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...

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.

‘Dreamer’ Plan That Aided 800,000 Immigrants Is Threatened

Jessica Rojas beat poverty to put herself through engineering college, where she collected accolades for academic achievement. After graduating last year, Ms. Rojas, who grew up in Chicago, was hired by a utility company to help modernize the city’s electrical grid.

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...