Immigrant Info / Immigration & Citizenship

The Immigration & Citizenship Section contains links to trusted immigration resources and assistance for SCC Immigrants and refugees. All of these links and much more can also be found in the Resources Search page.

California business leaders call on Congress to pass Dreamer legislation
11/21/17 A bipartisan coalition of California business leaders said Tuesday that hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars are at stake if Congress fails to pass legislation salvaging DACA, the program that has let hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants stay in the U.S. President Donald Trump on Sept. 5 announced he was phasing out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in the next six months, giving Congress a last-ditch opportunity to step in during that time. The business leaders urged Congress to act by the end of the year.
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
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."
Former ICE Director on Immigration Battle Over Ailing Girl: "It's Just Not Right"
10/30/17 "It's inexplicable to me that our government would have its agents conduct this action," he said. "Those agents should be out on the line stopping drugs, stopping gang members, protecting national security, not doing this to a 10-year-old girl who has just come out of surgery and has other medical issues." Hernandez's family members said she has the mental capacity of a 5-year-old. Hernandez has cousins who are U.S. citizens but she is not being released to them. Instead she was taken from the hospital to a government-licensed shelter in San Antonio.
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
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 |
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.
Proposed Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2018
10/4/17 The U.S. government is ending the Central American Minors (CAM) refugee program in FY 2018. The CAM program was established in 2014 to provide certain minors in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras the opportunity to be considered, while still in their home country, for refugee resettlement in the US. Individuals who were determined to be ineligible for refugee status were then considered by USCIS for the possibility of entering the United States under parole. The parole portion of the CAM program was terminated in August 2017.
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. Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese, other
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
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 |
1 in 7 DACA Recipients Did Not Apply to Renew Status
10/19/17 Some 22,000 people protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, did not meet the Oct. 5 cutoff to apply to renew their protected status out of a pool of 154,000 people who were eligible to do so. About 132,000 eligible applicants met the deadline. Why tens of thousands of others did not do so, however, is unclear, although some may have become legal permanent residents, or LPRs.
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
Courthouse arrests of immigrants by ICE agents have risen 900% in New York this year
11/15/17 The exponential increase in ICE courthouse arrests reflects a dangerous new era in enforcement and immigrant rights violations, Immigrant Defense Project attorney Lee Wang said. Immigrants seeking justice in the criminal, family and civil courts should not have to fear for their freedom when doing so.
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
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
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
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 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 |
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 |