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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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Bay Area cities brace for ICE sweeps
1/18/18 Fear is growing in immigrant communities that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is getting ready to launch massive raids across California - a threat that activists and politicians say is retaliation against the Golden State's bold 'sanctuary' policies. ICE director Thomas Homan recently told Fox News that the agency will significantly increase enforcement across the state and warned California to 'hold on tight.' And a report by the San Francisco Chronicle this week said ICE is planning raids targeting Northern California cities, with the goal of arresting more than 1,500 immigrants.

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: USCIS Response to January 2018 Preliminary Injunction
1/13/18 Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA. Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017. USCIS is not accepting requests from individuals who have never before been granted deferred action under DACA. Additional information will be forthcoming.

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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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Trump official promises 'a lot more' ICE agents in California
1/7/18 The ongoing battle between California and the Trump Administration over sanctuary cities got even more personal this week after the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement suggested politicians who allow such immigration refuges be charged with crimes. Directing his fire on Gov. Jerry Brown, Thomas Homan told Fox News that Sacramento was a marked city. "California better hold on tight," said Homan, promising to 'significantly increase' his agency's enforcement presence in the Golden State. "They are about to see a lot more special agents, a lot more deportation officers."

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Bay Area Salvadoran community promises to fight Trump announcement
1/8/18 The Trump administration had just announced it will end what is known as Temporary Protected Status for Salvadoran immigrants, forcing nearly 200,000 people, including Velasco and her husband, to choose between voluntarily leaving the U.S. or risking deportation if they stay in a country many have called home for more than a decade. The administration said it will give the Salvadorans until Sept. 9, 2019, to leave the United States or find a way to obtain legal residency, according to a statement Monday from the Department of Homeland Security. The Salvadorans were granted what is known as Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, after earthquakes hit the country in 2001, and their permits have been renewed on an 18-month basis since then.

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DACA ruling gives hope, but no resolution to Dreamers
1/10/18 A momentous court ruling blocking the Trump Administration from rescinding the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program buoyed the spirits of hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants across the country late Tuesday

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Trump Insists Border Wall Money Must Be Part of DACA Deal
12/29/17 President Donald Trump said he would insist legislation extending deportation protection to those brought to the U.S. illegally as children include funding for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump also said he would demand an end to a program that allows immigrants to sponsor family members to join them in the U.S., and a State Department program designed to offer immigrant visas to people from countries with low rates of migration to the U.S.

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Federal judge stops Trump administration from deporting scores of Cambodian immigrants
12/15/17 A federal judge in Santa Ana issued a temporary restraining order Thursday preventing the Trump administration from deporting hundreds of Cambodian immigrants who have been convicted of crimes,

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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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