Immigration News

Why it’s so difficult to become a U.S. citizen

In immigration forums offered around the Valley since election day, providing “Know Your Rights” information and support for local residents who lack legal status, there has been an impressive outpouring of interest from the Anglo community toward their vulnerable neighbors.

Immigration Paperwork and Legal Help

The Alameda County Law Library and the International Institute of the Bay Area co-host a short presentation followed by free one-on-one consultations answering your immigration questions, including DACA, enforcement, family protection and more.

Rights session will be bilingual

Residents of Sonoma Valley can learn how they can help those targeted by President Trump’s deportation orders at a “Know Your Rights” event from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 7, — or how they can prepare, if they are among the targeted.

Napa’s undocumented residents feel threat of being deported

We met at a local business in Napa County that caters to the Hispanic community. Her hair was pulled back into a ponytail and she was wearing a shirt with the word “California” scrolled across it. The day before she was willing to do the interview using her real...

Sonoma immigrants get to ‘know their rights’ at Hanna community meeting

A standing room only crowd of approximately 250 people packed the Hanna Boys Center auditorium Tuesday, Feb. 28 for a community meeting billed as “Know Your Rights When Dealing with Immigration.” The presentation was conducted in Spanish and led by Lucy Benz-Rogers, an International Institute of the Bay Area...

Fear and loathing in Sonoma County

Growing “fear and anxiety in our immigrant community” was the reason given last week as county supervisors took an unusual jump into the national immigration storm. They supported state measures aimed at mitigating possible wholesale deportations and called on all county departments to look at the services and funds...

Torlakson urges undocumented students to apply for ‘Dream Act’

With a March 2 deadline for applications quickly approaching, California schools superintendent Tom Torlakson urged the state’s immigrant students not to be fearful of applying for the California Dream Act, a college financial aid program dedicated to helping undocumented students attend state universities and community colleges.

Immigrants in Sonoma Valley share information, resources

Aggressive immigration-enforcement policies announced from the White House this week sparked a quick reaction from Sonoma residents, politicians and activists, but it hasn’t been entirely fear and anguish. Instead, local organizations are marshaling resources to better educate and support immigrants and their families to cope with the threat.