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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.

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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: www.cartasconamor.org/

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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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Sharp Decline in Border Crossings Leads to Fewer Calls on Shelter

July 11, 2019

The effect of “Remain in Mexico”—Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) is having on the number of asylum-seekers.

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A Dramatic Drop in Migrant Arrivals on the Border: What’s Happening?

July 10, 2019

Kate Clark, Senior Director of JFS Immigration Services, discusses the impact of the “remain in Mexico” program.

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San Diego Migrant Shelter Treats Families Coming Out of Custody

July 10, 2019

The shelter run by JFS screens families for communicable health conditions after leaving “inhumane conditions” at overcrowded detentions centers in Texas and Arizona.

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Beyond the Border: News 8 Takes a Rare Look Inside San Diego Shelter Helping Asylum-Seekers

June 25, 2019

Reporter Stella Escobedo tours the Migrant Family Shelter and chats with JFS CEO Michael Hopkins about the humanitarian services we provide following increased security at the Southern border.

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Senate Leader Atkins Makes Case for Additional Federal Funding for Humanitarian Aid in San Diego

June 25, 2019

California Senate President Toni G. Atkins is urging U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to direct more federal funding toward reimbursing organizations assisting asylum-seeking migrants, including the San Diego Rapid Response Network.

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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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The U.S.-Mexico Immigration Agreement Does Virtually Nothing for the Migrant Crisis

June 12, 2019

This video segment explains the politics behind the U.S-Mexico immigration agreement and includes footage of the JFS Migrant Family Shelter. County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and an asylum-seeking guest are both interviewed.

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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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Shelter Helps Legal Migrants Reach Their Sponsors

May 9, 2019

San Diego Jewish World Reporter Don Harrison takes a closer look at the humanitarian aid asylum-seeking families receive at our migrant shelter. From food to medical help to transportation, he explains how families begin their new lives in the United States.

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Asylum-Seekers Face Anxious Wait at Border

May 6, 2019

China’s leading English-language newspaper highlights our migrant shelter and the services we provide to asylum-seekers from Central America. CEO Michael Hopkins talks about the hardships families face in order to access this critical humanitarian aid.

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Dozens of Aslyum Seekers Returned to Mexico Under Trump Policy Gain Entry to U.S.

April 11, 2019

Montana radio station “The Mighty 790” examines the court order halting a Trump administration policy of sending asylum-seekers back across the border. Migrants are now able to await their hearing in the U.S, and our supervising immigration attorney, Luis Gonzalez, talks about how this change is affecting families.

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CEO Michael Hopkins Appears on KUSI’s San Diego People

April 7, 2019

Since the end of the Safe Release program, migrant families are being dropped off on the streets without any resources. ABC 10 reporter Matt Boone explains how JFS stepped up to create a shelter for asylum-seekers and help them with travel plans as they await a court date.

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‘Remain in Mexico’ policy for migrants creating ambiguity, fear

April 5, 2019

Leah Chavarria, our Senior Immigration Lawyer, is interviewed about the Administration’s plans to expand the program beyond the San Diego-Tijuana corridor.

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Where Federal Government Falls Short, San Diego Agencies Fill in to Help Migrants

April 5, 2019

Since the end of the Safe Release program, migrant families are being dropped off on the streets without any resources. ABC 10 reporter Matt Boone explains how JFS stepped up to create a shelter for asylum-seekers and help them with travel plans as they await a court date.

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