California. Key Words: Directory Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Arabic , Armenian, Farsi, Khmer (Cambodian),
California business leaders call on Congress to pass Dreamer legislation
11/21/17 A bipartisan coalition of California business leaders said Tuesday that hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars are at stake if Congress fails to pass legislation salvaging DACA, the program that has let hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants stay in the U.S. President Donald Trump on Sept. 5 announced he was phasing out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in the next six months, giving Congress a last-ditch opportunity to step in during that time. The business leaders urged Congress to act by the end of the year.
Effects of Sanctuary Policies on Crime and the Economy
4/17 To understand the effects of having a sanctuary policy, we statistically match counties based on a broad range of demographic characteristics and then compare sanctuary counties to non-sanctuary counties to better understand the effects that sanctuary policies have on a local jurisdiction. The data are clear: Crime is statistically significantly lower in sanctuary counties compared to non-sanctuary counties. Moreover, economies are stronger in sanctuary countiesfrom higher median household income, less poverty, and less reliance on public assistance to higher labor force participation, higher employment-to-population ratios, and lower unemployment.
The case for immigration
9/3/17 The contemporary debate around immigration is often framed around an axis of selfishness versus generosity, with Donald Trump talking about the need to put America first while opponents tell heartbreaking stories of deportations and communities torn apart. A debate about how to enforce the existing law tends to supersede discussion of what the law ought to say. All of this misses the core point. Immigration to the United States has not, historically, been an act of kindness toward strangers. Its been a strategy for national growth and national greatness.