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DACA and Mental Health
As you know, we are currently awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) regarding the legality of DHS’s decision to terminate the DACA program. During this time of uncertainty, as we await a decision from SCOTUS, DACA recipients and their loved ones are at risk of experiencing extreme stress.
 
To center mental health during the SCOTUS ruling window, we are sharing the following resources that may be helpful for impacted communities:
  • United We Dream UndocuHealth Initiative – The UndocuHealth Initiative aims to support impacted communities experiencing stress and anxiety related to their immigration status. Their Emergency Toolkit provides information on the correlations between trauma and the physical effects of stress, tools for stress reduction, including breathing exercises, as well as a list of online resources. (Source: United We Dream)
DACA in the Supreme Court
In response to COVID-19, the Supreme Court announced that it would postpone oral arguments scheduled for their March session.

On March 23rd the Supreme Court released a series of decisions and the DACA case was not included. The next date for Supreme Court decisions is on March 30th (schedule can be seen HERE). Although we continue to expect a decision on DACA before the end of June 2020, it is possible that a DACA decision will be more imminent as Supreme Court Justices may wish to finalize pending cases sooner as a result of COVID-19.
Renewing Your DACA
At this moment, USCIS is still accepting renewal applications. While it remains, unclear what will happen to pending applications if the DACA program is rescinded, legal professionals continue to encourage those who are eligible to renew now. For a list of local support, visit https://www.sccgov.org/sites/oir/Pages/daca.aspx.

Accessing legal services may be increasingly difficult at this time, amid efforts to slow down the spread of COVID-19. However, many law firms and legal service organizations are conducting remote virtual appointments and clinics and continue to provide DACA recipients with virtual consultations and remote DACA renewal assistance support.
DACA Renewal Scholarships

Contact these below for free DACA Renewal Application Scholarships

Asian Law Alliance (ALA)
(408) 287-9710 | 991 W Hedding St. #202, San Jose 95126

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
(408) 613-7583 | 2625 Zanker Rd. #201, San Jose 95134

Services Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN)
(408) 453-3003 | 1415 Koll Circle #108, San Jose 95112

USCIS Update

As of March 18th, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has suspended all in-person services at all USCIS offices through April 7th.

USCIS announced on March 29th, that they will reuse previously submitted biometrics in order to process valid Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, extension requests due to the temporary closure of Application Support Centers (ASC) to the public in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This announcement is consistent with existing USCIS authorities regarding the agency’s ability to reuse previously submitted biometrics. COVID-19 Biometrics Reuse 03-30-2020.pdf

USCIS announced that due to COVID-19, they will accept all forms and documents with reproduced (rather than original) signatures. It is not yet clear how USCIS will address processing applications without fingerprint appointments (at those centers are closed) and we continue to monitor this. To learn more click here.

USCIS will provide further updates as the situation develops and will continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance. Please visit uscis.gov/coronavirus for the latest facts and other USCIS updates.
Shelter in Place Order Has Been Extended
The County of Santa Clara Health Officer has issued a new Shelter in Place Order, now extending through May 3, 2020. The new order is more restrictive than the previous one, and includes changes to outdoor activities and what is defined as an essential business and what is not.
Know your rights and take care of your health

USCIS has announced that COVID-19 testing, treatment, and prevention would NOT be used against immigrants in a public charge test.
  • This means immigrant families should NOT fear being denied a green card from when seeking needed health care. If you don’t have a doctor, contact Valley Connection for checkups and preventative care at 1(888) 334-1000.
There is much fear and confusion due to public charge changes. Not all immigrants are impacted by public charge.

These organizations provide free or low-cost legal advice on immigration and public benefits:  
In this time of uncertainty, please keep yourself informed. Santa Clara County residents can now contact United Way 2-1-1, who is serving as a call center for questions about COVID-19. Residents can also simply text the word “coronavirus” to 211211 and follow the prompts provided.
 
2-1-1 phone and text services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in 150 languages
Census Update

 

Update: the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted their timeline in response to COVID-19. Click here to view an updated timeline. 

However, the #2020Census process is ongoing. Please look out for your notification in the mail and complete your census today!

Visit my2020census.gov or make a toll-free call to 844-330-2020.

We are committed to welcoming a diverse Santa Clara County. If you have any questions or want to learn more, contact us! Email us at immigrant.relations@ceo.sccgov.org or call +1 (408) 678-1430
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As part of the Division of Equity and Social Justice, the Office of Immigrant Relations is dedicated to providing a welcoming experience for all immigrants. We believe in celebrating, empowering, and supporting the integration of our diverse immigrant communities. In addition to providing policy analysis, the Office funds numerous initiatives including unmet civil legal needs for vulnerable populations, legal services for unaccompanied minors, pathways to citizenship and other programs for immigrant integration, deportation defense, Know Your Rights, the Rapid Response Network, and more.

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