SIREN Condemns Trump Proposal on Public Charge // SIREN Condena La Propuesta de Trump Sobre Carga Pública

For Immediate Release: Monday, September 24, 2018

Contact: mediainquiries@siren-bayarea.org; (408) 453-3003

Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN) Condemns Trump Proposal on Public Charge and Prepares to Submit Public Comment 

Over the weekend, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its proposal to drastically limit the ability for low-income immigrants to get a green card. The new proposed rule would expand the definition of “public charge” to include non-cash public benefits for food and nutrition assistance, certain health care benefits, and housing and rental assistance. The use of these benefits moving forward could be heavily factored into denying an individual a green card. It is important to note that this rule has not yet gone into effect and immigrants who are currently eligible for those programs can continue to use them. It would not apply to certain categories of individuals, including refugees, asylees, and survivors of domestic violence, seeking a green card.

The following is a statement from Maricela Gutiérrez, Executive Director of Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN):

“The expansion of public charge is clearly designed to punish communities of color who rely upon these safety net resources to survive. If this rule were adopted, working class immigrants and their families could be denied the opportunity to get a green card simply because they need to put food on their table, a roof over their head, or get life-saving health care. Health, food, and housing are basic human rights and no one needs to choose between these basic needs and being reunited with their family. This proposed rule is yet another attack on immigrants and their families orchestrated by Trump and the xenophobic forces within his Administration. This rule is not yet in effect and we have the opportunity to fight it - which is exactly what SIREN will be doing to ensure that everyone has a chance to get a green card, regardless of where they come from or how much money they make.”

After the final proposed rule is released, SIREN will join partners across the country urging community members and allies to submit public comment demanding that the definition of public charge not be expanded.

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Para publicación inmediata: lunes, 24 de septiembre de 2018

Contacto: mediainquiries@siren-bayarea.org; (408) 453-3003

Servicios, Red de Derechos de Inmigrantes y Educación (SIREN) Condena La Propuesta de Trump Sobre Carga Pública y Se Prepara Para Enviar Comentarios Públicos

Durante el fin de semana, el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS) anunció su propuesta de limitar drásticamente la capacidad de los inmigrantes de bajos ingresos para obtener una tarjeta verde. La nueva regla propuesta ampliaría la definición de "carga pública" para incluir beneficios públicos no monetarios para asistencia alimentaria y nutricional, ciertos beneficios de atención médica y asistencia para vivienda y alquiler. El uso de estos beneficios en el futuro podría ser un factor importante para negarle a un individuo una tarjeta verde. Es importante tener en cuenta que esta regla aún no ha entrado en vigencia y los inmigrantes que actualmente son elegibles para esos programas pueden continuar usándolos. No se aplicaría a ciertas categorías de personas, incluidos los refugiados, los asilados y los sobrevivientes de la violencia doméstica, que buscan una tarjeta verde.

La siguiente es una declaración de Maricela Gutiérrez, Directora Ejecutiva de Servicios, Derechos de Inmigrantes y Red de Educación (SIREN):

"La expansión de la carga pública está claramente diseñada para castigar a las comunidades de color que dependen de estos recursos de la red de seguridad para sobrevivir. Si se adopta esta regla, a los inmigrantes de la clase trabajadora y sus familias se les podría negar la oportunidad de obtener una tarjeta verde simplemente porque necesitan poner comida en su mesa, un techo sobre su cabeza o recibir atención médica que salve vidas. La salud, los alimentos y la vivienda son derechos humanos básicos y nadie tiene que elegir entre estas necesidades básicas y reunirse con su familia. Esta regla propuesta es otro ataque a los inmigrantes y sus familias orquestado por Trump y las fuerzas xenófobas dentro de su administración. Esta regla aún no está en vigencia y tenemos la oportunidad de luchar contra ella, que es exactamente lo que SIREN hará para garantizar que todos tengan la oportunidad de obtener una tarjeta verde, independientemente de dónde vengan o cuánto dinero ganen. "

Después de que se publique la regla final propuesta, SIREN se unirá a socios en todo el país para instar a los miembros de la comunidad y a sus aliados a enviar comentarios públicos exigiendo que no se amplíe la definición de carga pública.

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Latest News on DACA/ Últimas Noticias Sobre DACA

SIREN Applauds Court Ruling on DACA and Urges DACA-Recipients to Renew

Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge John Bates in Washington, DC ruled that the DACA program should be fully restored finding that the Trump Administration has not provided an adequate justification for terminating the program. The court ordered USCIS to begin to accept new DACA applications starting August 23 and to continue to accept renewal applications. The Trump Administration may also appeal the court’s ruling in that time. There are various court cases currently relating to DACA, including a hearing at the federal court in Texas next week. SIREN urges those who have DACA to renew as soon as possible and reminds those who have never applied for DACA that they can not yet apply. The following is a statement from Maricela Gutiérrez, Executive Director of Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN):

 

“This ruling affirms what we have known all along: Trump cannot justify the termination of DACA. His Administration would be hard-pressed to find an argument that can withhold legal scrutiny which is why it should not appeal this decision and instead move forward with fully restoring the program. For those who do not have DACA, we remind community members that there is nothing to apply for yet and to be sure to not turn to those who claim that they can apply. For those who have DACA, make sure that you renew as soon as possible - there is no time to lose with other cases on the program making their way through the courts. Everyone, regardless of status, should be allowed to come and stay in the country - and this ruling gets us closer to ensuring that we live up to that value as a country.”

 

SIREN hosts free DACA renewal workshops and provides scholarships to cover the costs of the filing fee for all eligible applicants. For more information about upcoming workshops please visit: www.siren-bayarea.org.

 

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SIREN Aplaude Decisión de la Corte sobre DACA y Sugiere a los Destinatarios de DACA a Renovar

Ayer, el juez del Tribunal de Distrito de los EE. UU., John Bates, en Washington, DC, dictaminó que el programa DACA debería restaurarse por completo al constatar que la Administración Trump no ha proporcionado una justificación adecuada para terminar el programa. La corte ordenó a USCIS comenzar a aceptar nuevas solicitudes de DACA a partir del 23 de agosto y continuar aceptando solicitudes de renovación. La Administración Trump también puede apelar el fallo del tribunal en ese momento. Hay varios casos judiciales actualmente relacionados con DACA, incluida una audiencia en el tribunal federal de Texas la próxima semana. SIREN sugiere a aquellos que tienen DACA a renovar lo antes posible y les recuerda a aquellos que nunca solicitaron DACA que aún no pueden presentar la solicitud. La siguiente es una declaración de Maricela Gutiérrez, Directora Ejecutiva de Servicios, Derechos de Inmigrantes y Red de Educación (SIREN):

"Esta decisión confirma lo que hemos sabido desde el principio: Trump no puede justificar la finalización de DACA. Su Administración se vería en apuros para encontrar un argumento que pueda retener el escrutinio legal, por lo que no debería apelar esta decisión y, en su lugar, seguir adelante con la restauración total del programa. Para aquellos que no tienen DACA, les recordamos a los miembros de la comunidad que no hay nada para solicitar todavía y para asegurarnos de no recurrir a quienes afirman que pueden postularse. Para aquellos que tienen DACA, asegúrese de renovar lo antes posible; no hay tiempo que perder con otros casos en el programa que atraviesan los tribunales. Todos, independientemente de su estatus, deberían poder venir y permanecer en el país, y esta decisión nos acerca a garantizar que vivamos ese valor como país”.

SIREN ofrece talleres gratuitos de renovación de DACA y ofrece becas para cubrir los costos de la tarifa de presentación para todos los solicitantes elegibles. Para obtener más información sobre los próximos talleres, visite: www.siren-bayarea.org.

 

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SIREN Condemns Trump Administration’s Ending of TPS for Honduras

Press Contact:
Erik Schnabel, Communications Manager
erik@siren-bayarea.org

 

SIREN strongly condemns today’s action by the Trump Administration to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for people from Honduras. This end of legal status  Hondurans, which is effective 1/5/2020, impacts over 57,000 people. Even more outrageous, is that this is the second time in a week, and the sixth time since the beginning the year, that the Trump Administration has ended TPS for individuals needing protection. With his ending of TPS for Honduras, Nepal, El Salvador, Haití, Nicaragua and Sudan, he has ended TPS for more than 310,000 people this year. Many who have had their legal status ripped away from them through this callous act, have lived him for years, some as many as 20 years or more. People have raised their families here, contributed to our communities, and been our neighbors, only to find their only legal protection to continue their lives here ripped away without any thought or consideration of the impact on people’s lives. While the Department of Homeland Security, who made the recommendation to end TPS, says it studied conditions in Honduras before it made this decision, it's clear that Honduras continues to be impacted by many of the conditions that created TPS status originally, including rampant violence and numerous human rights violations on communities across the country. SIREN’s Executive Director Maricela Gutiérrez stated, “Today’s decision by the Trump Administration to end TPS for Hondurans is one more anti-immigrant outrage. Everyday, immigrants and communities of color are facing real consequences of this heartless Administration. We call on Congress to take serious actions to stop these attacks of these communities and begin to stand up to cruelty of Trump and his Administration. What we need is legislation that creates a permanent solution to TPS and ensures that people who have been living here, are able to stay here. SIREN continues to stand in solidarity with our Honduran community, and will continue to speak out to find a solution to this outrageous ending of TPS.”



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Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN) Condemns Budget Deal Without a Clean DREAM Act

Media Contact: Erik Schnabel, Development and Communications Manager
Phone Number: 408-453-3003
Email: erik@siren-bayarea.org


SIREN strongly condemns this week’s vote  in the House of Representatives on the budget continuing resolution and the Senate deal  which do not include a clean DREAM Act. The House voted 245-182 for a Continuing Resolution to extend government spending till March 23rd. This vote and the Senate deal continues the uncertainty that many of DACA-recipients and DREAMers particularly because the continuing resolution extends beyond the March 5th deadline to end the DACA program without a legislative solution.

We must remember that this crisis was created by Trump’s own decision to end the DACA program and establish the arbitrary March 5th termination date. Yet, Congress has the responsibility to pass a clean DREAM Act urgently and several California Representatives on both sides of the aisle failed to heed the call of their constituents in their votes. Among the House members who voted for the continuing resolution without a clean DREAM Act include Reps. Jim Costa, Jeff Denham, David Valadao, Devin Nunes, and John Garamendi. We want to acknowledge House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and all the representatives who participated in a filibuster of the House legislation by sharing stories of DREAMers and for their push to have Speaker Paul Ryan to commit to bring a vote on the DREAM Act. .

Last Friday, SIREN led an action and meeting with Rep. David Valadao’s office in Hanford, CA urging him to address the situation of DREAMers. But he clearly chose to ignore the voices of DACA-recipients, DREAMers, and immigrants from his district calling for him to withhold his vote on the continuing resolution and condemn anti-immigrant proposals on the table . SIREN Executive Director Maricela Gutiérrez stated, “ We have various members of Congress in California who voted with their conscience and withheld their approval of the continuing resolution. Yet, other Members of Congress and the current Senate deal cannot continue to ignore the DREAMers that live in their district nor brush aside calls to address the future of these young people who are making a difference in their communities. We urge California’s Senators and members of Congress to withhold their support of any deal that does not include a clean DREAM Act.”


Red de Servicios, Derechos de Inmigrantes y Red Educativa (SIREN) condena el Voto de la Cámara de Representantes y el Senado sobre la resolución continua sin una Acta de DREAM limpia

Para más información contacte a: 
Erik Schnabel, Gerente de Desarrollo y Comunicaciones con SIREN
Tel. (408) 453-3003
erik@siren-bayarea.org


SIREN condena enérgicamente el voto de ayer en la Cámara de Representantes sobre la resolución continua del presupuesto y el trato del Senado hoy sin incluir una Acta de DREAM limpia. La Cámara votó 245-182 por una Resolución Continua para extender el gasto del gobierno hasta el 23 de marzo. Este voto y el acuerdo del Senado continúan la incertidumbre que muchos de los beneficiarios de DACA y DREAMers particularmente porque la resolución continua se extiende más allá de la fecha límite del 5 de marzo para terminar el programa de DACA sin una solución legislativa.

Debemos recordar que esta crisis fue creada por la propia decisión de Trump de finalizar el programa DACA y establecer la fecha arbitraria de finalización del 5 de marzo. Sin embargo, el Congreso tiene la responsabilidad de aprobar una Acta de DREAM limpia con urgencia y varios Representantes de California en ambos lados del pasillo no respondieron el llamado de sus electores en sus votaciones. Entre los miembros de la Cámara que votaron por la resolución continua sin una Acta de DREAM limpia están los representantes Jim Costa, Jeff Denham, David Valadao, Devin Nunes y John Garamendi. Queremos agradecer a la líder de la minoría de la Cámara, Nancy Pelosi, y a todos los representantes que participaron en una obstrucción de la legislación de la Cámara al compartir historias de DREAMers y por su presión para que el Rep. Paul Ryan se comprometa a votar el DREAM Act. .

El viernes pasado, SIREN dirigió una acción y se reunió con la oficina del Representante David Valadao en Hanford, California, instándolo a abordar la situación de los Soñadores. Pero él claramente optó por ignorar las voces de los destinatarios de DACA, los DREAMers y los inmigrantes de su distrito que lo llamaban para que rehusara su voto sobre la resolución continua y condenara las propuestas anti-inmigrantes sobre la mesa. La Directora Ejecutiva de SIREN, Maricela Gutiérrez, declaró: "Tenemos varios miembros del Congreso en California que votaron con su conciencia y no aprobaron la resolución continua. Sin embargo, otros miembros del Congreso y el actual acuerdo del Senado no pueden seguir ignorando a los DREAMers que viven en su distrito ni ignorar los llamados a abordar el futuro de estos jóvenes que están haciendo una diferencia en sus comunidades. "El Senado votará en breve sobre su acuerdo y luego se trasladará a la Cámara. Instamos a los senadores y miembros del Congreso de California a que no envíen su apoyo a ningún acuerdo que no incluya un Acta de DREAM limpia."

President Trump's Executive Orders on Immigration

Disclaimer: This is a summary of the advisory created by The Legal Aid Society, Immigration Law Unit and does not constitute legal advice, and does not substitute for the advice of an immigration expert.

As of January 30, 2017, President Trump has issued three executive orders which threaten
immigrant communities in different ways. One focuses on individuals within the United States,
another on individuals apprehended at the border, and a third on banning refugees and others
from countries deemed dangerous by the President.

There are three other draft orders, which have not yet been signed. Based on the drafts we
have seen: one would end the DACA program and change priorities for removal, a second
would change the way the receipt of certain government benefits affects immigrants and their
sponsors, and a third would affect foreign workers.

NOTE: Some of the provisions in the various signed and draft orders may be beyond the
power of the President or may be in violation of the Constitution. As a result, these may later
be curtailed by the federal courts.

What has Already Happened

Interior Enforcement Order (signed on January 25, 2017)

-Increase deportation enforcement efforts to include people who:
 o have criminal convictions,
 o have been charged with crimes even though the criminal court proceedings have not
    been completed,
 o committed criminal acts that have not even been charged,
 o engaged in fraud with any government agency,
 o received welfare benefits unlawfully,
 o have a final order of removal but never left, and
 o otherwise pose a threat to public safety or national security.
-Hire an additional 10,000 deportation officers.
-Punish states and localities who refuse to allow local law enforcement to cooperate with
  federal immigration authorities by withholding federal funds.
-Collect unpaid fines from undocumented immigrants.

Order Excluding Muslims and Others (signed on January 27, 2017)

-Stop most refugee admissions for at least 120 days, with exceptions permitted for those
  fleeing religious persecution if their religion is a minority in their country of nationality.
-Reduce refugee admissions for FY2017 to 50,000 from President Obama's goal of
  110,000.
-For 90 days, ban entry for all immigrants and nonimmigrants for designated countries,
  such as Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
-Screen all immigrant and non-immigrant applications for fraud and national security
  concerns.
-Expedite completion of a biometric entry-exit system.
 Consider ending all waivers of terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds, regardless of
how immaterial or insubstantial the individual’s support of a purported “terrorist
organization” may have been.

Border Security and Deportation Order (signed January 25, 2017)

-Build a wall along our southern border.
-Secure the southern border, so that no one can enter without permission.
-Create new detention facilities near the southern border.
-End the “catch-and-release” policy for people who enter without permission, so that
  people will be detained during their deportation cases.
-Hire 5,000 additional Border Patrol officers.
-Increase scrutiny of asylum applications so that more asylum applications may be
  denied.
-Punish states and localities who refuse to allow local law enforcement to cooperate with
  federal immigration authorities.

What may Happen Soon

Draft DACA and Enforcement Priorities Order (not yet signed, as of January 30, 2017)

So far, President Trump has indicated that young people who registered for Deferred
Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will not be an enforcement priority, meaning he
is not seeking to deport people who have DACA. The draft we have seen has not yet
been signed. The draft Executive Order, could end DACA. Among other things, the
order would direct the federal government to:

- Rescind the June 15, 2012 memorandum establishing the DACA program.
-Allow any Employment Authorization Documents (work permits) issued under DACA
  to remain valid until the date of expiration of each work permit.
  o However, current DACA work permits may not be extended.
-Discontinue the grant of Advance Parole (travel permission) to DACA registrants.
-Withdraw certain enforcement priorities memoranda.
-Allow DACA to still be granted on a case-by-case basis.

DRAFT Order Affecting Recipients of Government Benefits (not yet signed, as of January 30, 2017)
  We have seen only a draft of this Executive Order, which has not yet been signed. It
would most immediately affect immigrants with sponsors. The current federal welfare
law allows the government to charge affidavit of support sponsors for the cost of
certain benefits received by the sponsored immigrant.The Executive Order would direct the
federal government to start enforcing the law by seeking to collect the cost of certain
benefits from sponsors.
  The Executive Order would also direct the issuance of new rules after a period of notice
and comment. This means that the new rules would not go into effect immediately, and
we would have time to prepare a response and advice for our clients to follow. These
new rules would be about who is considered a "public charge" - under what
circumstances someone who receives government benefits is at risk of removal or being
denied admission to the U.S. The new rules would also redefine the list of which
federally-funded benefits could put someone at risk of removal or being denied
admission.


DRAFT Order Concerning Foreign Workers (not yet signed, as of January 30, 2017)
-Revise parole policies, and probably eliminate the ability to adjust one’s status to
  permanent resident after entry on parole, including after travel on advance parole.
-Make various changes to different foreign worker visa categories, including but not
  limited to:
  o Limiting the ability to adjust one’s status.
  o Changing to a merit-based system.
  o Protecting U.S. workers from being disadvantaged by foreign workers.
  o Making the H2A agricultural worker program more efficient.
-Expand the use of E-Verify.
-Investigate any injury caused to any U.S. worker by any foreign worker.
-Report on the number of work permits issued to foreign-born persons, and on the
  number of foreign-born persons authorized to work in the U.S.

Other

Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
-President Trump has not said whether he will or will not continue designating countries
  that have Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
-Termination of TPS designations would require 60-days’ notice.
-The following countries currently have TPS: El Salvador, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras,
  Liberia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen

Non-Citizens with Criminal Convictions
-You should contact a reputable attorney or legal services provider for advice if you have
  a criminal conviction(s).
-If you are in criminal proceedings now or in the future, you should inform your attorney
  that you are a non-citizen and concerned about the immigration consequences of a
  criminal conviction or charge.


You Have Rights
-Right to Remain Silent: do not speak to immigration agents or to the police, and do not
  sign anything, without first talking to an attorney.
  o Do nothing more than give your name and address.
  o Do not give your country of birth or country of citizenship/nationality.
  o Do not lie or give incorrect information.
  o Say only “I won’t answer any more questions until I have an attorney.” Then
     stay silent!
-Do not open your door and do not let the police come in unless they have a criminal
  arrest or search warrant. Have the person of who the warrant is about come out and close the door behind them.
-City agencies are not supposed to ask about your immigration status, unless it’s
  necessary to see if you qualify for certain benefits.
-Police are not supposed to ask about your immigration status, unless it is relevant to
  their investigation.
-Call your consulate if you are arrested.
-Do not carry your home-country passport or consular card as identification, if you have
  other photo identification


Plan Ahead
-Make an emergency plan in case of detention and deportation:
  o Appoint someone to take care of your children.
  o Leave copies of your identity documents (passport, birth certificate, etc.) with
     someone you trust

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