President Biden has taken many executive actions to revers Trump administration policies. Here's a summary:
The Legal Defense and Family Support Fund, usually called simply the JCIRA Fund, came into existence in 2018, with its policies adopted by the Board on Sept 10, 2018. Applications and amounts given out have grown rapidly as word of the Fund reached more community members - and also because of the dire financial circumstances so many Olympic Peninsula immigrants were experiencing:
As of February 10, 2021, we've given out $23,500.
We were able to give out so much money due to the generous grants we received from the Jefferson Community Foundation. Because of the ongoing pandemic, we expect that the number of requests will continue to increase, both from Jefferson and Clallam Counties. There may soon be other funds available, from both Washington state and the federal government. However, those are still being negotiated; final details may not be available for another month or two.
Your donations to the JCIRA Fund are always appreciated, especially during the pandemic. Every dollar received goes directly to immigrant households. Not one cent is used for administration. Immigrants are using JCIRA Funds to take care of basic necessities like rent, utilities and medical bills. This has been, and will continue to be, a rough winter. Please encourage your friends and family to also contribute by clicking on DONATE on the right side of the JCIRA website. If you prefer to contribute by mail, send your check to JCIRA, PO Box 647, Port Townsend, WA 98368.
The Health Equity for Immigrants Campaign, a partnership between the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network, El Centro de la Raza, and Northwest Health Law Advocates, with support from the ACLU of Washington, has made the findings of their extensive work available to the public. The campaign, launched in September 2020, focused on education, identifying gaps and policy/legislative initiatives.
Public health coverage programs include immigration status restrictions, which exclude many people from accessing these vital programs. The COVID-19 public health emergency has made it clear that immigrant communities and people of color need better access to health care coverage and services. The campaign members surveyed community leaders and impacted community members to learn more about the health care needs in the community and what should be prioritized for new coverage programs and services.
See the full report on the ACLU site. JCIRA will provide updates on the status of legislative work in Olympia concerning healthcare coverage for the immigrant community.
Depart of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is the first immigrant and first Latino to serve in that position. Confirmed 56-43 by the Senate, Mayorkas formerly served as the deputy secretary of Homeland Security in the Obama Administration. Read more about Secretary Mayorkas in this Yahoo article.
First It was seesaws and now un pedacito de la tierra (a little piece of home)...
The Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund provides COVID relief money to immigrants who aren’t eligible for federal stimulus funds or unemployment insurance. If you apply, you can receive a $1,000 one-time direct payment (up to $3,000 per household).
El Fondo de Asistencia debido al Coronavirus para Inmigrantes de Washington brinda asistencia financiera a aquellos inmigrantes que hayan sufrido el impacto de la pandemia y no son elegibles para recibir fondos federales de asistencia financiera o seguro por desempleo. Aplicando a este fondo, usted puede recibir un pago único y directo de $1,000 (hasta $3,000 por hogar).
Update: Please join JCIRA supporters to watch and discuss the 5th episode of Immigration Nation, the Netlix documentary that's been getting a lot of viewership and attention. Tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 22 we'll watch and discuss Episode 5: "The Right Way". This film focuses on the stories of people navigating the "legal" immigration system, and how much ICE enforcement officers, who make arrests and deportations of people who haven't managed to do it "the right way", understand about the realities of the system. It doesn't matter if you haven't seen the first four episodes, each one stands on its own.
Sign in to Zoom at 6:30pm to watch the film or 7:35 to join in the discussion only. All are welcome.
Meeting ID: 848 3749 8936
JCIRA is organizing a Zoom discussion group on the new series called “Immigration Nation”. TIME’s TV critic Judy Berman has stated that it is the "most important show" of 2020 (https://time.com/5874200/immigration-nation-ice/).
This six-part series contains footage and interviews on both sides of the border over the last 3-4 years. The filmmakers interviewed a wide range of those involved in the system: not just migrants, families of migrants, and coyotes; they also had startlingly candid access to ICE officers and operations, showing the operations and tactics usually obscured from public view.
Everyone is invited to join us for the following:
Tues., August 25, 6:30pm — Zoom watch Episode 1, 7:30 Join Zoom discussion
Thurs., August 27, 6:30 pm — Zoom watch Episode 2, 7:30 Join Zoom discussion
If you have Netflix at home and if you choose, watch anytime and just join us for discussion. There will be breakout groups if needed. If there is additional interest, we will schedule additional episodes/discussion after August 27.
If you are interested, please contact Kathleen Holt at email@example.com to sign up and to receive more information and how-to zoom access.
Pre-registration isn’t required, but will help us with planning to form discussion groups for those interested. See the Immigration Nation trailer at https://www.netflix.com/title/80994107. If you need technical assistance please text (or call) Julia @ 360 821-nineteen twenty-six.
The Trump administration has published a new rule that will effectively end the possibility of asylum for hundreds of thousands of people. Asylum is protection granted to persons forced to flee their home country due to persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. Without asylum many of those who request it will suffer torture or death. Jefferson County Immigration Rights Advocates (JCIRA) strongly opposes the proposed rule and asks your help to influence our government to withdraw it.
JCIRA is part of Giving Tuesday Now, a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.
We urge you to join us in helping community members on the Olympic Peninsula currently unemployed due to the virus. Please read below and then give at our JCIRA GoFundMe. Thank you! And thank you so much to those of you who have already given!
Each day, there are parents in our community trying to decide whether to buy diapers, pay the rent, or buy food. There is a feeling of desperation as they face the coming days. Many are families of salal workers who work in the forests picking salal for the little-known domestic and international floral greens industry. These folks, many originally from Central America, are out of work due to the collapse of the industry.
Since early March, JCIRA volunteers have been having almost daily conversations with immigrants desperately seeking our financial assistance, both salal workers and others throughout the county. With funding from the Jefferson Community Foundation and supporters like you, we’ve been able to send $500 checks to more than 140 families to help with their basic needs. But we all know that rent comes due every month. Please help provide some sorely needed security for these families, most of whom will not be receiving any help from the government!
JCIRA guarantees that all funds collected go to people in need within a few days of application--so long as we have money to send them!
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We are an immigrant rights advocacy non-profit in the North Olympic Peninsula of Washington State