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.

Trio of Lawmakers Plan ‘California Welcomes Refugees’ Bill

By Chris Jennewein

Assembly members from San Diego, Los Angeles and Sacramento plan to introduce legislation Wednesday that will welcome refugees to the Golden State.

Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher from San Diego, Adrin Nazarian from Sherman Oaks in the San Fernando Valley and Kevin McCarty from Sacramento have scheduled a news conference for 11:30 a.m. to introduce the legislation.

Read the full story here.

Union-Tribune: Denouncing the wall

Local activists hold a press conference denouncing Donald Trump’s exectuvie orders targeting immigrants and refugees as well as the proposed building of a wall along the entire border between the United States and Mexico.

Read more at the Union-Tribune for the full story.

TAKE ACTION: Support SB54, “California Values Act”

Californians, we have to do everything in our power to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the communities most threatened by this administration’s racist, xenophobic agenda. The California State Senate introduced SB 54, the California Values Act which would provide protection for undocumented immigrants and ban the use of state and local resources for mass deportations.

TAKE ACTION: Tell California state lawmakers and Governor Brown to expedite the California Values Act now.

PRESS CONFERENCE: San Diego Immigrant and Refugee Leaders Condemn President Trump’s Actions

SAN DIEGO, CA — Leaders from across San Diego County will hold a press conference today in front of the County Administration Center to condemn President Trump’s executive orders to shut out immigrants and refugees with policies and walls that divide us rather than bring us together.


In response to the president’s actions, local elected officials, faith leaders, immigrant and refugee advocates, and impacted community members will urge the public to support the passing of SB 54, the California Values Act, which prevents state and local dollars and law enforcement agencies from helping immigration officials separate families and terrorize communities.