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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Citizenship

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

June 5 Primary Election: Where Do Candidates Stand on Immigration?

The June 5 primary elections are just around the corner, and there are many candidates running for local, state and federal offices. But before we go to the polls, we wanted to know where they stand on issues around immigration and border enforcement.

SDIRC sent a questionnaire to all candidates in the following races: U.S. Senate, U.S. Congressional District 49, U.S. Congressional District 50, San Diego County Supervisor District 4, San Diego County Supervisor District 5, San Diego County District Attorney, and San Diego County Sheriff. While some did not respond, many did. Here are the answers just in time for the election!

Here are the questions we asked:

1.Given that unauthorized migration is at a historic low and that the nearly 20,000 agents already deployed at the border apprehend on average 2 people per agent per month, do you agree with President Trump that we need 5,000 more border patrol agents?

2. Do you agree that DHS (ICE, Border Patrol, CBP) operating inside the United States should be required to follow the same rules as other federal, state, and local law enforcement officers, including having probable cause or a warrant before entering private property, searching a vehicle, or detaining someone inside the country?

3. Do you agree that young undocumented immigrants should be allowed to gain lawful status if they were brought to the United States as children, have earned a high school degree or served in the armed forces, and have no criminal record?

4. Do you agree that the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States today should be allowed to earn legal status by paying fines and back taxes, and proving good moral character?

5. The number of visas available for family members to migrate to the United States has not increased in over a generation, resulting in a backlog that is over 20 years long for families in some countries like Mexico, the Philippines, India, and China. Do you believe the number of family visas should be increased?

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>>