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.

Profiling Who ICE Detains - Few Committed Any Crime
6/30/18 The vast majority (58%) of individuals in ICE custody June 30 had no criminal record. An even larger proportion—four out of five—either had no record, or had only committed a minor offense such as a traffic violation. This left just one out of five who had been convicted of what ICE classified as a felony. Of these only 16 percent were what ICE defines as a serious, or Level 1, offense. Even among Level 1 offenses ICE included crimes such as "selling marijuana" which many states have now legalized. Key Words: Research, demographics

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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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U.S. Citizen Children Impacted by Immigration Enforcement
5/18 This fact sheet from the American Immigration Council, provides an overview of the U.S. citizen children who could be impacted by immigration enforcement actions, the challenges and risk factors that these children face, and the existing mechanisms designed to protect children if a parent is detained or deported.

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We Have Rights: Video When ICE is Outside our Doors
5/5/18 In direct response to expressed community need, ACLU has joined forces with Brooklyn Defender Services to create and distribute a series of powerful and informative videos based on true stories to provide real life action points for what to do when ICE is outside our doors, is in our homes, stops us in our communities, and/or arrests us. Multi-language: View in Spanish | Urdu | Arabic | Haitian Creole | Russian | Mandarin

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With Contra Costa ICE contract ending, activists push to release detainees
7/16/18 Now that the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office has ended its jail contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, activists who pressured officials to end the partnership are calling on them to release the 169 detainees at the West County Detention Facility before they're transferred out of the region. Civil rights activists from across the Bay Area (concerned that many detainees may be jailed in facilities far away from their families and lawyers) are calling on ICE to speed up their cases and to release eligible detainees on bond. But whether ICE will clear their cases seems unlikely.

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Acting ICE Director attends annual media event of anti-immigrant hate group FAIR
9/12/18 Anti-immigrant hate group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) held their annual media event, “Hold Their Feet to the Fire,” in Washington, D.C., September 5 and 6. The convening regularly brings together radio hosts, nativist hate groups and politicians. Among the attendees was Ronald Vitiello, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On September 5, as highlighted by America’s Voice and promoted by FAIR, radio host Tom Roten interviewed Vitiello.

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Family Preparedness Plan for Immigrants (English-Spanish-Chinese) ILRC
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 | Chinese |

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HOW TO TALK TO A CHILD WORRIED ABOUT DEPORTATION
This is a 1-page patient education handout for families coping with fear of deportation. Spanish | Creole From the Florida State University Center for Child Stress and Health - part of the Immigrant Child Health Toolkit. Key Words: Mental Health, Children, Undocumented, Trauma

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HOW TO TALK TO A CHILD WORRIED ABOUT DEPORTATION
One page handout for parents and caregivers. Children often worry when adults around them worry. News reports and adult discussions about deportation can cause children many worries because they do not understand concepts about the law and policy and they fear separation from their parents. Spanish Key Words: Mental Health, Separation

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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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Living in Limbo: Understanding Your Rights, Benefits, and Obligations With No Immigration Status
7/20/18 Every year, millions of people wait for Congress to advance a solution that would provide stability for undocumented persons and their families. The numbers left waiting and worrying without a pathway to citizenship, protection from deportation, or the ability to work under the Trump Administration has only increased with the limitations on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for certain countries. Without a solution, many are left with questions about how they can survive, resist, and thrive as an undocumented person in the US. If you are undocumented, this guide will help you answer some of those questions by informing you of your continuing rights, benefits, and obligations while you wait for federal legislation.

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Somos Mexicanos
An initiative of the Mexican government, to provide Mexicans who have voluntarily and involuntarily returned to Mexico with comprehensive care, through an inter-institutional and coordinated model to assist with short term to their social integration. Spanish Un Iniciativa del INM que tiene como objetivo brindar a los mexicanos que han retornado voluntaria e involuntariamente una atención integral, a través de un modelo interinstitucional y coordinado que contribuyan en el corto plazo a su integración social.

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USCIS Online Detainee Locator System
Use this page to locate a detainee who is currently in ICE custody. Cannot look for records of persons under the age of 18. Search by A-Number or Biographical Information.

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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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The House and Senate speak out against charging migrant parents up to $8/min. to speak with their ki
7/27/18 Immigrants held in detention centers are being charged up to $ 8 per minute to make a phone call to talk to their children, from whom they have been separated by the authorities, under the Zero Tolerance policy. A group of 145 legislators led by Congressmen Jared Polis and Luis Gutiérrez, as well as by Senator Patty Murray, sent a letter to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) to put an end to this practice. Read Entire Letter

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CA Transparent Review of Unjust Transfers and Holds (TRUTH) Act
On 1/1/2017 the CA TRUTH Act went into effect. It brings transparency to local jail entanglement with immigration enforcement. Provides Know Your Rights to Every Individual. The TRUTH Act would require a local law enforcement agency, prior to an interview between ICE and an individual in custody, to provide a written consent form that would explain the purpose of the interview, that it is voluntary, and that the individual may decline the interview. The bill requires the form to be translated in multiple languages. Key Words: KYR,

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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. Key Words: Legal

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Detained or Deported: What About My Children? Parental Rights Toolkit
This toolkit from the Women's Refugee Committion provides detained and deported immigrant and undocumented mothers and fathers with crucial information they need to protect and maintain parental rights and make well-informed, critical decisions regarding the care and welfare of their children. It includes information on how to get a lawyer, how to stay in touch with children, and how to participate in family court or child welfare hearings. The toolkit also provides officials, attorneys, service providers and family members who work with detained parents and their children with critical information to ensure that family unity and children's best interests are taken into consideration in immigration decisions. Updated Dec 2016 Key Words: KYR, Informed Immigrant

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Facts about Mandatory Detention
Mandatory detention is the practice of imprisoning an individual without any consideration of whether incarceration is necessary or appropriate. Current U.S. immigration policies require whole categories of non-citizens to be imprisoned without any individual assessment of their risk to public safety or flight or of their vulnerability in detention while the government tries to prove that it has the authority to deport them. This 2017 Fact Sheet from the Detention Watch Network outlines the practice and justification. Key Words: Undocumented, deportation

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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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ICE USES FACEBOOK DATA TO FIND AND TRACK SUSPECTS, INTERNAL EMAILS SHOW
3/26/18 ICE, the federal agency tasked with Trump's program of mass deportation, uses backend Facebook data to locate and track suspects, according to a string of emails and documents obtained by The Intercept through a public records request. The hunt for one particular suspect provides a rare window into how ICE agents use social media and powerful data analytics tools to find targets.

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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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Know Your Immigration Rights In American Sign Language
2 ASL videos from DCARA (Deaf Counseling Advocacy & Referral Agency) with transcripts in English and Spanish: (1) If You Are An Immigrant Here Are 9 Things You Should Know. (2) Know Your Rights When ICE/Police Approaches You.

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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, RRN, Rapid Response

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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 unaccompanied 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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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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Legal Liabilities for Local Governments that Choose to Enforce Federal Immigrration Detainer Reque
3/18 This new report: 1) outlines the constitutional and legal framework governing ICE's detainer requests to law enforcement agencies to engage in arrests and detention for civil immigration purposes; 2) places ICE's recent and current detainer practices in historical context; 3) outlines the legally defective ways this and previous administrations have attempted to package these practices, including: the Secure Communities Program, the Priority Enforcement Program, the March 2017 detainer policy, the 'Gualtieri memo' proposing the 287(g) program and detention contracts as work-arounds, and the use of 'Basic Ordering Agreements'; and 4) discusses the non-legal consequences of local law enforcement offi cers acting as immigration agents. Prepared by collaboration of: National Immigration Law Center, Southern Poverty Law Center, American Immigration Council, American Immigration Lawyers Assoc, and the Nat. Immigrant Justice Center.

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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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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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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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ICE gained access to Santa Clara County inmates, breaching sanctuary policie
3/27/18 The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office allowed federal deportation officers to enter the jail it operates and interview four inmates this month in violation of the agency's pro-immigrant sanctuary policies, officials said. The interviews occurred March 7 and 8, around the time that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers visited San Francisco County Jail and interviewed an inmate there in a breach of the city's sanctuary rules, which restrict local cooperation in deportation efforts. Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith, in a statement to The Chronicle, said members of her staff 'mistakenly' let ICE officers into the jail. After learning of the incident, she said, the office "reevaluated and strengthened the clearance procedures in which all law enforcement agencies are permitted to enter our facilities."

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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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