siren-logoThere is a lot of fear for immigrants right now. Citizens Rise works with Santa Clara County and San Mateo County’s primary immigration nonprofit: Services, Immigrants Rights & Education Network (SIREN).

FREE LEGAL SERVICES: Every Thursday FROM 9AM-5PM. On the 3rd Thursday of every month, the clinic is closed due to their mobile clinic.

FREE HOTLINE TO GET LEGAL INFO AND LOW COST COMMUNITY RESOURCES:
Span/Eng: (408) 453-3017
Viet/Eng: (408) 453-3013

  1. Top priority: To give all immigrants access to their rights through legal and other services.
  2. Another challenge: boosting morale and preventing widespread depression or hostility. There is an overall general community feeling of fear and sadness because though most nonprofits, like SIREN, that deal with immigrants are nonpartisan, this Trump administration and 2017 majority Republican Congress have made it clear they are not friendly to immigrants and view refugees with hostility and distrust. This fear extends to those in the Bay Area: whether a child will be safe at school or walking down the street. SIREN is helping their clients cope with that stress by providing them with services, resources and information.
  3. Partnerships with local and state agencies to protect immigrants. In December 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it would start the year with a series of raids targeting families who came to the U.S. seeking refuge. Here is information from #Not1More on How to prepare for raids (in Spanish).Here is a full list of their partnerships and collaborations.

How can you be involved?

Pressure your state legislative reps to pass SB 154, the most comprehensive immigrant protection bill in the country.

1. SB 154, The California Values Act, authored by California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León ensures that state and local resources are not used to fuel mass deportations, separate families, or divide Californians on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, immigration status, or national or ethnic origins.

SB 154 creates “Safe Zones” that prohibits immigration officers from entering schools, hospitals, and courthouses to ensure all immigrants have access to the services provided by these public areas.

SB 154 bans state and local law enforcement officials from performing the functions of a federal immigration officer, so  no reporting or detention without warrants. No registry with state funds. [The California Values Act does not prevent state and local departments or agencies from complying with a judicial warrant to transfer violent offenders into federal custody for immigration enforcement purposes.]

SB 154 prohibits state funding towards any registry. Nor will the state turn over any information that may used towards a federal registry.

2. If you have access to a population who will benefit from SIREN’s “Know Your Rights” presentation available in several languages, fill out this form or contact their office: (408) 453-3003.