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>>

Record-Size Delegation Travels to Sacramento for Immigrant Day

Dozens of community members and advocates from San Diego will meet with the county’s state elected officials

SAN DIEGO, CA –The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC) is proud to send a record-size delegation to our state’s capital on Monday, May 15, for the 21st Annual Immigrant Day, a day of action that brings together advocates from across the state to fight for immigrant rights.

Close to 40 leaders from across San Diego County will join hundreds of other community members and activists. They will meet with elected representatives from every quarter of the county to advocate for policies that protect immigrant communities from a Federal administration that seeks to criminalize, deport and separate families.

SDIRC Statement on State Senate Voting to Advance the ‘California Values Act’

SAN DIEGO, CA – Today, the California State Senate voted to approve Senate Bill 54, also known as the “California Values Act.” This bill will help keep communities safe for everyone by ensuring that local and state resources do not go towards deportations. This will help make certain that local and state law enforcement are able to focus on protecting communities, not enforcing immigration law.  

The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium Advisory Board issued the following statement:

“The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium applauds the State Senate for passing Senate Bill 54, the “California Values Act.” We are grateful to our local delegation, including State Sen. Toni Atkins, who is a co-author on the bill, for standing with immigrant communities. The “California Values Act” is critical to protecting immigrant families in our region and beyond, and we hope that the Assembly will now recognize the importance and urgent need for this bill and act accordingly to move it forward.”