An Important Message from SIREN's Executive Director - We ARE #HereToStay

Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network


We will NOT be silenced, We will NOT live in fear, We WILL stand in protection of our communities and let our nation know that WE ARE #HereToStay


San Jose, CA – Yesterday, while Washington was busy preparing for the Trump Administration, immigrant and refugee communities woke up to a day filled with uncertainty regarding our safety and protection. Questions are circling around about what President Trump will do on his first days of office and what the implications of his policies will be. Although we don’t have all the answers to what he will do, what we do know is that he has been building a policy platform based on anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-LGBTQ, sexist, and prejudiced rhetoric. SIREN opposes any discriminatory executive actions that will criminalize our immigrant community, limit the ability for refugees to seek safety in the United States, rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, register or track our Muslim brothers and sisters, and any other policy that undermines the principles of inclusion and dignity for all that we have fought so diligently for.


Although many questions remain unanswered, there is one thing I know without a doubt. What I know is that our communities are resilient, and that SIREN will continue to fight for the protection and well-being of our undocumented, immigrant, and refugee communities at the local, state, and national level.  I know that millions of immigrants and refugees will continue being the backbone of our nation. I know that the 750,000 young people who benefit from DACA continue to hold tightly to their dreams and walk in line with their goals. I know that our communities continuously help to drive economic growth and bolster jobs. I know that I am my brother’s keeper and it is our responsibility to uplift and protect one another. We encourage you to actively engage with us in this fight by taking the following actions:


  • Contact your members of Congress and the White House and let them know that you urge them to stand in support of DACA and undocumented immigrants who were promised protections and security

  • Attend a Know your Rights presentation and share with interested community members

  • Take action by attending upcoming rallies and bring your friends and familiy

  • Donate to SIREN to help empower, engage and educate our communities

  • Forward our message to your network and share on social media to let everyone know that we are #HereToSTay


Last weekend, SIREN coordinated San Jose’s Day of Action for Immigrant and Refugee Rights with community partners. This was one of 70 events across the nation where people of conscience gathered  to amplify the message that we will not tolerate the threats and hatred promoted by the Trump Administration. We will continue our message that we will not stand for injustice done to any one one of us. Our nation was founded and upheld by refugees and immigrants and we will not tolerate a dishonor to our communities. We are #HereToStay!


In Solidarity,


Maricela Gutiérrez

Executive Director

Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN)


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