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Santa Clara County supervisors OK $1.8M to help undocumented immigrants

The Santa Clara Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved $1.8 million for undocumented immigrants eligible for administrative relief in the immigration process.

The one-time funding will be available for 20 months, starting in April, according to the board, and that money will be distributed to nonprofits that provide services to immigrants through the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

An estimated 50,000 county residents are potentially eligible for help under the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programs, according to the board.

Deferred action temporarily authorizes non-U.S. citizens to remain in the country and apply for a work permit. Under DAPA and DACA, deferred action is currently valid for a period of three years.

Board president Dave Cortese said in a prepared statement that in the absence of a coordinated outreach campaign, "notarios," or notaries, are preying on eligible immigrants by offering them a path to citizenship and taking their money without guiding them through the legal process.

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The county plans to launch an outreach campaign to educate the community about DAPA and DACA and establish a partnership with the City of San Jose to coordinate and share funding.

The plan also requires regular reports from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation on how the $1.8 million in funding is being spent.

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Santa Clara County supervisors OK $1.8M to help undocumented immigrants

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The Santa Clara Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved $1.8 million for undocumented immigrants eligible for administrative relief in the immigration process.

The one-time funding will be available for 20 months, starting in April, according to the board, and that money will be distributed to nonprofits that provide services to immigrants through the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

An estimated 50,000 county residents are potentially eligible for help under the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programs, according to the board.

Deferred action temporarily authorizes non-U.S. citizens to remain in the country and apply for a work permit. Under DAPA and DACA, deferred action is currently valid for a period of three years.

Board president Dave Cortese said in a prepared statement that in the absence of a coordinated outreach campaign, "notarios," or notaries, are preying on eligible immigrants by offering them a path to citizenship and taking their money without guiding them through the legal process.

The county plans to launch an outreach campaign to educate the community about DAPA and DACA and establish a partnership with the City of San Jose to coordinate and share funding.

The plan also requires regular reports from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation on how the $1.8 million in funding is being spent.

— Bay City News Service

Comments

Rule-of-law
Crescent Park
on Feb 25, 2015 at 2:54 pm
Rule-of-law, Crescent Park
on Feb 25, 2015 at 2:54 pm

The DAPA and extended DACA programs have been, for the time being, enjoined by a federal court. That is, the court has forbidden implementation of these programs.

Will Santa Clara County respect the court's injunction and prohibit spending in support of the subject programs as long as the injunction is in effect? Or is it damn the courts, full speed ahead?


curmudgeon
Downtown North
on Feb 25, 2015 at 3:51 pm
curmudgeon, Downtown North
on Feb 25, 2015 at 3:51 pm

"Will Santa Clara County respect the court's injunction...?

Of course they will, while it's in effect. But they'll be prepared to do the proper humanitarian thing once the [portion removed] Brownsville Bigot's injunction is overturned.


concerned
Barron Park
on Feb 26, 2015 at 10:51 am
concerned, Barron Park
on Feb 26, 2015 at 10:51 am

While I support immigrants being allowed to work here even sending their money back tax free, budgets cannot support public support leading to the path of welfare payments to illegal immigrants without skills. (We are one of the very few countries that grant citizenship and welfare to folks who drop a baby in country). While the US Government believes in printing money, destroying the dollar, why does Santa Clara County want to contribute to the collapse of the US dollar?


coooper
another community
on Feb 26, 2015 at 1:01 pm
coooper, another community
on Feb 26, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Without regard to the issue at hand, Santa Clara County suddenly seems to have gone from tight money to loose money.


Brian
Registered user
Evergreen Park
on Feb 26, 2015 at 1:22 pm
Brian, Evergreen Park
Registered user
on Feb 26, 2015 at 1:22 pm

concerned:
You are worried about the US government's printing of money because it is contributing to the collapse of the US dollar. If the US dollar were actually collapsing, I would at least allow your statement to go unchecked - I still probably wouldn't have agreed with it. However, if you will check, the US dollar has been increasing quite significantly since July 2011, and recently has gone thru the proverbial roof. Much of this during the recently ended "quantitative easing" by the government.


concerned
Barron Park
on Feb 26, 2015 at 2:56 pm
concerned, Barron Park
on Feb 26, 2015 at 2:56 pm

An increasing dollar against weaker economies is nothing to cheer about

In 2014, 60 % of our national debt was entitlements (medicare, medical, Social Security, Welfare). Let’s not leave out the folks who are into defense which was another 18 %, Interest rates on our 12.8 trillion dollar debt are expected to rise. CNN projections are that in 2020 , 92 % of the US budge goes to (Medicare (671.7 billion), Medicaid (494.9 billion), social security (901.4 billion) leaving only 250.7 billion for everything else including the military, all government programs including the military and congress, food programs,


Our national debt as a percentage of GDP rose from 39.3 % in 2008 to 74.1 % now. The total US debt is over 103 %. GDP


Please do the math and not support the government’s destruction of the dollar. When other countries drop the dollar due to our fiscal irresponsibility, inflation will be horrendous. When the government attempts to cut entitlements to survive, this will get very ugly. Committing to support folks with poor skill sets seems problematic. However, if they want to stay in US, work is OK by me as long as they don't end up on public support.


Jerry99
Registered user
Barron Park
on Feb 26, 2015 at 6:25 pm
Jerry99, Barron Park
Registered user
on Feb 26, 2015 at 6:25 pm
Hmmm
Registered user
East Palo Alto
on Feb 26, 2015 at 7:24 pm
Hmmm, East Palo Alto
Registered user
on Feb 26, 2015 at 7:24 pm

This is the smart way to go.


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