SIREN in the New: Trump postpones immigration raids, calls for quick bipartisan solution

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents conduct an enforcement operation at an Atlanta home in 2017.  Photo: Bryan Cox / U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 2017

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents conduct an enforcement operation at an Atlanta home in 2017.

Photo: Bryan Cox / U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 2017

SF Chronicle // Lauren Hernández and Gwendolyn Wu June 22, 2019 Updated: June 22, 2019 8:23 p.m.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents conduct an enforcement operation at an Atlanta home in 2017.Photo: Bryan Cox / U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 2017

President Trump has delayed the nationwide raids scheduled to detain roughly 2,000 recently arrived immigrant families living in the country illegally.

Trump announced Saturday afternoon on Twitter that “At the request of Democrats,” he has decided to delay the mass deportation order for two weeks to give both Republicans and Democrats an opportunity to come to a bipartisan “solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border.”

“If not, Deportations start!” he warned.

The decision was announced just a day before U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement planned to begin picking up immigrant familiesliving in major cities across the country, including San Francisco.

A source familiar with the decision said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco called the president Friday night and asked him to call off the raids.

Pelosi called the pause “welcome.”

“Time is needed for comprehensive immigration reform,” Pelosi said on Twitter. “Families belong together.”

On Wednesday, acting ICE Director Mark Morgan said agents would pick up families who have received final removal orders from immigration courts.

Out of the nearly 11,000 cases where deportation orders were issued because the family did not appear in court, 232 were in the San Francisco court, according to the Executive Office for Immigration Review. More than 95% of the families ordered to that court showed up for their hearings.

“Yet again Trump is playing a cruel game with the lives of children and families to play politics,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “As long as his administration continues to threaten our immigrant community, Oakland will continue to prepare — we know our rights and values.”

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo also slammed the president, saying in a tweet, “We’ll achieve the comprehensive immigration reform that our nation critically needs when we elect a President more interested in solutions than scare tactics.”

Trump’s decision to delay the mass deportations was a “confirmation that this administration’s strategy is to terrorize” immigrant communities, said Hamid Yazdan Panah, advocacy director for the California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice.

“I think it has a real and tangible human cost, and unfortunately that cost is first and foremost the communities that are affected, as well as those who support those communities,” he said.

Yazdan Panah said he doesn’t believe either the White House or Congress will be able to come to a “humanitarian or humane, sensible solution” in the two-week time frame provided to lawmakers.

Maricela Gutiérrez, executive director of immigrant rights organization Siren, said she sees Trump’s last-minute decision as a form of posturing, coming as it does just days after he officially announced his 2020 re-election campaign.

“It’s day to day for ICE, it’s nothing new. They’ve been targeting people with deportation orders,” Gutiérrez said. “It’s just posturing from the president. He’s trying to flex his muscles since he relaunched his campaign ... and he’s trying to perpetuate that good-immigrant/bad-immigrant dichotomy.”

May 2019 SIREN in the Media

  • Sanctuary Policy is Unchanged. Noticiero Telemundo 48; June 5, 2019.

  • Sanctuary Policy, Police Response and Community Perspective, including De-Bug. Telemundo 48; June 5, 2019.

  • ICE Pressures Jails and the Sanctuary Law. Noticiero Telemundo 48; May 8, 2019.

  • Asylum Applicants Waiting in Mexico. Noticias 14: Edición Nocturna; May 8, 2019.

  • Preparations for May 1st March. Telemundo 48; April 28, 2019.

Mayo 2019 SIREN en las Noticias

  • La Póliza del Santuario No ha Cambiado. Noticiero Telemundo 48; 5 de junio, 2019.

  • Póliza de Santuario, Respuesta Policial y Perspectiva Comunitaria, incluyendo De-Bug. Telemundo 48; 5 de junio, 2019.

  • ICE Presiona a las Carceles y Ley Sanctuario. Noticiero Telemundo 48; 8 de mayo, 2019.

  • Aplicantes de Asilo esperan en México. Noticias 14: Edición Nocturna; 8 de mayo, 2019.

  • Preparativos para la Marcha del 1ero de Mayo. Telemundo 48; 28 de abril, 2019.  

SIREN en Noticias Abril 2019

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Maya Esparza, miembro del Consejo de San José, honra el trabajo de empoderamiento de los votantes de SIREN a través de un reconocimiento el 9 de abril de 2019.

Líderes laborales condenan a Sam Liccardo por su posición sobre la inmigración. San Jose Spotlight. 12 de abril de 2019.

Política de santuario y reunión de la Junta de Supervisores. KCBS-AM; 10 de abril de 2019 03:24 AM PDT.

La política del santuario podría ser deshecha en el condado de Santa Clara. KCBS Radio Blogs; 10 de abril de 2019.

Junta de Supervisores y Política del Santuario. Noticiero Telemundo 48; 9 de abril de 2019 11:03 PM PDT.

Publico discute sobre la política de santuario del Condado de Santa Clara en la reunión de supervisores. East Bay Times en línea; 9 de abril de 2019.

Publico discute sobre la política de santuario del Condado de Santa Clara en la reunión de supervisores. The Mercury News en línea; 9 de abril de 2019.

Cientos de personas atienden la plática sobre la política de santuario del condado de Santa Clara. SFGate, 9 de abril de 2019.

Los supervisores del condado de Santa Clara votan para explorar los cambios a la política del santuario. The Mercury News; 8 de abril de 2019.

Los supervisores del condado de Santa Clara votan para explorar los cambios a la política del santuario. East Bay Times; 8 de abril de 2019.

SIREN in the News April 2019

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San Jose Council Member Maya Esparza honors SIREN’s voter empowerment work through a commendation on April 9, 2019.

Labor leaders condemn Sam Liccardo over stance on immigration. San Jose Spotlight. April 12, 2019.

Sanctuary policy and board of supervisors meeting. KCBS-AM; April 10, 2019 03:24 AM PDT.  

Sanctuary policy could be undone in Santa Clara County. KCBS Radio Blogs; April 10, 2019.

Board of Supervisors Meeting and Sanctuary Policy. Noticiero Telemundo 48; April 9, 2019 11:03 PM PDT.  

Public spars over Santa Clara County sanctuary policy at supervisors' meeting. East Bay Times Online; April 9, 2019

Public spars over Santa Clara County sanctuary policy at supervisors' meeting. The Mercury News Online; April 9, 2019.

Hundreds pack hearing on Santa Clara County’s sanctuary policy. SFGate, April 9, 2019.

Santa Clara County supervisors vote to explore changes to sanctuary policy. The Mercury News; April 8, 2019.

Santa Clara County supervisors vote to explore changes to sanctuary policy. East Bay Times; April 8, 2019.  

SIREN in the News: March 2019

SIREN’s Executive Director, Maricela Gutiérrez, Selected as a César Chávez Community Hero of 2019 by the Marguerite Casey Foundation; March 28, 2019.

“Maricela is a phenomenal movement and spiritual leader in the immigrant and refugee rights movement. She is an impacted community member. She has a beautiful and bold vision of what is possible for communities. She is committed to centering wisdoms and leadership of those most impacted by racism/patriarchy/capitalism/intersectional oppression. She’s a driver. She’s a very successful fundraiser. She cares deeply about people, and she has the utmost integrity. She understands the difference between building for a moment as opposed to building for a movement.”

San Jose Police Chief Wants to Reconsider Sanctuary City Policy in Light of Undocumented Murder Suspect. KNTV-TV Online; March 15, 2019.

Sanctuary Cities Policy Change? Telemundo 48; March 13, 2019.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla Visits SIREN

On March 6, 2019, it was our pleasure to welcome California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to our San Jose office where we talked about the Voter’s Choice Act implementation, voter rights issues, and the 2020 Census.

California's 2016 Voter's Choice Act ensures that voters in five counties - Sacramento, Nevada, Napa, Madera, and San Mateo - receive mail-in ballots 28 days prior to elections. SIREN leaders were able to share their feedback on the Voter’s Choice Act, as well as highlight their successes of the past election cycle, having added over 15,000 new voters, knocked on over 10,000 doors, and contacted over 160,000 voters throughout Northern California and the Central Valley.

SIREN is preparing to launch our 2020 Census Campaign and there is much work ahead in preparation for this momentous event to ensure that every person is counted. Join us in our campaign to register individuals in Northern California and Central Valley and volunteer and support our civic engagement efforts today.

El Secretario del Estado Alex Padilla Visita a SIREN

El 6 de marzo de 2019, tuvimos el placer de darle la bienvenida al Secretario de Estado de California, Alex Padilla, a nuestra oficina de San José, donde hablamos sobre la implementación de la Ley de Elección de los Votantes, los derechos de los votantes y el Censo del 2020.

La Ley de Elección de Votantes 2016 de California garantiza que los votantes de los cinco condados (Sacramento, Nevada, Napa, Madera y San Mateo) reciban boletas por correo 28 días antes de las elecciones. Los líderes de SIREN pudieron compartir sus comentarios sobre la Ley de Elección de los Votantes, así como resaltar sus éxitos del ciclo electoral anterior, habiendo agregado más de 15,000 votantes nuevos, tocando más de 10,000 puertas y contactando a más de 160,000 votantes en todo el Norte de California y el Central Valle.

SIREN se está preparando para lanzar nuestra Campaña del Censo de 2020 y hay mucho trabajo por delante en la preparación de este evento trascendental para garantizar que cada persona sea contada. Únase a nosotros en nuestra campaña para registrar a las personas en el norte de California y el Valle Central y sea voluntario y respalde nuestros esfuerzos de compromiso cívico hoy.

SIREN en las Noticias: Marzo 2019

La Directora Ejecutiva de SIREN, Maricela Gutiérrez, seleccionada como Héroe Comunitario César Chávez del 2019 por la Fundación Marguerite Casey; 28 de marzo de 2019.

“Maricela es un movimiento fenomenal y líder espiritual en el movimiento por los derechos de los inmigrantes y los refugiados. Ella es un miembro de la comunidad impactada. Ella tiene una visión hermosa y audaz de lo que es posible para las comunidades. Ella está comprometida a centrar la sabiduría y el liderazgo de los más afectados por el racismo / patriarcado / capitalismo / opresión interseccional. Ella es una persona de acción. Ella es una recaudadora de fondos muy exitosa. Ella se preocupa profundamente por las personas y tiene la mayor integridad. Ella entiende la diferencia entre construir para un momento y el construir para un movimiento."

El Jefe de la Policía de San José Quiere Reconsiderar la Políza de Ciudad Santuaria a la Luz del Sospechoso de Asesinato Indocumentado. KNTV-TV Online; 15 de marzo, 2019.

¿Cambio de Política de las Ciudades de Santuario? Telemundo 48; 13 de marzo, 2019.



California immigrant rights advocates commended Bonta's efforts. "We applaud Assemblymember Bonta for introducing this landmark legislation," says Maricela Gutiérrez, executive director of Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network, an advocacy group active in the California Bay Area and Central Valley. "Such databases have been a back-door channel making it easier for ICE and CBP to continue to ramp up their deportation of community members."

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Fresno establishes ‘long overdue’ immigration committee — but it has no funding


FEBRUARY 17, 2019 06:00 AM,

UPDATED FEBRUARY 17, 2019 02:08 PM


Fresno immigrant advocates believe a “long overdue” new advisory committee will make a dent on issues affecting the local immigrant community — despite having no funding attached.

The Fresno City Council on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution to establish a 15-member immigrant affairs committee. The committee will be tasked with advising the City Council on issues related to immigrants, according to the resolution. 

In June 2017, the City Council turned down a proposal to establish a legal defense fund for immigrants facing deportation.

The proposal asked for the city to include $200,000 in its 2017-18 budget for its contribution to the public-private legal fund that had been pushed by immigration and civil rights advocates.

Some acknowledged that not having to make an upfront funding commitment for the advisory committee might have played a role in the unanimous support for Thursday’s resolution. 

Samuel Molina, state director for Mi Familia Vota, said he and others had been advocating for the committee for about a year and a half. 

“It’s long overdue,” Molina said.

While he agreed that having no funding attached might have contributed to the passage of the resolution, he believes the committee can accomplish several things.

For example, it shows the immigrant community that the City Council stands with them and takes their concerns seriously, he said. The committee has the potential to address several issues within the immigrant community, like transition into citizenship and language barriers.

Plus, similar committees in other jurisdictions have shown to be effective. “Committees have worked to develop strategic plans on addressing immigrant issues and needs,” he said.

Council Member Luis Chavez said the city has to start somewhere when it comes to communicating with the immigrant community and including immigrants in the city’s decision-making process.

“This is a way to bring them to the table,” he said. “I think what we are trying to do here, is the first step in building a bridge with city hall and the immigrant community.”

Each council member will nominate two members and the mayor will appoint one, Chavez said. All committee members are expected to be in place by the end of March or early April, and the group will start its work soon after that. 

The committee’s meetings will be subject to the Brown Act and will be open to the public, according to the resolution.

Eliseo V. Gamino, chair of the Central Valley Leadership Roundtable, said he hopes the committee will have resources and accountability. 

The committee should be based on assistance and in “helping keep families together” – a need that has recently been illustrated with the case of a Navy veteran who fears could be deported, Gamino said. 

But Gamino said the committee does need adequate resources to be effective. 

“It has to have appropriate resources and accountability goals to help families stay... together and avoid deportation without due process,” he said. 

Chavez said the committee will have city hall resources, as well as access to department heads, the city’s attorney’s office and access to his personal office. 

Issues the advisory committee can help address, Chavez said, range from long wait times for international flights at the Fresno International Airport due to an inadequate number of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, to offering English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and making citizenship classes more widely available. 

The legal defense fund is an issue the committee could bring back to the table as well, he said. 

Maricela Gutierrez, executive director with Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Services (SIREN), applauded the new committee. 

“I think this is a step in the right direction,” she said. “Our wish and dream is that one day there is actually an office of immigrants and refugee affairs.”

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