Protesters in San Francisco rallied against the treatment of Haitians seeking safety at the United States’ borders.
Monterey County served as inspiration for Farmworker Relief Package. But lawmakers and advocates say more help is needed.
On Sept. 28, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation focused specifically on farmworker health and safety during the pandemic. But some advocates say more is needed to help this vulnerable population.
California’s undocumented workers face food insecurity and evictions now that $75 million in California state funding appropriated in April to support them through the crisis has been depleted.
OAKLAND — Activists came together Feb. 7 at the Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland to show support for Liyah Birru, an Ethiopian immigrant who faces deportation after serving a four-year prison sentence.
SACRAMENTO — Immigration and prison reform advocates across the state are calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to stop California prisons from collaborating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Courts blocked Trump’s public charge rule. Immigrant advocates say the proposal had a ‘chilling effect.’
The Trump administration this summer proposed a rule that would have made it harder for people to get green cards if they had been using government assistance like Medicaid, housing vouchers or food stamps — or if they were deemed likely to use those programs in the future. The so-called public charge rule was set to take effect on Oct. 15. Instead, courts issued temporary injunctions to stop the rule four days before it was due to kick in.
SAN FRANCISCO — As Election Day nears, the San Francisco District Attorney race is heating up. Candidates at a forum earlier this month crossed swords over immigration policy and the surprise appointment of candidate Suzy Loftus as interim DA.
Bay Area counties and non-profit organizations are preparing for the 2020 Census by canvassing neighborhoods to make address lists more complete and recruiting “trusted messengers” like priests and community organizers to encourage hard-to-count populations to respond to the census.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients received a reprieve, in late November when a federal appeals court temporarily blocked the end of DACA. The recipients were given a small victory, but fear of deportation remains. The DACA recipients and the Trump Administration anxiously await to learn if the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case.
In East Palo Alto, some immigrant families opting out of benefits amidst news of possible ‘public charge’ rule changes
The Trump administration may soon expand the criteria used to determine whether immigrants seeking permanent residency status are at risk of becoming a “burden to American taxpayers.” News of the proposed changes to the “public charge” test have spread through immigrant communities around the country, including in East Palo Alto.
SANTA CLARA — Santa Clara County’s five-term sheriff, Laurie Smith, is facing her toughest re-election battle in two decades amid heightened scrutiny of her record and recent high-profile deaths at the county jails.
PALO ALTO — Applications for the H-1B visa, the program that allows companies to hire skilled immigrants, grew 3.2 percent during 2017 in the San Francisco Bay Area. That may not seem like much, but it bucks a national decline in H-1B visa applications since Donald Trump was elected president.