(510) 241-4011THE ICE ACTIVITY HOTLINE
A report by the Stanford Law School Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, on behalf of the Northern California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice (NCCIJ) explains the already dire need for removal defense representation in the Bay Area. The report found that over 50% of the represented detained individuals had lived in the United States for over a decade; 77% were separated from family members as a result of their detention (approximately half of them were separated from children); and 65% had been gainfully employed prior to their detention. Research shows that the removal of these (often) primary breadwinners from the family unit pushes families into the brink of poverty and homelessness, and can leave U.S. citizen children without parents to care for them. Public health insurance programs, foster care services, and other city and county social assistance programs suffer increased costs as a consequence.
In addition to the deleterious economic impacts of losing a family member to detention, studies have found that children whose parents were detained and facing the threat of deportation exhibited significant negative behavioral and emotional changes. As such, not only do families and our local communities experience economic hardship, they also endure psychological turmoil when a family member is detained and/or deported.
A Rapid Response Coordinator will lead 7 Community Responders in managing a hotline where affected individuals and community members can call to report immigration enforcement actions. Community Responders will be deployed to those locations to document the enforcement activity, gather information about the affected individuals and report that information back to the Rapid Response Coordinator. The Rapid Response Coordinator will then contact the point person at Centro Legal who will send one of the eight attorneys to immediately enter their appearance as the affected individual’s attorney before ICE and advocate to prevent their immediate deportation. The attorney will then provide ongoing legal representation to the affected individual before the San Francisco Immigration Court. The Rapid Response Coordinator will connect the affected individuals’ family with emergency support services. The Know Your Rights Coordinator will work with the legal service providers develop presentations to be conducted weekly at schools, places of worship, health clinics, and other trusted community locations.
In addition to critical education regarding legal rights, during these presentations the KYR coordinator will provide Oakland residents with the ACILEP’s hotline and guidance on individual family emergency planning. The weekly presentations will occur throughout Alameda County on a rotating basis to ensure geographic equity. ACILEP will continue and add additional formalized partnerships with community centers and faith based locations throughout the entirety of Alameda County. ACILEP will continue existing and add additional formalized partnerships with unified school districts and individual schools throughout Alameda County so that they have regular Know Your Rights presentations and a clear point of contact if any enforcement actions occur so that children and families have immigration legal and support services as needed. ACILEP will continue existing and add additional formalized partnerships with community health clinics and other medical or mental health providers throughout Alameda County to that they have regular Know Your Rights presentations and a clear point of contact for any Alameda County residents who need immigration legal and support services as needed.
In addition to the severe psychological impact of depression, inability to focus in or attend school, children also are physically impacted in that they engaged in self-harm. In analyzing the student population of the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), approximately 11,000 Oakland students are English language learners, which is 30% of the entire student population. Over 8,000 of OUSD English Language Learner students were born in the U.S., indicating that one or more of their family members are foreign born and that the students are in mixed status families. At present, 5, 066 OUSD students are foreign-born, from countries that include: Afghanistan, Burma, China, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Vietnam, and Yemen. Such diverse immigrant populations exist throughout our region and have long made Alameda County their home.