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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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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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Cups for a Cause: Ceramic Artists Raise Funds for Refugees

July 26, 2019

A group of local artists sold handmade mugs to raise money for the JFS Migrant Family Shelter. The fundraiser brought in $2,500, which will directly support asylum-seeking families as they search for a better life in the U.S.

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The Challenge of Representing Asylum-Seekers Under the Migrant Protection Protocols

July 25, 2019

A mother and her child – assisted by our pro-bono immigration attorneys – attempted to plead their case for asylum in U.S. immigration court. This mother and her teenage son are running from gangs in El Salvador that killed other members of their family. Even though they have already been robbed in Mexico and live in constant fear of being found by the gangs, this family has been placed in the Migrant Protection Protocols and must remain in Mexico until they can pass a “credible fear” interview. Our legal team will continue to fight for this family, and many others like them, in the hopes of helping them find safer and more secure lives in the U.S.

Click here to watch the video from KPBS (The story begins at the 3:15 mark)
Click here to read the KPBS article

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Strangers in a strange land: ‘Metering’ makes asylum rights meaningless, immigrant advocates say

July 24, 2019

"Some of the asylum-seekers do have support on the north side of the border, but it’s difficult to access that support when it’s across an international line," says JFS Immigration Attorney Leah Chavarria.

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Two Bay Area High School Students Comfort Asylum Seekers with “Cartas Con Amor,” Letters With Love

July 17, 2019

The Oakland, California, Fox station highlights the work of two students who’ve founded a nonprofit that collects handwritten letters for Latin American migrants. This past June, dozens of Cartas Con Amor were delivered to the JFS Migrant Family Shelter. Learn more about their mission and their visit to our shelter:

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Our Statement About the Administration’s Recent Asylum Claim Policy Change

July 15, 2019

The San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN) is appalled by the federal government’s decision to dramatically limit asylum seekers’ ability to enter the U.S. via Mexico. We believe that disrupting the asylum process because of an asylum seekers’ country of origin undermines our nation’s founding principles and turns away individuals and families seeking safety, freedom and hope.

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