Borderlands Get Free Fund

The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC) is excited to announce the launch the Borderlands Get Free Fund, a bond fund to help bond out individuals from immigration detention, if they are detained in San Diego or Imperial Counties, or if they are long-standing residents of Imperial County or San Diego County. The fund will help us reunite families in our region who have been separated when their loved ones were detained by Border Patrol and/or Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE).  

 

Help free our loved ones from immigration detention – donate today!

 

Despite the recent media attention surrounding family separation due to the federal administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy implemented last year, family separation in the border region predates the policy by decades. Due to a high presence of Border Patrol and ICE agents in our region, families are often separated when federal immigration officers detain and deport their loved ones. While President Trump has announced he will no longer separate families under “zero-tolerance”, the reality is that in our region, families continue to be at threat of being separated and thousands of families have family members in detention facilities. In some of those cases, individuals are actually eligible to post bond to, but their families often cannot afford to pay the bond.  The minimum price of a bond is $1500. There are over 1700 individuals currently being detained in San Diego and Imperial Counties alone.

Help SDIRC and the Borderlands Get Free Fund free our loved ones from immigration detention and make a donation today!

The Borderlands Get Free Fund is fiscally sponsored by Freedom for Immigrants, a 501c3 organization (tax identification #80-0875881). Donations are tax-deductible.  

SDIRC is a project of Alliance San Diego.

SCOTUS Ruling Upholding Muslim Ban Is an Attack on Our Nation’s Values

SAN DIEGO, CA — The United States Supreme Court today upheld President Trump’s blatant efforts to ban people of the Muslim faith from visiting family and doing business in the United States in a shameful decision that goes against everything this country stands for.

The decision allows the government to continue to single out and target a religious group in what is supposed to be the land of religious freedom. This goes against our core values of inclusion and compassion and treating everybody equally under the law.

<<DAY OF ACTION TONIGHT AT 7 P.M.: #StandWithMuslims in San Diego>>

June 5 Primary Election: Where Do Candidates Stand on Immigration?

The June 5 primary elections are just around the corner, and there are many candidates running for local, state and federal offices. But before we go to the polls, we wanted to know where they stand on issues around immigration and border enforcement.

SDIRC sent a questionnaire to all candidates in the following races: U.S. Senate, U.S. Congressional District 49, U.S. Congressional District 50, San Diego County Supervisor District 4, San Diego County Supervisor District 5, San Diego County District Attorney, and San Diego County Sheriff. While some did not respond, many did. Here are the answers just in time for the election!

Here are the questions we asked:

1.Given that unauthorized migration is at a historic low and that the nearly 20,000 agents already deployed at the border apprehend on average 2 people per agent per month, do you agree with President Trump that we need 5,000 more border patrol agents?

2. Do you agree that DHS (ICE, Border Patrol, CBP) operating inside the United States should be required to follow the same rules as other federal, state, and local law enforcement officers, including having probable cause or a warrant before entering private property, searching a vehicle, or detaining someone inside the country?

3. Do you agree that young undocumented immigrants should be allowed to gain lawful status if they were brought to the United States as children, have earned a high school degree or served in the armed forces, and have no criminal record?

4. Do you agree that the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States today should be allowed to earn legal status by paying fines and back taxes, and proving good moral character?

5. The number of visas available for family members to migrate to the United States has not increased in over a generation, resulting in a backlog that is over 20 years long for families in some countries like Mexico, the Philippines, India, and China. Do you believe the number of family visas should be increased?

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.  

New Campaign Will Prepare Thousands of San Diegans for Immigration Relief

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The Ready Now San Diego campaign is providing resources for all of San Diego’s diverse immigrant communities. This includes a new website translatable in many languages with information about immigration assistance and programs currently available to them including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, citizenship, driver’s licenses for undocumented residents and legal assistance to apply for these programs.

Click here to access the website.

Ready Now San Diego is part of a statewide effort known as Ready California, which is working to ensure that the maximum number of eligible Californians benefit from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). Under the programs, the government will defer the deportation of certain undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children and certain undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, respectively.