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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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.

SDIRC Statement on Extension of TPS for Haitian Earthquake Survivors

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)  granted to Haitians who survived the 2010 Haitian earthquake. During this extension, they are expected to prepare to be deported to a country still devastated by natural disasters.

There are an estimated 58,000 Haitians with TPS living in the United States, including about 100 in San Diego. These earthquake survivors have lived, worked, and gone to school in the United States while their country is being rebuilt. However, they are now one step closer to being deported to a country ill-prepared to receive them.

Pastor Jean Elise Durandisse, with the Christ United Methodist Church and a member of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, released the following statement:

“We are heartbroken by the decision to extend this program for only six months, as opposed to the 18-24 months we have been requesting. Families are in fear because of this uncertain future. We need to continue to show compassion to the victims of natural disasters, and treat them the same way we would like to be treated if we were in their place. TPS is part of our commitment as a nation to support them in their time of need. There are many Americans that stepped up to support these survivors by opening their doors and their hearts, and living by the biblical verse ‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.’ We will continue to pray that God will touch their hearts so that TPS can be extended further and our families can remain together.”

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

“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 wear our tried-and-true American values on our sleeves by continuing to support these natural disaster survivors, and we can do that by extending TPS for 18 to 24 months. On September 16, 2016, then-candidate Trump went to “Little Haiti” in Miami, Florida and told Haitians that “Haiti is still suffering very badly” and pledged to be their “greatest champion.” This is an opportunity for President Trump to fulfill his campaign promise by extending a program that has given earthquake survivors the dignity of work and safety while conditions in their country improve. Haiti is still in no condition to receive an estimated 58,000 people.”

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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