SIREN’s mission is to empower low-income immigrants and refugees in Santa Clara County through community education and organizing, leadership development, policy advocacy and naturalization services. We believe that all people regardless of legal status or nationality are entitled to essential services, human dignity, basic rights and protections, and access to full participation in society.
Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN) today hailed the Supreme Court decision to hear the United States v. Texas case involving President Obama’s executive action programs, expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), that would grant administrative relief to millions of immigrant families.
Just before Christmas, 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. So far activity has been reported in Texas, New York, California, Missouri, and Maryland. Our friends at #Not1More have developed information on steps to take to prepare for raids - available in Spanish on our website here.
In November, the Morgan Hill Police Department announced a proposed change to the city’s towing policy. Their current policy, established after significant advocacy from local immigrant community groups, put a halt to the unnecessary car impoundments for individuals driving without a license. Police Chief David Swing has stated that since the AB 60 law has passed, starting January 1, 2016 the Police Department will be changing its policy for towing unlicensed drivers based on an officer’s discretion.