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Facebook fundraiser hits $2.5 million to Reunite an immigrant parent with their child
6/18/18 A Silicon Valley couple, horrified at the images of immigrant children being separated from their parents, are marshaling their vast connections in the tech community and beyond to raise $2 million - and counting - to 'Reunite an immigrant parent with their child.' The campaign comes amid an international outcry - from Democrats and Republicans, politicians and religious leaders - over the Trump administration's new "zero tolerance" policy of separating children from their parents when they cross illegally or show up at the border to ask for political asylum. The donations are being sent to RAICES, a Texas nonprofit that offers free and low cost legal services to immigrants. When the Willners' campaign started going viral, RAICES called in volunteers to help execute its new strategy based on the overwhelming influx of donations.

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Faith Leaders Oppose Trump's Immigration Policy Of Separating Children From Parents
6/16/18 A Trump administration policy of separating children from their parents on the U.S. border has prompted a crescendo of criticism among religious leaders. They span different faiths, denominations and ages. Some of them have also helped the president gain support for his base. About 11,000 children are in shelters, according to the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Nearly 2,000 children were removed from the care of their parents and taken into federal custody between April 19 and May 31, an immigration official said Friday.

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House immigration bill threatens to undermine sanctuary city policies
6/16/18 Congressional Republicans are pushing a new tactic to combat sanctuary cities: make it easier to sue them. That effort, part of a major immigration bill in the House of Representatives, threatens to undermine sanctuary policies across California by making jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities liable for some crimes committed by undocumented immigrants they release. The bill, scheduled for a vote next week, also provides a path to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants but restricts legal immigration, limits asylum claims and budgets $25 billion for the construction of a border wall and other border security measures.

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Mountain View school to be named after undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas
6/15/18 A new Mountain View elementary school will be named after Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, documentary filmmaker and immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas, who made waves in 2011 after outing himself as an undocumented immigrant. Vargas, born in the Philippines, moved to the US at the age of 12, settling in Mountain View with his grandparents. He revealed his status as an undocumented immigrant in an essay for the New York Times magazine back when it wasn't common to do so, building an activist movement that would grow in the years to come.

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Sessions Says Domestic Violence Is Not Grounds for Asylum
6/11/18 Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Monday that fear of domestic violence is not legal grounds for asylum in a closely watched immigration case that could have a broad effect on the asylum process, women who have endured extreme violence and the independence of immigration judges. His decision echoes remarks he made earlier Monday morning at a gathering of immigration judges in Virginia. While there, Mr. Sessions said he would soon issue a decision that restores sound principles of asylum and long standing principles of immigration law.

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Trump Administration Launches Effort to Strip Citizenship From Those Suspected of Naturalization Irr
6/11/18 The Trump administration is not only doing everything it can to discourage immigration of all sorts, it intends to launch an effort to identify naturalized American citizens it believes cheated the naturalization process and strip them of their American citizenship. The extraordinary process of denaturalizing an American citizen has occurred very rarely, with the Justice Department filing an estimated 300 civil denaturalization cases since 1990. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director L. Francis Cissna, however, told the Associated Press that the agency is ramping up its efforts to identify citizens who, for instance, assumed new identities in order to avoid deportation and claim a green card or citizenship.

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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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Commentary: How Trump is really changing immigration: Making it harder for people to come here legal
5/13/18 Here's an overview of key ways Trump has made it more difficult and expensive to come here legally for foreign students, skilled temporary workers, green cards holders, refugees and others. Yes, Trump still wants his big, beautiful wall to stop illegal border crossings. But he's been railing against all forms of immigration since his campaign. And he's having a much easier time chipping away at legal immigration than funding his wall. In some cases, the methods are strict quotas or new rules. But paperwork and red tape work, too. For instance, this administration tripled the number of pages in green card applications. Forms for sponsoring a foreign-born spouse are nine times longer than they used to be.

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Raising Teens in a New Country Handbook
Published by the Office of Refugee Resettlement for parents and teens who are new to the United States and for service providers working with them. The handbook covers topics such as cultural identity, discipline, online and cyber safety, dating and relationships, and self-esteem and body image.

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Fraud Alert - Federal Trade Commission warns of new scam from 'Chinese Consulate'
4/28/18 A new scam is making the rounds and this time the scammers claim to be from the Chinese Consulate office. The callers are targeting people with Chinese last names however, anyone can become a victim, according to the Federal Trade Commission. People across the country are getting calls and messages saying they have to pick up a package at the Chinese Consulate office or they need to avoid being in trouble with the Chinese Consulate. The caller then asks for your bank account or credit card information, or they tell you to make a bank transfer to them.

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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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