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Comienzan a entrar a EEUU los solicitantes de asilo por el puerto de entrada de San Ysidro

February 19, 2021

Un grupo de 25 migrantes que cruzaron por la frontera de San Diego y Tijuana estuvieron entre los primeros solicitantes de asilo que se les permitió entrar a Estados Unidos bajo los nuevos cambios de la administración Biden que comenzaron este viernes.

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Never Thought It Would Happen: 25 asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico granted entry into U.S.

February 19, 2021

At least 25 migrants who have been waiting in Mexico for months while they seek asylum in the U.S. have been allowed into the country, part of the Biden administration efforts to roll back the Trump-era policy known as "Remain in Mexico." CEO Michael Hopkins is interviewed.

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First Group Of Asylum-Seekers from Mexico Arrive at San Ysidro

February 19, 2021

In this video interview, CEO Michael Hopkins discusses the critical support role Jewish Family Service is playing in welcoming asylum-seekers into San Diego before they take a plane or bus to their final destinations in the U.S.

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U.S. Unwinds Trump ‘Remain In Mexico’ Program, Mulls Flights for Asylum Seekers

February 19, 2021

A group of 25 asylum seekers was allowed into the United States on Friday, a United Nations official said, the start of efforts to unwind one of former President Donald Trump’s most restrictive immigration policies, which forced thousands to wait in Mexico for their U.S. cases to be heard. Jewish Family Service will provide services to the migrants once they are in the U.S.

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At The San Diego-Tijuana Border, Asylum Seekers Admitted Back Into the U.S.

February 19, 2021

CEO Michael Hopkins speaks on behalf of Jewish Family Service’s efforts as part of the San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN) to provide services for many more asylum seekers as the numbers start to increase.

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Migrants Crowd Border Crossing as Biden Administration Begins Undoing Trump Policy

February 19, 2021

Biden administration officials had stressed in English and Spanish communications that only people contacted ahead of time would be allowed in Friday while others needed to register online and wait. A San Diego aid group working with the returning migrants said they received a total of 25 people Friday.

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VIDEO: Biden Administration Admits First Group of Migrants Forced To Stay In Mexico Under Trump-era policy

February 19, 2021

Once migrants crossed the border, organizations in the region took over, including Jewish Family Service, a non-profit organization that works with migrants and has a leading role in the effort. The asylum seekers who arrived Friday were transported to a hotel in San Diego where they'll quarantine for a period before relocating, said Michael Hopkins, CEO of Jewish Family Service of San Diego.

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Some asylum seekers trickle across border, others turned away as Biden guidance begins to surface

February 13, 2021

Advocates point to misleading media reports, rumors and smugglers’ lies encouraging asylum seekers to try crossing before policy changes are in place. Even the plan announced Friday will not address the thousands more who were waiting, because of other Trump policies, for the opportunity to request asylum in the first place. Since November, staff with Jewish Family Service, which runs a migrant shelter in San Diego, has seen a trickle of families like Mercedes’ released to their care. In the past week or so, the number of families received by Jewish Family Service has increased, though the numbers are still much lower than other times in the shelters’ history. Most of these additional families were caught crossing illegally into the United States by Border Patrol, according to Kate Clark of Jewish Family Service.

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Aumenta el Número de Aspirantes al Asilo

February 9, 2021

Llegan más a la frontera. Incluye una entrevista con Kate Clark del equipo de inmigración de Jewish Family Service.

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Border authorities begin releasing migrants in California; Charity helps put people in hotels

February 9, 2021

Since January, hundreds of migrant families seeking asylum have found themselves north of the border after being released by Border Patrol agents. JFS is leading the response in San Diego, together with our partners at the San Diego Rapid Response Network. Interview with JFS Border Service Advocate, Eitan Peled.

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The New York Times takes in-depth look at JFS efforts to Restore Nation’s Asylum System

February 6, 2021

Frontpage story in The New York Times reports how JFS is creating the model for how to welcome the stranger while protecting public health during a pandemic.

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Border Agents In Texas Have Started Releasing Some Immigrant Families After Mexico Refused To Take Them Back

February 5, 2021

The changes to how immigrant families are being processed appear to only be happening in some parts of the border. JFS’s Senior Director of Immigration, Kate Clark, reports a sizeable increase in asylum seekers in January compared to the past ten months.

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‘It’s frustating’: Thousands of migrants sit in Mexico desperate for answers from the Biden administration

January 28, 2021

While the Biden Administration has taken very positive first steps to end the Remain in Mexico program, there is still more to do to get families out of danger. Kate Clark, JFS Senior Director of Immigration, is interviewed about the increasing confusion and danger for those waiting in Mexico.

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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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Asylum Seekers in San Diego Faced Dangerous Care Delays

September 17, 2019

This two-part series details the poor medical care asylum-seekers receive while in ICE custody and highlights how humanitarian organizations, such as the San Diego Rapid Response Network, often have to treat migrants with severe health issues.

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Every Aspect of America’s Asylum System Now Seems Broken

September 4, 2019

Tom K. Wong, director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Center at UCSD, highlights the abuses asylum-seeking families experience in federal immigration detention facilities. Wong and his team independently analyzed data from 17,000+ asylum-seekers who came through our Migrant Family Shelter and uncovered a trend of substandard living conditions, physical and verbal abuse, and inaccurate legal information at these facilities.

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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?”

Media Coverage:

AP Story  |  New York Times  |  Business Insider  |  KPBS  |  NBC  |  ABC 10 News  |  Telemundo 20  |  Times of San Diego  |  Voice of San Diego  |  The San Diego Union-Tribune

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Family of US Citizen Crosses Border to Claim Asylum

August 22, 2019

After four months in Tijuana, the wife and children of a US citizen were allowed to continue their asylum case in the US. They stayed in our Migrant Family Shelter before reconnecting with family and preparing for immigration court.

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Jewish and Latino State Lawmakers Visit San Diego Migrant Family Shelter

August 12, 2019

Members of the Jewish and Latino legislative caucuses toured our Migrant Family Shelter and an ICE detention center to get a first-hand look at the difficult journey asylum-seekers face.

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