Here in California, many immigrant families are living in fear of Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” immigration policy and the ever-present risk of deportation and abuse. Here are some ways you can help.
- FIGHT BACK AGAINST TRUMP’S PROPOSED “PUBLIC CHARGE” REGULATION – For over a hundred years, “public charge” determinations (i.e., decisions as to the extent individuals will rely on certain public benefits) have been used by federal immigration authorities to decide whether to allow entry into the U.S. or accept an immigrant’s application for Lawful Permanent Residence status. The Trump administration has just published a proposed rule that will significantly expand the number of public benefits considered in such an analysis, such that immigrants who legally access basic health supports, safe housing, and healthy food programs. People who use these programs could be denied admission to the country or refused a green card. This is an inhumane attack on the health and well being of immigrant families and communities. WE HAVE 60 DAYS to submit comments to oppose this rule. Follow the link in the heading to submit a UNIQUE comment. (Please don’t use the sample suggested text at this link; only UNIQUE comments will be given full consideration. We want to overwhelm the feds with opposition they can’t ignore.) Thank you!
POZOLE FUNDRAISER – On December 1, NorCal Resist will be cooking up some delicious pozole (pork, chicken, and vegan!), in support of the migrant caravan and our immigrant defense and community fix-it programs! We’re asking folks to buy tickets in advance so we have enough of each style– we don’t want to run out of your favorite! We’d love you to join us – or simply donate to our caravan support.
- EMERGENCY DONATIONS – The administration just announced that they are mass releasing families from detention centers along the border. For months they’ve kept families for longer than the twenty days they are legally allowed to, but now, they are suddenly mass releasing THOUSANDS of people with NO plans to ensure their safety.
- ABUELAS RESPONDEN//GRANNIES RESPOND – Migrant families are traveling thousands of miles from central and south America to escape conflict, violence, and in search of a better life for their children. These undocumented families are being processed by ICE at the southern border and then released to join family or friends who may live in New York, Washington, or many points in between. Eventually, these families will go through the immigration court process.
These families are provided a bus ticket by immigrant rights groups at the border, and perhaps a few dollars. When they reach Sacramento, either to join family, or as a stop on their bus trip, they usually haven’t eaten, have no money, and lack basic necessities like diapers, baby formula, toothbrushes, clothes, and blankets.
Abuelas Responden is a local chapter of a national group responding to this humanitarian crisis, by being present at the bus stops with food, backpacks filled with necessities, and assistance for families who may be lost or confused about where they are supposed to be going next! NorCal Resist is raising funds to help them purchase more backpacks and supplies. NorCal Resist can also take your gently-used backpack donations, and if you are interested in being a volunteer to meet these families at the bus depot, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . Spanish (particularly Guatemalan dialect) is very helpful.
PEN FRIEND IN DETENTION – There are a number of immigrants in detention in Yuba who are requesting a pen friend! Our allies at Freedom for Immigrants (Faithful Friends/Amigos Fieles) can connect you with a pen friend who can truly use your words of solidarity and encouragement. Please email us at email@example.com if you can write to someone. Specify if you would like to write in English, Spanish, Punjabi, or have another language skill.
- VOLUNTEER WITH FAITHFUL FRIENDS: Are you interested in volunteering to provide detained immigrants with connection and support by making visits to them at the Yuba County Jail in Marysville? Faithful Friends/Amigos Fieles is a Community Visitation Program whose volunteers do just that. Visitor volunteers provide human connection and a regular outside presence for detainees. Volunteers can also help protect against human rights abuses in detention and ensure that each person in these facilities is treated with dignity.
For more information or to request a volunteer training session, please contact Program Coordinator Susan Lange: firstname.lastname@example.org
- VOLUNTEER WITH BORDER ANGELS: Border Angels is an all volunteer, non profit organisation that advocates for human rights, humane immigration reform, and social justice with a special focus on issues related to issues related to the US-Mexican border. Border Angels engages in community education and awareness programs that include guided trips to the desert to place water along migrant crossing routes as well as to the border to learn about the history of US-Mexico border policy and experience the border fence firsthand.
OTHER ORGANIZATIONS TO SUPPORT
- American Civil Liberties Union: The ACLU has pledged to take Donald trump to court if he implements any of the policies he proposed that blatantly violate people’s civil liberties, including mass deportation of undocumented immigrants, punishing women for getting abortions, changing the country’s libel laws, etc.
- National Immigration Law Center: The NILC provides legal support and defends the rights of low-income immigrants who live in the US.
- Service Employees International Union (SEIU): An organization of 2-million members united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide and dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society.
- Sacramento Immigration Coalition: A network of individual organizations that meet to share ideas and resources around the common goal of making lives better for undocumented people in the community.
- Area Congregations Together (ACT): Sacramento ACT organizes to create a more just and fair community for everyone in the Sacramento region, with a particular focus on communities of color that have experienced historical discrimination and disinvestment.
- RAPID RESPONSE TEAMS: Sacramento ACT, PICO, and the Sacramento Immigration Coalition are providing trainings to people interested in becoming legal and moral observers of ICE raids through their Rapid Response Network. Here’s how it would work: Rapid Response Protocol