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Posted by on May 22, 2017

SAN DIEGO, CA —  In a cruel and inhumane decision, the Department of Homeland Security announced today that it will extend by six months the Temporary Protected Status (TPS)...

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Immigration Reform

SDIRC Denounces Cruel Decision to End TPS for El Salvador

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018

SAN DIEGO, CA — The Trump administration announced today that it will end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 200,000 Salvadorans who have been living, working and...

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Citizenship

Union-Tribune: Military service leads to U.S. citizenship

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016

By Tatiana Sanchez Daniel Torres, an unauthorized immigrant who enlisted in the Marine Corps using a false birth certificate, became an American citizen on Thursday. He is likely...

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Deferred Action

Letter to Congress: We Want Dreamer Protection

Posted by on Feb 13, 2018

Today, the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium along with more than 250 national, state and local organizations sent a letter urging congressional leaders to enact permanent...

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Letter to Congress: We Want Dreamer Protection


Today, the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium along with more than 250 national, state and local organizations sent a letter urging congressional leaders to enact permanent protections for Dreamers and reject the White House’s nativist wish list. The letter, signed by civil rights, labor rights, faith-based, immigrant, human rights, education, and health organizations makes it clear that “protecting Dreamers cannot come at the cost of harming other immigrants or immigrant communities, nor can it entail militarizing the border, keeping families apart or undermining life-saving humanitarian protections.”

Since President Trump rescinded the DACA program, more than 19,000 Dreamers have lost protection. The American people overwhelmingly support a path to citizenship, not a kick-the-can-down-the-road temporary solution. We hope this letter along with our combined advocacy efforts this week will ensure that we win permanent protections for Dreamers and block efforts to use them as hostages to advance anti-immigrant policies.

Read the full letter here.

SDIRC Denounces Cruel Decision to End TPS for El Salvador

SAN DIEGO, CA — The Trump administration announced today that it will end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 200,000 Salvadorans who have been living, working and raising their families in the United States for 17 years. Their status will effectively end in 18 months.

El Salvador cannot handle the return of hundreds of thousands of its citizens given the country’s violence, corruption, narcotics trafficking and the inability of its weak government institutions to accommodate a massive influx of people. Fortunately, Congress can fix this: multiple bills with bipartisan support have been introduced to create a permanent solution for Salvadorans and other TPS holders. Congress should get to work on this immediately.

Laura Moreno, Chair of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, issued the following statement:

“This cruel decision will upend the lives of hundreds of thousands of Salvadorans and their U.S. born children at a time when El Salvador continues to be plagued by violence and corruption and is in no condition to receive them. These are hardworking individuals who pay taxes and contribute to our communities and economy. Many are helping in the recovery efforts in Florida and Houston following the hurricanes. They are parents to nearly 275,000 U.S. citizen children and there is no plan to address the break up of these families. San Diego is a thriving and diverse city thanks in part to the contributions of immigrants and refugees who call this place home. We must continue to support these families, and Congress must now act for a permanent solution.”

About the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium

The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium is a project of Alliance San Diego. Since 2007, community, faith, labor, and legal organizations have come together as the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC). Through SDIRC, these organizations are pursuing four common goals: support comprehensive immigration reform; stop the spread of local policies and practices that target and violate the civil and human rights of immigrants; educate immigrants, and educate the public about the important contributions of immigrants. More at www.immigrantsandiego.org.

 

San Diego Elected Officials: “We need a Clean Dream Act Now!”

San Diego Elected Officials: “We need a Clean Dream Act Now!”

Bipartisan group sends letter to Congress on National Day of Action in Support of the Dream Act

San DiegoIn a display of bipartisan support, two dozen local and state elected officials signed onto a letter asking Congress to protect Dreamers without further militarizing border communities.

The letter is being sent to Members of Congress today and coincides with a National Day of Action in support of a clean Dream Act. Immigrant youth, advocates and people of faith are issuing statements and demonstrating across the country in a unified display of support for Dreamers and their families.