Immigration News

In an interview with NBC, IIBA Staff Attorney Sara Fain encourages immigrants to visit IIBA offices to learn more about their legal protections

In an interview with NBC, IIBA Staff Attorney Sara Fain speaks out against the fear the administration has created in our communities, and she encourages immigrants to visit IIBA offices to learn more about their legal protections. IIBA provides high-quality immigration legal services, education, and civic engagement opportunities to immigrants, refugees, and their families as they join and contribute to the community.

Successful DACA Renewal Applications Under New USCIS Guidelines

On January 9, 2018, a federal court ruled that while a lawsuit decides whether the termination of DACA was unlawful, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must continue to accept renewal applications. Below is guidance on who is eligible to apply at this time. Please note, as the lawsuit moves forward, this advice may change.

ALERT: Court Orders the Department of Homeland Security to Allow Individuals with DACA to Apply to Renew It

On January 9, 2018, Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ordered a halt to the federal government’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. In the case Regents of the University of California, et al. v. Department of Homeland Security, et al., Alsup granted a preliminary injunction — a temporary order while the case goes forward — requiring U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)...

Help Support IIBA’s Napa and Sonoma Clients and Staff

Dear Friend, International Institute of the Bay Area closed our Napa and Sonoma offices on Wednesday given potential safety and health issues. Many of our staff have evacuated the area.   Please consider donating to help support IIBA clients and staff impacted by this ongoing devastation.   On Sunday, October 8th, multiple fires broke out in the North Bay. The fires have killed 31 people and destroyed 3,500 structures as of Friday...

Trump Stokes Anxiety Among U.S. Citizen Kids of Undocumented Parents

Katie Vincent was in a hallway at Hampstead Hill Academy, a Baltimore public charter school, when she heard the piercing, anguished cries reverberating from a nearby classroom. This wasn’t one or two kids weeping or acting out. This was loud, hysterical, collective keening unlike anything she’d ever heard. Vincent, a teacher, ducked into the classroom and saw almost each of the 22 third-graders in the room wailing inconsolably. Some kids...

California becomes ‘sanctuary state’ in rebuke of Trump immigration policy

Under threat of possible retaliation by the Trump administration, Gov. Jerry Brown signed landmark “sanctuary state” legislation Thursday, vastly limiting who state and local law enforcement agencies can hold, question and transfer at the request of federal immigration authorities. Senate Bill 54, which takes effect in January, has been blasted as “unconscionable” by U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, becoming the focus of a national debate over how far states and cities can...

Press Release: IIBA Covering DACA Renewal Costs

San Francisco —International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA) is covering all DACA renewal costs, legal services and USCIS $495 renewal fee, for those who are eligible, thanks to grants from Napa Valley Community Foundation, Y&H Soda Foundation, and California Department of Social Services.

With Liberty and Justice for Some Exhibit at Berkeley Art Center

SEEKING REFUGE Saturday, September 23, 4pm Get the first look at the exhibition With Liberty and Justice for Some and hear from the organizations that are fighting for the rights of immigrants and refugees. Representatives from Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (CERI) and YAZDA – A Global Yazidi...

Press Release: Fund Launched to Help Immigrants Fight Deportation

San Francisco— Attorneys providing free or low-cost immigration defense can soon draw upon funding for expert witnesses to provide critical evidence on behalf of detained immigrants fighting to stay in the U.S., San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.