Our mission is to support the rights of immigrants through legal services, standing witness, advocacy and community education.
In Case You Missed It... (Here are the highlights from JCIRA's monthly meeting in August)
JCIRA'S Rapid Response Team (RRT) Works to Protect Local Immigrants
Members of RRT have been meeting and reviewing their training in response to Trump’s July 23 mandate to greatly expand “Expedited Removal” (ER). As of July 23, people anywhere in the country can be stopped by ICE or Border Patrol officers. These officials have been given complete authority to demand proof of citizenship, a visa, and/or proof that someone has been in the US for at least 2 years. They can then take immediate action, acting as on-the-spot judge, jury, and enforcer. It is unlikely that white people will be questioned, but all others must carry documents with them at all times – racial profiling at its worst. JCIRA wants to get the word out to as many immigrants as possible. For more details, or to join the Rapid Response Team, contact Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jean at email@example.com
"Public Charge" Explained
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a rule related to "public charge" on August 14, to take effect October 15, unless the numerous legal challenges prevent its implementation. The rule expands the list of publicly-funded programs, such as health benefits, nutrition programs, housing, and cash aid that would disqualify an applicant seeking admission into the United States or applying for adjustment of status. This provision of the law does not apply to all immigrants. Immigrants should consult with an immigration expert who understands public charge to learn whether the public charge rule even applies to them or their family. The Immigrant Legal Resource Center has prepared "Core Messages to Share with the Community":
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On the Lighter Side
The best LA BAMBA you've ever heard!
The song started in Vera Cruz, Mexico, has spread around the world and now, in this latest version, musicians around the world join to perform it together:
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