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July 2021 Newsletter
Immigration Institute of the Bay Area and Corazón Healdsburg Joins the Collaborative
We are proud to announce Immigration Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA) and Corazón Healdsburg have entered new partnerships with the Secure Families Collaborative.

Immigration Institute of the Bay Area helps immigrants, refugees, and their families join and contribute to the community. IIBA provides high-quality immigration legal services, education, and civic engagement opportunities, and through the new partnership, they will provide affirmative services (such as family petitions, DACA, naturalization, etc.) to Sonoma County residents. Their North Bay Regional Director, Madeline Hernandez, will be leading their project.

Corazón Healdsburg has always been a prominent presence within the county and offers several community and education programs. With funding from the Collaborative, they will be able to provide removal defense representation through their new removal defense attorney, Bernice Espinoza. 

We are incredibly excited to establish these partnerships and look forward to keeping you up to date on our collective efforts to build capacity for our immigrant families!
Initial DACA applications to be rejected pursuant to
Texas Judge Ruling
 
On July 16, 2021, U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hansen  issued a decision and injunction which stated that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is unlawful and that the Department of Homeland Security should not accept new applications for inital DACA--However, current recipients will still be able to file renewal applications. Furthermore, Hansen clarified this ruling will not terminate DACA status for anyone who currently has it. 

In response to the federal order, the USCIS Acting Director Tracy Renaud made the following statement on July 21st, 
 
“Pursuant to the July 16, 2021 Order issued by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Texas v. United States, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is enjoined from granting initial DACA requests.
 
All individuals whose DACA requests were granted prior to this decision will continue to have and be eligible to renew DACA, and to request and receive advance parole, consistent with the court’s order. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will provide additional specific operational guidance in the coming days."
 
President Biden expressed disappointment in the decision and stated that his administration will appeal to the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this decision and/or how it may affect you, please contact your immigration attorney.
 
Free DACA Legal Services Available at IIBA
Immigration Institute of the Bay Area is currently offering free DACA legal services! To schedule an appointment:
 
Take a break with our Recipe of the Month:
Ceviche
Ceviche (also known as cebiche, seviche or sebiche) is a South American seafood "salad" typically made from fresh raw fish cured in fresh citrus juices, most commonly lemon or lime. While this dish originated in Peru, its recipe has been transmitted along the coast of Latin America and evolved in many variations.   

While many enjoy its acidic taste, this version will use boiled shrimp (a popular alternative) for those who may be reluctant to consume raw fish.
Ingredients
Serves 4-6 people
Prep Time: 10 - 15 minutes
  • 1 pound peeled medium shrimp
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from 2 to 3 limes)
  • 1/4 cup Camaronazo or Clamato juice
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
    1 medium serrano pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • (Optional) 1 medium avocado
 
 
Let's Get to Cooking!
  1. 1. Boil a pot of salted water over high heat. Add the shrimp, and poach until the shrimp are opaque and just cooked through (about 2 to 3 minutes). Drain the shrimp (but save the water!) and add in separate bowls until cool enough to handle
  2. Chop the shrimp into small pieces and place in a large bowl.
  3. Add about a 1/4 cup of the water, lemon juice, tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, serrano pepper, and salt, and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours.
  4. Serve with tostadas or tortilla chips
  5. OPTIONAL: Slice 1 avocado and add to the mix prior to serving.

This dish is normally served cold, which makes it perfect to combat the summer's heat and enjoy the tropical vibes indoors!
USCIS re-designates Somalia for Temporary Protected Status
 
The Department of Homeland Security published a Federal Register notice (FRN) on July 21, 2021, extending and redesignating Somalia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from Sept. 18, 2021, through March 17, 2023. Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas made the decision to extend and redesignate Somalia for TPS after consultation with interagency partners and careful consideration of the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Somalia.

The extension of TPS for Somalia allows approximately 447 current beneficiaries to retain TPS through March 17, 2023, so long as they meet TPS eligibility requirements. The redesignation of Somalia for TPS allows an estimated 100 additional Somali nationals (or individuals having no nationality who last habitually resided in Somalia), who have been continuously residing in the United States since July 19, 2021, and continuously physically present in the United States since Sept. 18, 2021, to file initial applications to obtain TPS, if they are otherwise eligible.

Under the redesignation of Somalia, eligible individuals who do not have TPS may submit an initial Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, during the initial registration period that runs from July 22, 2021, through the full length of the redesignation period ending March 17, 2023. Applicants may also apply for TPS-related Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) and for travel authorization.
JOB OPENINGS AVAILABLE
 
Graton Resort and Casino are hiring! They are always looking for enthusiastic people to join their team. If you’re outgoing and hard-working, please join them. They offer very competitive benefits for most members of their team including: medical, dental, and vision insurance available without payroll deductions, 401(k) retirement savings with employer matching contributions, generous paid time off, free daily meals during paid breaks, and tuition reimbursement.
 
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Updates from Our Partners

The Clinic remains open for “remote” client consultation. Attorney Jacqueline Brown Scott maintains frequent communication with all clients and continues to update them on COVID-19 as it pertains to their case and its ramifications such as court date postponement. USF remains available for over-the-phone consultations.
For more information, please call (415) 422-3330.

 

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Corazon Healdsburg focuses on building a compassionate and just community by empowering and dignifying individuals and families, advocating against injustices, and uniting people to celebrate diversity.

Through the Collaborative's partnership, they will provide removal defense representation to Sonoma County residents. 

For more information, please call 707-395-0938.
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The Immigration Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA) helps immigrants, refugees, and their families join and contribute to the community. IIBA provides high-quality immigration legal services, education, and civic engagement opportunities.

They will be able to provide affirmative legal services (such as family petitions and DACA) to residents in Sonoma County.

For more information, please call 707-266-1568.
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Catholic Charities' Resource Navigator Brayan Araiza remains available to clients for all services including trauma-informed care and other mental health and social services. Catholic Charities is currently conducting phone and video consultations for client services.

For more information, please call (707) 528-8712. 

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Humanidad Therapy and Education Services continues to provide supervision and therapy training to associates. HTES is also continuing to offer "convivencias" or group therapy sessions, as well as individual therapy sessions via phone and video conference as per client requests.

For more information, please call (707) 525-1515.
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1260 N Dutton Avenue, Suite 230
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Email: mvalle.socosecurefamilies@gmail.com
Phone: 707-856-4988
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