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Since President Trump rescinded the DACA program, more than 19,000 Dreamers have lost protection.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.

San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium Elects New Leadership

Human rights organizer ushered in as chair during election year

San Diego – The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium(SDIRC) has elected human rights organizer Lilian Serrano to be the new chair of the board during its annual election. Lilian and the 9-member advisory board, which was also elected, will be tasked with leading the coalition for the next year.

This vote comes as immigrants in San Diego and across the nation are faced with hyperbolic rhetoric and increasingly divisive policies that affect their way of life.

For more than a decade, SDIRC has worked with lawmakers and community members to not only bridge the gap between them but to also advocate for legislation that protects immigrant and refugee communities.

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Lilian is a member of Alianza Comunitaria, a coalition of human rights grassroots organizations in North County, San Diego. The coalition has worked with community members to create an alert system to inform residents about the presence of driver’s license checkpoints and immigration raids.

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

“I’m ecstatic that the consortium elected me to lead them for the next year. As we face this election year, I look forward to standing hand-in-hand with my brothers and sisters to continue our work uplifting the voices of immigrants and their families in San Diego County. Together, we will resist the attacks on our communities and continue to fight to protect our rights.”

2018 Advisory Board Members

Chair — Lilian Serrano, Alianza Comunitaria

Faith Representative — Angela Fujii, First UU of San Diego

Legal Representative — Lauren Cusitello, Crossroads Justice Center of San Diego

Labor Representative — Mathew Kostrinsky & Kim Moore, UDW

Community Representative — Esmeralda Flores, ACLU

Community Representative — Mejgan Afshan, CAIR San Diego

Community Representative — Felicia Gomez, CIPC

Former Chair (ex-officio) — Laura Moreno, UNITE HERE Local 30

SBCC Representative (ex-officio) — Adriana Jasso & Pedro Rios, AFSC

How Can SDIRC Help Reporters?

SDIRC can provide subject matter experts for your stories on the below

  • Refugee issues
  • Labor issues within the immigrant community
  • Immigration Integration

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.

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.

 

California Takes Bold Step To Protect Immigrant Families

Governor Brown signed the “California Values Act” into law, limiting cooperation between local and state agencies and immigration agents

 

SAN DIEGO, CA — Today, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 54 the “California Values Act” into law. The landmark law, which takes effect in January, will protect immigrants across the state by limiting local law enforcement collaboration with immigration agents.

Pedro Rios, Director of the American Friends Service Committee’s U.S./Mexico Border Program, and a member of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, released the following statement:

“We applaud the Governor for signing the “California Values Act” into law. As a border community, where we have more immigration officials than local law enforcement, this bill is critical to protecting our community members. The “California Values Act” reaffirms our state’s commitment to valuing and protecting all of its residents, no matter where they come from, and sends a powerful message of inclusion across the nation.

We also recognize that California must do much more to embrace the humanity of all who call our state home, including Californians criminalized by racially biased systems of mass incarceration. We will keep fighting to raise the bar for due process and equal treatment statewide.”

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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San Diegans Oppose Cruel and Heartless Decision to End DACA

San Diegans Oppose Cruel and Heartless Decision to End DACA

 
Up to 40,000 San Diegans who were brought to the United States as children could end up  deported to places they barely know


SAN DIEGO, CA — In a cruel and heartless decision, the Trump administration has decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program while giving Congress a six-month delay to come up with a legislative solution.
This decision will negatively impact nearly 800,000 young people, including as many as 40,000 in San Diego, who under this program have been able to work, study, and contribute to America.