July 28, 2020
CARECEN SF rejects the Trump Administration’s announcement regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which essentially undermines the program’s benefits; limiting work permits for recipients of the program to one year instead of two. They will also deny any new applications from people who currently qualify for the program, as well as severely restrict advanced parole requests. The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling (June 18, 2020) makes it clear, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) MUST continue the program, renew work authorization documents, and allow for new applications into the program to proceed.
June 18, 2020
Today the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program also known as DACA has lifted a painful burden for our nation’s DREAMERS, caused by the Trump Administration’s cruel cancelation of DACA. Recipients of this program and immigrant rights advocates have remained steady, united and effective in the work of organizing, advancing, and protecting the rights of ALL individuals, children, youth and families in the nation.
Press Release Bilingual Anthem Brings Attention to Humanitarian Crisis at the U.S/Mexico Border Due to “Zero Tolerance” Policy
June 12, 2020
In a demonstration of solidarity with families and children held in detention camps, a group of artists has come together to bring “Our Children Are Sacred” – “Nuestros Niños Son Sagrados,” a song that centers on children and their sacredness. At a time when people of color are suffering in disproportionate numbers due to COVID-19 and historic social upheaval has spurred worldwide demonstrations calling for systemic change led by Black Lives Matter, “Our Children Are Sacred” brings attention to our children — who suffer the deepest consequences of unjust and racist structural systems of healthcare, policing, housing, education, nutrition and immigration, to name a few.
Press Release CARECEN SF Joins Alianza Americas’ National Campaign #KeepingUSsafe and Continues to Call on Congress to Protect ALL Americans, without exclusion of immigrants during the current COVID-19 global health pandemic
May 13, 2020
The Central American Resource Center – CARECEN SF joins Alianza Americas #KeepingUSsafe national campaign. The goal of this campaign is to raise public awareness about the exclusion of immigrants from federal relief efforts, despite the active role of essential immigrant workers in keeping the U.S. economy going, as well as their work in various sectors deemed critical to the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
CARECEN SF will be localizing this campaign to California with the use of #KeepingCAsafe given that California benefits from the largest TPS, DACA, and immigrant population in the country.
Press Release Hillary Ronen, Joins Immigrant Community and Advocates in Calling on the U.S. Congress to Guarantee Protection of Immigrants in Next Federal Relief Packet for COVID-19 Health Crisis
April 21, 2020
San Francisco Supervisor Hillary Ronen, introduced a Board Resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to ensure protections for all without exclusion of the nation’s immigrant population in the next Federal Relief Bill, in response to the COVID-19 global health pandemic.
Press Release Trump Demonstrates Racism Against Immigrants of Color with Expanded Muslim Ban Issued Today
January 31, 2020
CARECEN SF opposes Trump’s latest attacks on immigrants of color with today’s executive order adding 7 more countries to the administration’s 2017 travel restrictions, also known as the “Muslim ban.” Today the White House expanded this racist and xenophobic ban, by adding Belarus, Nigeria, Myanmar, Kyrgyztan, Sudan, Tanzania and Eritrea will be added to the list. The ban effective today will suspend visas that can lead to permanent residency as well as end diversity visas for Sudanese and Tanzanian nationals.
January 28, 2020
CARECEN SF condemns the Supreme Court ruling issued yesterday, giving the Trump Administration the right to implement the “Public Charge” rule spearheaded by the president’s immigration advisor, Stephen Miller, who has made no secret of his anti-immigrant agenda. This ruling enables the federal government to start enforcing new immigrant wealth test, designed to screen out certain green card applicants seen as being at risk of becoming dependent on government benefits, or “public charges.”
Press Release TPS, DACA, DED Beneficiaries and Leading Advocates Hold Briefing for Lawmakers on Country Conditions, Migrant Corridor and Call on Congress to Take Urgent Action and Legislate on a Path to Permanent Status
September 9, 2019
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, their families, along with Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) holders will be joined by CARECEN San Francisco, CARECEN DC, Alianza Americas, the Bay Area TPS Committee, CASA, 32BJ, East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, African Advocacy Network, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, OXFAM, Latin America Working Group, FANM and other allies call on Congress to act now to create a path to permanent residency for all 13 countries beneficiaries of TPS, DACA and DED.
September 9th, is the day when more than 190 thousand TPS beneficiaries from El Salvador would have lost protection against deportation, forced to face family separation and forcefully be uprooted from communities in which they have deep ties. They would have seen the cancellation of their Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) if not for the Ramos vs Nielsen lawsuit. To place an urgent call to action to Congress, several families,TPS, DED and DACA beneficiaries along with community based organizations, planned two days of action to tell Congress that time is running out! TPS, DACA and DED beneficiaries are facing daily challenges related to being in legal limbo due to the cancellation of the programs and the inconsistencies of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issuing the Federal Register Notices. These highly vetted individuals with U.S. born children, deserve immediate protection from deportation and an opportunity to apply for permanent residency now!
May 9, 2019
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled to overturn a lower court’s injunction of the Trump administration’s “Migrant Protection Protocol” policy also known as MPP or “Remain in Mexico.” Due to this ruling, immigration officials can keep sending asylum seekers back to Mexico, where they will be forced to wait as their immigration court proceedings move forward.
Press Release CARECEN SF Joins ACLU and Other Groups in Lawsuit Against Trump Policy to Forcibly Return Asylum Seekers to Mexico
February 14, 2019
The American Civil Liberties Union, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Center for Gender & Refugee Studies filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s new policy forcing asylum seekers to return to Mexico and remain there while their cases are considered.
February 7, 2019
In a partnership with the Northern California TPS Coalition, the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, and CARECEN SF, a large group of TPS beneficiaries and immigrant advocates headed to Washington, DC to lobby lawmakers and advocate for the protection of Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) February 10-13th. Also joining the delegation were members of African Advocacy Network, SF Living Wage Coalition, We Rise SF. They met up with over 3,000 migrant activists, who came from across the country to walks the halls of Congress and march for immigrant rights in Washington, DC.
January 31, 2019
San Francisco, CA – January 31, 2019 – CARECEN SF proudly takes the lead in organizing a 26-
person delegation traveling to Washington, D.C. from Feb. 10-13th to lobby lawmakers for the
protection of TPS (Temporary Protected Status). The delegation is also led by East Bay Sanctuary
Covenant with African Advocacy Network, SF Living Wage Coalition, We Rise SF and the NorCal
Save TPS Coalition joining the effort. All organizations are active in the fight towards immigrant
rights and will meet up with over 2,000 other members of the #SaveTPS movement for D.C.
Lobbying Day led by the National TPS Alliance.
Press Release CARECEN SF to Send Lawyers to US/Mexico Border
December 3, 2018
San Francisco, CA – December 3, 2018 – CARECEN SF, the Bay Area nonprofit organization that has been empowering and responding to the needs, rights and aspirations of immigrants in the Bay Area for over 32 years, is answering the call to help Central American migrants at the U.S./Mexico border due to the massive exodus coming from that region. On December 10, CARECEN SF will be sending a small team of lawyers to meet with Central American refugees to provide much needed immigration legal assistance and guidance. CARECEN SF will be hosted by two organizations that are already working on the ground, Al Otro Lado and Pueblo Sin Fronteras.
Press Release CARECEN SF Condemns State-Sponsored Violence Against Central Americans at U.S./Mexico Border
November 26, 2018
U.S./Mexico Border – Sunday, November 25, 2018 – “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The images of children, women and individuals choking in tear and pepper gas are terribly painful. The overt show of state-sponsored violence and use of intimidation is a new low for the U.S. government and one that is ultimately financed by tax payer’s money.
We call on our allies and people in the United States to take action by calling your local representatives and express their outrage about the use of U.S. tax dollars to finance human rights violations, and repress peaceful migrants to deter them from accessing that which the current legal system already affords them — the right to ask for protection, to seek asylum.
Press Release CARECEN SF Proudly Supports Judge’s Ruling to Maintain TPS for Immigrants from Sudan, El Salvador, Haiti and Nicaragua
October 4, 2018
CARECEN SF proudly supports the ruling by US District Judge Edward Chen of granting a preliminary injunction towards stopping the White House and the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to terminate the Temporary Protection Status known as TPS. This decision will immediately affect hundreds of thousands of immigrants from Sudan, El Salvador, Haiti and Nicaragua. The ruling states that the TPS program must be maintained while a lawsuit challenging the government’s decision to eliminate the program continues.
Press Release The Bay Area Central American Community Calls on U.S. Federal Government to Immediately End the Immigrant Detention System
June 21, 2018
The Damage is Done! And the only acceptable action to mitigate the torture and suffering of more than 2,000 children and families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border by the Trump administration is for them to be immediately released from detention centers, reunited and granted legal permanent residency.
June 11, 2018
CARECEN SF stands in solidarity with the parents and children surviving the torture of family separation through the “zero tolerance” policy put in place by the Trump Administration, which criminalizes families seeking safety in the U.S. CARECEN SF calls for an end to such racist, hateful policies and encourages respect for the sacredness of families and those seeking asylum.
January 8, 2018
The Department of Homeland Security’s decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 195,000 Salvadorans is consistent with its racist and anti-immigrant agenda and is a continuation of the political violence and psychological torture against the immigrant community.
TPS beneficiaries not only contribute their hard labor, cultural and social assets to this nation, but they have raised families, started businesses and participate in all sectors of our national economy.
Press Release International Music Legend & Activist Joan Baez Joins CARECEN SF in Support of Bay Area Dreamers and Immigrant Community
November 10, 2017
Legendary folk singer and activist, Joan Baez, who has marched with Martin Luther King, Jr., stood alongside Nelson Mandela and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame has chosen to partner with CARECEN SF in support of Bay Area Dreamers and migrant community by making a personal donation of the proceeds from her first ever art show, Mischief Makers, which displayed at the Seager/Gray Gallery in Marin County this past September 2017. All of the paintings in the exhibit immediately sold, and CARECEN SF was personally chosen by Baez as the beneficiary of a portion of the proceeds.
Press Release Northern CA Rapid Response Network Calls for Coordinated Response to Targeting of Sanctuary Cities
September 29, 2017
The Northern California Rapid Response Network (NCRRN) is aware of an increase in immigration enforcement actions throughout the region. This includes an increase in reports of arrests in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as surrounding regions, including at least 167 arrests in Los Angeles. NCRRN is continuing to gather information and reports from local rapid response networks. These large scale enforcement actions are the latest example of a policy of terror separating families and fostering fear and mistrust in the social fabric of our communities. The NCRRN in partnership with local rapid response networks asks that affected families reach out to local hotlines to report enforcement actions and obtain assistance. It is important to stand together and coordinate a united response to actions that are meant to inflict fear in our communities in general and sanctuary cities in particular.
September 29, 2017
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) announcement that it will cancel Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 2,500 Nicaraguans who have legally lived and worked in the United States for decades is a shameful decision that ignores their many long-term contributions to this country. The ambivalence on the fate of Honduran TPS holders unnecessarily continues to place 57,000 people and their families in a cruel limbo – one that could end in family separation, and their forced return to countries in a region profoundly impacted by violence and poverty.
September 5, 2017
On September 5, 2017 President Trump announced the “phasing out” of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Here are “Five Key Points” that are important to know about the announcement. We recommend that you get an immigration consultation from a non-profit community agency and/or an immigration attorney to determine how this announcement may affect your immigration case. Please be aware of unscrupulous legal advisors when reviewing your immigration options.
Press Release Donald Trump announces “phasing out” of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program DACA and TPS
September 5, 2017
Today Donald Trump and his administration announced the “phasing out” of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, giving Congress six months to potentially legislate on protections for 800,000 current beneficiaries.
Dreamers are integral members of our society, as are ALL youth –ultimately the future leaders and labor force of not only this country, but of the globe. DACA beneficiaries represent some of this nation’s greatest assets, uniquely bi-cultural, bi-lingual and transnational members of our society. Raised in the U.S., educated in our schools, children and youth from our blocks, neighborhoods and cities. They have done more than their part by contributing actively to the social, cultural, civic and economic landscape of this nation, same as their families, same as the 11+ million immigrants conveniently exploited, eternally excluded and violated, solely to protect the interests of a “few” committed to perpetuating racist and oppressive social, political and economic structures of power. These systems and economic models make this nation one of the richest, but also one of the most undereducated, unhealthy, violent, racist, unequal and divided “developed” nations in the world –The system is broken, and we have been, are and will continue advancing a vision to fix it.