Check Out the 2018 SDIRC Award Winners!

On December 10th, The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC), a project of Alliance San Diego, handed out their 2018 SDIRC Awards.

The SDIRC Awards celebrate work that uplifts SDIRC’s mission to support migrant families.

Eight community members, organizations, and partners were given awards for their outstanding work in 2018 surrounding immigrant rights, advocacy, media coverage, and more.

Congratulations to the 2018 recipients of the SDIRC Awards, listed below.

SDIRC Launches Fund to Bond out Immigrant Detainees In San Diego and Imperial Counties

Fund has raised more than $20,000 to bond out families from immigration detention

SAN DIEGO, CA —  The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC) announced the launch of a regional bond fund that will reunite families who have been separated by the harsh and inhumane policies of the Trump administration. The Borderlands Get Free Bond Fund is open to people who have been detained in San Diego and Imperial Counties, or who have lived in this region for a long time.

SCOTUS Ruling Upholding Muslim Ban Is an Attack on Our Nation’s Values

SAN DIEGO, CA — The United States Supreme Court today upheld President Trump’s blatant efforts to ban people of the Muslim faith from visiting family and doing business in the United States in a shameful decision that goes against everything this country stands for.

The decision allows the government to continue to single out and target a religious group in what is supposed to be the land of religious freedom. This goes against our core values of inclusion and compassion and treating everybody equally under the law.

<<DAY OF ACTION TONIGHT AT 7 P.M.: #StandWithMuslims in San Diego>>

San Diegans To County Supervisors: Stay Out of Trump Lawsuit

Community kicks off week of action to protect Californians from Trump’s deportation force

San Diego, CA – The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC) will kick off a week of action to urge the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to stay out of the Trump administration’s lawsuit against California. County officials will meet on April 17 to decide whether to join the lawsuit over Senate Bill 54, known as the “California Values Act,” which strengthens public safety and protects families from Trump’s deportation force.

SDIRC and its members will launch a week of action featuring meetings with supervisors, an online petition, phone banking, and a social media campaign to urge supervisors to side with Californians, not Trump.

Lilian Serrano, Chair of the San Diego Immigrants Rights Consortium (SDIRC) and Community Representative at Alianza Comunitaria released the following statement:

“This lawsuit against California is an affront to our state’s efforts to strengthen public safety for all while protecting families from the president’s abusive and overreaching deportation force. We are mobilizing communities across the region to urge County supervisors to side with California, not Trump, and reject joining this misguided lawsuit.

Cities like Chula Vista and National City have passed resolutions in support of Senate Bill 54 because they know that we are less safe when immigrants are afraid to call the police and report crimes. Local police officers should not be acting as border agents.

This is an opportunity for County supervisors to send a message to California and the nation that San Diego is a welcoming place because we understand that immigrants are valuable and productive members of our community.”

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.

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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.

<< SEE BELOW HOW SDIRC CAN HELP REPORTERS COVER LOCAL IMMIGRATION ISSUES>>