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>>

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.


San Diego Elected Officials: “We need a Clean Dream Act Now!”

San Diego Elected Officials: “We need a Clean Dream Act Now!”

Bipartisan group sends letter to Congress on National Day of Action in Support of the Dream Act

San DiegoIn a display of bipartisan support, two dozen local and state elected officials signed onto a letter asking Congress to protect Dreamers without further militarizing border communities.

The letter is being sent to Members of Congress today and coincides with a National Day of Action in support of a clean Dream Act. Immigrant youth, advocates and people of faith are issuing statements and demonstrating across the country in a unified display of support for Dreamers and their families.  

San Diego Elected Officials Sign Letter Urging Passage of a Clean Dream Act

In a display of bipartisan support, two dozen local and state elected officials signed onto a letter that urges Congress to protect Border Dreamers without further militarizing our communities.  

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 Interviews Said Abiyow at the 21th Annual Immigrant Day in Sacramento

El pueblo unido, Jamas será vencido! Ang tao ang bayan, ngayon ay lumalaban! The people united, will never be defeated!

May 15th, 2017 was the 21st Annual Immigrant Day. The SDIRC delegation of 33 San Diego leaders successfully met with all 11 assembly members and senators who represent a piece or region of San Diego County.

The day was kicked off with a rally and program of speakers to ground all participating organizations and individuals for the day ahead. There was a variety of speakers from all over the state who stood in front of the hundreds to speak their truth. The speakers ranged from faith leaders, community leaders and organizational representatives who shared stories, either their own or of the communities they work with. They spoke about the importance of building and maintaining a united front on the issues that affect all of us, especially considering the targeted threats under the Trump administration.

During our time at the state’s capitol, we had the opportunity to get to know, learn from and interview Said Abiyow, current President and CEO of the Somali Bantu Association of America, now a member organization of SDIRC. Below are his responses and impressions as a first time participant in Immigrant Day.