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Latest News on Public Charge 
On Wednesday, July 29th, 2020, a federal district court in New York issued a new temporary injunction against the new public charge rule. As stated by Protecting Immigrant Families, this order "bars the implementation, application, and enforcement of the rule nationwide so long as there is a declared national emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic."

In the ruling, issued by U.S. District Judge George Daniels, he wrote “Doctors and other medical personnel, state and local officials, and staff at nonprofit organizations have all witnessed immigrants refusing to enroll in Medicaid or other public-funded health coverage, or forgoing testing and treatment for COVID-19, out of fear that accepting such insurance or care will increase their risk of being labeled a public charge,” Daniels wrote in his ruling. “As a direct result of the rule, immigrants are forced to make an impossible choice between jeopardizing health and personal safety or their immigration status.”

Additionally, the court also issued a "nationwide preliminary injunction barring enforcement of the Department of State (DOS) public charge rule and Health Insurance Proclamation, the first decision fully addressing these policies at DOS, and it enjoined those policies indefinitely, beyond the national emergency related to the pandemic."  

The Office of Immigrant Relations recognizes these injunctions as a victory towards protecting the health of all immigrants, noting that as long as the New York district court's injunction is in place, the public charge rules will continue to be blocked nationwide. 

Public Charge Resources
 
If you are interested in learning more about public charge as you support families in accessing the services/resources they need at this time, please contact one of the agencies listed below. 
 
Bay Area Legal Aid​: 
  • (408) 850-7066 English, Spanish
Asian Law Alliance:
  • (408) 287-9710 English, Vietnamese, Chinese, Tagalog, Korean, Spanish
Law Foundation of Silicon Valley:
  • (408) 280-2420 English, Vietnamese, Chinese, Spanish, and more*
*Law Foundation of Silicon Valley does not specialize in immigration law but can answer questions about using Public Benefits programs.
 
 
Latest News on DACA 
On Tuesday, July 28th, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released an updated memorandum related to DACA.

The main takeaways from the memo include: 
  1. USCIS will reject all initial (first-time) DACA applications
  2. USCIS will reject all Advance Parole applications from DACA recipients unless there are exceptional circumstances
  3. USCIS will continue accepting and processing DACA renewals but the period granted for DACA and work authorization is now shortened from 2 years to 1 year
This new memo severely limits the DACA program and goes against the recent U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to reinstate DACA to its former pre-rescission status. Further, this memo adds stress to nearly 700,000 DACA recipients across the nation, including the over 200,000 DACA recipients currently working in essential roles, including an estimated 30,000 serving as healthcare workers providing critical services during this pandemic. 

The Office of Immigrant Relations and the County of Santa Clara continue to stand with all immigrants, including DACA recipients, during these challenging times. We express our deepest empathy to all being affected by the current decisions made by the Trump Administration. The Office of Immigrant Realtions is committed to providing updates, resources, and education to contribute to the empowerment of the entire immigrant community. As stated by Chief Operating Officer for the County of Santa Clara, Miguel Márquez in a recent press document, “The County has always been committed to protecting and supporting DACA recipients and celebrates this important decision alongside our country’s 1.7 million DACA-eligible DREAMers. They are a vital part of our community who strengthen our nation with their stories of resilience and success.”

In these trying times, we must remember that immigrants are resilient and will come out stronger on the other side. As stated by one of our former New Americans Fellow and now County employee serving as a Disaster Worker in response to the pandemic, Kevin, "As a DACA recipient, I am here to tell you, that DACA does not define me. I define myself. My community defines me. Our power, our strength defines us. We are DACA recipients but we are much more than that. As a community, we lead with empathy, compassion, kindness, love but more than anything, we lead with hope."
Undocujoy: A Love Letter to My Undocumented People
The Office of Immigrant Relations invites you to watch Define American's UndocuJoy: A Love Letter to My Undocumented People video. 

UndocuJoy combats victimizing representations of people who are undocumented by flooding the media with authentic images of happiness. Undocumented Americans are encouraged to share their authentic moments of joy, and allies are encouraged to spread their message.
Inspired by a poem written by the incomparable Yosimar Reyes who is a San Jose grown artist. #Undocujoy is a visual poem that celebrates the strength, resilience, and JOY of undocumented Americans.


DACA Resources
Frequently Asked Questions about the new DACA Memo
  • For an updated list of FAQs given the latest DACA memo provided by United We Dream, CLICK HERE.
How to Complete a DACA Renewal
  • If you are interested in a video walk-through on How to Complete A DACA Renewal developed by ILRC, CLICK HEREPlease note: This guide DOES NOT serve as a replacement for speaking with a legal service provider. Applicants are always highly encouraged to seek legal consultation with a trusted legal service provider.
Free to Low-cost DACA Legal Service Providers
  • For a list of free to low-cost DACA legal service providers in Santa Clara County, CLICK HERE
Mental Health Resources for DACA Recipients 
  • For a comprehensive list of mental health resources for DACA recipients, CLICK HERE

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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