Immigration News

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 Organization will be speaking about their humanitarian missions. Please come and show your support.

DACA Recipients’ Economic and Educational Gains Continue to Grow

Since it was first announced on June 15, 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy has provided temporary relief from deportation as well as work authorization to approximately 800,000 undocumented young people across the country. As research has consistently shown, DACA has not only improved the lives of undocumented young people and their families but has also positively affected the economy more generally, which benefits all Americans.

Across Country, ICE is Overseeing Mass Deportation of Immigrants Who Shouldn’t Be Priorities

Every day, Donald Trump’s mass deportation crackdown continues. Trump’s Deportation Force has been relentless in detaining and deporting all undocumented immigrants, whether that’s a grandmother who has lived in the US for a quarter of a century or a man married to a US citizen who is trying to adjust his status. Over and over, the lawyers and advocates who know these cases say that the person detained and...