Immigrant Info / Rapid Response

The Rapid Response Section contains articles, reports, press releases and tools that support local collaboration regarding current immigrant issues. All of these links and much more can also be found in the Resources Search page.

ICE targets 77 Northern California businesses in illegal worker crackdown
2/1/18 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents this week served notices of inspection at 77 Northern California businesses in an effort to root out illegal workers. The so-called I-9 audit notices were delivered to businesses in San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento. Mariela Garcia, community organizer at Sacred Heart Community Services in San Jose, said Santa Clara County's Rapid Response Network received calls this week about workplace audits. The network was able to confirm that two businesses were audited. "It's put people in a lot of panic," Garcia said. "We have people who are quitting their jobs."

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In Trump era, "Rapid Responders" protect undocumented immigrants from ICE
2/4/18 Less than two years after its inception, the Rapid Response Network of Santa Clara County has amassed a remarkable 700 volunteers - from longtime organizers and faith leaders to grandparents, stockbrokers and stock boys, saleswomen and software engineers - ready to respond to reports of ICE sightings with notebooks and recording devices in hand. Many of the Rapid Responders, like the Lynches, are white U.S. citizens - not directly impacted by the immigration debate - but desperate to find some way to do more than stand by.

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Legal Aid at Work
Legal Aid at Work offers free information online, including our selection of more than 100 detailed and up-to-date fact sheets about specific provisions of the law related to employment. Also English, Spanish and Chinese manuals for employers to protect the rights of their workers.. Spanish | Chinese Workers' Rights Clinic, helplines 415-864-8208 or 866-864-8208 (toll-free) Key Words: Allies1, Allies2, RRN, Rapid Response

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Northern CA Rapid Response Hotlines and Updated KYR from ACLU
January 2018 - Given recent threats of large scale ICE raids, the ACLU of Northern California wants to make sure you know your rights and have access to rapid response hotlines set up in the Northern California region. Spanish Key Words: Undocumented Immigrants, Deportation, Legal,

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SCC Rapid Response Hotline (RRN)
The Santa Clara County RRN is a 24/7 hotline that community members can call to report ICE operations iand receive help in real life time! When you call the RRN line: The dispatcher that receives the call will support the community member in asserting their rights, and will dispatch trained Rapid Responders to the impacted site. If immigration enforcement is confirmed, the Rapid Responders will conduct legal observation, collect evidence that may support the immigration case of the impacted family, and provide moral support and accompaniment to the impacted family. If a community member is detained, we will connect them with immigration attorneys for legal counsel and provide accompaniment support. We want to make sure no community member has to go through this on their own. To report a raid,Call (408) 290-1144 This is not a general information hotline. Key words: RRN, Spanish

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SCC Rapid Response Network Training
The Rapid Response Network in Santa Clara County is a community defense project developed to protect immigrant families from deportation and to provide moral and accompaniment support during and after immigration operations in our community. Those interested in participating as Rapid Responders can connect through this link. It will be updated as trainings are scheduled around the County. Key Words: RRN

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

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

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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

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Know Your Rights (KYN) - ILRC Multi-language Red Cards
All people in the US, regardless of immigration status, have certain rights and protections under the U.S. Constitution. The Red Cards were created to help people assert their rights and defend themselves against constitutional violations. Red cards provide critical information on how to assert these rights, along with an explanation to ICE agents that the individual is indeed asserting their rights. These cards can be ordered free by non-profit service providers in English/Spanish. Also available on line in: | Spanish | Chinese | Tagalog | Arabic |

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San Jose chief visits Latino congregations to calm fears of deportation and ICE raids
2/12/18 Amid rising anxiety in immigrant communities fueled by deportation fears and increasingly aggressive federal operations, San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia did one of the things he does best. Chief Garcia spoke at a Spanish-speaking mass Sunday at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish to offer assurance that police will not double as immigration enforcers.

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ICE-Raids-Educators-Guide - Protect & Prepare Youth and Families
6/16 tools and resources to help protect and prepare youth and families in case of an immigration and customs enforcement (ice) raid. This guide was created for educators, school support staff and service providers who teach, mentor and help open the doors of opportunity for undocumented youth and unaccompanied and refugee children currently living in the US. It's critically important that educators, school support staff and service providers know the tools and resources available to help protect and prepare youth and families for an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid.

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CIVIC Direct Support Fund
The Direct Support Fund provides financial support to people in immigration detention, recently released from detention, and their families. Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC). Grants of up to $500 to help detainees and their families.

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Forms of Identification for Undocumented Immigrants
Alternative identification cards can enable immigrants to enjoy great benefits other residents also enjoy and they can help facilitate their abilities to cooperate with local law enforcement in resolving crimes and other safety concerns. Description of various types of ID available and accepted in different cities and states. Provided by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.

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Mexican Consulate - Protecioón Consular
It is the function of the Mexican Consulate to protect and defend the rights of Mexican Citizens outside of Mexico, regardless of their immigration status. Links to resources and information for unaccompanies minors and families, problems outside of the country, and preparation for travel. (Conoce el trabajo que realizan nuestros consulados para proteger y defender tus derechos como mexicano, fuera del pais, sin importar tu situacióon migratoria) Multi-lingual - Spanish

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Politically Motivated ICE Hotline Turns Neighbors, Friends and Even Spouses into Informants
10/18/17 When the Trump administration launched the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) hotline in April, it billed the service as a way to help "victims of crimes committed by removable aliens" On its website, the VOICE office expressly states that it's "not a hotline to report crime." But internal logs show that people have used the service to snitch on strangers, neighbors, colleagues and even their own family members.

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Refugee Phrasebooks - 16 Languages
In the 1980s and 1990s, the Cultural Orientation Resource Center was funded to develop phrasebooks for selected refugee populations. These phrasebooks include appropriate English phrases for use in daily American life, selected to be direct, brief, and relevant. Among the nineteen units included are sections on Giving Information About Yourself, Recognizing Signs, Dealing With Money, Health, Food, Clothing, Housing, and Jobs. Each phrasebook is approximately 140 pages and can be downloaded for free. Languages: Russian, Spanish, Bosnian / Croatian / Serbian, Chinese (Cantonese), , Somali . Czech, Farsi , Haitian Creole, Hungarian, Hmong,, Khmer . Lao , Polish and Vietnamese

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Sanctuary Policies: An Overview
2/25/17 Report from the American Immigration Council - Over the past several decades, many states, counties, and cities have adopted a variety of policies intended to serve and protect all of their residents, regardless of immigration status. These laws, policies, or resolutions are sometimes referred to as "sanctuary" policies, although no legal or standard definition of the term exists. There are many reasons jurisdictions adopt "sanctuary" policies, such as: strengthening resident-police relations and ensuring that all people feel comfortable reporting crimes, regardless of immigration status; and protecting police agencies from liabilities resulting from local enforcement of federal immigration laws.

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Uno x Uno Deportation Defense Project Fillable Form for Deportation Case Evaluation
Jan 2016. The Uno x Uno Deportation Defense Project Intake Form is created to document cases and support people in deportation proceedings in understanding their case and evaluating their options. Please fill out the information in the intake to get an evaluation of your case. Multi-language: Spanish

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Fear compromises health, well-being of immigrant families, survey finds
12/15/17 Immigrant families....are living with heightened fear and uncertainty because of stricter immigration policies and increased enforcement under the Trump administration, according to a report released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The fear, and the stress it creates, is compromising children's health, possibly for the long term, the report said. It is also causing some parents to forgo health care or withdraw from public health programs such as Medicaid, which covers people with low incomes, and Women, Infants and Children, which provides nutritional assistance.

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Local group fights to protect immigrant rights
10/1/17 Fear and anxiety spread among the local immigrant community last week after federal immigration officials conducted a nationwide sweep targeting sanctuary cities and counties, leading to the arrest of two undocumented Mountain View residents. But a group of local parents from the Castro and Mistral elementary school community is vowing to assuage the fears of deportation with action. The newly formed group, called Listos Mountain View, has assisted dozens of immigrant families with information and essential documents needed to ensure that parents and children are prepared if Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents knock on the door.

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Digital Privacy at the U.S. Border PROTECTING THE DATA ON YOUR DEVICES AND IN THE CLOUD
3/10/17 Te U.S. government reported a 5-fold increase in the number of electronic media searches at the border in a single year, from 4,764 in 2015 to 23,877 in 2016. Every one of those searches was a potential privacy violation. Our lives are minutely documented on the phones and laptops we carry, and in the cloud. Our devices carry records of private conversations, family photos, medical documents, banking information, information about what websites we visit, and much more. Moreover, people in many professions, such as lawyers and journalists, have a heightened need to keep their electronic information confidential. How can travelers keep their digital data safe?

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National Map of Local Entanglement with ICE
1/28/18 The federal immigration system continues to expand and grow more punitive, assisted in large part by the time and resources of local governments and law enforcement agencies. Expending any local resources helping Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) is entirely voluntary. Some local and state officials have recognized the poor policy effects of working too closely with ICE, which has torn apart countless families and undermines already strained relations with local law enforcement. This map shows the degree to which local law enforcement offer assistance to federal immigration authorities, as well as the degree to which localities have enacted laws or policies limiting their involvement in federal immigration enforcement.

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