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Another judge just blocked Trump. His ruling contains a warning.
11/20/18 The decision, by Jon S. Tigar of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, temporarily blocks Trump’s recent executive action barring people from seeking asylum if they did not cross at an official port of entry. The new court decision declares that this order runs afoul of federal law that “has clearly commanded that immigrants be eligible for asylum regardless of where they enter,” noting that the law explicitly says aliens can apply for asylum “whether or not” they entered “at a designated port of arrival.” For a full explainer on what the law says, see this Lawfare piece.

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CA Pretrial Diversion for Minor Drug Charges
1/1/2018 As of January 1, 2018, California will offer a pretrial diversion program to qualifying defendants charged with minor drug offenses. See AB 2082 (2017) (Eggman), amending California Penal Code § 1000 et seq. In this process, defendants will be permitted to plead "not guilty" before they are diverted to a drug education program. If they successfully complete this and other requirements within 12 - 18 months (or more, if they request and are granted more time), then the drug charge/s will be dropped and they will have no conviction from the incident for immigration purposes or any other purpose.

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Civil rights groups send a message to police about immigrants' Fourth Amendment rights
3/8/18 The federal government's attempt to enlist local law enforcement officials to detain immigrants could put local police departments at risk of legal liabilities, a civil rights group argued in a report released this week. The attention paid to 'sanctuary cities' in the report comes as the Trump administration has imposed financial and legal penalties against police departments refusing to hold immigrants after criminal custody release for potential deportation proceedings. Key Words: ICE, Undocumented, DOJ,

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Denaturalization, explained: how Trump can strip immigrants of their citizenship
7/18/18 A new "denaturalization task force" raises questions about who really counts as American. The administration's denaturalization push is working on two levels. As a policy matter, it's relatively aggressive but not unprecedented - and constrained by law from getting too arbitrary. But for many immigrants, those legal constraints provide little comfort. The sense of vulnerability and fear the administration has been able to inspire among immigrants tends to ripple far beyond those who are directly in its sights, and this is no exception.

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Federal Judge Orders that Children Must be Returned to Their Parents Within 30 Days.
6/27/18 Judge Dana M. Sabraw granted a preliminary injunction sought by the American Civil Liberties Union, saying all migrant children separated from their parents must be returned to their families within 30 days, allowing just 14 days for the return of children under age 5. He also ordered that parents be allowed to speak by phone with their children within 10 days. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other top Homeland Security officials have repeatedly insisted the country's immigration impasse requires urgent legislative attention. But the country's border security and immigration agencies now find themselves pressed by Trump's June 20 executive order and the new court order to reunite the migrant families they have spent the past six weeks pulling apart.

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Federal court blocks ICE treatment of asylum seekers
7/2/18 Judge James Boasberg issued a preliminary injunction ordering the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to stop what opponents called the arbitrary detention of legitimate asylum seekers. The case in question continues, but the injunction opens up yet another legal front in the multi-directional battle being waged by the Trump administration over immigration. "This ruling means the Trump administration cannot use indefinite detention as a weapon to punish and deter asylum seekers," said Michael Tan, senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrants' Rights Project.

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Feds Find Legal Orientation Program Increases Detention Time, Chance For Immigrants To Stay
9/5/18 A national program with Arizona roots that teaches detained immigrants how to represent themselves in court narrowly escaped the chopping block earlier this year. A government review has found that people in the Legal Orientation Program spend more time in detention and had a better chance at being allowed to stay in the U.S. The U.S. Department of Justice had planned to stop the Legal Orientation Program in April. But Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed course at the last minute and let it continue while the review went forward.

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H-1B spouses: Bay Area tech workers fear they’ll have to leave
9/15/18 An estimated 100,000 foreign citizens working in the U.S. have been thrown into uncertainty by the federal government’s pledge to bar them from having a job. Since 2015, spouses of H-1B visas with H-4 visas, have been authorized to work in any field as long as their spouses are on track to get a green card. Now, H-4 holders wait and worry, wondering when — or even if — Homeland Security will take action and whether H-4 workers would be allowed to continue working until their visas are up for renewal or barred from employment immediately. Talk of a ban has generated strong support among critics of America’s immigration policies. Key Words: Indian

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H-1B spouses’ work ban rule coming within three months, feds say
9/24/18 Federal authorities planning to ban the spouses of H-1B visa holders from working in the U.S. will submit the new rule within three months, the Department of Justice said in a court filing. Under certain circumstances, government agencies can finalize rules without a public comment period. But U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services director L. Francis Cissna said in a Sept. 6 letter to the Internet Association — which represents major tech firms, including many such as Facebook and Google that rely on H-1B visas for hiring foreign workers — that “the public will be given an opportunity to provide feedback during a notice and comment period on any revisions to regulations that DHS determines are appropriate, including revisions relating to the H-4 Rule.”

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H-1B: As immigration furor roils Silicon Valley, Canada smooths way for techies
10/13/18 Two weeks: That’s how quickly a foreign technology worker in Silicon Valley can get an employment permit from Canada. In the US, that process takes months. As the administration of President Donald Trump has increased scrutiny of H-1B visas for skilled foreign workers and plans to ban their spouses from holding jobs in the U.S., Canada has been moving aggressively to suck top foreign talent out of Silicon Valley and other technology-rich regions of the U.S. Key Words: Immigration, Indian

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H-1B: U.S. officials cracking down on Indian citizens, report says
8/17/18 A crackdown on the controversial H-1B visa intended for skilled workers has struck Indian citizens harder than other foreign nationals, with federal officials hitting them with more visa denials and demands for proof of their eligibility to work. That's according to a report that found U.S. gatekeepers ramping up their rate of visa refusals at the end of last year and slapping applicants from India with more "requests for evidence" of eligibility than applicants from other nations. The increased denials and scrutiny were "likely due to new Trump administration policies," said the group that produced the report, the National Foundation for American Policy.

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How new U.S. immigration policy is hurting domestic violence victims
7-26-18 his month, the Trump administration quietly released a change to longstanding immigration policy that effectively converts many pathways to lawful status into high-stakes gambles that could trigger deportation. Among the pathways most affected are immigration remedies that Congress specifically created for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking who courageously report abuse and help U.S. law enforcement prosecute crimes. The new policy requires U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to initiate removal proceedings against anyone whose petition for immigration benefits is denied and who does not have legal status at the time of denial.

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ILRC DACA Update Augusst 31, 2018
8/31/18 The purpose of this advisory is to provide service providers with an update on the status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and how to counsel clients now. In it we include information on the current status of the DACA program, what to tell clients, factors to consider in deciding when and if to renew DACA, and ideas for what people should do now if they have never had DACA.

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Immigrants and Their Children Use Less Welfare than Third-and-Higher Generation Americans
6/4/18 Research by the Cato Institute shows that immigrants, in the first and second generations consume an average of 33 percent fewer welfare benefits, per capita, than native-born Americans who are in the third-and-higher generations for these TANF (Welfare), SNAP (Food Stamps), SSI and Social Security.

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In America, Naturalized Citizens No Longer Have an Assumption of Permanence
6/19/18 Historically, denaturalization has been an exceedingly rare occurrence, for good reason: by the time a person is naturalized, she has lived in this country for a number of years and has passed the hurdles of obtaining entry, legal permanent residency, and, finally, citizenship. ...the creation of the task force itself is undoing the naturalization of the more than twenty million naturalized citizens in the American population by taking away their assumption of permanence. All of them (all of us) are second-class citizens now.

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It Is Legal to Seek Asylum
7/17/18 As thousands of asylum-seeking parents were separated from their children in recent months, the Trump administration actively portrayed them as law breakers who must be prosecuted and punished for coming to the United States. Left out of the narrative is one well-established fact: it is legal to seek asylum. The Immigration and Nationality Act, which governs our nation's immigration law, makes clear that anyone arriving at the U.S. border or within the United States is permitted to apply for protection. U.S. law embraces both international and domestic legal obligations not to return any person to a place where they face persecution on account of one of several protected grounds.

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Judge Rules USCIS Must Adjudicate Employment Authorization for Asylum Seekers Within 30-Days
8/2/18 A judge ordered last week that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must adjudicate work authorization applications for asylum seekers within the prescribed 30-day deadline. ... Asylum seekers must wait 150 days after filing their asylum applications to be eligible to apply for work authorization. Then, USCIS must act on their applications for work authorization within 30 days after applying. USCIS has regularly failed to adhere to this deadline, often delaying adjudication of applications for months at a time. This delay can cause severe hardship for asylum seekers, many of whom are left in precarious situations with no ability to legally work while their applications are pending.

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LEY Video Toolkit
Feb/2018 LEY (Lawyers Educating You) is a program of the SF Social Justice Collaborative. The LEY Video Toolkit is to educate immigrant communities and guide them through their immigration process. These FREE resources can be shared by allowing community members to watch these videos before conducting a consultation, workshop. English | Spanish | Chinese (Cantonese) | Mam | Key Words: LPR, U-Visa, DUI, Legal, RRN, Asylum

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Lawsuit Charges USCIS Move Against Foreign Students Is Illegal
11/9/18 A US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy memo could bar many international students from the United States. A new lawsuit argues that is actually the goal of the government memo. USCIS has attempted to justify the new action against international students by citing a questionable Department of Homeland Security (DHS) overstay report. The new policy memo drastically reshapes the unlawful-presence policy for F, J, and M visa-holders. Now, instead of the unlawful-presence clock running on the date on which the individual is adjudicated as out-of-status, USCIS will backdate unlawful presence to the underlying facts that give rise to the individual being out-of-status. Key Words: ALLIES5

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Muslim Ban 3.0 Update from CAIR
6/28/18 Since December 4, 2017, the Muslim Ban has been in full effect for certain individuals from: Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. All are facing difficulty in their applications for visas to be united with family, study in the U.S., get medical treatment, or visit for tourism. On June 26, 2018 the Supreme Court issued a decision allowing the Muslim Ban to remain in effect. In this advisory we cover the current status of the Muslim Ban, who is impacted, as well as information about the so-called waiver process. Key Words: Know Your Rights, KYR, Multi-language Arabic | , Farsi | , Somali |, and Urdu versions of this advisory.) Please note that this information is subject to change based on the various legal challenges. We will update you should changes happen.

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Ninth Circuit Declines Second Look at Kids’ Immigration Fight
11/13/18 Toddlers will continue representing themselves in immigration court in the wake of a Ninth Circuit panel’s refusal Tuesday to revisit dismissal of a class action that claimed kids should have court-appointed attorneys in immigration proceedings – a refusal that drew a blistering dissent from five circuit judges. During oral arguments in the appeal, government attorneys told the panel that appointing representation for kids facing deportation would “destroy the framework of the immigration system.”

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Not on our watch': Lawyers fight to keep Trump from dismantling migrant child protections
9/20/18 Now as the federal government works to rewrite the rules spelled out under the so-called Flores Settlement —a lawsuit agreement that settled a 1997 lawsuit over child detentions — she worries what might become of children separated from parents or who have arrived unaccompanied if the Flores protections are diminished. “The obligations are very clear and the government is obligated to issue regulations that are consistent with Flores, all the things it is doing now are seriously inconsistent with Flores; they violate the contract they signed,” Frye told NBC News in a telephone interview.

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Now the Trump administration wants to limit citizenship for legal immigrants
8/7/18 WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is expected to issue a proposal in coming weeks that would make it harder for legal immigrants to become citizens or get green cards if they have ever used a range of popular public welfare programs, including Obamacare... Details of the rulemaking proposal are still being finalized, but based on a recent draft seen last week and described to NBC News, immigrants living legally in the U.S. who have ever used or whose household members have ever used Obamacare, children's health insurance, food stamps and other benefits could be hindered from obtaining legal status in the U.S. Key Words: Public Charge, ALLIES3

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PROPOSED CHANGES TO PUBLIC CHARGE: ANALYSIS and FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
10/10/18 The proposal weighs a range of factors in deciding whether a person is likely to use certain public benefits in the future, and would make it much more difficult for low and moderate-income immigrants to get a green card, extend or change their temporary status in the US. The proposed test would weigh each of the following negatively in public charge decisions: earning less than 125% of the federal poverty level (FPL), being a child or a senior, having certain health conditions, limited English ability, less than a high school education, a poor credit history, and other factors. Key Words: Protecting Immigrant Families Multi-language: Spanish

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Proposed "Public Charge" Rule: Trump Administration Action Targeting Immigrant Families
10/22/18 ?The County provides this FAQ for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. The FAQ represents the County's understanding of existing law and policy, and the likely impact the proposed "public charge" rule would have if it became final as proposed.

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SF judge suspends Trump's decision to end protected status for hundreds of thousands of immigrants
10/3/18 A U.S. district judge in San Francisco has dealt a blow to the Trump administration’s decision to rescind temporary protected status for hundreds of thousands of immigrants. The ruling late Wednesday afternoon will relieve immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan from the threat of deportation. It came in response to a class-action lawsuit alleging that government officials approached their decisions about TPS with a political agenda, ignored facts and were motivated by racism. Administration officials deny those allegations, saying the program was never intended to provide a long-term reprieve.

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Scanning immigrants' old fingerprints, U.S. threatens to strip thousands of citizenship
6/13/18 According to USCIS officials and documents reviewed by The Washington Post, Homeland Security investigators are digitizing fingerprints collected in the 1990s and comparing them to more recent prints provided by foreigners who apply for legal residency and American citizenship. If decades-old fingerprints gathered during a deportation matches those of someone who did not disclose that deportation on their naturalization application or used a different name, that individual could be targeted by a new Los Angeles-based investigative division.

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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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Starting Today (9/12/18), Legal Immigrants Face New Hurdles to Citizenship
9/12/18 Set to take effect today, new changes to U.S. immigration policies appear likely to block increasing numbers of legal immigrants from potential citizenship by ratcheting up penalties for mistakes on applications and then accelerating the process for deportation, according to immigration experts. The new policy language — written specifically to trigger on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — gives broad authority to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service administrators to deny a legal immigrant’s application for a green card or citizenship over simple clerical errors.

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Supreme Court Decision May Make Some Eligible for Relief From Deportation
6/29/18 In an 8-1 decision on June 21, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of an individual previously prevented from applying for a type of relief from deportation known as cancellation of removal. In Pereira v. Sessions, the Court rejected the government's practice of placing non-citizens in immigration proceedings based on a charging document that does not advise of the time and place of a removal hearing.

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Supreme Court upholds Trump travel ban
6/26/18 The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld President Donald Trump's ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries, rejecting a challenge that it discriminated against Muslims or exceeded his authority. Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in a dissent that based on the evidence in the case "a reasonable observer would conclude that the Proclamation was motivated by anti-Muslim animus." She said her colleagues arrived at the opposite result by "ignoring the facts, misconstruing our legal precedent, and turning a blind eye to the pain and suffering the Proclamation inflicts upon countless families and individuals, many of whom are United States citizens."

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The Government Has No Plan for Reuniting the Immigrant Families It Is Tearing Apart
6/18/18 Every undocumented immigrant who enters government custody is assigned what's called an alien number. But the girl's family didn't know hers. Armed with only the girl's name and birth date, Kephart dialed a 1-800 hotline set up by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (O.R.R.), the federal body in charge of handling unaccompanied immigrant children. This hotline, Kephart told me, is difficult to access for parents who are in a detention facility (hold times can last half an hour; it's impossible to leave a call-back number) or who have been deported (international calls are expensive, and 1-800 numbers don't often work from abroad).

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The Government Outlines Its Plan to Extend TPS Benefits Under Court Order
10/26/18 In early October, a federal court ruled that the Trump administration had violated the law when it terminated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for individuals from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. In the short term, USCIS will automatically extend all work permits currently issued to TPS recipients from Sudan and Nicaragua for a six-month period ending on April 2, 2019. Both Sudan and Nicaragua’s TPS designations were set to end before that date; Sudan on November 2, 2018, and Nicaragua on January 5, 2019. Because the ACLU’s lawsuit was filed before the Trump administration ended TPS for Honduras and Nepal, individuals from those countries are still at risk of losing legal status. As the recent caravan has shown, Honduras is still a country suffering from substantial instability, despite the administration’s decision to end TPS for that country.

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To Free Detained Children, Immigrant Families Are Forced to Risk Everything
10/16/18 Under a new Trump Administration policy, family members who come forward to claim unaccompanied minors can now be arrested and deported if they are here illegally. Vetting sponsors has always been predicated on protecting children, not policing sponsors; in the past, officials from the Department of Health and Human Services made a point of stressing their independence from the Department of Homeland Security. “O.R.R. is not a law-enforcement entity,” Robert Carey, the former head of the office, told me. “It’s a social-service provider.” Now, according to advocates, the Trump Administration is manipulating the mission of the O.R.R. “They’ve flipped their mandate from the children’s welfare to immigration enforcement,” Jennifer Podkul, the policy director of Kids in Need of Defense, told me. Key Words: ICE, DHS

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Trump calls for depriving immigrants of due-process rights
6/24/18 In a pair of tweets sent while being driven to his Virginia golf course, Trump described immigrants as invaders and wrote that U.S. immigration laws are a mockery and must be changed to take away trial rights from undocumented migrants. When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came.

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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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Trump promised to end it, but the visa lottery will still raffle off 50,000 green cards
9/27/18 In September, the State Dept announced that it will be issuing 50,000 visas in 2020. Applicants must meet simple but strict eligibility requirements to qualify, according to the State Department, which distributes the green cards among six geographical regions. They must be born in qualifying countries. The countries NOT eligible this period are: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland), and Vietnam. They also must have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent, or 2 years’ work experience over the past five years in an eligible field that requires at least 2 years of training. Online Registration for the 2020 program begins on Oct. 3 and concludes on Nov. 6. Key Words: Immigration,

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Trump’s latest immigration proposal is a looming public health crisis
9/27/18 The Trump administration, which has already implemented a travel ban against five majority-Muslim countries — including Iran — and locked immigrant children in cages, proposed a new rule this month that would punish legal immigrants for accessing basic needs programs. The Department of Homeland Security seeks to deny permanent residency for legal immigrants who have used social service programs, including health insurance, cash and nutrition benefits. These immigrants will not be able to build their lives ..... They will be forced to choose between the programs that help them create a healthy life in a new country and their chance at becoming citizens. Denying access to public needs programs for a significant segment of the population is a looming public-health crisis. Key Words: Public Charge

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U.S. appears ready to cut work permits for immigrants' spouses
3/15/18 A program that has given spouses of certain visa holders documentation to work in the United States is expected to end this year, creating fresh worries for a group of people referred to as "Americans in waiting." The Obama-era program, called the H-4 Employment Authorization Document (EAD), began in 2015 and has allowed about 100,000 immigrants, mostly women, to bring their skills to the workforce. But an announcement this June is expected to reveal details about Trump administration plans to eliminate it.

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U.S. courts abruptly tossed 9,000 deportation cases. Undated Notices to Appear
10/17/18 The Supreme Court case involved Wescley Fonseca Pereira, a Brazilian immigrant who overstayed his visa and was put into deportation proceedings in 2006. The initial paperwork he was sent did not state a date and time of appearance, however, and Pereira said he did not receive a subsequent notice telling him where and when to appear. When he failed to show up in court, he was ordered deported. The Supreme Court ruled that paperwork failing to designate a time and place didn’t constitute a legal notice to appear in court.

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U.S. seeks to reduce waivers for immigration fees
10/4/18 The USCIS is proposing changing the eligibility for fee waivers for lower-income immigrants on the path to legal permanent residency and U.S. citizenship. Immigration advocates say the move is like building an "invisible wall." USCIS announced the change Friday in the Federal Register. Receiving means-tested public benefits from the states would no longer result in automatic USCIS fee waivers, the proposal states. Instead, fee waivers would only be tied to two criteria: the federal poverty threshold or particular financial hardships.

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US launches office to find citizenship cheaters
6/12/18 The US government agency that oversees immigration applications is launching an office that will focus on identifying Americans who are suspected of cheating to get their citizenship and seek to strip them of it. US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director L. Francis Cissna told The Associated Press in an interview that his agency is hiring several dozen lawyers and immigration officers to review cases of immigrants who were ordered deported and are suspected of using fake identities to later get green cards and citizenship through naturalization.

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USCIS’ Wait Times for Citizenship Have Doubled
8/20/18 The average wait time on a U.S. citizenship application was about five months in 2014. Today, the average time a green card holder will wait for their citizenship application to be processed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is 10 months. With the increased wait time, the backlog of pending applications has also grown considerably. In September of 2013, a little over 300,000 citizenship applications were pending. Now more than 750,000 applications are awaiting processing. For those who live in areas where many permanent residents are applying, the wait time can reach up to 17 months.

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What went wrong with Trump's family-separation effort at the border?
7/29/18 They weren't sure who the families were, let alone what to call them. Customs and Border Protection databases had categories for family units, and "unaccompanied alien children" who arrive without parents. They did not have a distinct classification for more than 2,600 children who had been stripped away from their families and placed in government shelters. So agents came up with a new term: "deleted family units". ...Compounding failures to record, classify and keep track of migrant parents and children pulled apart by President Donald Trump's "zero-tolerance" border crackdown were at the core of what is now widely regarded as one of the biggest debacles of his presidency. The rapid implementation and sudden reversal of the policy whiplashed multiple federal agencies, forcing the activation of an HHS command center ordinarily used to handle hurricanes and other catastrophes.

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Beyond Deferred Action: Long-term Immigration Remedies Young Undocumented Immigrants Should Know Abo
Immigrants Rising Guide to the 6 most common legal remedies for Dreamers. DACA is a temporary, discretionary program that could be changed at any time. DREAMers should take this opportunity to consider other longer-term options, and pursue them as appropriate. And for those who do not have DACA, it might offer an alternative. This guide is not intended as legal advice. Links to legal resources are included. Key Words: Asylum, VAWA (or Violence Against Women Act), U Visa Nonimmigrant Status, T Visa Nonimmigrant Status, Family-Based Immigration, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Parole-in-Place, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), Cancellation of Removal for Non-Permanent Residents, LPR, ALLIES3

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Chilling Effects: The Expected Public Charge Rule and Its Impact on Legal Immigrant Families' Public
6-2018 This report from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) analyzes American Community Survey (ACS) data on use of public benefits in the 2014-16 period to assess the current level of benefits use by non-citizens, naturalized citizens, and the U.S. born to understand the potential magnitude of the draft proposed rule's effects. Applying the definition of public charge outlined in the March 2018 leaked draft, MPI estimates the share of non-citizens who could face a public-charge determination based on benefits use would increase more than 15-fold - from 3 percent under current policy to 47 percent under the terms of the draft rule.

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DNA tests for separated families slammed by immigration advocates
7/5/18 Immigration advocates on Thursday criticized the Trump administration's plan to conduct genetic testing on migrant children and parents separated as a result of its "zero tolerance" policy, saying the move is invasive and raises concerns over what the government might do with the biological data. The federal government will be conducting the DNA tests (via a cheek swab) for every detained migrant child and then seeing if the DNA matches that of their purported parents. The move to collect DNA also raises serious concerns about consent for the children involved, said Jennifer Falcon, communications director for the immigrants rights group RAICES.

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H-1B spouse work ban to cost 100,000 their jobs, hurt companies: research
7/2/18 The Department of Homeland Security, citing President Donald Trump's "Buy American and Hire American" executive order, has said it plans to exclude "certain" spouses of H-1B workers from work eligibility. Now, University of Tennessee researchers say that of the 100,000 spouses they expect to lose their jobs if the ban goes ahead, 93 percent are women from India who held successful jobs and often advanced degrees in their native country before coming to the U.S.A. Key Words: ALLIES3, ALLIES5

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H-1B visa alternative 'OPT' sees big drop in growth
7/25/18 ...The Optional Practical Training extension allows foreign students to work during and after their education in the U.S. and workers in science, technology, engineering and math fields can get a special extension. The administration of President Donald Trump has set its sights on the OPT. In January, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration quietly published new rules requiring OPT holders to work directly for their employer, where authorities can conduct inspections, not for third-party clients of an employer. Key Words: ALLIES3, ALLIES5

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How USCIS Estimates Application and Petition Processing Times
7/18/18 This fact sheet from the American Immigration Council provides an overview of how USCIS calculates processing times and the concerns over the accuracy of these estimates. In October 2016, USCIS created a Working Group to address longstanding criticisms of the agency for significantly underestimating the amount of time it takes to complete cases. In response to concerns, USCIS implemented a pilot program on March 22, 2018, to improve the accuracy of its estimates. The agency's program included a new automated methodology for calculating processing times for four types of immigration applications or petitions: N-400, Application for Naturalization; I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card; I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status; and I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.

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Immigration Courts Are Rolling out an Electronic Filing Pilot Program in July
7-6-18 The immigration court system will begin to roll out an electronic filing pilot program in six immigration courts on July 16 this year, representing an important advancement for these courts that still heavily rely on paper documentation. In the long run, the immigration court system plans to make electronic filings before the immigration courts and BIA mandatory for all legal representatives. Electronic filings will be optional for immigrants who do not have attorneys. How unrepresented individuals will access this vital e-filing system, which currently restricts use only to certain registered attorneys and representatives, remains unclear.

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Mission Asset Fund Immigration Programs
For those eligible to apply for Citizenship, Adjustment of status, green card or Temporary Protected Status renewal, MAF offering 0% loans that cover the cost of the USCIS filing fees. Also, 0% interest social loans thru Lending Circles for any purpose, and Business expansion loans with financial education and support, Key Words: ALLIES1, ALLIES3, Credit

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Refugees Contribute: Strategies for Skilled Refugee Integration in the U.S.
11/2017 Report from Upwardly Global - Immigrants and refugees with professional backgrounds face complex challenges to reestablishing their careers - such as a lack of professional networks,language barriers, and unfamiliarity with U.S. job search norms. Refugees, who often have experienced emotional trauma and long employment gaps, must overcome even greater challenges. This report details common barriers that refugees face, and how they can be overcome with targeted interventions.

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SF CAIRS (San Francisco Coalition of Asylee, Immigrant, and Refugee Services)
SF-CAIRS is a multidisciplinary coalition of 20 organizations serving the San Francisco Bay Area asylee, immigrant and refugee community and its service providers. Providing employment, immigration, health care, benefits application, domestic violence, legal asst, educational and vocational training, employment, housing, ESL, Interpretation and other support services. Expanding resource knowledge among service providers about health, employment, social, education and legal services for recent refugees, political asylees and immigrants in the SF Bay Area. The national HQ is located in Washington DC. Key Words: Muslim, SCC, KYR, Know Your Rights, LGBT, ALLIES3 Offices in Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Clara, Multi-language: Arabic , Farsi , Somali , Urdu

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U.S. and Mexico discussing a deal that could slash migration at the border
7/10/18 While President Trump regularly berates Mexico for "doing nothing" to stop illegal migration, behind the scenes the two governments are considering a deal that could drastically curtail the cross-border migration flow. The proposal, known as a "safe third country agreement," would potentially require asylum seekers transiting through Mexico to apply for protection in that nation rather than in the United States. It would allow U.S. border guards to turn back such asylum seekers at border crossings and quickly return to Mexico anyone who has already entered illegally seeking refuge, regardless of their nationality.

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Understanding the Central American Refugee Crisis
2/1/16 American Immigration Council Report - Why They Are Fleeing and How U.S. Policies are Failing to Deter Them. Faced with the increase of Central Americans presenting themselves at the US' southwest border seeking asylum, President Obama and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), specifically, implemented an "aggressive deterrence strategy." A media campaign was launched in Central America highlighting the risks involved with migration and the consequences of illegal immigration. Survey findings suggest is that crime victims are unlikely to be deterred by the Administration's efforts. Further, we may infer from this analysis of migration intentions that those individuals who do decide to migrate and successfully arrive at the US border are far more likely to fit the profile of refugees than that of economic migrants. Upon arrival, however, they are still subject to the "send a message' policies and practices that are designed to deter others rather than identify and ensure the protection of those fleeing war-like levels of violence.

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American Immigration Council Condemns Attorney General's Restriction of Immigration Judges' Authorit
5/17/18 Washington D.C. - Late today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions unilaterally removed immigration judges' general authority to administratively close cases. Administrative closure is an important mechanism that helps overburdened immigration judges control their caseloads by allowing them to temporarily remove a case from an immigration court docket. Judges are then able to prioritize hearings in some cases and pause proceedings for individuals who are awaiting the resolution of other matters relevant to their immigration cases. Ending the use of administrative closure will have far-reaching consequences for those in removal proceedings, including adding tens of thousands of cases to an already over-burdened immigration court system.

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Asian Law Alliance (ALA)
A community law office established in 1977 to provide individual legal assistance, community legal education, and community advocacy for the Asian Pacific American population of Santa Clara County. Legal Immigration and Citizenship services. Member of the SCC Citizenship Collaboration Multi-language: Vietnamese, Spanish, Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin), Tagalog, Korean. and other languages as needed. Key Words: Refugee, Housing, Domestic Violence, Civil Rights, Public Benefits, DACA, SCC OIR List, ALLIES3, RIF

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Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
Citizenship services provided in English and Spanish, including assessment of eligibility, application assistance, interview preparation, ESL and citizenship classes at offices in San Jose and Gilroy. CC provides resettlement and retraining services for refugees and asylees. Deferred Action (DACA), Foster Youth, Unaccompanied Minors, Disaster Casework. Member of the SCC Citizenship Collaboration and CADRE Many other free and sliding scale social programs for children, adults and seniors. | Directory of Social Services | Multi-language https://www.facebook.com/WorkingToEndPoverty/?ref=ts Key Words: ALLIES1, ALLIES3, ALLIES4, ALLIES7, RIF

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Center for Employment Training (CET) Immigration Service
With the support of volunteers and collaborative partners, the Immigration and Citizenship Program is able to provide services in over 20 languages. Full-time staff speak English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. ICP offers immigration legal, citizenship, and English as a Second Language (ESL) assistance. Staff is accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Multi-language Key Words: DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA), Member of the SCC Citizenship Collaboration, SCC OIR List, https://www.facebook.com/CetImmigrationCitizenshipProgram/

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FAMILY CASE MANAGEMENT - a Cost Effective and Humane Alternative for Asylum Seeking Families
9/18 The Trump administration continues to present a false choice between separating asylum-seeking families at the border or detaining them. That premise ignores the many alternatives to detention the government can turn to while an individual or family goes through their asylum or immigration case, and in particular, a program Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operated that was specifically designed for families seeking protection in the United States. For families where the government seeks to mitigate a demonstrated flight risk or who may need additional support, the administration should turn to — and Congress should fund —the Family Case Management Program.

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IRC (International Rescue Committee) - San Jose
Providing Immigration legal services, legal consultations, relative visa petitions, adjustment of status, consular processing, employment authorization, affidavit of support, removal of conditional residence, refugee travel documents, naturalization, alien registration card replacement, freedom of information act request, document authenticity, information and referral. Member SCC Citizenship Collaboration. Multi-language: French, Laotian, Persian, Thai, Vietnamese, Oromo, Somali, Amharic, Assyrian, Arabic. Key Words: Refugee, RIF

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Issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Deportable Aliens
10/1/18 US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) begins implementing the June 28 Updated Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Deportable Aliens Policy Memorandum (PM) An NTA is a document that instructs an individual to appear before an immigration judge. This is the first step in starting removal proceedings. After Oct. 1, 2018, USCIS may issue NTAs on denied status-impacting applications, including but not limited to, Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, and Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status.

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San Jose Immigration Resource Page
2015 - The recent changes to immigration policy have prompted the City of San Jose to work collaboratively with the County of Santa Clara and community based organizations to ensure that our immigrant community receives accurate and timely information about President Obama's executive order. Here you will find information about organizations equipped to serve you and a list of informational events in San Jose. Key Words: SJ OIR

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Services, Immigration Rights & Education Network (SIREN)
SIREN provides free and sliding scale citizenship, legalization and advocacy services to the immigrant community in Santa Clara County, CA. General Phone (408) 453-3003. Immigrant Q&A Line: English & Spanish: (408) 453-3017, English & Vietnamese: (408) 453-3013 Bay Area BIA Accredited Non-Profit Multi-language, Member of the SCC Citizenship Collaboration Key Words: Know Your Rights (KYR), DACA, VAWA,

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Steps to Fight for Political Asylum and to Recover Children for Parents Who Have Been Deported
8/3/18 Dr. Alma Rosa Nieto, Immigration Attorney, spoke with Telemundo on important next steps for how to fight legal cases for reunified families and for deported parents. Key Words: Asylum, Children.

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Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
10/3/18 USCIS Updates on Countries Currently Designated for TPS - Court decision blocks deportation for 6 countries. El Salvador | Haiti | Honduras | Nepal | Nicaragua | Somalia | Sudan | South Sudan | Syria | Yemen |

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U.S. is denying passports to Americans along the border, throwing their citizenship into question
9/13/18 It’s difficult to know where the crackdown fits into the Trump administration’s broader efforts to reduce legal and illegal immigration. Over the past year, it has thrown legal permanent residents out of the military and formed a denaturalization task force that tries to identify people who might have lied on decades-old citizenship applications. Now, the administration appears to be taking aim at a broad group of Americans along the stretch of the border where Trump has promised to build his wall, where he directed the deployment of National Guardsmen, and where the majority of cases in which children were separated from their parents during the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy occurred. The State Department would not say how many passports it has denied to people along the border because of concerns about fraudulent birth certificates. The government has also refused to provide a list of midwives whom it considers to be suspicious.

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US deporting crime victims while they wait for special visa
7/19/18 For victims of crime on U.S. soil who are living here illegally, a special visa program encourages them to help solve their cases and catch criminals, and often provides their only clear path to citizenship. But as Republican President Donald Trump's administration has taken a harder line on immigration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement appears to be stepping up the detention and deportation of people who have applied for the so-called "U visa."

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USCIS - San Jose Office
"Information about the location, hours and services available at the San Jose Office of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (Replaced INS). Serves the following counties: Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey. Multi-Lingual: | Spanish | Multi-language

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USCIS Citizenship Resource Center
USCIS Multilingual One Stop site with information for Immigrants, Teachers and Advocates.Information in English, | Arabic | Chinese | Korean | Spanish | Tagalog |Vietnamese | Part of a USCIS Public Awareness Education drive. Key Words: Multi-language, Instructor Resource, Student Resource,

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'It IS bad there': Emails reveal Trump officials pushing for immigrant protection terminations
8/27/18 There was a simple explanation in October 2017 when a Department of Homeland Security official was asked why a memo justifying ending immigrant protections for Central Americans made conditions in those countries sound so bad. "The basic problem is that it IS bad there," the official wrote. Nevertheless, he agreed to go back and see what he could do to better bolster the administration's decision to end the protections regardless. The revelation comes in a collection of internal emails and documents made public Friday as part of an ongoing lawsuit over the decision to end temporary protected status for hundreds of thousands of immigrants who live in the US, most of whom have been here for well over a decade.

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Amid travel ban controversy, Bay Area refugees share their journeys to America
5/12/18 State Department data shows the U.S. resettled an estimated 15,500 Syrian refugees in 2016 toward the end of Obama's presidency. As of April this year, the Trump administration had admitted only 11 Syrians, according to NPR. But Arabian and other refugees who settled in the Bay Area are sharing their experiences in a series of intimate storytelling events known as the "Made Into America" project. On Thursday night at Palo Alto's Mitchell Park Community Center, she described her family's decision to flee Aleppo.

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Bay Area immigrant families prepare for ICE raids with emergency plans
3/3/18 The plans include details on everything from who will look after their children and their pets if they're detained to what they'll do with their homes, what clothes they'll pack and where they'll stow emergency cash and important documents. It's a phenomenon that's become increasingly common amongst Dreamers and undocumented families as they prepare for the unrelenting immigration enforcement that ICE has promised in the nation's only sanctuary state. Key Words: Rapid Response, RRN, ALLIES3

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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: ALLIES1, Directory, citizenship, ESL Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Arabic , Armenian, Farsi, Khmer (Cambodian),

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California high court rules for immigrant kids in visa fight
8/16/18 The California Supreme Court on Thursday made it easier for some immigrant children who are abused or abandoned by a parent to seek a U.S. visa to avoid deportation in a ruling that advocates said would help thousands of children. State judges cannot require that children drag an absentee parent living abroad into court in their visa application process, the justices said in a unanimous decision.

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Centro de Ayuda Legal para Inmigrantes (CALI)
Services: Adjustment of Status, Asylum applications, Consular Processing, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), DAPA, Employment authorization, Naturalization/Citizenship, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions. Languages: English, Spanish, Tagalog Key Words: ALLIES3

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Court Decision Ensures Many TPS Holders in Ninth Circuit May Become Permanent Residents
8/28/17 Hundreds, if not thousands, of noncitizens with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) now are eligible to apply for lawful permanent residence because of a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision. In Ramirez v. Brown, the Court ruled that a grant of TPS to a non-citizen qualifies as an "inspection and admission." Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, inspection and admission are eligibility requirements for permanent residence.

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Court Ensures That Asylum Seekers Will Receive a Fair Opportunity to Apply for Asylum
4/2/18 A federal court judge in Seattle ordered the government to notify asylum seekers that they are required by law to file their asylum applications within one year of their entry, and to adopt and implement a procedure that will ensure that applicants are able to file their asylum applications by the deadline. This decision, issued last week, will impact thousands of noncitizens who have fled persecution in their home countries. Without adequate notice, far too many asylum seekers do not learn about the one-year filing deadline until it is too late and face deportation back to the country that they fled, without ever being able to present their asylum claim. For many asylum seekers who are aware of the requirement and seek to file a timely application, the government imposes additional hurdles that make meeting the deadline an impossibility.

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Deportation Fears Putting Mental Strain on Hispanic Families
3/1/18 Recent U.S. immigration policy changes are causing significant mental distress for many Hispanic parents in the country, a new study finds. A "substantial proportion" of Hispanic parents surveyed reported that "they are avoiding authorities, warning their children to change their routines and worrying about the future due to recent U.S. immigration policies and news," said study lead author Kathleen Roche. Nearly 40 percent said they often avoided getting medical care, help from police, or support from social services because of immigration actions and news. Key Words: Undocumented, DACA, mental health, anxiety, depression, family, Latino

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FACTR (Family Alliance for Counseling Tools and Resolution)
Multi-cultural service, research and training center for the benefit of intergenerational immigrant families experiencing stress in their new environment. Provides counseling, psycho- educational services and cultural awareness programs for newcomer families and their children, regarding state Laws pertaining to Child Protection, Domestic Violence, Educational, Immigration and other areas. Nominal fees for services may be charged based on income. Multi-language: Key Words: Immigrant Integration, Advocacy, Mental Health, Legal, Allies6, Allies7, RIF

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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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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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How Trump is really changing immigration: Making it harder for people to come here legally
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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Human Agenda CLARO Project
Since 2015, CLARO is a legal collective that provides free accessible immigration consultations and legal services for low-income immigrants. immigration legal services, deportation defense, political asylum, post-conviction relief, expungement applications. asylum, cancellation of removal, and more. Multi-language: Spanish, Farsi

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ICE Lies: Public Deception, Private Profit
2/18 Current U.S. immigration policy is driven in large part by the criminalization, scapegoating and targeting of people of color, inflicting trauma on immigrant communities and our society at large. This report proposes that ICE’s patterns of irresponsible governance—including fiscal mismanagement and opacity in detention operations—contribute to a failure of accountability for its ongoing rights violations Addressing these good governance concerns would not address all the problems in the system, or even the worst of them, but would constitute a critical first step toward oversight that has been sorely lacking on the part of Congress and independent oversight bodies like the DHS Office of Inspector General. This report was a collaborative effort of Detention Watch Network (DWN) and the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC).

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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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Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
ILRC is a national, non-profit resource center that provides legal trainings, educational materials, and advocacy to advance immigrant rights. Information for service providers, advocates and attorneys. Areas of expertise. | Know Your Rights Red Cards available in English and Spanish. Public Charge Cheat Sheet - English | Public Charge Cheat Sheet - Spanish Key Words: Asylum, Refugee, Citizenship, Naturalization, Crimes, DACA/DAPA, Enforcement, Family-Based, Youth, LGBTQ, Removal Defense, U Visa/T Visa/VAWA, Post-Election Resources, Deferred Action, Know Your Rights (KYR), Dream Act, Immigration Fraud Awareness. Serving Counties of: Marin, SF, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Alameda and Contra Costa. SCC OIR List

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Informed Immigrant
Directory of over 1,200 trusted non-profits, clinics, and immigrant-serving organizations that are able to connect with you directly in your community. Enter your zip code.and find free or low cost help in the following areas: Legal Help, Healthcare Access, Mental Health Support, Financial Assistance or employment support, Community Action & Organizing: local, regional, and national organizations coordinating many efforts of the immigrant community to advocate for their rights | Spanish |

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Judge could halt arrests of immigrants seeking green cards
8/22/18 US District Judge Mark Wolf heard testimony Tuesday from people who had been unexpectedly detained when they sat for marriage interviews as part of the application process to prove that their marriages to US citizens were legitimate. Emails entered as evidence in the case show what appear to be efforts between US Citizenship and Immigration Services employees and Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees to coordinate the interview appointments and arrests.

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Major Benefit Programs Available to CA Immigrants - May 2017 Update
This table lists the programs for which certain immigrants residing in California are eligible. Eligibility criteria are provided for the following categories of immigrants: (1) "qualified" immigrants who entered the U.S. before Aug. 22, 1996; (2) "qualified" immigrants who entered the U.S. on or after Aug. 22, 1996; and (3) "not qualified" immigrants. An important feature of the table is that it provides notes about how "deeming" rules apply to immigrants who are eligible for different programs. "Deeming" refers to the fact that an immigrant's sponsor's s income/resources may be added to the immigrant's when determining the immigrant's eligibility for certain programs.

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Mexican Consulate Immigration Reform Hotline (CIAM)
Jun 2013. To prevent immigration fraud, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico has developed a project called "Centro de Informacion sobre Actualidad Migratoria or CIAM", who will basically give information about the status of the immigration reform and refer the callers to the services provided locally, with information provided by every Consulate of Mexico. Information is available 24/7 (only in Spanish). CIAM at 1 (855) 463 6395 , which operates 24 hours every day of the year.

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Multi-language Deportation & Detention Brochures
The San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN) has downloadable Deportation and Detention brochures in a variety of languages. | Chinese | Spanish | Arabic | Tagalog | Key Words: Post-Election Resources

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New Lawsuit Could Solve America's Green Card Shortage
8/1/18 It can take forever to get a green card. The National Foundation for American Policy estimates wait times for permanent residence in some family and employment categories can range from decades to beyond the lifetime of a normal human being. What if a new lawsuit changed that?

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ORAM - Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration
Founded in 2008, ORAM specializes in the protection of exceptionally vulnerable refugees, including LGBTI refugees. ORAM's free professional training, toolkit, materials and direct refugee assistance, enable the international community to protect exceptionally vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers and safeguards the integrity of the international refugee protection system. Key Words: Gay, Transgender, Lesbian. Multi-language information and materials can be ordered or downloaded. Arabic | Farsi | French | Russian | Spanish | Turkish |

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Revving Up the Deportation Machinery: Enforcement under Trump and the Pushback
This May, 2018 report caps a year-long study that took MPI researchers to 15 locations across the United States, some fully cooperating with federal immigration enforcement and others not. There they interviewed everyone from senior ICE field leaders to state and local elected officials, immigrant-rights advocates, former immigration judges, and consular officials. The study finds that the engine that fueled ICE's peak effectiveness- the intersection of federal immigration enforcement with state and local criminal justice systems- is being throttled by state and local policies that limit cooperation with ICE. Key Words: Research

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Stop Notario Fraud
2015. Resources and information from AILA for victims of dishonest immigration consultants often known as "notarios." Immigration consultants, notaries public, and notarios cannot represent you in the immigration process.

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Thousands of Vietnamese, Including offspring of U.S. Troops, Could be Deported Under Trump Policy
9/4/18 The Trump administration, in a policy shaped by senior adviser Stephen Miller, has reinterpreted a 2008 agreement reached with Vietnam by the George W. Bush administration — that Vietnamese citizens who arrived before the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1995 would not be “subject to return.” Now, the White House says, there is no such immunity to deportation for any non-citizen found guilty of a crime. Key Words: Asian

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Thousands of immigrants could benefit from Supreme Court ruling, lawyers say
4/19/18 A Supreme Court ruling on immigration this week is igniting a new political battle over federal officials' power to deport foreigners who have been convicted of certain crimes. They say the ruling offers important protections to immigrants whom the Department of Homeland Security has portrayed as "aggravated felons" based on a broad and vaguely defined category called "crimes of violence," which may not have resulted in physical harm. Boston lawyer Matt Cameron said he is aware of "dozens" of immigrants who might be spared from deportation or be allowed to apply for U.S. citizenship because of the ruling.

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U.S. Immigration Policy under Trump: Deep Changes and Lasting Impacts
7/18 Report from the Migration Policy Institute. U.S. immigration policy has undergone a sea change since the inauguration of Donald Trump in January 2017. Although his public statements have largely focused on a few major objectives toward which he has made only limited headway—such as building a wall along the entirety of the U.S.-Mexico border—the administration has taken other steps to redefine U.S. immigration policies that are less visible but no less important. This report examines the wide range of changes the Trump administration has set in motion, from enhanced enforcement measures and new application vetting requirements, to cuts in refugee admissions and the scaling back of temporary protections for some noncitizens.

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USCIS Multi-language Citizenship and Immigration Information
Selected USCIS pages in Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Chamorro, Chinese, French, German, Haiti Creole, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Palauan, Polish, Russian, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese

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Understanding the Muslim Bans
The Muslim Bans are a series of discriminatory executive orders and proclamations that the Trump administration has implemented. While the first version, Muslim Ban 1.0, was signed and went into effect on 1/27/2017, within a day of being signed, thousands of individuals across the country rushed to the airports in protest, and significant portions of it were immediately blocked by the federal courts. The administration has continued to issue different versions of the Muslim Ban, which are working their way through the court system. Just as with Muslim Ban 1.0, the federal courts have temporarily blocked significant portions of the subsequent Muslim Bans, finding them to be blatantly anti-Muslim, unconstitutional, and an abuse of the President's power.

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Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
The VAWA provisions in the INA allow certain spouses, children, and parents of U.S. citizens and certain spouses and children of permanent residents (Green Card holders) to file a petition for themselves, without the abuser's knowledge. This allows victims to seek both safety and independence from their abuser, who is not notified about the filing. The VAWA provisions, which apply equally to women and men, are permanent and do not require congressional reauthorization. Help is also available from the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TDD). Key Words: Battered, Humanitarian, USCIS

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Governor signs bills that seek to protect undocumented immigrants
10/6/17 Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Oct. 5 a series of immigration bills that seek to protect the more than 2.3 million undocumented residents in California, including many who live in Fontana. With the stroke of a pen, Brown officially made the state a sanctuary for immigrants~ put a moratorium on detention expansion~ protected immigrant tenants from intimidation and retaliation in their homes~ and protected immigrant workers from disruptive workplace raids.

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Immigrant Children Do Not Have the Right to an Attorney Unless They Can Pay, Rules Appeals Court
2/6/18 9th Circuit Court Last week, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit issued a truly brutal decision, concluding that the Constitution did not require the government to provide a lawyer to a 15-year-old Honduran boy facing deportation. It appears to be the first case ever to hold that children can represent themselves in court when important legal rights are at stake. That the ruling came in a deportation case involving asylum - where the stakes are incredibly high, the law notoriously complex, and the government pays a trained prosecutor to advocate the child's deportation - makes the court's decision even more extreme. The ruling is the latest, and most disappointing, chapter in our long-running effort to obtain fairness for children in immigration court. Key Words: Unaccompanied Minor

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New Americans Campaign (NAC)
The New Americans Campaign is a nonpartisan, national network of legal-service providers, faith-based organizations, businesses, foundations and community leaders. We are streamlining access to naturalization services, so that greater numbers of qualified permanent residents take the critical step to becoming American citizens. The campaign is focused on assisting the 8 million lawful permanent residents who already qualify for citizenship. | June 2016 Impact Report |

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SANCTUARY IN THE AGE OF TRUMP
1/18 In January 2017, just days before the inauguration of President Donald Trump, Sanctuary movement leaders announced the rapid growth of congregations willing to offer Sanctuary to immigrants facing the threat of deportation after the election. .. The Sanctuary movement now represents Sanctuary coalitions across twenty-five states and the level of sharing, coordination, collaboration, and prophetic action has also increased. A glimpse into this growth and organization of the Sanctuary movement is portrayed in the pages to follow of this report, one year into the Trump administration.

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SF woman settles lawsuit for 2014 arrest after police deny her a translator
3/9/18 Advocates for victims of domestic violence and police translation services announced a $50,000 settlement Thursday for a San Francisco woman who said she was sexually assaulted by her ex-partner, and was then arrested by officers who wouldn't provide her an interpreter. Key Words: KYR

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Welcome to the United States - Updated 2017
5/23/17. USCIS has updated the publication, Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants. The guide contains practical information to help new immigrants settle into everyday life in the United States, including how to find a place to live, how to get a Social Security number and how the U.S. system of government works. Available in 14 languages: | English | Spanish | Arabic | Chinese Traditional | Chinese Simplified | French | Haitian Creole | Korean | Portuguese | Russian | Somali | Tagalog | Urdu | Vietnamese |

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