California Family Resource Association

New Immigration Resources

It’s been a challenging couple of months with the recent wave of anti-immigrant executive orders issued by the new administration. Between legal challenges to these executive orders in courts, an increase in arrests by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and what seems like weekly attacks from the administration, now more than ever, we want to make sure you have up-to-date information. We hope these resources are helpful to you, your staff, and your communities.

The official 2/20/2017 memo from Homeland Security

This guidance memo will expand the federal government's ability to empower state and local law enforcement agencies to perform the functions of immigration officers. However, contrary to the President's statement from last week, no National Guard troops will be deployed to round up immigrants in the U.S.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials have said that none of this affects DACA.
DHS has also explained that rules keeping churches and schools as off limits from enforcement actions remain in operations.


Language was included explicitly saying that Obama's executive orders protecting young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and undocumented parents of U.S. citizens would be an exception to a mandate that the "Department no longer will exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement."

Changes to Use of Laws

The new plan grows the number of individuals who can be deported using "expedited removal" procedures which affords immigrants almost no court proceedings. Under the new policy, if someone cannot prove they have been living in the U.S. continuously for two years, they could be eligible for expedited removal. Washington Post article outlining the plan.

National Immigration Law Center (NILC)'s FAQ on President Trump’s Executive Order Targeting Refugees and Muslims
NILC slideshow on Raids: What is Happening & How to Respond

The National Immigration Law Center hosted a webinar on “Ice Raids: What is Happening & How to Respond” on February 13, 2017. These are the slides form the presentation.

Department of Justice Pro Bono Legal Service Providers

The immigration courts have a list of lawyers and organizations that provide free legal services.

Immigration Law Help

Nonprofit organizations that provide low-cost help in immigration assistance can be found here. They help low-income immigrants find legal help.

American Civil Liberties Union Know Your Rights 

These easy-to-use resources were created by the ACLU so communities, organizations and individuals can have their rights at their fingertips. Categories include: ICE Visits and If You’re Questioned About Immigration Status.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center Family Preparedness Plan 

Every family should have a Family Preparedness Plan. While it is our hope that you never have to use your plan, it is a good practice to have one in place to help reduce the stress of the unexpected. This packet will help everyone create a Family Preparedness Plan, regardless of immigration status. However, because of the additional challenges immigrant and mixed status families face, we also have additional advice for immigrants.

Immigration Detainers Legal Update - February 2017

The ILRC created a brief summary capturing the key court rulings that have changed the landscape on immigration detainers, as new federal court cases continue to dismantle ICE’s detainer system.