UPDATE as of Thursday, July 11, 2019.
Unsurprisingly yet disturbingly, impending arrests and deportations of thousands of vulnerable immigrant individuals and families have been reported today by multiple news outlets. The Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids and arrests are expected to begin in 10 cities across the country this Sunday, July 14th with San Francisco one of the targeted cities. Individuals and families not targeted by ICE but in the vicinity of those arrested are susceptible to arrest and may get caught up in the raids. Please share the Immigration Resources we have compiled widely to ensure members of our immigrant community are safe and know their rights.
July 3, 2019
We all felt a moment of relief when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) put on hold their plan to seek out and deport undocumented immigrants throughout the country. Unfortunately, there is now strong indication deportations will begin shortly after the Fourth of July this week – a shocking contrast to our national holiday celebrating our country’s founding tenets of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for everyone.
Immigrants have fundamental constitutional rights regardless of their status and are guaranteed due process and equal protection. We have compiled these vital resources that may help keep our brothers and sisters safe during the anticipated upcoming ICE raids. Please share these resources widely.
Providing these critically important Immigration legal services is how we live our Mission at Catholic Charities. Our Mission is rooted in our faith traditions of charity and justice. As such, we have combined our San Francisco and San Mateo programs into a single, new Division of services at Catholic Charities which will allow us to serve even more clients.
We stand in solidarity with immigrants during these alarming and challenging times and will continue to pray for their safety, advocate for their rights, and treat them with compassion, respect, and dignity. Please share these resources with all who may need them.
As always, we are here to answer your questions and support you during this time of confusion and fear. Please contact Diana Otero, Division Director Immigration Services should you need further help or assistance.
Chief Executive Officer
Catholic Charities of San Francisco, San Mateo & Marin