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.

 

The Oakland City Council's Public Safety Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Nov. 14 about the controversial Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation that took place on August 16 in West Oakland.

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In response to potential immigration raids and deportations, the Alum Rock school board on Thursday dedicated $250,000 for legal defense.

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It’s the first lawsuit in the nation filed jointly by an employer and a labor union on behalf of DACA beneficiary employee.

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The goal is to inspire, encourage and educate leaders in San Mateo County, in the heart of Silicon Valley, to create a safe and supportive path for the immigrant children of San Mateo County.

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The free legal workshop, organized by the San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs, was the final one of its kind before the Oct. 5 deadline. Other upcoming workshops at end of article. 

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The average pending immigration case in San Francisco, California will have its hearing in June 2018, at which point 3.0 years will have elapsed since the case was opened.

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The board of trustees of the Mountain View Whisman School District voted on Sept. 21 to encourage Congress and President Donald Trump to extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and “provide DACA recipients with a pathway to permanent residence and eventually to U.S. citizenship.”

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The County of Santa Clara has teamed up with Silicon Valley Community Foundation to set up a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Emergency Fund. The fund will assist DACA recipients in the County of Santa Clara who are eligible to submit DACA renewal requests by the October 5, 2017, deadline.

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About 1,000 demonstrators streamed into the plaza outside the Federal Building in San Francisco’s South of Market district Tuesday evening to protest President Trump’s decision to phase out DACA.

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SIREN is waiving legal fees for DACA recipients until October, encouraging all DREAMers to submit a renewal application by Oct. 5 and reminding other that existing permits will remain in effect, and applications already in the pipeline will also be processed.

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Each of these leaders have their own reasons, including moral outrage. But one common denominator is support for their own employees who, in some cases, are directly affected by the administration’s actions.

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In the latest move to protect residents afraid of a federal immigration crackdown in the Bay Area, Santa Clara County officials announced the launch of a new network that provides legal services, information and support for undocumented families at the mercy of federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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President Trump is expected to announce plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, program and DREAMers, advocates and several government officials are rallying against the decision.

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Stuck in the middle of the tit-for-tat closure of the Russian Consulate in San Francisco, Bay Area entrepreneurs who rely on easy access to a consulate to keep their companies running must travel for consulate services. 

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More than a dozen immigrant workers were freed by federal ICE agents from a Hayward home and an industrial building where they were being held in squalid conditions with no running water, according to police.

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Ilyce Shugall from Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto selected to be a U.S. Immigration Judge.

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In response to the devastation inflicted by the recent hurricane on communities in Texas and Louisiana, SVCF has assembled and vetted a list of nonprofit organizations that are providing relief to residents in the region and opened a "Californians Helping Texans – Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund" under the direction of Mayor Sam Liccardo. 

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A councilman’s proposed law that would limit city cooperation with federal immigration authorities is giving pause even to San Jose’s liberal leaders, who openly welcome immigrants and denounce the Trump administration’s illegal immigration crackdown.

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Supporters say it's a vital service as Trump ramps up deportation efforts.

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PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg City Council on May 1 decided against posting an open letter to the community affirming its embrace of widely varying peoples and cultures, not wanting to be limited by language such a letter would contain.

At the same time, the council voted unanimously to support an outreach program to make it clear how local police do their jobs, particularly in relation to the extent local police officers cooperate with federal immigration officers.

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The Silicon Valley Community Foundation is ramping up grants to nonprofit organizations devoted to advising and ensuring the safety of local immigrants.

"At a time when uncertainties about federal immigration policies are running high, this new funding opportunity will help organizations offer vital services, support and information to immigrants who are vulnerable or discriminated against," said Emmett D. Carson, the foundation's CEO and president.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Immigrants facing deportation proceedings have no right to a lawyer if they can’t afford one. But Bay Area governments are leading a movement — which could take hold throughout California — to ensure there’s an attorney by their side anyway.

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who will start representing defendants in immigration court next month. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, file)

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Monterey County ‘dreamer’ traumatized by ICE detention, lawyers say Share this: Click to print (Opens in new window) Viridiana Martinez, 23, holds a picture of her brother, Juan Manuel Martínez, during a news conference on Friday at the law offices of Miguel Hernandez. Juan Manuel Martinez was detained by ICE on March 19 and released on bond on Wednesday.

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Bay Area community activists and attorneys have a message for their undocumented immigrant neighbors — you’re not alone.

Faith-based groups, volunteers, nonprofits, activists and attorneys have joined to form the Immigration Liberation Movement, a group striving to support those fearing deportation. They’ve conducted various “know your right” seminars and are expanding the newly formed “Rapid Response Network” in San Francisco and San Mateo counties.

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With the Trump administration taking a tougher line on immigration and border security, a lot of groups have ramped up legal services for noncitizens. But when it comes to financial information and resources, a new gap may be emerging.

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Flaunting red shirts, red ties, red dresses and red shoes, thousands of teachers took to the pavement Monday to advocate for public education, support Muslim and immigrant students and celebrate a #WearRedForEd May Day. At Cesar Chavez Elementary in San Jose, parents organized 400 students to march around campus during recess. At Horner Junior High in Fremont, students, parents and teachers met at the flagpole to express support for schools, then walked together to class when the bell rang.

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SAN JOSE — Ask Naeim Akrami what he likes most about the United States and he’ll likely answer with only one word: freedom. It’s something the 19-year-old didn’t have growing up in a war-torn Afghanistan.

Akrami and his younger brother arrived in the U.S. in 2013 as refugees from Turkey, where they had fled to with their mother and another sibling. The rest of the family immigrated to Germany, but Akrami and his brother had dreams of heading west.

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Hundreds of people took to the streets of Mountain View on Monday evening to denounce a federal crackdown on undocumented immigrants. The annual May Day march this year held a particular urgency and drew one of its largest crowd based on fears that President Donald Trump's administration represents a grave threat to local families and the community.

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CONCORD —- On May Day, activists launched the “Roof and Refuge” campaign calling on city leaders to bolster trust and safety in the community by declaring Concord a sanctuary city and adopting rent control.

Community members walk along Detroit Avenue during a May Day march and rally on Monday, May 1, 2017, in Concord, Calif. Several hundred people took part in the rally and march from Meadow Homes Park to Todos Santos Plaza. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)read more >>

May Day protests got off to a raucous start around the Bay Area on Monday as impassioned immigrant and workers rights advocates converged on San Francisco and Oakland.

Hundreds of demonstrators massed outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in San Francisco's Financial District for International Workers Day, blocking Washington and Sansome streets while chanting and beating drums.

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A recent immigration forum held in Concord began with a stunning bit of information: In Contra Costa County, almost 50 percent of children have at least one foreign-born parent.

If you reference the 2010 census and do the math, you get a big number: more than 100,000 kids fall under the above-mentioned factoid. How many of those foreign-born parents are in the country legally, and how many are undocumented is unclear.

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A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked any attempt by the Trump administration to withhold funding from 'sanctuary cities' that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration authorities.

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Roughly 30 people spoke out in support of Menlo Park beefing up protections for the city’s undocumented population, but City Council decided Tuesday night to table the proposal for another month.

The council was considering whether to join more than 100 other cities or counties around the nation that have sanctuary policies to protect families with undocumented members from deportation.

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What is the H-1B program, and why is the president focused on it?

The H-1B program grants 65,000 work visas a year to foreigners, with 20,000 more visas granted to foreigners with advanced degrees and an unlimited number of extra visas available for universities, teaching hospitals and other nonprofit organizations. The program is aimed at highly skilled workers, and most of the visas are awarded to technology companies, although other specialty industries such as fashion also use the visas.

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Attorney for Trump says San Francisco risks losing minimal federal funding, acknowledges cities aren't required to comply with federal immigration detainer requests

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The California Report Trump’s Plan to Cut ‘Sanctuary’ Funds Threatens S.F., Santa Clara Counties, Judge Says San Francisco city attorneys Mollie Lee and Sara Eisenberg seek to block President Trump's plan to defund sanctuary cities. ( Julie Small/KQED ) By Julie Small , KQED Radio News April 14, 2017 Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) A federal judge says San Francisco and Santa Clara counties are at risk from the Trump administration’s threat to cut funding for local governments with sanctuary policies. “San Francisco believes it has a target on its back,” city ...

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SAN JOSE — Building on a national movement to protect immigrant communities, faith leaders and local and state politicians on Friday pledged their support to undocumented immigrants who fear deportation under the Trump administration. During a press conference at City Hall, the grassroots organization PACT — People Acting in Community Together — launched a “solidarity network” to protect targeted community members. The network includes 70 congregations throughout Santa Clara County.

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The workshop, hosted by the Santa Clara County Citizenship Collaborative and several other agencies, took on added significance this year, as both legal and undocumented immigrants are increasingly worried about their status in the U.S. Many are particularly concerned with the country’s divisive political climate, amid the Trump administration’s push to significantly clamp down on illegal immigration and halt the flow of refugees.

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As California debates a so-called sanctuary law, we look at the policy's long history in San Francisco.

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How progressive-minded East Bay dining establishments hope to protect their workers in the face of Trump’s deportation threats. The raids — and the rumors about raids — are in the news every day. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers detained a domestic violence victim when she walked into a courtroom to get a protective order against her abuser.…

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