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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.

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Since 2001, ImmigrantInfo.org has maintained an in-depth, searchable database of current ESL and citizenship classes in Santa Clara County, CA.

Over time we added a categorized/searchable database of over 500 links to local, state and national government, educational, and non-profit resources used by immigrants, advocates, caseworkers, policy-makers, researchers, students and teachers.

We also post research, demographics and photos to expand awareness and understanding of our diverse populations and the value that they bring with them from all over the world.

We have created a community calendar for Santa Clara County immigration and citizenship related events, as well as non-political ethnic celebrations and holidays. Future plans include initiating a blog sharing immigrant stories and perspectives for a deeper understanding of the experience we are all sharing.

We invite the submission of information about news, classes, resources, and community events of interest to Santa Clara County immigrants.

In the News

San Jose, Santa Clara County approve plans to protect immigrants under Trump presidency
1/10/17 SJ Mercury News - City and county leaders Tuesday approved measures to protect undocumented residents from deportation under President-elect Donald Trumps administration, an approach in helping what lawmakers called Silicon Valleys most vulnerable population. SJ city leaders approved a communications campaign to educate immigrants about their rights, working with schools to craft safety plans, and easing restrictions to allow churches to provide sanctuary to undocumented residents if deportation sweeps occur.
South Bay schools guard against Trump-inspired raids, hate
1/17/17 SAN JOSE  Worried about possible increase in deportations, efforts to register Muslims, and a growing climate of harassment, Bay Area school districts have rushed to declare their campuses safe zones for the diverse families they serve. On Wednesday, 14 groups including the South Bays largest school districts and labor unions will join immigrant-rights advocates to announce school safe zones and explain the need for them. Key Words: Sanctuary, student
Talking to Children About the Election: A Message from the AAP
In the aftermath of the national election, many parents and caregivers are wondering how to speak to their children about the results, how to help their children cope with disturbing rhetoric, and how to explain news reports of protests. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is doing everything we can as a national organization to represent the needs of children to our newly elected leaders and recognize the importance of making sure children feel safe and protected in their day-to-day lives. Here are some ways you can serve as a source of reassuring comfort and safety for your children. Key Words: Mental Health, Counseling Multi-language: Spanish
The Criminalization of Immigration in the United States
7/13/15 Report from American Immigration Council - For more than a century, innumerable studies have confirmed that immigrants are less likely to commit serious crimes than the native-born, and high rates of immigration are associated with lower rates of violent crime and property crime. This holds true for both legal immigrants and the unauthorized, regardless of their country of origin or level of education. In other words, the overwhelming majority of immigrants are not criminals by any commonly accepted definition of the term. For this reason, harsh immigration policies are not effective in fighting crime.
What a Trump Presidency Could Mean for Permanent Residents Who Aren't Citizens by Inauguration Day
Though permanent residents have secured the legal right to live in the United States, theyre not citizenswhich means they do not have the full protections available to citizens, such as the right to vote, travel freely, obtain a U.S. passport or help relatives gain legal status. Most significantly, perhaps, documented immigrants are not granted full protection from deportation. Will their status become more precarious under an administration that has made no secret of its aversion to foreigners?
iAmerica DACA Post-Election Update
Its too early to know exactly what changes will take place after January 20, 2017. But we know that President-elect Trump has promised to cancel every executive action issued by President Obama, including immigration executive actions, on his first day in office. That means that the 740,000+ people who received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) need information to make important decisions. Here is information that will help you make decisions about DACA between now and January 20, 2017. Stay informed and keep checking as this information may change if President-elect Trump makes new announcements.
Asians, Many Out of Shame, Not Seeking US Deportation Protection
While an estimated 80% of eligible Mexicans and Central Americans have applied for DACA, according to the nonprofit Asian Americans Advancing Justice less than 20% of Asians have sought protection. Many cite shame over their unauthorized status as well as trouble locating documents as reasons they are not applying.
Dreamers lose legal status and jobs in renewal delay
Oct 28, 2016 The temporary legal status of thousands of DACA recipients nationwide has expired due to backlogs at the federal agency that processes requests for renewal. In what appear to be the longest delays in the four-year history of the program, young professionals are losing their jobs, their incomes and their benefits.
Notario Fraud Victims Sought
The SCC Sheriff's Office Notario Investigations Unit is seeking the publics help to identify potential victims of immigration fraud. James Lopez was arrested on October 25, 2016 for illegally providing immigration services in Campbell, CA. Lopez may have provided improper services to nearly 1000 individuals. For additional information about immigration service fraud, visit the Sheriffs Web Site If you are a victim of immigration service fraud, please call 408-808-4599 or email us at: Tips@Sheriff.sccgov.org Key Words: Santa Clara County
Rapid Response Fund for Movement Building
The Fund will provide one-time small grants in the range of $3,000 to $15,000; grant decisions will be made within 30 days. The Fund intends to support proposals that respond to an unexpected moment or opportunity for advocacy or mobilization to advance racial and economic equity at a neighborhood, city or county level. This is a time-sensitive fund that is responsive to and shows solidarity with the communities we serve. Multi-language: | Spanish |
SCC Public Forum on Immigrant Issues after 2016 Presidential Election
On Thursday, December 15, 2016, the Children, Seniors, and Families Committee will convene an Immigration Hearing during its regularly scheduled meeting. The Committee meeting will take place from 1:00-4:00PM at the Board Chambers of the Santa Clara County Building on 70 West Hedding Street. The Immigration Hearing will begin no sooner than 2:00 pm. The hearing is to provide a forum for County leadership, elected and appointed officials, service providers and the community at large to provide testimony on emergent immigration issues in light of the 2016 Presidential election and to determine the next steps for an immigration communication and services plan for Santa Clara County. Key Words: Post-Election,
SHOULDER TO SHOULDER
11/18/16 Division, fear, anger and distrust threaten our nation. Our Muslim neighbors have reason to fear for their safety and that of their children. Hate crimes targeting Muslims and other people in our communities have surged in the past year. American Muslim communities have been further victimized by a wave of hate crimes since the election. We, the religious institutions of this great nation, stand shoulder to shoulder with each other in support of our Muslim brothers and sisters. Key Words: Positive, Interfaith
Thousands of Children Now Covered in Access to Counsel Lawsuit
Last week, a federal court certified a class in a lawsuit challenging the federal governments failure to provide legal representation to children in deportation proceedings. Several thousand children are estimated to be members of the class. The class covers all children in the 9th under 18 who are in immigration proceedings in the Ninth Circuit on or after June 24, 2016; lack counsel; are unable to afford legal representation; and are potentially eligible for asylum, related relief or U.S. citizenship. The 9th Circuit covers (HA, AK, AZ, MO, CA, WA, OR, ID)
After lawsuit, CA pledges new support for English Learners in School
Sept 2016 - For at least a decade, according to the federal government, tens of thousands of English learners in elementary, middle and high school received no services to help them learn the language and keep up academically while they did, even though the law required that they get it. Under pressure from a lawsuit and federal authorities, California pledged Friday to make sure that all 1.4 million students who are English learners receive special academic help.
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) 2016
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 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 |
SCC Better Health Pharmacy
In March, 2016, Santa Clara County Public Health Department opened the first free pharmacy. Non-controlled medications that have been donated will be provided free of charge to anyone with a valid prescription and an ID. No requirements re residency, immigration status, insurance. Check inventory in advance - varies based on donations. Languages: Hyperlink | English | Spanish | Vietnamese | Chinese |
CA farmworkers could see overtime expanded in the next decade after historic Assembly vote
8/29/16 In a historic win for farmworkers, California lawmakers on Monday passed legislation that would expand overtime pay for more than 825,000 laborers who bring produce to stores and tables across the state.
Santa Clara County Traffic Amnesty Program
Oct, 2015. SCC Traffic Amnesty website - Between October 1, 2015 and March 31, 2017 some people with unpaid tickets whose fines were originally due to be paid date on or before January 1, 2013, who have not made a payment after September 30, 2015, maybe eligible to have both their debt reduced by 50 or 80 percent depending on income and their driver's license reinstated. Check for details and exceptions.
Searching for Sanctuary - ILRC Analysis of US Cities & Counties
1/2017 ILRC identified seven different types of policies to consider in assessing the extent of local assistance with immigration enforcement in different jurisdictions. We used these factors to evaluate the extent to which local law enforcement agencies offer voluntary assistance to ICE. Without enacting policies to preserve local resources and safety for the entire community, regardless of immigration status, local law enforcement will continue to be extensively involved in deportations. Key Words: Immigrant Legal Resource Council
Egyptian Immigrant launched a website so people can invite refugees to stay in their homes
8/25/16 An Egypyian immigrant has opened his apartmentto refugees and domestic violence victims free of charge, and hes launched a website to help Americans across the country do the same. The concept of his site, called EmergencyBnB, resembles Airbnb, where people list their homes or a bedroom for travelers to rent by the night. But on EmergencyBnB, no money is exchanged and the people looking for places to stay are often in a crisis with nowhere to go.
Full Scope Medi-Cal Expands To ALL Immigrant Children
Mar. 2016. As of May 1, 2016 all CA children are eligible for full scope MediCal, regardless of immigration status. Currently, children and adults in the country illegally qualify for limited Medi-Cal coverage, which covers emergency and pregnancy-related services. Enrollment help is free from local health clinics and community groups. Visit http://www.cchi4families.org/find-help for local resources. Advocates and state officials also want you to know that enrolling your kids should not lead to negative consequences for you  or other members of your family  who may not have legal immigration status.
New California Laws Protecting & Providing Humanitarian Relief for Immigrant Youth
Jan. 2016. On January 1, 2016 two new laws New California Laws Protecting & Providing Humanitarian Relief for Immigrant Youth took effect. AB 899 is a new law that clarifies that California law does not permit the automatic sharing of confidential information from juvenile court proceedings with any federal official, including immigration officials. AB 900 is a new California law that will provide better support and protection for unaccompanied, undocumented youth between the ages of 18 and 20 in California.