‘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.

Local Law Enforcement Slow to Implement SB 54 in San Diego County

New report reveals how local agencies are measuring up one year later

SAN DIEGO, CA — A new report by the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC) on the implementation of SB 54 in San Diego County shows that law enforcement agencies have been slow to implement the requirements of the California Values Act, also known as SB 54.

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>>

Statement on Board of Supervisors’ Decision to Support Trump’s Lawsuit

San Diego –  The San Diego County Board of Supervisors’ voted today to support the Trump administration’s misguided lawsuit against California policies that strengthen public safety while protecting families from the president’s deportation force.

Statement on Gov. Brown’s decision to Send National Guard Troops to the Border

SAN DIEGO, CA — Today, Gov. Jerry Brown announced that he plans to deploy up to 400 National Guard troops throughout the state to help support existing “transnational crime” operations. The announcement comes in response to President Trump’s unjustified request to deploy troops to the southern border region until he gets his vanity wall.

Gov. Brown plans to limit the role of the National Guard to ongoing statewide operations targeting human traffickers, illegal firearms, and drug smugglers. Their mission will not include building a wall or enforcing federal immigration laws, the governor said.

Trump’s obsession with building a wall is pushing governors from the four southern border states to deploy National Guard troops, further militarizing communities already reeling from the heavy-handed presence of border agents. This is Trump’s latest tantrum to get funding for his border wall despite the fact that:

  • Unauthorized migration is at a historic low
  • On average, one Border Patrol agent arrests less than two immigrants per month
  • Many of the migrants are women and children seeking asylum through the ports of entry

Lilian Serrano, Chair of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, issued the following statement:

“Even though Gov. Brown is limiting the scope of the mission for the National Guard, the deployment is still in response to a flawed logic that we need more boots on the ground. Our region is already hyper-militarized with thousands of border agents who are able to stop and frisk people on their way to school or work without probable cause. Here in San Diego County, border agents far outnumber the local police force, separating families and striking fear in communities. Although Brown says the National Guard will not be engaged in immigration enforcement, their presence enables Trump’s deportation force to do more harm.

Gov. Brown’s decision to side with Trump on sending troops to the border sends the wrong message to California and the nation that border communities can be used as political pawns. We reject any move to further militarize our communities by sending soldiers trained to wage war. Regardless of their mission, the fact is that soldiers should not be patrolling our communities. We are not war zones.”

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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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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