Statement on Gov. Brown’s decision to Send National Guard Troops to the Border

SAN DIEGO, CA — Today, Gov. Jerry Brown announced that he plans to deploy up to 400 National Guard troops throughout the state to help support existing “transnational crime” operations. The announcement comes in response to President Trump’s unjustified request to deploy troops to the southern border region until he gets his vanity wall.

Gov. Brown plans to limit the role of the National Guard to ongoing statewide operations targeting human traffickers, illegal firearms, and drug smugglers. Their mission will not include building a wall or enforcing federal immigration laws, the governor said.

Trump’s obsession with building a wall is pushing governors from the four southern border states to deploy National Guard troops, further militarizing communities already reeling from the heavy-handed presence of border agents. This is Trump’s latest tantrum to get funding for his border wall despite the fact that:

  • Unauthorized migration is at a historic low
  • On average, one Border Patrol agent arrests less than two immigrants per month
  • Many of the migrants are women and children seeking asylum through the ports of entry

Lilian Serrano, Chair of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, issued the following statement:

“Even though Gov. Brown is limiting the scope of the mission for the National Guard, the deployment is still in response to a flawed logic that we need more boots on the ground. Our region is already hyper-militarized with thousands of border agents who are able to stop and frisk people on their way to school or work without probable cause. Here in San Diego County, border agents far outnumber the local police force, separating families and striking fear in communities. Although Brown says the National Guard will not be engaged in immigration enforcement, their presence enables Trump’s deportation force to do more harm.

Gov. Brown’s decision to side with Trump on sending troops to the border sends the wrong message to California and the nation that border communities can be used as political pawns. We reject any move to further militarize our communities by sending soldiers trained to wage war. Regardless of their mission, the fact is that soldiers should not be patrolling our communities. We are not war zones.”

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.


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San Diegans To County Supervisors: Stay Out of Trump Lawsuit

Community kicks off week of action to protect Californians from Trump’s deportation force

San Diego, CA – The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC) will kick off a week of action to urge the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to stay out of the Trump administration’s lawsuit against California. County officials will meet on April 17 to decide whether to join the lawsuit over Senate Bill 54, known as the “California Values Act,” which strengthens public safety and protects families from Trump’s deportation force.

SDIRC and its members will launch a week of action featuring meetings with supervisors, an online petition, phone banking, and a social media campaign to urge supervisors to side with Californians, not Trump.

Lilian Serrano, Chair of the San Diego Immigrants Rights Consortium (SDIRC) and Community Representative at Alianza Comunitaria released the following statement:

“This lawsuit against California is an affront to our state’s efforts to strengthen public safety for all while protecting families from the president’s abusive and overreaching deportation force. We are mobilizing communities across the region to urge County supervisors to side with California, not Trump, and reject joining this misguided lawsuit.

Cities like Chula Vista and National City have passed resolutions in support of Senate Bill 54 because they know that we are less safe when immigrants are afraid to call the police and report crimes. Local police officers should not be acting as border agents.

This is an opportunity for County supervisors to send a message to California and the nation that San Diego is a welcoming place because we understand that immigrants are valuable and productive members of our community.”

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.

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San Diegans Condemn Trump’s Cruel Lawsuit Against California Families

SAN DIEGO — Local organizations from across San Diego County condemn the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against California policies that protect families from Trump’s abusive and overreaching deportation force.

Trump’s deportation force, which includes ICE and Border Patrol, are able to assert extraordinary powers that allow them to stop, interrogate and search children on their way to school, parents on their way to work, and families going about their daily lives, well inside the United States — all done without a warrant or reasonable suspicion.

The Trump administration’s lawsuit against policies like Senate Bill 54, known as the “California Values Act,” is an effort to continue the status quo of violating the 4th amendment and getting away with it at the expense of families in California and across the nation.

Andrea Guerrero Executive Director of Alliance San Diego released the following statement:

“You cannot ask California to adopt the federal government’s bad habits of bypassing the Constitution by stopping, interrogating and searching people without a warrant. The Fourth Amendment is supposed to protect us against unreasonable searches and seizures, which is why every other law enforcement agency in the country requires either a warrant or ‘reasonable grounds’ for an officer to act without a warrant.

If ICE and Border Patrol want to arrest and deport immigrants from California, then they need to get a warrant, just like the Fourth Amendment says. No more passes for Trump’s deportation force, no more abuse of power. Time to follow the 4th amendment, just like all other law enforcement.”

Lilian Serrano, Chair of the San Diego Immigrants Rights Consortium (SDIRC) and Community Representative at Alianza Comunitaria released the following statement:

The Trump administration’s lawsuit against policies like the “California Values Act” goes against our state’s commitment to valuing and protecting all of its residents, no matter where they come from, and treating them with dignity and compassion. California is a place of community, moral grounding, fairness, and human rights. It is our obligation to stand up against Trump’s policies of hate and intolerance that are separating children from their parents and destroying communities. That’s why we have worked so hard to pass laws such as the “California Values Act” that protect families from Trump’s deportation force.

Every day we walk on eggshells in our own backyards because of the deportation force in our region. Now, this administration wants to strip us of the protections the state of California has put in place.

We will not sit and allow the Department of Justice to waste resources on a lawsuit that is not only unjust but has no added value to this country or our communities. We will continue to work with community members and elected officials to advocate for policies that are rooted in our values of compassion, inclusivity and human rights.”


About Alliance San Diego

Alliance San Diego is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) community empowerment organization working to ensure that all people can achieve their full potential in an environment of harmony, safety, equality, and justice. Our mission is to to provide a means for diverse individuals and organizations to share information, collaborate on issues and mobilize for change in the pursuit of social justice, especially in low-income communities and communities of color. We pursue this mission through targeted civic engagement programs and strategic coalitions that focus on specific issues and policy reforms.

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.

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On March 5th ‘Deadline,’ Dreamers in San Diego Continue to Live in Limbo

Local organizations are helping current DACA recipients renew their status

San Diego, CA – Today is President Trump’s artificial deadline to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has left about 40,000 Border Dreamers in San Diego County — and more than 800,000 young immigrants nationwide — living in fear and uncertainty.

Since Trump announced the end of the program in September of 2017, thousands have lost their status and many more are unable to apply as they come of age, when they should be planning for their future. While a temporary injunction allows those in the program to renew, the court order can be overturned, leaving them in a permanent state of limbo.

Meanwhile, Trump has rejected several bipartisan solutions in Congress that would have protected these young immigrants who were raised here, and instead has chosen to hold them hostage for a harmful border wall and more border agents.

In response, members of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium are mobilizing to support local Border Dreamers. Organizations such as the Jewish Family Service of San Diego and Catholic Charities, are holding workshops to help DACA recipients renew their status.

<<see workshop information below>>

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.