CAA Rallies to Safeguard Immigrant Communities In San Francisco

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2018

CONTACT:
Hong Mei Pang Director of Advocacy hpang@caasf.org (English, Mandarin, Cantonese)

Jose Ng Immigrant Rights Community Advocate jng@caasf.org (Cantonese)

 

CAA Rallies to Safeguard Immigrant Communities In San Francisco

San Francisco, CA— CAA will join today’s immigrant rights action in solidarity with all immigrant families targeted by the Trump Administration’s escalated immigration enforcement tactics. With 150 arrests in Northern California this past week, immigrant families are bearing the brunt of xenophobia and racism that incites fear and confusion.

While San Francisco remains committed to sanctuary protections where local public agencies will not dedicate resources or personnel to assist in federal immigration enforcement, these tactics deployed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have created tremendous panic within the community – disrupting daily living and eroding civil rights. The elevated racial profiling, criminalization and fear mongering have created a chilling effect for all immigrants.

CAA, through the Rapid Response Network consisting of 21 legal and community-based organizations, continues to provide immigration related services and staff the multi-lingual San Francisco Rapid Response hotline (415.200.1548) to ensure that due process rights and immigration legal services are available for all immigrant families. This assistance is available in both Cantonese and Mandarin. Community members who witness potential immigration enforcement activities in San Francisco are encouraged to call the hotline with specific site locations, including cross streets, so that the Rapid Response Network can dispatch legal observers and attorneys to support immigrants in case of immigration detention.

CAA also provides community-based and in-language educational workshops to ensure that all immigrant families are able to access important know-your-rights information to protect constitutionally mandated due process rights that is universal regardless of immigration or citizenship status.

Immigrant communities will continue to unite around family unity, right to stay, and due process for all. CAA will rally with other Asian Pacific Islander, African, and Latin(x) communities today in front of the Immigration Processing Center (630 Sansome St. San Francisco, CA) at noon to demonstrate the power of the immigrant rights movement and uplift the resiliency of directly impacted communities.

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Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) is a community-based civil rights organization in San Francisco.  Founded in 1969, CAA conducts direct services, leadership development, movement building, and policy advocacy to protect immigrant rights and advance racial and social justice.

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