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.

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

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

 

SAN DIEGO — Leaders from across San Diego County strongly condemn President Trump’s executive orders to shut out immigrants and refugees with policies and walls that divide us rather than bring us together.

As a result of the president’s actions, refugees, who are mostly women and children fleeing war and violence and who have already been vetted, now stand in harm’s way. Immigrants and visa applicants from entire countries are now blocked based on nothing more than the geography of their birth, harkening back to discriminatory immigration policies of the past. In addition, southern border communities that lack resources and infrastructure are now facing the prospects of an expanded border wall that does nothing to revitalize their communities.

A lot depends on Trump’s definition of ‘criminal’ and ‘immigrant’

By Kate Morrissey

As President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration approaches, his hard-line supporters and the unauthorized immigrants he has pledged to oust are waiting to find out how Trump will define a group that he has often railed against — “criminal immigrants.”

Both words of that phrase raise questions about Trump’s main targets for immigration policy.

“Criminal” raises questions because while a person’s immigration status is considered a civil matter, anyone who crosses the border without permission could be charged with a misdemeanor, illegal entry. Anyone who does it twice could be charged with a felony, illegal re-entry. Some wonder whether Trump will increase prosecution of these offenses as part of his plan to deport criminals.

“Immigrant” raises questions because, while Trump’s supporters seem focused on unauthorized immigrants, those who are here legally — such as with a green card — can also commit crimes and be deported for it.

Read the full story here.

SDIRC Applauds California Bills That Supports Immigrants and Refugees

The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC) has issued the following statement regarding legislation in California that would protect immigrants and refugees against potentially harsh immigration policies from the Federal Government:
 
When it comes to standing up for immigrants and refugees, the time for rhetoric is over, and the time to take action is now. That’s why we applaud state elected officials in California for taking proactive measures to protect immigrants and refugees against potentially harsh immigration and enforcement policies from the incoming Trump Administration. 

Trust between the community and local law enforcement is essential for everyone’s security. Policies that require local law enforcement to help enforce federal immigration law erode this trust and put everyone’s safety at risk. Schools, clinics, hospitals, places of worship and other sensitive locations should be deemed off-limits to immigration enforcement agents. It’s important that immigrants and refugees have access to proper legal representation when needed.


The best way to protect the wellbeing of our entire community is ensuring that people feel they can move freely in their communities without fear.” 

About San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium
The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium is a project of Alliance San Diego. Beginning in 2007, community, faith, labor, and legal organizations have come together as the Immigrant Rights Consortium. Through the Consortium, these organizations are pursuing four common goals: Support comprehensive immigration reform; top the spread of local policies and practices that target and violate the civil and human rights of immigrants; educate immigrants about their rights and the legal and other resources available to them and educate the public about the important contributions of immigrants and counter the myths and misstatements made about immigrants. For more information about the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, please visit www.immigrantsandiego.org.
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In Wake of Hurricane Matthew, U.S. Must Renew Humanitarian Aid to Haitians at Our Borders

‘Improved conditions’ in Haiti were cited as a reason to begin detention and deportations of Haitians seeking humanitarian aid
SAN DIEGO, CA –  The U.S. should immediately reinstate humanitarian aid (including humanitarian parole) to Haitians arriving at our borders, given the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew, the first major hurricane to hit Haiti in 50 years.
Hurricane Matthew pummeled Haiti with powerful winds, heavy rains and rising floods, further crippling the Caribbean nation, which is still recovering from the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake and an ongoing cholera epidemic. This new devastation to the poorest nation in our Hemisphere is further evidence that Haiti is in no condition to receive deportees.
The U.S. Government cited “improved conditions” in the island as a reason to detain and deport Haitian earthquake survivors arriving at the border starting September 22. This new policy was announced despite the State Department issuing numerous warnings for people traveling to Haiti, citing the lack of emergency medical services and run-away crime rates.
Ginger Jacobs, Chair of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, stated the following:
“We urge the U.S. Government to reinstate humanitarian aid and parole to Haitians at our border. The U.S. Government’s decision to detain and deport people back to this destitute land is inhumane, and it also breaks a promise made by the U.S. not to forsake or forget the Haitian people after the devastating earthquake of 2010. Haiti has limited resources, limited employment opportunities and, if deported, these people have a limited chance of prospering in such desperate conditions.”
About San Diego Immigrants Rights Consortium
The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium is a project of Alliance San Diego. Beginning in 2007, community, faith, labor, and legal organizations have come together as the Immigrant Rights Consortium. Through the Consortium, 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 about their rights and the legal and other resources available to them and to educate the public about the important contributions of immigrants and counter the myths and misstatements made about immigrants. To learn more about SDIRC, visit www.immigrantsandiego.org.
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Haitian Men Cut Off From Families as U.S. Tightens Entry Rules

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MEXICO CITY — A sudden shift in American immigration policy has divided scores of Haitian families trying to enter the United States from Mexico, immigrants and advocates say.

The policy change, announced last week, has separated wives from husbands and children from their fathers, stranding the men in Mexico after their families were allowed to cross into the United States.

“I’m hoping God makes miracles,” said Sandra Alexandre, who was allowed into the United States last week ahead of her boyfriend and gave birth three days later. The new policy went into effect right before the child’s father could cross.

The family separations appear to be an unintended consequence of the Obama administration’s effort to tighten the border against the arrival of thousands of Haitians streaming north from Brazil, mostly to seek employment in the United States.

Read the full story here.