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Garaufis Doubles Down on Nationwide DACA Injunction

Feb 14, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
Photo Credit: Judge Nicholas Garaufis, courtesy of KEVIN C. DOWNS/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS By Colby Hamilton | February 13, 2018 at 04:54 PM “The Trump administration’s attempt to dismantle the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was met with another judicial blow Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis of the Eastern District of New York issued his own nationwide stay to the attempt last September to wind down the program aimed at protecting immigrants that arrived as youth. The decision adds a second layer of judicial impediment to efforts by the

Immigration, MS-13 and crime: the facts behind Donald Trump’s exaggerations

Feb 8, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
Caption: President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) By Miriam Valverde on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 at 10:39 a.m. “Trump has previously claimed that ‘loopholes’ prevent the deportation of unaccompanied minors. That’s Mostly False. The ‘loopholes’ he has referred to are matters explicitly called for in the law. Unaccompanied minors from contiguous countries (Mexico and Canada) can be quickly returned

Berkeley student pays bond for other immigrant detainees

Feb 5, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
  Caption: Franklin, originally from Honduras, was one of three immigrants at Otay Mesa Detention Center who were freed after Luis Mora paid their bond. From left to right: Franklin’s step father, staff attorney Patricia Ojeda, Franklin, and staff attorney Monika Langarica. (Immigration Justice Project) By Kate Morrissey February 1, 2018, 4:20PM “Three immigrants held at Otay Mesa Detention Center who couldn’t afford the bond amount given to them by a judge are now out of detention thanks to a Berkeley student who was arrested by Border Patrol in late 2017. Luis

Trump’s Speech Leaves Two Sides Further Apart Than Ever on Immigration

Feb 2, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
Caption: In Los Angeles on Tuesday, recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program turned their backs on President Trump’s State of the Union address. CreditMark Ralston/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and PETER BAKER JAN. 31, 2018 “WASHINGTON — For years, immigration advocates have defined hundreds of thousands of young people brought to the country illegally as children by the sympathetic term ‘Dreamers.’ Long irritated by the rhetorical branding, President Trump finally came up with his own rejoinder:

AP sources: US won’t give more Syrians protected status

Jan 31, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
A supporter amongst a coalition of community leaders and immigrant advocates demonstrate outside U.S. immigration offices, calling on federal authorities to designate Ecuador for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for its nationals in the aftermath of last April’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake, Wednesday June 1, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) By MATTHEW LEE and JOSH LEDERMAN WASHINGTON (AP) — “The Trump administration is expected to let nearly 7,000 Syrians remain in the United States for another 18 months but won’t let more Syrian citizens apply for the special

Law enforcement objects to Trump administration order to target immigrants

Jan 30, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
Photo: Gabrielle Lurie, Special To The Chronicle Caption: “San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon joined other California prosecutors and police officials in condemning the Trump administration’s latest attempt to pressure local and state governments to aid in immigration enforcement.” By Bob Egelko January 30, 2018 Updated: January 30, 2018 3:19pm “The Trump administration’s latest attempt to pressure local and state governments to aid in immigration enforcement is under attack from police officials and prosecutors, including district attorneys

Breaking: Fed. Judge Orders Immediate Release of Immigrant Rights Leader Ravi Ragbir from Detention

Jan 29, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
Image courtesy of Democracy Now. Web Exclusive JANUARY 29, 2018 By Democracy Now! Independent Global News “In a major victory, a federal judge has ordered the immediate release of immigrant rights leader Ravi Ragbir from detention in New York, calling it ‘unnecessarily cruel.’ Ragbir is the executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City. He’s been held since he was detained last month following a check-in with ICE. In her ruling, U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest wrote, ‘There is, and ought to be in this country, the freedom to say goodbye.

ICE raid false alarms throw SF Mission community into panic

Jan 29, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
Rear of John O’Connell High Photo by Kathleen Narruhn By Julian Mark Posted January 24, 2018 9:12 pm “Community members went into a panic on Wednesday after rumors spread that agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, were raiding various locations in the Mission and Bayview. John O’Connell High School locked its doors and posted security outside, according to a source. But the rumors turned out to be false alarms. Members of the San Francisco Rapid Response Network, a coalition of advocacy organizations, visited the sites and verified that

ALERT: Court Orders the Department of Homeland Security to Allow Individuals with DACA to Apply to Renew It

Jan 11, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
The following was compiled by the National Immigration Law Center. To read the complete publication regarding the court order, click here. When will DACA renewal applications be accepted? Judge Alsup ordered the government to “post reasonable public notice that it will resume receiving DACA renewal applications” and to set out a process for receiving renewal applications. We strongly recommend that you wait to submit your application until USCIS announces the process. If you apply before the process is announced, you risk having your application rejected once USCIS announces

Judge blocks Trump wind-down of Dreamers program

Jan 10, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
Judge blocks Trump wind-down of Dreamers program Injunction says feds must keep renewing permits for DACA recipients. San Francisco-based U.S. District Court judge William Alsup ordered the Donald Trump administration to resume accepting renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images By JOSH GERSTEIN 01/09/2018 10:56 PM EST Updated 01/10/2018 12:30 AM EST “A federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump’s effort to shut-down the Obama-era program that provides quasi-legal status and work permits to

Trump administration ending protections for more than 200,000 Salvadorans in U.S., but giving time for a transition

Jan 9, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
  Salvadoran immigrant Cecilia Ramos lives in Los Angeles on protected status. Ramos will have until Sept. 9, 2019, to arrange a return or apply for alternative legal means of staying in the U.S. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times) By JOSEPH TANFANI JAN 08, 2018 | 5:20 AM “For years, El Salvador has been racked by brutal gang violence, including from the MS-13 gang that has gained a significant presence in the U.S. But Kirstjen Nielsen, Homeland Security secretary, decided that under the law she could only consider the original conditions that led to the granting of temporary

The African Advocacy Network has a new office location!

Jan 9, 2018 By Daisy Ocampo
NEW OFFICE LOCATION AND CONTACT UPDATE A message from AAN: We are setting up the new office at 3106 Folsom St., SF. (view Map) Our main line 415-503-1032 is down as we install all of our technical equipment. For the mean time, please reach us at this temporary office cell number 415-583-5684. We are going to be up and running for the public on January 16 , but currently we are only taking urgent cases at our office as we make the finishing touches on the space. Mission   AAN’s mission is to make the African Advocacy Network an outstanding social and immigration legal service provider

¿Cuál es la ciudad más amable con los inmigrantes en EEUU?

Dec 13, 2017 By Daisy Ocampo
6 de diciembre 2017 Univision Noticias, por Martín Echenique (El aeropuerto de Miami, en Florida, es una de las principales puertas de entrada a EEUU para inmigrantes provenientes de América Latina. Joe Raedle/Getty Images) “Un análisis publicado por la Coalición de Inmigración de Nueva York ( NYIC, por sus siglas en inglés) y TransferWise prioriza a las ciudades que cuenten con políticas e instituciones que representen, apoyen y que, sobre todo, protejan a los inmigrantes. Además del apoyo que brinda el gobierno local a los extranjeros, el estudio tomó en cuenta otros

Statement of the San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN) on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Sep 6, 2017 By Marisela Esparza
Statement of the San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN) on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) September 6, 2017 Press Contact: Marisela Esparza 510-877-2857 Sam Francisco-Today, the Trump Administration announced the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. After today, no new DACA applications will be accepted and only DACA recipients whose current DACA expires between September 5, 2017, and March 5, 2018 are eligible to apply for renewal applications until October 5, 2017. The Trump Administration’s announcement

Breaking: SF immigrant groups gather to denounce plan to end DACA, will fight for all immigrants  

Sep 5, 2017 By Marisela Esparza
Contact: Jon Rodney, 510-207-9520 Breaking: SF immigrant groups gather to denounce plan to end DACA, will fight for all immigrants   What: Immigrant, civil rights, and faith groups will hold an emergency news conference to condemn the President’s cruel and unjust decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months. The organizations will also announce plans for 5PM rally today. The groups are organizing to defend both DACA recipients and all 11 million undocumented immigrants from the administration’s deportation machine. 

Job Posting: SF Rapid Response Coordinator

Aug 28, 2017 By Marisela Esparza
DESCRIPTION Part-time Program Coordinator SF Rapid Response Network Program:                  SF Rapid Response Network Compensation:         $23/hour (depending on experience), plus medical Supervised by:          Program Manager, Marisela Esparza Schedule:                  Part-time non-exempt position Work off-site (20 hours a week, flexible work schedule, but may require some evening and weekend hours) About the Network and Position The San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN) is a unique collaboration of 13 community based organizations with decades of experience providing services and/or engaging