SDIRC Statement on State Senate Voting to Advance the ‘California Values Act’

SAN DIEGO, CA – Today, the California State Senate voted to approve Senate Bill 54, also known as the “California Values Act.” This bill will help keep communities safe for everyone by ensuring that local and state resources do not go towards deportations. This will help make certain that local and state law enforcement are able to focus on protecting communities, not enforcing immigration law.  

The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium Advisory Board issued the following statement:

“The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium applauds the State Senate for passing Senate Bill 54, the “California Values Act.” We are grateful to our local delegation, including State Sen. Toni Atkins, who is a co-author on the bill, for standing with immigrant communities. The “California Values Act” is critical to protecting immigrant families in our region and beyond, and we hope that the Assembly will now recognize the importance and urgent need for this bill and act accordingly to move it forward.”

 

State-by-State Estimates of the Family Members of Unauthorized Immigrants

By Silva Mathema

A new analysis from the University of Southern California’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration and the Center for American Progress estimates that millions of people, including American citizens, live in mixed-status families with unauthorized immigrants. Given this make-up, large swaths of people will suffer from any actions that target unauthorized immigrants.

Nationally, more than 16.7 million people have at least one unauthorized family member living with them, among whom nearly 50 percent, or 8.2 million, are U.S.-born or naturalized citizens. In fact, there are 5.9 million citizen children who will potentially be at risk if their unauthorized family members are targeted.

Read the full story here.

SDIRC Rejects Revised Executive Order Banning Muslims, Limiting refugees

SDIRC Rejects Revised Executive Order Banning Muslims, Limiting refugees

 

SAN DIEGO, CA — Today, the Trump Administration reissued its divisive travel ban executive order  by, among other things, limiting the issuance of visas to individuals from six Muslim-majority countries, and stopping all refugee admissions for 120 days.

Laura Moreno, Chair of the  San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, issued the following statement:
“The revised executive order continues to be a misguided effort to target immigrants and refugees based on their religion and the geography of their birth. These actions put our country’s safety and security at risk, and sow fear, hate, and division in our communities. San Diego is a thriving and diverse place thanks in part to the contributions of immigrants and refugees who call this place home, and we stand united in rejecting the revised executive order.”
 
About 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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California DREAMing: Two Young Latinas Graduating as DACA Students Question Their Future by NIRMA HASTY

By Nirma Hasty

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Lizbeth Contreras, a high school senior and Itzel Guillen, a college senior, have mapped out their career and education futures.

Nonetheless, their graduations are filled with uncertainty even though they have temporary reprieves from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program. Lizbeth, 17, crossed the border from Mexico to San Diego with her mom at the age of 3. Itzel, 22, arrived in the U.S. when she was 4.

“Being Mexican, you wait for your (15th birthday) because of your quinceañera. But I was waiting to become 15 because I knew that then, I could finally apply to DACA,” said Lizbeth.

Since former President Barack Obama authorized DACA in 2012, some 800,000 teens and young adults, many who have grown up in the U.S., have been able to remain in the country, work and go to college. In some states, the program has also allowed them to qualify for scholarships or get driver’s licenses.

Read the full story here.

Ramla Sahid, a refugee on a mission, works to bring refugees into San Diego’s mainstream

By Peter Rowe

Six Syrian men quizzed the Somali owner of Eleet Transportation, a two-year-old San Diego firm that delivers patients to medical appointments.

What are his costs? What regulations govern his business? Is it wise to hire family members?

“I have a younger brother,” said Eleet’s owner, Abdikarim Hussein, in English. “I’ve fired him maybe six, seven times.”

After this comment was translated into Arabic, it was greeted by a chorus of male guffaws. Only one woman was at this testosterone-heavy gathering, yet she may have been the most important person in the room.

Read full the story here.