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.

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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CAIR-SFBA's new Immigrants' Rights Program helps with citizenship, asylum, T-Visas, U-Visas, Temporary Protected Status and more.

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Trinity Episcopal Church in Menlo Park has partnered with Islamic Networks Group in San Jose and with other local Muslim and interfaith organizations to deliver a series of workshops and community talks to dispel common stereotypes about Muslims and Islam.

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Through a medical-legal partnership in Oakland, attorneys help students and their parents who need assistance reversing deportation orders, applying for visas, and tackling other citizenship hurdles.

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The Trump administration is ending a humanitarian program that has allowed 59,000 Haitians to live and work in the United States since an earthquake ravaged their country in 2010.

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Santa Clara County leaders raised alarms about the upcoming 2020 Census, fearing many people in crowded, culturally diverse cities like San Jose won’t be tallied in the once-a-decade count that determines federal funding and representation in Congress.

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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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