Border Region

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018

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”...

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Immigration Reform

SDIRC Denounces Cruel Decision to End TPS for El Salvador

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018

SAN DIEGO, CA — The Trump administration announced today that it will end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 200,000 Salvadorans who have been living, working and...

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Posted by on Apr 22, 2016

By Tatiana Sanchez Daniel Torres, an unauthorized immigrant who enlisted in the Marine Corps using a false birth certificate, became an American citizen on Thursday. He is likely...

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Deferred Action

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018

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...

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Recent Posts

CA Budget Leaves Undocumented Seniors Without Access to Life-Saving Care

SAN DIEGO, CA — The California Legislature’s Budget Conference Committee announced a deal for California’s 2020 budget to offer healthcare for young undocumented adults — the first state in the country to do so — while excluding vulnerable undocumented seniors.

The deal is expected to be voted by the state Senate and Assembly, and then be sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom next week for his signature.

The deal extends healthcare for undocumented immigrants between the ages of 19 and 25. The deal, however, falls short in including health coverage to undocumented seniors over the age of 65 who need health care the most.

California Must Pass Health4All — San Diego Community Members Share Their Family Stories

Undocumented Californians are our friends, neighbors, and loved ones. They help to keep our economy — the fifth largest in the nation — thriving, and contribute to our culture of diversity, opportunity, and hope. However, many undocumented Californians are facing a crisis that may prove deadly — a lack of access to healthcare because of their immigration status.

In 2015, California passed “Health4All Kids”, which expanded Medi-Cal coverage to undocumented children under the age of 19. While this has helped improve the lives of thousands of children, it left out over a million undocumented adults and seniors. Undocumented Californians are the largest single group of uninsured individuals in the state, and because of this, many of our loved ones suffer and even die from treatable illnesses due to lack of care.

The Health4All Campaign is urging the California legislature to exercise their leadership and expand the reach of “Health4All Kids” by passing a budget that includes Medi-Cal coverage for all Californians who meet the income requirement, regardless of their immigration status or age.

Governor Newsom included funding in his proposed budget for undocumented young adults ages 19-25 to be able to access Medi-Cal, but this proposal fails to provide healthcare for older adults, including our community elders who may need it the most.

Read the stories below from community members whose families have been deeply impacted because of their loved ones’ inability to access healthcare. These are the stories of individuals who would be left out of the Governor’s current proposal.

No one should have to wait for an emergency to be able to access healthcare, or lose a loved one because they did not have access to healthcare. Call today and urge the Budget Conference Committee and Governor Newsom to include #Health4All and #Health4AllElders as part of the state budget on June 15.   

One Year Later: SB 54 Implementation in San Diego County



Updated: April 2019


By Erin Tsurumoto Grassi

In October 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 54, the California Values Act, into law.  A huge victory for immigrant and refugee communities across the state, the California Values Act (SB 54) limits how local and state law enforcement can collaborate with federal immigration agencies and puts additional measures in place to provide more transparency and accountability when local and state law enforcement agencies partner with federal immigration agencies.

SB 54 went into effect on January 1, 2018. The intention of this report is to examine the ways that local San Diego law enforcement agencies have implemented SB 54 in our region. The California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) published a policy brief on the statewide implementation of SB 54 that outlines the general trends that are happening across the state (Gomez and Razavi). This report will address the general trends laid out by CIPC and whether or not any of our local law enforcement agencies fall into those trends.