SDIRC Awards 2019: Values in Action

On Monday, December 9th, The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC)handed out the 2019 SDIRC Awards.

The SDIRC Awards celebrate work that uplifts SDIRC’s mission to support immigrants and refugees in San Diego County.

Eight community members, organizations, and partners were recognized for their outstanding work in 2019 around immigrant rights, advocacy, media, and more.

Congratulations to the 2019 recipients of the SDIRC Awards, listed below!

Public to Hold Sheriff Accountable at County Forum

San Diego, Ca — The San Diego Sheriff Department is expected to explain how it works with federal immigration officials at a community forum hosted by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors today at 10 AM. Under state law, any law enforcement agency that provides ICE access to an individual must hold a community forum as part of the TRUTH Act.

Community members have expressed deep concerns about how the Sheriff has consistently undermined the California Values Act (SB 54), a state law that limits cooperation between law enforcement agencies and immigration officials. The Sheriff department has used border patrol agents as interpreters, violated mandatory transfer reporting and not complied with other mandatory reporting, among other things, undermining community trust and making everybody less safe.

What: San Diego County TRUTH Act Forum
When: Tuesday, November 19 at 10am
Where: Campus Center Chamber, County Operations Center, 5520 Overland Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123

Immigrant Bond Fund Frees 33 People in First Year

SAN DIEGO — The Borderlands Get Free Fund, a fund to help bond out individuals from immigration detention, is celebrating its one year anniversary with a fundraiser tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sherman Heights Community Center.

Trump to Tour Deadly Border Wall During Fundraising Trip

SAN DIEGO, CA — Today, President Trump plans to visit the deadly border wall in Otay Mesa while in San Diego as part of a Southern California tour designed to raise money for his reelection campaign based on his hateful and racist anti-immigrant policies.

‘Public Charge’ Rule Aims to Slash Legal Pathways to Immigrant Families

SAN DIEGO, CA — Today, the Trump administration announced its new “public charge” rule that would block legal pathways to lawful permanent residency to immigrant families using certain safety net programs in an effort to limit legal immigration.

Supreme Court Decision Against Citizenship Question is a Win for Immigrant Communities

SAN DIEGO, CA —  In a 5-4 vote today, the Supreme Court ruled to temporarily strike the Trump Administration’s addition of a question regarding citizenship from the 2020 Census, citing the official explanation “seems to have been contrived.” 

The ruling came in response to a lawsuit brought forth by 18 states, several cities and several immigrant rights groups, who stated that the question on citizenship would make communities afraid to be counted, thus depriving states of Congressional seats and much-needed resources.

The Supreme Court stated that while the government has the right to add a citizenship question, it must properly justify it, which may prove to be difficult for the Trump Administration to do before forms must be printed in the next few weeks.