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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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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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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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New Ruling from Federal Judge on DACA - Renewal Scholarships from Mission Asset Funds
1/14/18 On January 9, 2018 a federal judge issued an order that the Trump administration must maintain the DACA program for the foreseeable future. This impacts any DACA recipient whose permit expired September 5, 2016 or later (whose renewal has not yet been processed OR who has received guidance to re-submit) We recommend those who might qualify to 1. Get your DACA renewal paperwork ready 2. Stay informed on breaking news about DACA 3..Get -approved for a $495 fee assistance grant Apply to Mission Asset Fund on-line. For more information call 415-373-6014 (ENGLISH, SPANISH) OR 415-315-9462 (ENGLISH, SPANISH, CANTONESE) or e-mail programs@missionassetfund.org

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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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San Jose to undocumented immigrants- "We are prepared. You are not alone."
1/24/18 SAN JOSE - In a bold rebuke to President Donald Trump's tough talk on sanctuary cities and widespread rumors that federal raids are imminent, city and community leaders on Wednesday said they are ready to unleash hundreds of volunteers to aid undocumented immigrants targeted with deportation. With cellphone cameras rolling, community volunteers say they have already started documenting action by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, protecting immigrant rights and providing support to those arrested as well as those left behind.

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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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Trump supports path to citizenship for dreamers if Wall is Funded
1/25/18 WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is proposing a path to citizenship for an estimated 1.8 million young undocumented immigrants in exchange for hard-line steps to increase border security and curb legal immigration, a trade-off swiftly opposed by key Democrats. The plan offers a citizenship path to more than twice as many dreamers as were enrolled in a deferred action program Trump terminated in September, a move that is likely to engender fierce blowback among some conservatives, especially in the House.

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US lifts ban on refugees from 'high-risk' nations but pledges tougher scrutiny
1-29-18 The Trump administration said Monday that it will resume accepting refugees from 11 nations whose applicants it designated 'high-risk,' and will implement tougher screening procedures to weed out potential extremists and criminals. Would-be refugees fleeing some of the world's most searing conflicts will face more extensive background checks from U.S. screeners, according to senior administration officials, and the government will move to implement what it characterized as a more rigorous model for identifying possible threats. The Trump administration has refused to identify the 11 nations it considers high-risk, citing 'law enforcement sensitivities.' But officials with knowledge of the list say it includes Egypt, Iran, Libya, South Sudan, Yemen, Sudan, Iraq, Mali, North Korea, Somalia and Syria. Key Words: Muslim Ban

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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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Los Gatos synagogue sets up refugee sanctuary
1/5/18 The sanctuary building at Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos serves many purposes; it's where weekly services and special events such as bar mitzvahs are held. Now, the building also houses a sanctuary apartment, where an individual or a parent with one child can stay when in danger of being deported. "Once they're here they're safe, but if they leave they could be apprehended" Shir Hadash congregant Debbie Coutant said. "ICE has something called sensitive locations'synagogues, churches, healthcare facilities and schools' and they won't go into any sensitive locations."

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