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SFILEN Holiday Break Hours of Operation

Dec 21, 2020 By Gaby Rodriguez
AAN Offices closed from December 24th, 2020 through January 4rd, 2021. Will resume remote work on January 5th, 2021: Mon – Fri 9 AM – 5 PM appointments by phone only AROC Offices closed from December 21st, 2020 through January 4th, 2021. Will resume remote work on January 5th, 2021: Mon-Fri 10 AM – 6 PM ALC Offices closed from December 24th, 2020 through January 3rd, 2021. Will resume remote work on January 4th, 2021: telephone/online consults only CAA Offices closed from December 24th, 2020 through January 3rd, 2021. Will resume remote work January 4th, 2021: Mon – Fri

Separating parents from their kids at the border contradicts everything we know about children’s welfare

May 8, 2018 By Abigail Salazar
“A Central American migrant, holding a child, looks through the border wall with the U.S. in Tijuana, Mexico on April 29. U.S. immigration lawyers are telling a caravan of asylum-seekers that they face possible separation from their children and detention for many months.” (Hans-Maximo Musielik / Associated Press) By COLLEEN KRAFT MAY 03, 2018 | 4:15 AM “I’ve been a pediatrician for 30 years. I’ve cared for thousands of children, providing support for parents to encourage their babies’ development, and recommendations to guide them through

DHS ends protections for nearly 90,000 Central Americans

May 7, 2018 By Abigail Salazar
By Tal Kopan, CNN Updated 5:18 AM ET, Sun May 6, 2018   Washington (CNN) “Nearly 90,000 Hondurans who have lived in the US at least two decades could be forced to leave the country after the Trump administration decided Friday to end protections for the immigrants that go back to the 1990s. The move brings the total number of immigrants for whom the administration has decided to end temporary protected status in the last year to more than 425,000, many who have lived in the US legally for decades, according to numbers from US Citizenship and Immigration Services. The Homeland Security

Hundreds march in Oakland to celebrate May Day

May 2, 2018 By Abigail Salazar
  Members of the Mission SRO Collaborative rally at 16th & Mission BART station in San Francisco prior to joining the Oakland May Day march. Image courtesy of Diana Flores, Dolores Street Community Services.  By Annie Ma Published 9:53 pm, Tuesday, May 1, 2018 “The colorful signs and banners at Oakland’s May Day demonstration Tuesday seemed to champion an endless array of divergent causes, both local and national in scale. Better working conditions at the Tesla factory in Fremont. A living wage in San Francisco. The end of immigration policies that tear families apart. But

Bay Area May Day rallies: protest to shut down Oakland port, vigil for undocumented in ICE custody

May 1, 2018 By Abigail Salazar
Image courtesy of KTVU San Francisco. MAY 01 2018 06:18AM PDT By: Alex Savidge  – A slew of  May Day rallies and marches are happening across the Bay Area on Tuesday to mark the first day of May, otherwise known as International Workers Day. This year’s events are focused on the fight for worker’s rights and the struggle of immigrants. At 10 a.m., members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union held a mutually agreed up, work-sanctioned work stoppage at the Port of Oakland to hold a rally, instead of using that time for the group’s monthly

Federal judge: Trump administration must accept new DACA applications

Apr 25, 2018 By Abigail Salazar
Image courtesy of the Washington Post. By Maria Sacchetti April 24 at 11:59 PM “A D.C. federal judge has delivered the toughest blow yet to Trump administration efforts to end deportation protections for young undocumented immigrants, ordering the government to continue the Obama-era program and — for the first time since announcing it would end — reopen it to new applicants. U.S. District Judge John D. Bates on Tuesday called the government’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program ‘virtually unexplained’ and therefore ‘unlawful.’

ICE Used Private Facebook Data To Find And Track Criminal Suspect, Internal Emails Show

Apr 10, 2018 By Abigail Salazar
Photo: Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/AP Lee Fang March 26 2018, 12:39 p.m. “CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA MAY have had access to the personal information of tens of millions of unwitting Americans, but a genuine debate has emerged about whether the company had the sophistication to put that data effectively to use on behalf of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. But one other organization that has ready access to Facebook’s trove of personal data has a much better track record of using such information effectively: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE,

US to require would-be immigrants to turn over social media handles

Apr 5, 2018 By Abigail Salazar
Image Source: CNN By Tal Kopan, CNN Updated 1:31 PM ET, Thu March 29, 2018 Washington (CNN) ” The Trump administration plans to require immigrants applying to come to the United States to submit five years of social media history, it announced Thursday, setting up a potential scouring of their Twitter and Facebook histories. The move follows the administration’s emphasis on ‘extreme vetting’ of would-be immigrants to the US, and is an extension of efforts by the previous administration to more closely scrutinize social media after the San Bernardino terrorist

The Justice Department Is Suing California Over Its Sanctuary Laws

Mar 7, 2018 By Abigail Salazar
The Justice Department Is Suing California Over Its Sanctuary Laws Attorney General Jeff Sessions will travel to California on Wednesday to make his case that the state’s laws limiting cooperation by law enforcement and employers with federal immigration agents run afoul of federal law.   Attorney General Jeff Sessions Joshua Roberts / Reuters March 6, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. Story by reporters: Zoe Tillman Dominic Holden “’I don’t want to be the position of having to challenge these laws,’ Sessions told the law enforcement group Wednesday morning. ‘I can’t sit idle

Supreme Court extends relief for ‘Dreamers,’ refuses to rule now on Trump immigration plan

Feb 28, 2018 By Abigail Salazar
The Trump administration plea was for a quick ruling on the president’s power to end special protections for so-called Dreamers, young immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children. Image courtesy of the LA Times. By DAVID G. SAVAGE FEB 26, 2018 | 3:20 PM “The Supreme Court handed President Trump a significant defeat Monday, turning down the administration’s plea for a quick ruling that would have upheld the president’s power to end special protections for so-called Dreamers. The court’s decision keeps in place a legal shield for nearly 700,000 young

Garaufis Doubles Down on Nationwide DACA Injunction

Feb 14, 2018 By Abigail Salazar
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 administration

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

Feb 8, 2018 By Abigail Salazar
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 to their countries; but unaccompanied minors from other countries are not immediately sent back, but rather placed in formal removal proceedings and can apply for asylum. Individuals can seek 

Berkeley student pays bond for other immigrant detainees

Feb 5, 2018 By Abigail Salazar
  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 Mora,

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

Feb 2, 2018 By Abigail Salazar
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: ‘Americans

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

Jan 31, 2018 By Abigail Salazar
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 protection program, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Under a humanitarian program known as ‘Temporary Protected Status,’ thousands of Syrians have been allowed to avoid returning to their war-wracked country of origin, but the current program is set to expire on March 31. Two U.S. officials said the Homeland Security Department will extend the protections,