Border Region

‘This Is My Home But My Voice Doesn’t Matter’

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016

By Gabriel Ellison-Scowcroft In San Diego, they’re all around us. Refugees who’ve become legal residents. Immigrants who were brought here illegally as children. People who’ve...

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Immigration Reform

Immigrant and Refugee Groups To Host Presidential Debate Watch Party

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016

Informal discussion with community members to follow afterward SAN DIEGO, CA  –  With immigration and refugees as one of the main topics of the third and final presidential...

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Union-Tribune: Military service leads to U.S. 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

Opinion: DACA Can Spell Hope for Many Undocumented Immigrants

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016

By Leonard Novarro For most, leaving the house is as normal as putting on a pair of shoes. But for Ruben Espino of San Diego, stepping into the world outside his home was a...

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Immigrant and Refugee Groups To Host Presidential Debate Watch Party

Informal discussion with community members to follow afterward

SAN DIEGO, CA  –  With immigration and refugees as one of the main topics of the third and final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, immigrant rights and refugee groups in San Diego will gather to watch the debate and encourage the community to vote on Tuesday, November 8.
The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC) along with theSan Diego office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Center of San Diego (ICSD), and MAS-PACE (Muslim American Society) will host a debate watch party on Wednesday, October 19.
Media will have an opportunity to speak with members of immigrant and refugee communities to get their reaction to the presidential debate. There will be interviews opportunities in Spanish.
WHAT: Presidential Debate Viewing Party with immigrant and refugees groups
WHEN: Wednesday, October 19, 6 p.m.
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

Thank Your Elected Official for Choosing to Lead a Welcoming City


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Dear ______________,

I am writing to thank you for working to make your city and our border region a place that is welcoming to all residents, regardless of where they come from or how they got here.

San Diego County and the entire border region has long benefitted from a rich and diverse population, and it’s embedded in the very fabric of our culture.  Immigrants and refugees make up roughly a quarter of San Diego County’s population and over 37% of households speak a language other than English at home.  If we were to include the children and family members of those individuals, the percentage of immigrant and refugee families is actually much higher.  Immigrants and refugees grow businesses, strengthen the economy, create jobs, and serve as leaders in churches, organizations, schools and other community venues.

By declaring your city a Welcoming City, it sent a strong message that the contributions of immigrant and refugee communities are important and that all residents, regardless of where they come from, are valued and welcome.  Unfortunately, over the last year, we have heard an increase in hateful rhetoric across the country, seen a number of anti-immigrant and anti-refugee legislation at the federal level, and witnessed an increase in hate crimes and hate speech locally.  Such words and actions have the potential to create fear and division in our community, and it takes tremendous courage and vision to stand up against it, and declare your city a Welcoming City.  I want to recognize and thank you for your commitment to ensuring that all residents feel welcome.  

Thank you for your bold leadership and steadfastness in championing the rights of our communities.  


New Report Pushes Back Against Erasure of Black Immigrants Facing State Violence

By Tina Vasquez

The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) and New York University Law School’s Immigrant Rights Clinic have released a groundbreaking two-part report shedding light on an often overlooked community: the nation’s 3.7 million Black immigrants.

Historically, immigration hasn’t been considered from a race perspective, said Carl Lipscombe, BAJI’s policy and legal manager and co-author of the report, in a phone interview with Rewire. Lipscombe explained that immigrants’ rights organizations and policymakers often see it as a “Latino issue,” leading to the erasure of Black immigrants. This might be because Latino migrants represent a significant portion of the immigrant population in the United States. For example, Mexican immigrants account for approximately 28 percent of the 42.4 million foreign-born in the United States, making them the largest immigrant group in the country, according to the Migration Policy Institute. But as advocates, including Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, have noted, “there are half a million black folks living within the United States in the shadows” and subject to deportation.

Read the full story here.