Immigration

East Bay women build a net of support to help cope with the fear of deportation

Every morning in front of Melrose Leadership Academy, the same choreography is repeated: the uproar of the children arriving at the school displaces squirrels and birds to the cherry and palm trees that adorn the...
Over one year after the ban was signed into effect, the two men discuss Almorisi's new life in the U.S. and his hopes for the future. Photo by Salina Nasir

One year later: How Trump’s travel ban affected people in the East Bay

U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule this summer on whether its third version violates federal immigration law or the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition against religious discrimination
“We don’t want fear to spread in the community. All it takes is one person to say, ‘ICE is here,’ and everybody is fearful. So our volunteers will go out and verify,” said Christopher Martinez, the chief program officer of Catholic Charities, one of the organizers of the Stand Together CoCo legal observer training.

Legal observer trainings teach what to do if ICE knocks at your door

With President Trump recently ramping up restrictions on immigration, Stand Together Contra Costa, an effort by local organizations and agencies to assist people who may be deported, is training legal observers in how to deal...

Immigrant advocates in Contra Costa join national rally in support of a Clean Dream Act

Organizing for Action (OFA), a Bay Area advocacy group and others gathered on November 8 at Richmond City Hall for a rally in support of a Clean Dream Act. The action was part of a...
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West Contra Costa schools to receive $1 million federal grant for English learners, immigrant students

The West Contra Costa Unified School District is expecting to receive more than $1 million to assist English-as-a-second-language instruction for this current school year. The state grant is part of a federal education law, the...

Multi-faith organization leads protest against ICE detention facility in Richmond

Let Our People Go, a multi-faith organizing project base in Richmond, meets at the West County Detention Facility once a month to protest the ICE detention center housed there.
Activists show support for DACA recipients in a recent protest in San Francisco (Photo credit: Pax Ahimsa Gethen/Wikicommons)

Contra Costa school district, teachers’ union offer to pay DACA renewal fee – but some say offer was poorly publicized

Today is the last day to file DACA renewals and some say the West Contra Costa Unified School District's offer to cover the costs was not communicated effectively to community members in need.
PStand Together CoCo proponents, including community residents and organization leaders, held signs during the board meeting. Photo credit: Alex Nieves.

Contra Costa fast-tracks $1 million legal-aid program for county’s unauthorized residents

The Contra Costa board of supervisors voted unanimously last week fast-track $1,000,000 for Stand Together CoCo, a program establishing the first rapid-response legal aid program for its estimated 65,000 unauthorized immigrants.
"Celebrating Children mural at MacDonald Avenue and Harbour Way in Richmond, CA. 37 percent of Contra Costa County's unauthorized population lives with a U.S.-citizen child under the age of 18." Photo credit: Cecilia Lei

In response to DACA uncertainty, Contra Costa County to discuss funding million-dollar immigrant-rights program

The Contra Costa Board of Supervisors votes tomorrow on the Stand Together CoCo Initiative–a project which if passed will provide undocumented residents of Contra Costa with legal aid, a 24/7 advisory line for legal questions...
The Oishi family nursery in Richmond, seen here in an undated pre-war photo. The Oishis were one of 20 Japanese-American flower growing families in Richmond. Photo courtesy the El Cerrito Historical Society and the Oishi family.

Richmond residents commemorate anniversary of Japanese American incarceration order

Executive Order 9066, which cleared the way for the incarceration (or “internment”) of Japanese Americans during World War II, may have been signed 75 years ago, but Flora Ninomiya sees eerie parallels with the modern...
Jessica Escobar said she was marching to support undocumented friends and family members. Photo taken January 21, 2017 at the Oakland Women's March by Rachel Loyd.

Bay Area officials support sanctuary cities, despite threats of federal cuts

On January 25, President Donald Trump signed an executive order denying federal funds to sanctuary cities, such as Oakland and Richmond. But Bay Area officials are pushing back and affirming the status of sanctuary cities.