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In: The San Diego Union-Tribune

Forced Splitting of Protection-Seeking Families at the Southern Border

July 13, 2021

Jewish Family Service and American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties (ACLU) sent a letter to Alejandro Mayorkas, Homeland Security Secretary, outlining the ways that migrant families are still being split apart, the harm that separation causes, and suggested immediate policy changes.

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At San Diego migrant shelter, support for arriving asylum seekers is around-the-clock effort

March 26, 2021

Jewish Family Service receives families and adults who are coming into the United States from the ‘Remain in Mexico’ program as well as asylum seekers released by Border Patrol into San Diego.

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Asylum Seekers at San Diego Border Ask Biden for Answers Amid Inconsistent Policies

March 21, 2021

As the Biden administration urges people not to migrate north to the U.S. border, the situation for asylum seekers who have been waiting at the border is a situation of growing confusion. Kate Morrissey of The San Diego Union Tribune reports the situation and details the increased arrival numbers we are experiencing in this Sunday frontpage article. Morrissey writes, “Many of these migrants, particularly Cubans, have been released to the Jewish Family Service shelter (services), amplifying a need for more volunteers and more staff to safely manage the new arrivals.”

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First ‘Remain in Mexico’ asylum seekers enter U.S. at San Ysidro

February 19, 2021

Two years and 21 days after the first asylum seeker was walked back from San Diego to Tijuana under the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” program, a small group of asylum seekers was escorted in the other direction to wait out immigration court cases in the United States. CEO Michael Hopkins said, “This is a really different experience than 2½ years ago, when we got the call on our hotline that moms and kids were on the streets of San Diego.”

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Asylum seekers trapped in Mexico watch transition with hope

January 21, 2021

Focusing on the thousands of asylum seekers who have been trapped due to policies and the pandemic, Kate Morrisey interviews one family who is in Tijuana facing great danger and seeking assistance for their son. Our attorneys are actively trying to help.

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San Diego County Refugee Arrivals Hit Eight-Month Low

September 18, 2019

The new cap on refugee resettlements has drastically affected the number of people arriving in San Diego. Our Director of Refugee Services, Etleva Bejko, explains the changing demographics of the refugees who are still allowed to enter the U.S.

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UCSD Study Uncovers Systematic Abuses of Asylum-Seeking Families in Immigration Detention Facilities

September 4, 2019

“These findings raise serious due process concerns,” said Kate Clark, JFS Senior Director of Immigration Services. “If asylum-seeking families are not being given vital instructions about their immigration proceedings in a language they can read or understand, how can we expect them to navigate an already complex legal process that is increasingly stacked against them?”

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Remain in Mexico: Migrants Face Uphill Climb to Get Out of Program

August 12, 2019

Without attorney representation, migrants are having a hard time preparing for their asylum interviews if forced to Remain in Mexico. And some face grave dangers if forced to stay in Mexico and need protection. “Fear of Return” protection is very difficult to come by.

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Asylum Seekers Are Targeted Under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)

July 29, 2019

Migrants who are returned to Mexico to wait for their court date under the MPP are at high risk for kidnapping, human trafficking, and extortion. Our immigration attorney Luis Gonzalez talks about the danger asylum-seekers, particularly women with young children, face during their stay in Tijuana. The legal team at JFS is dedicated to representing vulnerable families as they search for a better life in the United States.

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San Diego Nonprofit’s Legal Help a Tiny Dent in Asylum Aid Needed

July 28, 2019

This frontpage Union-Tribune story investigates the challenges and importance of legal representation for asylum seekers who fall under Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), otherwise known Remain in Mexico.

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Más de 100 voluntarios en San Diego verifican rumores ante la incertidumbre por redadas

July 5, 2019

Organizaciones comunitarias piden mantener la calma y corroborar cualquier información que circule en redes sociales.

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Immigrant Community Bracing for Arrests

June 18, 2019

Reporter Kate Morrissey captures the reaction of the San Diego immigrant community to Trump’s announcement that ICE will begin mass deportations.

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Texas flights brought flu outbreak to San Diego migrant shelter: county officials

May 23, 2019

Mainly children have shown flu-like symptoms since arriving at the shelter, county officials said.

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A mile in their shoes: Inside San Diego’s migrant shelter

January 18, 2019

A photo-essay look at the shelter we run as part of the San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN).

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Big Struggle to Shelter Asylum Seekers

December 28, 2018

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