SIREN Applauds Supreme Court Ruling on Census Citizenship Question

For Immediate Release: June 27, 2019

Contact: Jeremy Barousse, 

                mediainquiries@siren-bayarea.org

                 408-460-5807

              

**MEDIA ADVISORY**

Thursday, June 27, 2019

 

Immigrant Rights Organization Praises SCOTUS Ruling on Census Citizenship Question

 

San Jose, CA - Today, the United States Supreme Court has effectively prevented, for now, an attempt by the Trump administration to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, and will be sending it back to the lower court. Immigrant rights organization Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN) is calling the decision victory, and will continue to organize and provide community education to increase participation among immigrants and refugee families to empower their neighborhoods with vita community resources, as well as congressional representation and redistricting.

“We exposed Trump for exactly what he is, a fear-mongering and power-hungry leader,” said SIREN Executive Director Maricela Gutierrez. “The inclusion of a citizenship question on the Census was never about collecting government data. It was about stoking fear in immigrant communities and denying us a right to visibility and representation. Our communities can feel empowered that we count and that we matter.”

In response to today’s ruling, SIREN will be hosting a press conference today at 1pm at its office located at 1415 Koll Circle, Suite 108, San Jose, 95112. Please come out and be part of the community as we rise up and elevate our community voices.

The U.S. census takes place every 10 years and the data collected impact the future of our communities. The data help determine how more than $800 billion in federal resources will be distributed, including where schools, roads and hospitals are built, as well as providing the basis for funding for other essential programs and services. The census is also used to decide congressional representation, as well as used to decide redistricting on federal, state, and local levels of government.

 

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SIREN Urges Immigrant Community Members to Assert Their Rights // SIREN insta a los miembros de la comunidad inmigrante a hacer valer sus derechos

For Immediate Release: Saturday, June 22, 2019

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

 

Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN) Urges Immigrant Community Members to Assert Their Rights

Over the past few days, the Trump Administration has continued to cause panic, fear, and confusion within the immigrant community with reports of potential increased immigration enforcement and possible delays in those efforts. This is part of the federal government’s ongoing tactics to terrorize community members, families and playing political games with their lives. Regardless of statements coming from the White House, it is vital community members remember they have constitutional rights when they are approached by ICE no matter their immigration status. We urge community members to exercise their rights, prepare your family if a loved one is arrested by ICE, and seek legal support if those facing deportation.  

Below are resources for community members:

Download “know your rights” palmcards (available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese)Make a plan for your family in case a loved one is arrested by ICE (available in English and Spanish)If a loved one is detained or facing deportation, come to SIREN’s free removal defense clinics every Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm at our San Jose office (no appointment needed) and every Tuesday from 9 am to 4 pm at our Fresno office (call 559-840-0005 to make an appointment)Sign up to SIREN’s Rapid Response Network by texting “SIREN” to (201) 468-6088 to report ICE sightings and activity in the Bay Area and the Central ValleyIf you are in the Bay Area, attend our Know Your Rights and Family Preparedness Workshop (in Spanish) at our Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish on June 23 at 2 pm

Immigrants have been responding with power to this Administration’s efforts to threaten and tear apart families help support our efforts to continue to build our immigrant and refugee power by making a donation to SIREN today.

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La Red de Servicios, Derechos de los Inmigrantes y Educación (SIREN) insta a los miembros de la comunidad inmigrante a hacer valer sus derechos

En los últimos días, la Administración Trump ha continuado causando pánico, temor y confusión dentro del inmigrante con informes de un aumento potencial de la aplicación de la ley de inmigración y posibles demoras en esos esfuerzos. Esto es parte de las tácticas continuas del gobierno federal para aterrorizar a los miembros de la comunidad y las familias y jugar juegos políticos con sus vidas. Independientemente de las declaraciones provenientes de la Casa Blanca, es vital que los miembros de la comunidad recuerden que tienen derechos constitucionales cuando la Migra los aborda, sin importar su estatus migratorio. Instamos a los miembros de la comunidad a ejercer sus derechos, preparar a su familia si un ser querido es arrestado por la Migra y buscar apoyo legal si los que enfrentan la deportación.

A continuación se presentan los recursos para los miembros de la comunidad:

Descargue las palmcards "conozca sus derechos" (disponibles en inglés, español y vietnamita)Haga un plan para su familia en caso de que un ser querido sea arrestado por ICE (disponible en inglés y español)Si un ser querido está detenido o es deportado, acuda a las clínicas de defensa de deportación gratuita de SIREN todos los jueves de 9 am a 4 pm en nuestra oficina de San José (no se necesita cita) y todos los martes de 9 am a 4 pm en nuestra oficina de Fresno (llame al 559-840-0005 para hacer una cita)Inscríbase en la Red de Respuesta Rápida de SIREN enviando un mensaje de texto con la palabra "SIREN" al (201) 468-6088 para informar sobre avistamientos y actividades de ICE en el Área de la Bahía y el Valle CentralSi se encuentra en el Área de la Bahía, asista a nuestro Taller Conozca Sus Derechos y Preparación Familiar (en español) en nuestra parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe el 23 de junio a las 2 pm

Los inmigrantes han estado respondiendo con poder a los esfuerzos de esta Administración para amenazar y destrozar a las familias. Ayuden a apoyar nuestros esfuerzos para continuar fortaleciendo nuestro poder de inmigrantes y refugiados al hacer una donación a SIREN hoy.

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SIREN is an immigrant rights organization based in Northern California and the Central Valley. Its mission is to empower low-income immigrants and refugees through community education and organizing, leadership development, policy advocacy, civic engagement and legal 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. 

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SIREN Celebrates Community Victory to Keep #ICEOutofSCC // SIREN celebra la victoria comunitaria para mantener #MigraFueradeSCC

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 5, 2019

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


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Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN) Celebrates Community Victory to Keep #ICEOutofSCC 

Applauds Santa Clara County for Standing with Immigrant Community

Yesterday, in an historic unanimous vote, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors affirmed our County’s long standing values of not working with ICE and respecting the due process rights of all immigrants. Over the past few months, the County had been considering avenues that allowed cooperation and communication with ICE. As a result of intensive mobilization and advocacy by the immigrant community and allies spearheaded by Forum for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (FIRE) Coalition, co-chaired by SIREN, our elected officials did not expand the ability for the County’s entanglement with ICE. All of the Supervisors voted in favor of a policy proposal presented by County Administration, informed by various stakeholders including the immigrant community. This policy reiterates that our County will not honor detainers or notification questions from ICE and reaffirms our policy to require judicial warrants for transfers.The Board also directed that stakeholders, including immigration experts, be involved in the development of transfer protocols to ensure that the Sheriff and Chief of Corrections abide by judicial warrant standards. 

The following is a statement from Maricela Gutiérrez, Executive Director of SIREN:

“Despite efforts to have our County entangled with ICE, the community has prevailed and we are thrilled by yesterday’s historic unanimous vote. The community made its voice heard loud and clear that Santa Clara County should not be working hand-in-glove with ICE - particularly under this Administration. The County heard the community’s deep concerns about the increased fear and mistrust that immigrants will have with local government, due process violations that result in notifying ICE when an individual is released from County custody, and the potential liability that it opens up our County to. We appreciate the thoughtful process that the County Executive and County Counsel’s offices went through developing its proposal. And we thank Supervisor Wasserman for introducing the motion to support the proposal and each of the Board members for their votes yesterday reaffirming our longstanding values of standing with the immigrant community. Most importantly, we thank the immigrant community for urging our County to do the Our County has long led in the nation on this and yesterday’s vote makes it abundantly clear that when the community calls for it, we can continue to do so.”

Join us in thanking the County Board of Supervisors for voting to keep #ICEOutofSCC and continuing to have Santa Clara County lead the way for immigrant rights!

Help support our efforts to advance the rights of immigrant and refugee communities by making a donation to SIREN today. Thank you!

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La red de servicios, derechos de los inmigrantes y educación (SIREN) celebra la victoria comunitaria para mantener #MigraFueradeSCC

Aplaude el condado de Santa Clara por estar de pie con la comunidad de inmigrantes

Ayer, en un histórico voto unánime, la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Santa Clara afirmó los valores de larga data de nuestro Condado de no trabajar con la Migra sin respetar los derechos de debido proceso de todos los inmigrantes. En los últimos meses, el Condado había estado considerando vías que permitían la cooperación y la comunicación con ICE. Como resultado de la intensa movilización y defensa por parte de la comunidad de inmigrantes y aliados encabezados por la Coalición del Foro por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes y el Empoderamiento (FIRE), copresidido por SIREN, nuestros funcionarios electos no ampliaron la capacidad para el enredo del Condado con la Migra. Todos los Supervisores votaron a favor de una propuesta de política presentada por la Administración del Condado, informada por varias partes interesadas, incluida la comunidad inmigrante. Esta política reitera que nuestro Condado no cumplirá con los retenidos o las preguntas de notificación de la Migra y reafirma nuestra política de exigir órdenes judiciales para las transferencias. La Junta también ordenó que las partes interesadas, incluidos los expertos en inmigración, participen en el desarrollo de protocolos de transferencia para garantizar que el Sheriff y el Jefe de Correcciones acatan las normas de orden judicial.

La siguiente es una declaración de Maricela Gutiérrez, Directora Ejecutiva de SIREN:

“A pesar de los esfuerzos para que nuestro Condado se enrede con la Migra, la comunidad ha prevalecido y estamos encantados con el histórico voto unánime de ayer. La comunidad hizo que su voz se escuchara fuerte y clara de que el Condado de Santa Clara no debería estar trabajando mano a mano con la Migra, especialmente bajo esta Administración. El Condado escuchó las profundas preocupaciones de la comunidad sobre el mayor temor y desconfianza que tendrán los inmigrantes con el gobierno local, las infracciones al debido proceso que se traducen en una notificación a la Migra cuando una persona es liberada de la custodia del Condado, y la responsabilidad potencial a la que abre nuestro Condado. Apreciamos el proceso reflexivo que el ejecutivo del condado y las oficinas de los abogados del condado llevaron a cabo desarrollando su propuesta. Y le agradecemos al Supervisor Wasserman por presentar la moción para apoyar la propuesta y a cada uno de los miembros de la Junta por sus votos de ayer reafirmando nuestros valores de larga data de estar con la comunidad inmigrante. Y lo que es más importante, agradecemos a la comunidad de inmigrantes por haber instado a nuestro Condado a hacer lo que Nuestro Condado lleva liderando en todo el país a este respecto, y el voto de ayer deja en claro que cuando la comunidad lo solicite, podemos seguir haciéndolo. ”

Ayude a apoyar nuestros esfuerzos para promover los derechos de las comunidades de inmigrantes y refugiados haciendo una donación a SIREN hoy. ¡Gracias!

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SIREN is an immigrant rights organization based in Northern California and the Central Valley. Its mission is to empower low-income immigrants and refugees through community education and organizing, leadership development, policy advocacy, civic engagement and legal 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. SIREN co-chairs the Santa Clara County Forum for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (FIRE) Coalition which leads efforts to preserve our County's no ICE collaboration policy.






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SIREN Applauds Passage of the DREAM Act and the American Promise Act by House Judiciary Committee

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 24, 2019

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

 

Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN) Applauds Passage of the DREAM Act and the American Promise Act by House Judiciary Committee

House of Representatives must pass clean legislation during floor vote

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee successfully passed the DREAM Act and the  American Promise Act . These bills would provide a pathway to citizenship for DACA-recipients, DREAMers, and recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). The Committee also passed legislation protecting Venezuelans in the United States. During the committee vote, members were able to successfully defeat various anti-immigrant amendments proposed on these bills.

The following is a statement from Maricela Gutiérrez, Executive Director of SIREN:

“Ever since Trump has taken office, the lives of DREAMers, DACA-recipients, and TPS holders have been plagued by uncertainty about their ability to remain in the country as cases have been litigated in the courts. Congress has long had the power to provide permanent protections to immigrants. Yesterday’s votes by the House Judiciary Committee to advance these two pieces of legislation means that we have overcome a major hurdle in making that a reality. We continue to remain concerned with provisions in the legislation that could bar individuals for certain criminal offenses and will continue to fight for clean legislation as it makes its way to the House floor. ”

Help support our efforts to fight for legislation advancing the rights of immigrant and refugee communities by making a donation to SIREN today. Thank you!

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La Red de Servicios, Derechos de los Inmigrantes y Educación (SIREN) aplaude la aprobación de la Ley DREAM y la Ley de Promesas Estadounidenses por parte del Comité Judicial de la Cámara de Representantes

La Cámara de Representantes debe aprobar una legislación limpia durante la votación en el piso.

Ayer, el Comité Judicial de la Cámara aprobó con éxito el acto de DREAM y el acto American Promise. Estos proyectos de ley proporcionarían un camino hacia la ciudadanía para los destinatarios de DACA, los DREAMers y los beneficiarios del estado de protección temporal (TPS) y la salida forzada diferida (DED). El comité también aprobó una legislación que protege a los Venezolanos en los Estados Unidos. Durante la votación del comité, los miembros pudieron derrotar exitosamente varias enmiendas anti-inmigrantes propuestas en estos proyectos de ley.

La siguiente es una declaración de Maricela Gutiérrez, Directora Ejecutiva de SIREN:

“Desde que Trump asumió el cargo, la vida de los DREAMers, los beneficiarios de DACA y los titulares de TPS se vieron afectados por la incertidumbre acerca de su capacidad de permanecer en el país, ya que los casos se han litigado en los tribunales. El Congreso siempre ha tenido el poder de proporcionar protecciones permanentes a los inmigrantes. Los votos de ayer por el Comité Judicial de la Cámara de Representantes para avanzar estos dos instrumentos legislativos significan que hemos superado un obstáculo importante para hacer que esto sea una realidad. Seguimos preocupados por las disposiciones de la legislación que podrían prohibir a las personas por ciertos delitos penales y seguiremos luchando por una legislación limpia mientras se dirige al piso de la Cámara. ”

Ayude a apoyar nuestros esfuerzos para luchar por una legislación que promueva los derechos de las comunidades de inmigrantes y refugiados haciendo una donación a SIREN hoy. ¡Gracias!

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SIREN is an immigrant rights organization based in Northern California and the Central Valley. Its mission is to empower low-income immigrants and refugees through community education and organizing, leadership development, policy advocacy, civic engagement and legal 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.


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SIREN Condemns National Emergency Declaration on Border Wall // SIREN condena Declaración Nacional de Emergencia en El Muro Fronterizo

For Immediate Release: Friday, February 15, 2019

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

 

Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN) Condemns National Emergency Declaration on Border Wall

Congress must be bold in fighting against Trump’s racist agenda

Today, Trump declared a national emergency to create a border wall. Despite members of Congress on both sides of the aisle caving into his demands for funding for immigration enforcement and detention yesterday, he continues to advance his white supremacist agenda to further militarize the border, dehumanize immigrants and refugees, and play up the politics of racism and fear. By making this emergency declaration, he is openly undermining Congress and will immediately face challenges in court.

The following is a statement from Maricela Gutiérrez, Executive Director of SIREN:

“The true emergencies are the rampant detention and deportation of immigrants, turning back of asylum-seekers, and the lives of DACA-recipients and TPS holders being in limbo since this Administration took office.  It is disturbing, yet not surprising, that Trump is willing to take unilateral and unconstitutional steps to get his racist wall - especially after Congress abandoned the immigrant community and shamefully handed him more money for detention beds, immigration agents, and border barriers yesterday. While we look forward to supporting efforts to challenge Trump’s declaration in court, it is imperative that our members of Congress show courage and remain accountable to their constituents by taking steps to reverse this dangerous declaration and completely defunding ICE and CBP. ”

Help support our efforts to #DefundHate and fight back against Trump’s attacks on immigrant and refugee communities by making a donation to SIREN today.

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La Red de Servicios, Derechos de los Inmigrantes y Educación (SIREN) condena Declaración Nacional de Emergencia en El Muro Fronterizo
El Congreso debe ser audaz en la lucha contra la agenda racista de Trump

Hoy, Trump hizo una declaración de emergencia nacional para crear un muro fronterizo. A pesar de que los miembros del Congreso a ambos lados del pasillo se hundieron en sus demandas de fondos para la aplicación de la ley de inmigración y la detención ayer, continúa avanzando en su agenda de supremacía blanca para militarizar aún más la frontera, deshumanizar a los inmigrantes y refugiados, y poner en práctica la política de racismo y temor. Al hacer esta declaración de emergencia, está socavando abiertamente al Congreso e inmediatamente enfrentará desafíos en la corte.

La siguiente es una declaración de Maricela Gutiérrez, Directora Ejecutiva de SIREN:

“Las verdaderas emergencias son la detención y deportación desenfrenada de inmigrantes, el rechazo de los solicitantes de asilo y las vidas de los beneficiarios de DACA y los titulares de TPS que están en el limbo desde que esta Administración asumió el cargo. Es preocupante, pero no sorprendente, que Trump esté dispuesto a tomar medidas unilaterales e inconstitucionales para obtener su muro racista, especialmente después de que el Congreso abandonó a la comunidad de inmigrantes y le entregó vergonzosamente más dinero para camas de detención, agentes de inmigración y barreras fronterizas ayer. Si bien esperamos apoyar los esfuerzos para desafiar la declaración de Trump en la corte, es imperativo que nuestros miembros del Congreso demuestren valor y sean responsables ante sus electores al tomar medidas para revertir esta peligrosa declaración y eliminar completamente el ICE y el CBP. ”

Apoye nuestros esfuerzos para #DefundirElOdio y luchar contra los ataques de Trump contra las comunidades de inmigrantes y refugiados haciendo una donación a SIREN hoy.

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SIREN is an immigrant rights organization based in Northern California and the Central Valley. Its mission is to empower low-income immigrants and refugees through community education and organizing, leadership development, policy advocacy, civic engagement and legal 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.




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SIREN Condemns Trump’s Threat to Declare National Emergency // SIREN Condena la Amenaza de Trump de Declarar una Emergencia Nacional

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 8, 2018

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

 

Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN) Condemns Trump’s Threat to Declare National Emergency Trump has manufactured the border crisis and Congress must oppose funding for DHS

Today, Trump is expected to make a potential declaration of a national emergency at the border. In an attempt to circumvent Congress and as a result of the federal government shutdown that he created, Trump is attempting to force the creation of a border wall. By making such an emergency declaration, Trump would be undermining Congress and walking on very questionable legal ground.

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

“The only crisis that exists at the border is the unconscionable detention, abuses, and deaths of individuals arriving at the border. Trump and his administration are responsible for the atrocities against asylum-seekers and immigrants coming to this country denying them of basic rights and human dignity. He is also responsible for the current federal government shutdown which he is using as justification for the racist wall and declaration of a national emergency. By separating children from their families and denying legal avenues to apply for asylum, the Trump administration created a humanitarian crisis at the border. Our country should be welcoming those coming to the border - not falsely declaring a national emergency to build a wall.”

Individuals can call their members of Congress and Congressional leadership urging them to oppose any increased funding for the Department of Homeland Security. Help support our efforts to #DefundHate and fight back against Trump’s attacks on immigrant and refugee communities by making a donationto SIREN today.

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La Red de Servicios, Derechos de los Inmigrantes y Educación (SIREN) condena la amenaza de Trump de declarar una emergencia nacional
Trump ha fabricado la crisis fronteriza y el Congreso debe oponerse a los fondos para el DHS


Hoy, se espera que Trump haga una declaración potencial de una emergencia nacional en la frontera. En un intento por eludir el Congreso y como resultado del cierre del gobierno federal que él creó, Trump intenta forzar la creación de un muro fronterizo. Al hacer tal declaración de emergencia, Trump estaría socavando al Congreso y caminando sobre un terreno legal muy cuestionable.

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

“La única crisis que existe en la frontera es la detención desmedida, los abusos y las muertes de personas que llegan a la frontera. Trump y su administración son responsables por las atrocidades contra los solicitantes de asilo y los inmigrantes que llegan a este país y les niegan los derechos básicos y la dignidad humana. También es responsable del actual cierre del gobierno federal que está utilizando como justificación para el muro racista y la declaración de una emergencia nacional. Al separar a los niños de sus familias y negar las vías legales para solicitar asilo, el gobierno de Trump creó una crisis humanitaria en la frontera. "Nuestro país debería dar la bienvenida a los que vienen a la frontera, no declarar falsamente una emergencia nacional para construir un muro".

Las personas pueden llamar a sus miembros del Congreso y al liderazgo del Congreso para pedirles que se opongan a cualquier aumento de fondos para el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional. Ayude a apoyar nuestros esfuerzos para #DefundirElOdio y luchar contra los ataques de Trump contra las comunidades inmigrantes y refugiados haciendo una donación a SIREN hoy.

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SIREN is an immigrant rights organization based in Northern California and the Central Valley. Its mission is to empower low-income immigrants and refugees through community education and organizing, leadership development, policy advocacy, civic engagement and legal 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.




Maricela Gutiérrez - Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network
http://siren.nationbuilder.com/

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SIREN Post-Election Press Conference Wednesday 11/7

For Immediate Release: November 6, 2018

Contact: Jeremy Barousse

               mediainquiries@siren-bayarea.org

 

**MEDIA ADVISORY**

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

11:00 AM

 

Immigrant Rights Group to Host Press Conference Celebrating Voter Turnout Among Immigrants

San Jose, CA -- Immigrant and refugee rights organization, Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN) will be hosting a press conference Wednesday, November 7 at 11:00am to celebrate the voter turnout among immigrants and youth in Northern California and the Central Valley, and the difference they made in the passing of key state ballot propositions and local measures.

Since September, SIREN’s civic engagement team, made up of immigrants and youth, made over 130,000 calls and 3,000 texts to immigrant voters in multiple counties throughout the Bay Area and Central Valley in Spanish and Vietnamese.

“In this election, we showed up to vote in massive numbers in our region and the state, our campaign was about engaging with immigrant and youth voters and building community power with them” said SIREN’s Executive Director, Maricela Gutiérrez.  “We will keep our movement going by organizing this new voting bloc, and continue to fight for immigrant and refugee rights.”

Speakers will include immigrants and young people who voted in their first election, and who are left out of the voting process but who helped lead the voter engagement campaign.

WHO: Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN)

WHAT: Post-Election Press Conference

WHEN: Wednesday November 7, 2018 at 11am

WHERE: SIREN Office located at 1415 Koll Circle, Suite 108, San Jose, CA 95112

 

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ACTION ALERT: At SIREN, We Stand Up and Fight for Immigrants! // ALERTA DE ACCIÓN: En SIREN, Nos Levantamos y Luchamos Por Los Inmigrantes

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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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

Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN) Condemns Trump’s Proposed Rules Attacking Low-Income Immigrants 

Community members and allies urged to submit public comment

Today, the Trump Administration officially published its proposed rule to drastically limit the ability for immigrants to get a green card or change their visas, particularly those who are low-income or use various public benefits. The proposed rule would expand the definition of “public charge” to factor in use of various public benefits such as food and nutrition assistance, certain health care benefits, and housing and rental assistance. It would also expand factors that could weigh negatively in public charge determinations including being low-income, applying for an immigration application fee waiver, limited English proficient or having certain health conditions, among others. If approved, this could be heavily considered when 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. The public has an opportunity to comment opposing these rules until December 10.

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

“It is unconscionable that the Trump Administration is proposing to punish low-income immigrant communities by essentially forcing them to choose between getting support with health care, food, and housing and getting a green card. Getting help to simply survive should not be a factor in whether someone can get permanent residency. It is important for the community to know that this rule is not yet adopted or in effect. Right now, we have the opportunity to fight it. We urge immigrant community members, organizations, businesses, elected officials, and allies to submit public comment by December 10 opposing this proposed rule.”

Individuals can sign up to submit their own public comment and will receive sample messages and resources. Help support our efforts to reach as many community members as possible so they can submit their comment opposing this rule by making a donation to SIREN today.

#ProtectFamilies #ProtectLowIncomeImmigrants

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Para publicación inmediata: miércoles 10 de octubre de 2018

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

La Red de Servicios, Derechos de los Inmigrantes y Educación (SIREN) condena las reglas propuestas de Trump que atacan a los inmigrantes de bajos ingresos

Miembros de la comunidad y aliados instados a presentar comentarios públicos

Hoy, la Administración de Trump publicó oficialmente su regla propuesta para limitar drásticamente la capacidad de los inmigrantes para obtener una tarjeta verde o cambiar sus visas, en particular aquellos que tienen bajos ingresos o usan diversos beneficios públicos. La norma propuesta ampliaría la definición de "cargo público" para tener en cuenta el uso de diversos beneficios públicos, como asistencia alimentaria y nutricional, ciertos beneficios de atención médica y asistencia para vivienda y alquiler. También expandiría los factores que podrían influir negativamente en las determinaciones de cargos públicos, entre los que se incluyen bajos ingresos, un dominio limitado del inglés o ciertas condiciones de salud, entre otras. Si se aprueba, esto podría considerarse seriamente cuando se deniega a una persona 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. El público tiene la oportunidad de comentar oponiéndose a estas reglas hasta el 10 de diciembre.

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

“Es inconcebible que la Administración Trump esté proponiendo castigar a las comunidades de inmigrantes de bajos ingresos esencialmente forzándolos a elegir entre recibir apoyo con atención médica, comida y vivienda, y obtener una tarjeta verde. Obtener ayuda para simplemente sobrevivir no debe ser un factor para que alguien pueda obtener la residencia permanente. Es importante que la comunidad sepa que esta regla aún no se ha adoptado o está vigente. En este momento, tenemos la oportunidad de luchar contra él. Instamos a los miembros de la comunidad inmigrante, organizaciones, empresas, funcionarios electos y aliados a enviar comentarios públicos antes del 10 de diciembre que se opongan a esta regla propuesta."

Las personas pueden registrarse para enviar sus propios comentarios públicos y recibirán mensajes y recursos de muestra.Ayude a apoyar nuestros esfuerzos para llegar a la mayor cantidad posible de miembros de la comunidad para que puedan enviar sus comentarios en contra de esta regla al hacer una donación a SIREN hoy.

#ProtectFamilies #ProtectLowIncomeImmigrants

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SIREN Applauds Ruling Halting TPS Termination // SIREN Aplaude la Decisión de Detener la Terminación de TPS

SIREN Applauds Ruling Halting TPS Termination // SIREN Aplaude la Decisión de Detener la Terminación de TPS

Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Chen granted a preliminary injunction temporarily halting the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for individuals from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan while the case continues in court. In this ruling, related to a lawsuit filed by TPS recipients, the judge found that there would be irreparable harm and hardship to individuals

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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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MEDIA ADVISORY: Immigrant Rights Group to Host Rally to Call for the Abolishment of ICE, Protect DACA, and Support for a Clean Dream Act

MEDIA ADVISORY: Immigrant Rights Group to Host Rally to Call for the Abolishment of ICE, Protect DACA, and Support for a Clean Dream Act

San Jose, CA -- Immigrant rights organization Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN) will be gathering at San Jose City Hall on Wednesday August 29, 2018 to make demands  regarding immigration policies in the wake of a summer of terror from the Trump Administration against immigrant families.

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