Silicon Valley and the Bay Area represent a unique perspective in our engagement with immigrant communities. In Silicon Valley, immigrants make up a significant portion of our population: one-third of our residents are immigrant, half of our workforce is foreign born, and two-thirds of those under the age of 18 are children of immigrants. This page highlights the experiences of our neighbors.

For 11 years, students from all over the world have gathered at Oakland International High to learn English and math, as they also learn to navigate new lives far from where they were born. 

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Almost 1.5 million foreign students have been allowed to stay and work in the U.S. after graduation as part of a work permit program that is now larger than the controversial H-1B program for highly skilled foreign workers, according to a new report.

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Voters approved a ballot measure in 2016 to allow non-citizens to vote in school board elections beginning in November, but there are concerns over how the federal government could use the information. San Francisco plans to issue a warning in 51 languages to non-citizens before they register, including on a Department of Elections affidavit they would need to sign to register and on the Department of Elections website.

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Organised by the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) and the Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs, San Francisco is embracing its status as a safe haven for immigrants, at a time when the federal government is targeting them, with a multi-year program of art and cultural projects. 

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Immigration rights organizations held a public “tribunal” Saturday at the West County Detention Facility to symbolically put the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and local sheriff’s offices on trial for their alleged systemic abuses.

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In the almost five years since he came to America, fleeing Afghanistan by way of Turkey, Naeim Akrami has discovered his freedom — and his sense of self.

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“There has been a fairly steady number of ICE arrests in the county and there is a lot of fear in the community,” Ali Saidi of the public defender’s office, said. “This is one of the major issues causing major distress in the community.”

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Protesters are expected to rally 4/16 outside Los Alamitos City Hall, hours before city leaders are scheduled to take a final vote on an ordinance to protest California’s sanctuary stance.

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A Mexican father arrested by immigration officials after dropping off his daughter at day care in California was released from a detention center on Monday and will be allowed to remain in the U.S. after a judge ruled he could face persecution with a return to Mexico.

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Santa Clara County officials are preparing another round of grant funding to aid undocumented immigrants facing the threat of deportation amid heightened immigration enforcement activity in the Bay Area.

 

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South Bay leaders are rebuking the U.S. Department of Justice for suing California over three new laws designed to protect undocumented immigrants .

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents took two people into custody on Wednesday on administrative warrants, according to Capitola Police Department. 

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“It happens every day in San Francisco — someone who knows we’re a sanctuary city cooperates and helps us,” Lazar said. “As we speak, someone is at some police station reporting a crime that maybe otherwise they wouldn’t have been.”

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In a four-day sweep that ended Wednesday and stretched as far north as the Oregon border, ICE officers arrested 232 people who officials say violated federal immigration laws.

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Several hundred people marched through downtown Santa Rosa on Monday in a large public display of support for undocumented immigrants.

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A key backer of San Francisco granting non-citizens the right to cast ballots in school elections now wants the city to spend as much as $500,000 a year to warn undocumented residents that registering to vote could point the feds their way.

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Miguel Rico’s worst fear is getting separated from his three children. Following a four-day ICE sweep across Northern California, the Mexican immigrant has reason to worry.

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San Francisco Sheriff Vicki Hennessy is required by state law to tell undocumented immigrants arrested by her deputies when ICE is looking for them. Her office also helps the immigrants find lawyers.

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Hours after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf publicly announced ICE activity was imminent in the Bay Area, including her hometown, she spoke publicly for the first time stressing that “credible sources” told her the actions would target civil deportations, not undocumented immigrants wanted for crimes.

 

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Mayor Sam Liccardo wanted to address the fear he says is intensifying in San Jose about the possible ICE operations. He's encouraging immigrants to go about their normal business.

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Whether ICE agents are at the door or someone just needs information about where they can find immigration services, the North Bay Rapid Response Network is there to help.

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San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia spoke at a Spanish-speaking Sunday mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish to assure the congregation that local police will not double as immigration enforcers.

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Immigrant rights groups are organizing a new network of neighborhood watch teams in California and elsewhere in response to threats by the Trump Administration of a deepening crackdown.

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Workers at the Psychological Services and DREAM Center want immigrant students to know there are places on campus to feel safe.

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Attorneys, students, volunteers and elected officials across the Peninsula are among those contributing to assistance efforts for Dreamers, immigrants and others in San Mateo County feeling heightened anxiety amidst uncertain times.

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An anti-immigrant poster that appeared at two locations on the Santa Clara University campus earlier this week has prompted students to challenge what they considered hate speech.

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More than 100 Jews from around the Bay Area gathered in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in downtown San Francisco, calling for justice for undocumented immigrants and showing support for renewal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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Chancellor Carol Christ implemented immigration sweeps toolkits and resource guides in an email in light of threatened ICE sweeps in the Bay Area.

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A University of California at Berkeley pre-law student arrested last month at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection checkpoint near San Diego returned home to the Bay Area Sunday night.

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Just hours after the Oakland City Council voted unanimously to end any cooperation with agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Mayor Libby Schaaf said she would go to jail if needed in her opposition to ICE raids.

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Officials from several Bay Area law enforcement agencies said that federal officials haven’t looped them in on any plans for major sweeps for undocumented immigrants, and added that they didn’t plan to help with any such operations.

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Napa, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa, Suisun City, Petaluma and Sebastopol were among the areas inspected by Immigration Customs Enforcement officers “to ensure that businesses are operating with employees who have proper work authorization,” according to a statement released by ICE.

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Siegel expressed pride in the activism he sees in Mountain View, especially regarding the protection of immigrant rights.

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President Trump announced his administration is ending the Temporary Protection Status Program for nearly 200,000 Salvadorans in the United States. Oakland Unified reacted by vowing to help those families who may face deportation.

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Oakland's Public Safety Committee voted unanimously on a resolution to stop what City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan calls 'collusion' between the Oakland Police Department and ICE.

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The archbishop exhorted Catholics to become "well versed in the Church's teaching on migration" and said it is "imperative that all people native to our country get to know immigrants and migrants, and listen to their stories."

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A UC Berkeley student was being held in San Diego on Wednesday, slated for deportation, according to Border Patrol officials.

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The impact on the Bay Area could be outsized, as Silicon Valley relies on H-1B visas to staff a significant number of technical positions.

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The sanctuary building at Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos serves many purposes; it’s where weekly services and special events such as bar mitzvahs are held. Now, the building also houses a sanctuary apartment, where an individual or a parent with one child can stay when in danger of being deported.

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Santa Clara County and the cities of San Francisco, Berkeley and Fremont were among 29 jurisdictions nationwide to receive sanctuary warning letters from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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