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.
Following news reports of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) plans to launch a 30-day series of raids in May and June targeted at Central American children and mothers, Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN) condemned any operation that considers refugee children and families, and asylum applicants as immigration enforcement priorities. SIREN’s Executive Director Maricela Gutiérrez issued the following statement in response.
In honor of Women's History month SIREN is excited to honor a fierce immigrant rights advocate whose continuous activism have made it possible for California to make major strides in the immigrant rights movement and set an example for what is possible across the nation. After over a decade of working alongside immigrant community leaders, advocates, and partners, Reshma Shamasunder stepped down from her position as Executive Director of the California Immigrant Policy Center at the end of 2015.
SIREN has signed onto an amicus brief filed on March 8 by a diverse coalition of 326 immigrant, civil rights, and social service groups in United States v. Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court case that will review the President’s administrative relief programs for those who would qualify for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).