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CA 'Sanctuary state' law defies president
10/6/17 SACRAMENTO - A far reaching measure aimed at preventing California's law enforcement officers from helping to carry out President Donald Trump's promised crackdown on illegal immigration - best known as the 'sanctuary state' bill - was signed into law Thursday, along with 10 other bills designed to protect undocumented immigrants. CA Democrats this year have led a sustained effort to thwart Trump's immigration agenda, an initiative that began more than a month before the president's inauguration. Senate Bill 54 and other laws taking effect in January are widely seen - by champions and foes - as the most extensive statewide protections anywhere in the nation for those fearing deportation.
DACA Recipients and Immigrant Workers are Still Covered by CA's Workplace Protections
9/6/17 - CA Labor Secretary David M. Lanier today issued a statement that the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) does not require employers to re-verify work authorization documents..... "The Labor and Workforce Development Agency will continue to work in partnership with community leaders, worker advocates and employers to make sure DACA recipients and immigrant workers know they are covered by our state's workplace protections."
Federal Judge Blocks Trump's Third Travel Ban
10/17/17 President Donald Trump struck out again with his third try at a travel ban, as a federal judge blocked it from taking effect nationwide on Wednesday. This time, Trump's order was found to discriminate on the basis of nationality. In earlier rulings over two prior attempts at a travel ban, judges said they were motivated by bias against Muslims.
Know Your Rights: Protecting Our Immigrant Students and Families
9/15/17 The Metropolitan Education District collected the latest information from the ILRC (Immigrant Legal Resource Center), and produced a 14-minute video that covers a variety of important topics: AB 60 Driver's Licenses, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Naturalization, Legal Self-Defense, Know Your Rights Red Cards, and ICE in schools.
Majority of Americans support Dreamers staying in the US, poll says
10/10/17 Americans have largely negative opinions about President Trump's immigration policies, which include deporting Dreamers and building a wall along the US-Mexico border. Only 1 in 5 Americans want to deport young immigrants brought to the United States as children and now here illegally, the focus of a politically fraught debate between the White House and Congress. Key Words: DACA, Deferred Action,
Trusted Service Providers for SCC Immigrants
Trusted non-profit and government organizations with resources, advocacy, information & referrals and services for immigrants in Santa Clara County and the Bay Area. Languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, other
What You Need to Know About DACA from the Mexican Consulate
Infographic in Spanish with important information after the September 5th announcement from the Department of Homeland Security regarding the phasing out of the DACA program. Keywords: Deferred Action for Children, Undocumented,
What's next for DACA and the young immigrants it protected?
9/6/17 When he pulled the plug on DACA Tuesday morning, President Trump promised to solve "with heart and compassion" the dilemma for young undocumented immigrants who will no longer be protected from deportation by the program. But his lengthy statement on the issue, coupled with Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement of the end of the program, left as many questions as answers. The biggest question: What happens now to the estimated 800,000 so-called DREAMers, who were brought to this country by their parents and have built their lives here?
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 noncitizen qualifies as an inspection and admission. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, inspection and admission are eligibility requirements for permanent residence.
Dreamer Migrants Make U.S. Economy Stronger
9/13/17 Economics can be used to identify tradeoffs in public policy by enumerating costs and benefits. President Donald Trump's decision not to allow the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to continue will create economic costs, if Congress does not act. The U.S. stands to lose hundreds of thousands of productive workers, the value those workers generate, and the taxes those workers pay. The economic benefits of deporting 690,000 people whose families brought them here illegally when they were children? There are none. Key Words: DACA
ILRC Family Preparedness Plan
Every family should have a Preparedness Plan in case of disruption of their routines for any reason. The dramatic expansion of ICE activities makes it even more important that immigrants consider the potential impact that detainment or deportation would have on their families. ILRC (Immigrant Legal Resource Center) has prepared this packet with information, forms, and additional information for families that include immigrants. Spanish
Immigrant smuggling: Feds now targeting children's adult sponsors
The Trump administration plans to arrest parents and other relatives who authorities believe smuggled their children into the United States, a move immigrant advocates said would send a wave of fear through vulnerable communities. "Arresting those who come forward to sponsor unaccompanied children during their immigration proceedings, often parents, is unimaginably cruel," said Wendy Young, president of Kids in Need of Defense, a nonprofit that has matched thousands of unaccompanied minors with pro bono attorneys in the last eight years. "Without caregivers to come forward, many of these children will languish in costly detention centers or be placed in foster care at great expense to states."
Immigration 2017 - A New President and Congress - AILA Resource Page
AILA (American Immigration Lawyers' Association) has created this resource page which will have breaking news about developments in federal immigration policies and actions, summaries and analysis of Executive Orders, as well as resources and tools to help immigrants, lawyers and advocates to respond. Collaboration with American Immigration Council.
Informed Immigrant
In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, millions of documented and undocumented immigrants face increased uncertainty around their status in the United States. Immigrant rights organizations and leaders across the country have banded together and pooled resources to help immigrants and their allies obtain the current best-known information and guidance. | Spanish |
Judge: Nonprofit legal groups can keep helping immigrants
7/24/17 A federal judge in Seattle said Monday that nonprofit legal groups around the country can keep assisting immigrants facing deportation, after a Justice Department decision threatened to curtail much of that work. In April, the Justice Department told the Seattle-based Northwest Immigrant Rights Project that it cannot provide certain legal assistance to immigrants unless it undertakes full, formal representation of them in court.
Policy Under Trump Bars Obama-Era Path to U.S. for Central American Youths
8/15/17 The Trump administration is cutting off an Obama-era pathway to the US for young migrants fleeing violence in Central America, further narrowing the options for thousands of people hoping to seek refuge here as the White House moves to tighten immigration rules. As of Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security is ending a program begun in 2014 that gave some children and young adults who had failed to qualify for refugee status permission to enter the US to live and work on a temporary basis, known as parole.
Relatives of Undocumented Children Caught Up in ICE Dragnet
9/11/17 About 90 percent of minors detained at the southern border are eventually turned over to a family member. It's a system intended to spare the state from having to take care of children, and allow young people to live in normal homes while their visa and asylum claims work through the courts. Under President Barack Obama, ICE was instructed not to go after people who came forward to claim relatives, even if they were in the U.S. illegally. Guardians were told they had no reason to fear revealing themselves to authorities. Under President Donald Trump, that policy has been reversed.
State Dept expands 'close family' criteria for visas
7/15/17 In response to a Hawaii federal judge's order last week, the department instructed U.S. diplomats to consider grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts and uncles, nephews and nieces and first cousins to meet the criteria for applicants from the six countries to receive a U.S. visa.
The DREAMer Incarceration Rate
8/30/17 There is a vast body of empirical literature showing that legal and illegal immigrants do not increase local crime rates, are less likely to commit crimes than their native-born peers, and are less likely to be incarcerated than are native-born Americans. This brief by the CATO Institute is the first that estimates the DREAMer incarceration rate. DREAMers are less likely to be incarcerated than native born Americans with the same age and education. DACA ineligible illegal immigrants and all other legal immigrants are even less likely to be incarcerated.
Trump Administration Ends Immigration Program for Central American Kids Fleeing Violence
8/26/27 Currently, there are nearly 3,000 minors fleeing violence in their home countries of El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras awaiting federal approval to settle in the United States. Last week, the Trump Administration extinguished that hope. On August 16, the DHS canceled the Central American Minors (CAM) program, a federal immigration option created in 2014 under the Obama Administration's guidance. This program offered U.S. entry to minors fleeing violence in Central America's "Northern Triangle," the tri-country region doused in rampant gang violence and corruption (in just the past two years, 33,000 people have been murdered in the region). Minors were only allowed this entry, however, if they already had a parent legally residing in the U.S waiting for them. Regardless, it was a small step in the U.S. acknowledging that people fleeing Central American were actual refugees, not criminals.
Trump Administration Says It Won't Budge on Dreamers' Deadline
9/26/17 The Trump administration says it won't budge on an Oct. 5 deadline for children who were brought to the U.S. by undocumented immigrants to renew their permits to work legally in the U.S., prompting a judge to label the government's stance "unacceptable". U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis asked the Justice Department on Sept. 14 to extend the deadline while he considers a challenge from a Queens student who was brought to the U.S. from Mexico at the age of six and is fighting the rescission of his work permit in 2015 and a separate suit by states fighting the planned termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals -- or DACA - program.
Trump Is Making Life Harder for Children Seeking Asylum in the US
10/11/17 the federal government has begun taking steps to roll back protections for unaccompanied minors, which it can do without congressional action. The Department of Homeland Security has begun targeting their parents for deportation if the parents live in the US, ICE acting director Tom Homan told CNN Wednesday. The Department of Justice also sent out a memo last month instructing immigration judges to revoke the "unaccompanied minors" protection for youths who are reunited with their relatives in the country.
Trump Plans 45,000 Limit on Refugees Admitted to U.S.
9/26/17 WASHINGTON  President Trump plans to cap refugee admissions at 45,000 over the next year, according to current and former government officials briefed on the decision, setting a historically low limit on the number of people who can resettle in the United States after fleeing persecution in their own countries The limit, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, is the lowest any White House has sought since 1980, the year legislation was enacted giving the president a role in determining a cap on refugees; the ceiling has never slipped lower than 67,000, the number Ronald Reagan set in 1986.
Trusted Providers of Citizenship & Immigration Legal Assistance
A listing of non-profit attorney and BIA accredited service organizations providing citizenship, immigration, and other legal assistance in Santa Clara County and Bay Area. Low cost or free assistance and Multi-language capabilities. Languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, other
White House expands travel ban, restricting visitors from eight countries
9/16/17 Three nations were added to the list of countries whose citizens will face the restrictions: Chad, North Korea and Venezuela, although the restrictions on Venezuela are narrowly crafted, targeting that country's leadership and their family members. One country, Sudan, fell off the travel ban list issued at the beginning of the year. The new restrictions will be phased in over time, officials said, and the restrictions will not affect anyone who already holds a U.S. visa. For those visitors affected by the changed restrictions, the new rules will go into effect Oct. 18, according to the proclamation.
Why All Americans Should Care About What Happens to Unauthorized Immigrants
3/16/17 A new analysis by USC's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, or CSII, and the Center for American Progress shows that millions of people, citizens or otherwise, live in mixed-status families with at least one unauthorized family member in the same household. Undeniably, there is no way to separate immigrants out from the U.S.-born population; there can be no us versus them. Key Words: Undocumented
A DEPORTATION STORY
8/10/17 Maria Mendoza-Sanchez and husband Eusebio Sanchez, seen at their home in Oakland on Tuesday, face imminent deportation to Mexico on Aug. 15, despite being upstanding members of the community who have been in the country for more than 20 years.
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: Housing, Domestic Violence, Civil Rights, Public Benefits, DACA
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
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, https://www.facebook.com/CetImmigrationCitizenshipProgram/
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
Know Your Rights Booklet - ACLU
The ACLU's Know Your Rights (KYN) booklet provides effective and useful guidance in a user-friendly question and answer format. The booklet addresses what rights you have when you are stopped, questioned, arrested, or searched by law enforcement officers. This booklet is for citizens and non-citizens with extra information for non-citizens in a separate section. This free booklet is available for download in English, Spanish|, French , Arabic , Farsi , Urdu and American Sign Language video |. An older (2003) version of the booklet is available in Hindi , Punjabi , Somali . Key Words: Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Legal
National Council of la Raza
A nonprofit organization established in 1968 to reduce poverty and discrimination, and improve life opportunities for Latinos. Site features information on Resources in Immigration Law, Housing Law, Senior Law and Workers Rights, Member of e-immigrate.us Office in San Francisco serving Bay Area Spanish
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
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,
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 |
A Primer on Expedited Removal - FACT SHEET from American Immigration Council (AIC)
President Trump's January 25, 2017, executive order directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to dramatically expand the use of expedited removal. Expedited removal is a process by which low-level immigration officers can quickly deport certain non-citizens. Since 2004, immigration officials have used expedited removal to deport individuals who arrive at our border, as well as individuals who entered without authorization if they are apprehended within two weeks of arrival and within 100 miles of the Canadian or Mexican border. One of the major problems with expedited removal is that the immigration officer making the decision virtually has unchecked authority.
Ban on Immigration Detention Centers Sneaks Into California State Budget and Gets Approved
6/28/17 California became the first state in the nation on Tuesday to place a 10-year ban on any new immigration detention centers, making it virtually impossible for the Donald Trump administration to expand immigration detention in the state with the largest population of undocumented immigrants.
Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration
The Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) has as its mission to remake the narrative for understanding, and the dialogue for shaping, immigrant integration in America. Our intent is to identify and evaluate the mutual benefits of immigrant integration for the native-born and immigrants. Key Words: Research, Advocacy
Centro de Ayuda Legal para Inmigrantes (CALI)
The Centro de Ayuda Legal para Inmigrantes (CALI) is a non-profit legal organization that strives to help immigrants navigate this country’s legal system. Services include 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
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), grassroots civil rights and advocacy group. CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, with regional offices nationwide and in Canada. The national headquarters is located in Washington DC. Key Words: Muslim, SCC, KYR, Know Your Rights, Offices in Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Clara
DOJ - Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER)
Section of Dept of Justice charged with enforcing the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). This federal law prohibits: 1) citizenship status discrimination in hiring, firing, or recruitment or referral for a fee, 2) national origin discrimination in hiring, firing, or recruitment or referral for a fee, 3) unfair documentary practices during the employment eligibility verification, Form I-9 and E-Verify, and 4) retaliation or intimidation. Spanish Employment Rights and Resources for Refugees and Asylees |
Detained, Deceived, and Deported: Experiences of Recently Deported Central American Families
May 18, 2016 Between February and May, 2016, the American Immigration Council interviewed eight individuals who were deported (or whose partners were deported) from the US after being detained in family detention facilities, during which time they came into contact with the CARA Pro Bono Project. These women (or in two of the cases, their partners) shared their experiences both describing what has happened to them and their children since returning to their country and recounting the detention and deportation process from the United States.
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
Federal Judge Blocks Texas Ban on Sanctuary Cities
8/30/17 AUSTIN, Texas - A federal judge late Wednesday temporarily blocked most of Texas' tough new "sanctuary cities" law that would have allowed police to inquire about people's immigration status during routine interactions such as traffic stops. The measure sailed through the Republican-controlled Legislature despite months of protests and opposition from business groups who worried that it could cause a labor-force shortage in industries such as construction. Opponents sued, arguing it violated the U.S. Constitution, and U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia's ruling in San Antonio keeps it from taking effect as planned Friday, allowing the case time to proceed.
Government Watchdog Questions Need for More ICE and Border Patrol Personnel
8/18/17 The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released a report calling into question the need for 10,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and 5,000 Border Patrol Agents as outlined in President Trump's January executive orders. The report noted that ICE and CBP had no operational plans to justify all these new hires or a plan on where and how to deploy the new staff once hired.
How the United States Immigration System Works
Annually, Congress and the President determine a separate number for refugee admissions. Immigration to the US is based upon the following principles: the reunification of families, admitting immigrants with skills that are valuable to the U.S. economy, protecting refugees, and promoting diversity. This fact sheet provides basic information about how the U.S. legal immigration system is designed.
Human Agenda CLARO Project
Since 2015, CLARO is a legal collective that provides free accessible immigration consultations and legal services for low-income immigrants. CLARO also helped clients file for FOIA requests from various agencies, as well as expungement applications. CLARO immigration attorneys are experienced in immigration defense. Services for low income immigrants and refugees also iinclude asylum, cancellation of removal, post-conviction relief and more. Multi-language: Spanish, Farsi
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. Key Words: Asylum, Refugee, Citizenship, Naturalization, Crimes, DACA/DAPA, Enforcement, Family-Based, Youth, LGBT, 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
Licensed Peace Officer Bill Authored by Assemblymember Ash Kalra
7/25/17 CA Governor Brown has signed AB 1440 into law, a bill authored by Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) clarifying that federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Officers are not licensed peace officers under CA State Law. "I am pleased that Governor Brown has signed AB 1440 into law, upholding the trust and faith our local law enforcement work to develop with local communities every day to provide for the public's safety" said Assemblymember Kalra. "Under the new federal administration ICE and CBP are undertaking unprecedented and aggressive tactics to identify, monitor, and detain undocumented immigrants for deportation. This bill sends a clear message that in California, law enforcement officers are sworn to protect all residents, regardless of their immigration status."
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.
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.
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
NCSL Report on State Immigration Laws Enacted Between January - June 2017
8/5/17 Report from the National Council of State Legislators: Enacted legislation related to immigration increased in the first half of 2017 by 90 percent to 133 laws compared with 70 laws in 2016. The number of resolutions increased by 22 percent to 195 from 159. Lawmakers in 47 states enacted 133 laws and 195 resolutions related to immigration. An additional nine bills were vetoed by governors and 18 are pending signatures.
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 |
Refugee Council USA
The RCUSA is a coalition of 22 U.S.-based non-governmental organizations, is dedicated to refugee protection, welcome, and excellence in the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Post-Election Refugee Took Kit, Key Words:
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.
U.S. Record Shows Refugees Are Not a Threat
10/2015 The United States has resettled 784,000 refugees since September 11, 2001. In those 14 years, exactly three resettled refugees have been arrested for planning terrorist activities and it is worth noting two were not planning an attack in the US and the plans of the third were barely credible.
USCIS - Citizen and Immigration Services
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. |Spanish| Multi-Lingual
USCIS Citizen-Immigration Service Ombudsman
2015. The Office of the USCIS Ombudsman is dedicated to improving the quality of citizenship and immigration services delivered to the public by providing individual case assistance, as well as making recommendations to improve the administration of immigration benefits by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
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
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE END OF DACA? Community Advisory from ILRC
On September 5, 2017, President Trump directed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to phase out and eventually end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) over two and half years. Individuals with a current, unexpired grant of DACA will continue to hold DACA until it expires. This means that current DACA recipients maintain their protection from deportation and work permit until their current expiration date. USCIS will not refer DACA recipients and applicants to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation unless they meet USCIS' Notice to Appear guidance or post a risk to national security or public safety. Applicants with currently pending and processing applications should attend biometrics appointments and respond to any requests for additional evidence they receive from USCIS.
Welcome to the United States - New Updated Version
Nov. 2015. USCIS has published an updated 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: | Spanish | Arabic | Chinese Traditional | Chinese Simplified | French | Haitian Creole | Korean | Portuguese | Russian | Somali | Tagalog | Urdu | Vietnamese |
CA officials vow to fight for DACA; how far can they go?
9/6/17 As states challenge the federal government's move to end DACA, experts say support is critical but it's not clear how far resistance will go. Throughout California, the message to Dreamers in the wake of President Donald Trump's plan to end deportation protection for young undocumented immigrants has been clear: We've got your backs. But with the federal government's exclusive control to enforce immigration law, it's not clear how effective the resistance of California and other states will be. On Wednesday, 15 states and the District of Columbia sued the U.S. government to block Trump's plan to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and ask Congress to come up with a solution for Dreamers within six months. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said he plans to file a separate suit to defend the state's 220,000 DACA recipients.
House of Representatives' Fair Day in Court for Kids Act: Another Step Towards Fundamental Fairness
April 6, 2017Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) welcomes the introduction by Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) of the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act, which would ensure counsel for unaccompanied children to help them present their case for protection in immigration court. Only one in 10 children without attorneys is successful in gaining protection in the United States. With an attorney, a child is 5 times more likely to win their case. The bill has 23 co-sponsors. Key Words: Refugee, Asylee
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 |
Quickguide to Child Welfare & Immigration Laws - Federal
This 2016 Quickquide from the American Bar Association, offers a brief overview of law and resources for child welfare attorneys and others. In addition to highlighting how common stages to a dependency case may affect immigrant children or parents, This tool describes forms of federal immigration relief that may be unfamiliar to child welfare practitioners but are potentially critical resources for their clients.