Community Collaboration

The Community Collaboration 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.

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.
ACLU Know Your Rights Booklet
The ACLU's Know Your Rights 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
Amid Trump fears, San Jose leaders reaffirm police will not be a deportation force
12/2/16 SJ Mercury News - Amid growing post-election fears, San Jose has joined a growing number of California cities looking to reassure its immigrant communities that their local police departments will not become deportation forces for the incoming presidential administration. Key Words: Undocumented, Unauthorized
Cities Vow to Fight Trump on Immigration, Even if They Lose Millions
11/27/16 NY Times - Across the nation, officials in sanctuary cities are gearing up to oppose President elect Donald J. Trump if he follows through on a campaign promise to deport millions of illegal immigrants. They are promising to maintain their policies of limiting local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration agents.
DACA: Current Status and Options (February 2017)
President Trump said during his campaign that he would terminate the DACA program. He has not terminated it yet, so DACA is still available and the government is still accepting and approving DACA initial and renewal applications. Nonetheless, the DACA program could be terminated at any time. Here are our latest recommendations on what to do now.
Federal immigration authorities arrest more than 160 in L.A.-area operation this week
2/10/17 Immigration officials said Friday that they arrested more than 160 people (most of them with criminal histories) during an operation this week across Southern California. The arrests sparked a protest in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday evening. Some politicians said they were demanding answers from federal authorities about the arrests. Key Words: Immigration, Undocumented, ICE,
ILRC Family Preparedness Plan
Every family should have a Preparedness Plan in case of disruption of their routines for any reason. ILRC (Immigrant Legal Resource Center) has prepared this packet with information, forms, and additional information for families that include immigrants. | Spanish |
ILRC Multi-language "Know Your Rights" 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 | is a free, multi-language, international site where non-profit, community, and government organizations can post jobs, internships, and volunteer needs and volunteers can look for opportunities. For non-profits, registration, event and volunteer postings are free. Small charge for job or internship listings. | Spanish | French |
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 |
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
Raids Rapid Response Toolkit - Updated
Feb 2017. This toolkit contains information and tools that should help you respond if ICE conducts raids in your community, including Know Your Rights Booklets and videos in English and Spanish, materials for community outreach and a social media campaign, links and phone numbers to report activities and stay updated on developments across the country.
Rapid Response Fund for Movement Building
The Fund will provide one-time small grants in the range of $3,000 to $15,000; grant decisions will be made within 30 days. The Fund intends to support proposals that respond to an unexpected moment or opportunity for advocacy or mobilization to advance racial and economic equity at a neighborhood, city or county level. This is a time-sensitive fund that is responsive to and shows solidarity with the communities we serve. Multi-language: | Spanish |
SCC, CA Leads Coalition Opposing Mandatory Detention of Immigrants without Due Proces
2/10/17 Today, Santa Clara County and 19 other cities and counties across the nation joined together in filing an amicus curiae or friend of the court brief with the United States Supreme Court, asking the Court to uphold important constitutional protections for immigrants held in prolonged mandatory immigration detention by the federal government.
San Jose schools want to protect undocumented families but can they?
2/8/17 After being blasted by parents for a vague and confusing statement purporting to protect undocumented students, the San Jose Unified school board on Thursday will take up a new resolution intended to shore up student security from immigration agents. The district follows dozens of others declaring their campuses safe places for learning, regardless of students' immigration status. Alum Rock in San Jose, Oakland, Palo Alto and San Francisco all have issued statements claiming they will protect students. Key Words: Undocumented
Trump administration is considering a new, narrower travel ban, officials say
2/10/17 Rebuffed again by the courts, the Trump administration is weighing a new, more narrowly tailored executive order to restrict entry into the U.S. that would forestall further legal wrangling, even as the president himself vowed Friday to do whatever is necessary to keep our country safe.
How will President Trump's Executive Order affect refugees in America?
Refugee Center Online (RCO) has prepared webpages in the following languages to help explain to refugees how the Executive Order will affect them: English | Arabic | Chinese | Dari | Farsi | French | Karen | Kirundi | Kiswahili | Kurdish | Nepali | Pashto | Russian | Somali | Spanish | Turkish | Vietnamese |
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.
Muslim Advocates
Muslim Advocates is a national legal advocacy and educational organization that works on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths. As a watchdog of justice, we use the courts to bring to task those who threaten the rights of American Muslims. 2/10/17 Update| Reporting Form for Persons Questioned or Detained at the Border |
NCSL Immigration Law Enactments Searchable Database
NCSL (National Conference of State Legislatures) tracks and reports on state laws and resolutions that address legal immigrants, migrant and seasonal workers, refugees and unauthorized immigrants. Database of Immigration Laws and Current State Immigration Legislation searchable by state, topic, or year.
San Jose, Santa Clara County approve plans to protect immigrants under Trump presidency
1/10/17 SJ Mercury News - City and county leaders Tuesday approved measures to protect undocumented residents from deportation under President-elect Donald Trump's administration, an approach in helping what lawmakers called Silicon Valley's most vulnerable population. SJ city leaders approved a communications campaign to educate immigrants about their rights, working with schools to craft safety plans, and easing restrictions to allow churches to provide sanctuary to undocumented residents if deportation sweeps occur.
Travel Warning for Nationals of Certain Countries Designated by Executive Order
On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order relating to visa issuance, screening procedures, and refugees. The Executive Order is titled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the US." The Order applies to all individuals "from" the 7 designated countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. That includes Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs), nonimmigrant visa holders, immigrant visa holders, refugees, derivative asylees, Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs), etc.
2016 California Laws Protecting & Providing Humanitarian Relief for Immigrant Youth
Jan. 2016. On January 1, 2016 two new laws New California Laws Protecting & Providing Humanitarian Relief for Immigrant Youth took effect. AB 899 is a new law that clarifies that California law does not permit the automatic sharing of confidential information from juvenile court proceedings with any federal official, including immigration officials. AB 900 is a new California law that will provide better support and protection for unaccompanied, undocumented youth between the ages of 18 and 20 in California.
Emergency Assistance Network (EAN) - Silicon Valley
The United Way funded EAN offers assistance to help low income families and individuals recover from emergency situations, often providing case management and financial education in conjunction with: "Food Assistance "Rent and Mortgage Aid "Utility Assistance "Medical and Transportation Aid. Member Agencies eligibility by zip code.
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.
Mexican Consulate - Protección 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
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
The Trump Effect: The Impact of the Presidential Campaign on Our Nation's Schools
4/13/16 Report by the Southern Poverty Law Center found that the campaign is producing an alarming level of fear and anxiety among children of color and inflaming racial and ethnic tensions in the classroom. Many students worry about being deported.
Thousands of Children Now Covered in Access to Counsel Lawsuit
Last week, a federal court certified a class in a lawsuit challenging the federal government's failure to provide legal representation to children in deportation proceedings. Several thousand children are estimated to be members of the class. The class covers all children in the 9th under 18 who are in immigration proceedings in the Ninth Circuit on or after June 24, 2016; lack counsel; are unable to afford legal representation; and are potentially eligible for asylum, related relief or U.S. citizenship. The 9th Circuit covers (HA, AK, AZ, MO, CA, WA, OR, ID)
San Jose: Immigrants are in hiding to avoid deportation, advocates say
12/15/16 SJ Mercury News - Since the presidential election, undocumented residents in Santa Clara County have gone into hiding. They've missed critical medical and social services, pulled children out of school and failed to report crimes or act as court witness - all due to fear of deportation. Those stories and more were recounted Thursday by immigration advocates, community members and others at the SCC Board of Supervisors hearing. The hearing came as a response to the unprecedented levels of fear being reported in immigrant communities across the nation and in particular among undocumented residents, who fear anti-immigrant policies and deportation under President-elect Donald Trump's administration. Key Words: Post-Election