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>> immigrant rights commission meeting and special hearing on impacts of federal policies and immigration executive orders on immigrant and communities. my name is kennelly chair the commission and delighted to see so many here this afternoon. at this point i like to call the meeting to order. i would like to welcome commissioners and members the public to this special hearing. we will attend to a few business items first then starting the special hearing on the impacts of federal policies and immigration executive order. we also like to welcome the newest member the commission, mrs. roy. we are delighted to have you for your first commission meeting. recently appointed by the board of supervisors. welcome. we look forward to your par tisitation
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and leadership with the commission and it is very special this is your first meeting. copal housekeeping items before we begin. cell phone silenced please. invited speakers will be given 3 minutes to provide testimony. members the public receive 2 minutes. there will be a bell that will sound ot30 seconds on the count down to zero and when your time is up there will be a double bell so ask you to please work within the parameter oz thf timelines. we are excited we have wonderful attendance this afternoon. we have a lot of good information and testimony to get through and want to be fair across dh board with everybody. at this point, will the clerk call the roll? >> fuentes, present. chair
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quenelley, here. commissioner kong. commissioner maldanado, here. vice chair pause, here. commissioner romanenko, here. commissioner roy, here. commissioner wang is excused and commissioner wong, here. the commission has a quorum. >> thank you, clerk. our first item of business is approval of the minutes from the march 13, 2017 full commission annual planning retreat. any corrections or edit tooz the minutes, colleagues? if you have not yet had a moment to look at them, they are in your packets. hearing no question
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or ed lts, a motion to approve the minutes of march 13, 2017? >> so moved. >> thank you, commissioner. do i have a second? >> sec. >> commissioner wang. all those in favor? >> aye. >> the motion passes unanimously. >> if you speak into your micro phones, make sure they are in front of your--thank you. >> thank you. so, our next
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action item is approval the amendments to the bylaws. commissioners at the last meeting on march 13, the commission approved minute to the irc bylaws but a few typo squz couple formatting errors were identified so this item is up for approval again this evening. the amended bylaws are in your packet. again, are there any questions about the edits to the amendsed bylaws and thank you to commissioner romanenko. we know the editing was your skill, thank you for bringing it to the floor. so, do we have any questions or comments on the bylaws as presented? hearing none, is there a motion to approve the edits to the amened bylaws?
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>> i like to make a motion to approve the amendments. >> thank you. is there a second? >> second. >> commissioner maldonado. all those in favor? >> aye. >> any opposed? hearing none, the motion passes. thank you all colleagues. the next item on the agenda is staff updates. beginning with we will be addressing our commission planning our anniversary event and our may 8 full commissioner meeting. director kong will provide update oznen anniversary event and meeting. >> thank you, chair. commissioners, just two very quick items. planning for the irc 20th anniversary we will contact you and have to notice the meeting and some of you have already signed up to be on
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the committee, but if you have a interest serving on the anniversary committee please see staff after the meeting. we are targeting june 12, 2017 to celebrate and looking now at venueseter at the board memorial city hall or nearby venue. we will be in touch. i believe commissioner fuji signed up for that committee. and then on the neighborhood meeting, you had asked staff to follow up. we made request to the district 9 supervisors office to partner with the irc for may 8, 2017 full commission meeting. this is a neighborhood meeting scheduled to be in district 9 and we will confirm that with the executive committee as soon as we heard back from the supervisors office. if yoi have questions please see staff. >> thank you, director. any questions or comments on either
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of those events? nope. commissioner fuge e, thanks for signing frup the anniversary planning committee. i encourage any other commissioners-this is a big year celebrating 20 years of service and looking forward to recognizing this 20 years in june and looking forward to participation with some of the city leadership also. our elected officials and hopefully or mayor. so, we look forward to that. at this point, we shall move on to begin the special hearing on impacts of federal policies and immigration executive orders on immigrants and communities. please notion the session is sell vised. if you wish to be speaked but not wish to be televised notify the clerk jamie prier to speaking and sfgov will do a wide angle shot as such. if you need language
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assistance we have interprets on site for chinese and spanish which were requested in advance. since the election and the start of new presidential administration we in san francisco and many other jurisdictions arounds the country have been disappointed and shauckd by thuproach of level and negativity at the law biding immigrants low income communities and immigrants. the immigrants right commission will not stand for mistreatment and disrespect of our people who face unthinkable hardships barrier jz challenges while seeking the opportunities to be special lives for them sevl jz families. we are all americans who seek the same thing, safety, freedom, opportunity, and the ability to thrive and con tribute back to society. so, on behalf of commissioner we thank you community service
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provider jz members who came tonight share storys. you are truly our inspiration. we will begin with invited testimony from community service organizations and experts and this will be fallowed by community members. if you have not already done so please fill out the green speaker cards. melissa is holding one up. if you would like to speak and hand those to staff and you will be called in order of submission. vice chair paz will cofacilitate with me from this part on. we will call 5 names at a time, so please line up or ready to come the the podium when your name is called and please identify yourself by saying your name before speaking. so, we are going to begin our first five are, odd reyamo moteo from asian pacific fund. loranya [inaudible] from safe action bay area. eliseia
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[inaudible] from advances justice asian law caucus. [inaudible] and sam moss from mission housing. and carla larsson [inaudible] from lurosamunity resource center. i apologize if i mispronounced your name and stand to be corrected. mrs. yam moteo welcome and thank you for joining us. >> thank you for having me and you pronounced my name correctly. audrey yom motto and delighted to represent the asian pacific fund. a community foundation dedicated to improving lives of asian pacific islanders. we distriblted 1.3 mill-in in grants and scholarships and feel it is important for the commission to be aware of the unique needs of the api community often hidden from view given the portrayal of the model minorities. 4 out of 5
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ethnic gripes with highest poverty is api. have the highest percentage of subsidized housing in san francisco is qu 27 percent have less than high school education. while we are the fastest growing racial gruch less than 1 percent of foundation funding in the bay area goes toward organizations serving our asian communeny. now more than ever we need advocates like all you committed to insuring the immigrant communities have access >> student support and opportunities. a few key concerns for those who we serve for you to keep in mind during the times of uncertainty are first the impact of severe funding cuts. the scarsty offunding is always a concern of nearly ever non-profit the implication of the budget cuts and executive orders creates anxiety. doing what you can to protect funding for san
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francisco non-profit community is vital and as a step sharing any information becoming available will help non-profits understand the true impact on programs and services. second, looking for ways to step up civic engagement. last month the fund impartnership hosted convening for 70 executive director and partners thrivejug surviving in the new political realty. a common thread is increase the ult to mobilize and advocate. know the api community is motivated now more than ever to come together and fight and be heard. finally thrrks is a concern from our youth to continue to commitment for justice and equality. through the signature program called growing up unasian american we receive 500 entries from k-12 stud rnts across the bay-air eye in response to had theme, letter to the senator. this is in celebration of
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comluharris as the first inian american elected. it is clear our youth are concerned about justice and equality which is captured in a quote from a 12 glaird. we claim to achieve equality, however, while the progress is admirable the journey towards justice is long and ard ws and still a work in progress. i look forward to tat day know is in our future, a day our radiance is unmarred by injustice rfx the day we as a country can stand together indivisible and invincible. the asian pacific fund is resource as you navigate the uncertain types invincible. >> thank you very much for your testimony. what we will do commissioners, we are going to invite questions of our invited speakers after i'm hoping people can stay. i like to leave us go through the
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first 10 speaker jz open to questions if people have questions for individuals. if speakers if you can let us know if you need to leave just in case any the commissioners have questions for you, please, do so. we want to have a opportunity to engage with you and further develop the conversation. our next speaker is lorana [inaudible] >> good afternoon. my name is loranya [inaudible] and it is a honor to be here in front of you. i want to thank you for this time and making space for our community to speak about what is happening right now. i work for faith and action bay area. we are part the network and are the biggest national organization that does
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interfaith organizing. we are in about 22 states and have many many congregations that are members and here in san francisco we are faith in action. i also work as a coordinator for the archdiocese of san francisco's human life and dignity department and so we have been trying to figure what is the correct response so we can do a congregations of different faiths and as the archdiocese to respond what is happening right now. what we have seen and i have been working on immigrant rights for 15, 16 years doing know your rights and connecting people to resources. we have done that, but what we are seeing now that is different than before is it isn't just the people are anxious or nuvs nervous or confused, the fear turned into panic and literally it is not just the pairpts parents also
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the children . in our congregation serve immigrant people especially latino, filipino is what we see more in our catholic congregations the story ez from the parent isn't just what they are thinking but what will hap toon my child if i'm detained. when we do had know your rights trainings what happens if immigration comes to the door or where can i apply for my papers but the number one question now is where is the affidavit of care? what do i do if they come to my door and what will happen to my child. we see kids crying and parents iis aing tell my child it will be okay. not just as a personal work in the community but as a mother i think what we are seeing right now is beyond any of our experience in the
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past. it will require something more than just the usual kind of response where we have the agency squz the service and legal providers, we need all that, but we also need to create spaces where we proclaim that the city and this county stand with immigrants and not just the city but the whole community and that's why we not open our congregation to do your know your rights and defend your rights former in collaboration with city and community agencies to do it but decided we open up space for citizens who are not target for immigration to use this energy, this outrage they are showing about the current situation and leaning to the moment and figure ways in which they are
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act. in all the years doing immigrant rights work i have never seen the response that we are seeing now from the non immigrant community. i think that's what we have been trying to do the most and think what we are building here in san francisco can be a model for the rest the unt country. not just what a sanctuary congregation is or sanctuary city is but what it looks to be as a sngerary as a people. we invested a lot of time training people regular folks from san francisco to be the rapid responders or work wg the san francisco immigrant legal education network hot line so the people that verify when somebody calls there is a raid somewhere. the first responders that are coming within two minutes are actually regular folks from the
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community trained so we are creating a space for people not just leave to the agencies or the city but how do we as people in a city can also be the sanctuary. the other thing that we are training peep to do is become what we call a [inaudible] teams, but congregation and by neighborhoods for people to basically be trained to go to court, go to the ice check-ins, to become familiarized with the family that is either has somebody detained or somebody going through a deportitation so they don't have to go alone. if they need money for rent we don't have to tap all the resources but can contribute toort to figure how to help a family. i just wanted to share that because i think the model we are creating in san francisco will be useful for the rest the country in making
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a different call that is not just about passing legislation which is very important, but also about how do we as people who have been-are not targeted right now need to stand up and not stand on the side' lines when people are in fear. it is the only way our children need to see squus see citizens proclaiming we are in fact a sanctuary and that is just not a law that stands on a piece of paper but something we have to live into. so, today for example we went to court with two individuals and then we went to ice check-in. the saddest part of this is most the people walking into the court rooms and they are walking into the ice office, they don't have representation. here in san francisco we have this wonderful model where we represent people either by locost or no cost but the rest
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the bay area comes to san francisco to receive services and there isn't. we have one or two families and the rest the families walk without representation so encourage us-we are building the model of what a city should look like, what a county should be doing but spread the good news and figure out how to encourage other cities and other counties to do the same and to learn from us. so, thank you so much for everything and i hope that everything that we build here can not only stay in san francisco but it goes around the nation. thank you very much. >> thank you lorana. i think you are right and we are seeing a very different scenario this time. i think our broader community is feeling the impact, it isn't just our immigrant communities and thank you for the work and trainings you are doing. if there are any people or community groups in the audience who have
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congregations and community groups who have just people that want to come together do speak with lorana but the know your rights trainings and about the-i forgot the name of the second training, the know your rights training and rapid response, that is my word. thank you. trainings being done. they have had phenomenal attendance with hundreds and hundreds of people attending in pariss across the city and bay area and encourage any members in the community to attend thmpt next invited speaker is eliseia [inaudible] well when. advancing justice asian law caucus. >> good afternoon. thank you so much commissioners for holding this incredibly important hearing and for your leadership on immigrant rights during these really critical times. my name is aleaka vusay a resident of san francisco. a
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attorney at advancing justice asian law caucus where we represent asian pacific island rb communities but middle eastern. i am aronian american a daughter of iron immigrant and on the ironian bar association. asian law caucus and council on islamic relations two hours after the executive order we had client pouring into our office talking about individuals who were stuck abroad making transfers and on route to sfo when the executive orderive signed. since then we had over 40 cases at sfo where individuals have been impacted and we are representing them. those cases range from a elderly ironian couple with valid visas. green
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card holders watched by over 6 cbp officer whz they were detained and countless yemen ironian syrian families who are here waiting for the visa of the children and family abroad to be grant today be unified. we provided over a dozen know your rights at local mosques in the two to three weeks that preceding the executive order and part of rapid response teams. the impact on the communities as this executive order are deep and still felt despite the fact that this executive order is put on pause not resolved or deemed unconstitutional by litigationment we see visa holder and green card holders and united states citizens that have a significant amount of fear and anxiety about whether
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they should travel and how to live their lives fully under the current policies. they don't know if they should travel abroad to visit termally ill relatives or not. they dopet know if family members vizas will go through despite years of already going through a extreme application process. and they have to make these choices about whether to travel abroad or not. the ironian american bar association. we know to know your rights and need to understand middle east muslim issueerize not just national security they rimgrant rights issues. these communities are predominantly immigrant in the bay area and should be fully addressed and have relationship with the commission. asian law caucus in support with other organizations are working to pass sb fiver 4, the state-wide
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legislation which is one of the most pro-immigrant and curtails immigrant enforcement from going to libraries and courthouses and so urge the commission to adopt a resolution urging the california legislature and governor to pass sb 54. thank you so much. >> thank you very much. our next speaker if i can get my cards back in order, will be kiera balk tuand sam moss from mission housing. gentlemen, welcome. >> thank you. got a powerpoint for you. >> excellent. i like you are wearing your giants themeed immigrant rights t shirt.
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>> [inaudible] buildings last january. the notice tells officer they must get clearance from the corporate office before entering the property even if they have a search warrant. >> it isn't our inteengz restrict or withhold any acsss to our building t. is our intention to protect our tin tonight the maximum of our capacity. >> mission housing would verify each warrant with a lawyer, the agency runs 35 affordable housing buildings in the city. >> good afternoon, thank you for having us today. i want to first say that when that incident happened january 26, mission housing first thought was for the safety of our tenants and the surrounding neighborhood and we are here today to share the actions we took after the incident to insure that safety. >> so, the number one step we took when this happened is immediately have a conversation
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with lulasa [inaudible] which is in our building to set up a know your rights training for our staff as well as staff for management which manages a lot of affordable housing buildings and also to get our staff who ever the resident of san francisco to get on the rapid response network and to make sure we are involved in what is happening. we also had set up workshops and know your rights trainings for our residents. we have done 7 buildings so far and we have been trained by sf [inaudible] to give the trainings to our residents. we also ordered red cards for every single one of our resident to have on them. we also then went and created our own mission housing know your rights brochures and were very intentional not just passing out other organizations we
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wanted one with our logo so resident have the piece of mind our organization is backing up their protection in the buildings. >> from there, we worked with lurosa and aclu to create signs that they mention in the piece that we put in front of every one of build ings. the sign says no one on site has the legal authority to authorize entry or verify entry document law enforcement may bring. they have to bring it to the corporate office and i myself as executive drether have to be there are legal council. the last thing is board of directors voted to set aside $40 thousand for the mission housing family stabilization fund and essentially if any of our residents or any the surrounding mission neighborhood if a bread winner or anyone else is negatively effect bide ice or detained we want to set aside funds to help
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with things likeerant or groceries or diapers or anything else that may we necessary while the family is going through that ordeal. to close, i really just want to say thank you again for having us and that as we said before, the safety of the resident and surrounding neighbor is paraminute and anything mission housing can do to insure the safety or anyone has further questions or if sthra organization that may be wants to know how to take similar actions to protect the constituent reach out to mission housing and we want to help. >> we also have brochures here in english, spanish and chinese if anyone on the commission or public would like them, we brought a big stack. &thank you. >> thank you very much. thank frz the video presentation and share thg brochures. members of the public if you want to receive one of these there are
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copies and sure the guys have some to share so please do so. our next speaker is carla lars son santos from lurosa community resource center. >> good afternoon. my nake is carl larsson sauntose, the immigration program coordinator and attorney at lurosa community resource center. we are a-we immigration consultations every month and have hundreds of clients who are members of immigrant communities in the san francisco bay area. we provide affirmative and defensive immigration service and wide raisk of social services and we have been serviceing the community for over 40 years, so for many san francisco immigrant particularly in the latino community and in the mission we are first point of contact for legal questions.
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so thank you for inviting us to speak and i will shay shaur of the fears we encountered among the community members we serve. a main issue of concern is around the travel ban. there is a great deal of confusion about this and anxiety that transsends the limitations of the aquil travel ban that the federal government has tried to put into place. immigrants from all countries seem to be worried about travel regardless of their immigration status. we are seeing lawful permanent resident from countries not named in the ban expressing fear and apprehension traveling for brief travel and emergencies and this has impact in their lives as people are opting not to travel. we have seen a lot of fear aroupd submitting applications for immigration benefits and applying for record requests
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and this is having a chilling effect on immigrants asserting their legal rights. one of the most disturbing fears that we have seen is arounds public benefits. the federal government threaten-i think there fs a exectchb ive order around means tested benefits and our clients are talking about canceling their benefits, about not applying for benefits when they are eligible and there is a great deal of confusion about who this will effect and there are so many vague statements from had federal government that this is having a really broad chilling effect around the people who need tees benefits the most. there is a great deal of fear very real fear about reporting to immigration for people who are under immigration ice supervision and going to court whether if is immigration court
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hearings, family court hearings, any type of court hearings. this is also preventing people asserting their rights. so, it is difficult to allay the fear squz so much earn certainty. we are doing what we can work wg our partners with sf island and other non-profit partners on the rapid response initiative and we are setting up forums and informing people what they can do for family preparedness and planning for the worst but i appreciate what [inaudible] about the importance of everyone playing a roll to support and defend the bay area immigrant communities and hope the immigrant rights commission can play a leadership roll during the challenging time. thank you and i have to leave at 5, so i appreciate any questions before then. >> very timely comment from you because vice chair and i decided we will take a break
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for questions at this point so the initial speakers can have a opportunity to go if you need to. i know people have kids to pick up and take care with school being off. firstly, thank you all for the testimony. i think it never ceases to amaze me the range and issues that come to the commission at varying times but never so more than now and issues concerning the wide gamut and thank you for breaking that down in order of concern within the community you are serving. commissioners, are there any of you that have any questions you like to ask of our initial speakers? i will open the floor to you all at that point. commissioner wang. >> i have a question for yamamoto.
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>> would you mind moving the microphone closer? you can pull it toward you if you like. >> i wanted to ask you that what is the assessment of how well or poorly are those organizations work together? for example, if there are any kind of essential housing for the information and its [inaudible] to the advocacy organizations. >> can you repeat the question around-how well who is working together? the different non-profits? >> yes, numerous organizations. >> the numerous organizations? >> right. >> i would say that we are organization at the asian pacific fund sense folks want
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to collaborate and find ways to work together particularly around civic engagement and some the grant are supporting that work but it definite takes funding. i think a great modfrl effective collaboration is one that-deeply involved in which is san francisco pathway tooz citizenship which brought together a group of 5 or 6 non-profits working together to move the needle on those wanting and ready to become citizens in san francisco eligible to do so. i think with the right funding partners in place because collaboration takes time above and beyaunds the core work and the right martners and leadership in place we have self help for the elderly and grateful annie chun is the lead organization and know there are folks here around the table involved with it but that is a great model to look to in terms of how to create something that works for
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non-profits to collaborate more effectively. >> thank you. >> mr. yamo moto, you mentioned you are doing work with youth and one of the issues they are really-focused on is justice and inequality. can you talk more about like how you engage that you live in schools or after school programs? >> great question. for us it really is just one touch point around our growing up asian america art video contist for the month of may in celebration of apa heritage month so that where over the 500 entries received a very common theme you see from their particularly from the essays is their concern arounds justice and equality and gives me hope for the next generation holding on to those value frz us. then we work with numerous non-profits here in san francisco and throughout the bay area that
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work with youth throughout the year, so think you will laer from cyc, sarah wong, so work with grants with the organizations that work with youth on a ongoing basis. >> commissioner maldanado. >> please, go ahead. >> this question is for lorena. i trusting you can help us think through something that you said that i know in my heart to it to be true and also the team i work with every day know it's true and that is, the fact people living outside san francisco are lacking so much
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support and so many resources. and they come to us [inaudible] and nothing much you can do. so, if you have ideas how this can be solved, or what suggestions do you have we can look towards serving in the future. >> so, something that could be useful especially for the immigrant rights commission revologing the relationships we have in our position in san francisco right now in this moment is for counties like san mateo county, contra costa county, that i think need additional help in figuring out ways in which to support the immigrant families is if there could be meetings with either the board of supervisors from the conties or different cities to try to do figure how to
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leverage. if they can put-for example, and this is something i organize also son mateo county and marin, but the board of supervisors in son mateo is talking about a legal and education fund what it will be like if the cities or counties got together and had a more collective response since a lot of immigration courts are here in san francisco so people have to come here, so figuring out is there pots of money that can be used and collaborated together so people have the resources available. the realty is most people who don't live in san francisco are not being represented and we know what that means for those families. i also know that sf island the folks [inaudible]
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everybody is stretching themselves to try to figure how to service everyone, but there is only so much we can do, so that is one idea. >> thank you. >> thank you, lorena. vise chair paz. >> i have questions related to the travel ban. to aleaka and carl from larosa community center. i believe lukeeka-thank you. i think you mentioned of the fear and also confusion that is promoted on travel ban. what do you fear the erflts and strategies the city can engage in to allev this and address it because we know it is a real issue. >> part the challenge is somewhat beyaupd our hands rchlt when you have litigation that is changing the law, week
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by week, that part is very difficult. one thing that we found helpful is providing space frz community based organizations to come in and do know your rights and have arabic and farcy speakers there creating that space for xoe your rights is huge. also several of the cultural based community organizations we put out know your rights updates in farcy and arabic helping amplify the updates and helping amplify the know your rights would be helpful as well. but i think as the litigation comes down, having a space to check in again so for example, if god forbid the pause is lifted and fl isn't injungz and moved forward, having a space to come together quickly and do roped response is incredibly important. >> thank you. i think this who
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issue has brought to light the fact there is a lot of ignoreance in the immigrant community about what the legal contours are of individuals rights to travel and that is rightly so because it is extraordinary complicated and absecure and it's difficult often for attorneys to understand exactly when and how someone should travel and who is eligible and who isn't. i think it is important that we create these spaces not just to inform folks of who may be effected by this ban, but also what it does want do and who isn't effected by it and take that opportunity to share with folks what exactly they can and can't do because i know in our work we encountered people who
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due to lack of understanding of their rights as a lawful permanent resident jeopardized their status trabling in ways they thought were okay and so it's a important issue that has come to light even further because of this ban. >> one last thing to add. part the challenge othf fear is we had immigration programs in the past like the national security entry exist registration system that started with 5 countries and went up to 25, so part of this concern is like, pakistan americans, iraqy americans like we know that it could be expanded beyond the 25 countries. the real concern is united states sit citizen feeling they have to travel the pass ports. that to me signals a level of fear, but i don't think it's ignorant for immigrant communities from
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other middle eastern south asian community to be fearful they may be added to the list. >> thank you very much. >> one question i have for you, i see reports on the national scale about u.s. citizens from those countries caught up when they are reentering, are we seeing much of this locally? >> locally there is a great rapid response team that is a number of organizations one alc care monitoring sfo and know the sfo cumanner is fantastic working with us so that line of communication is going through and we are monitoring, but right now we are focused on the know your rights piece and getting prepared for whatever variation can come down based othen litigation. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> i first have a comment. thank you to all the speaker thus far for your informative presentation squz all the work you do. my first question is for mission housing for sam and
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[inaudible] you mentioned you have signs in the front of your housing communities that say that we are unable to allow entry or verify the authenticity of legal documents. i think that is a great idea and like to know if that is adopted by other housing organizations and if not how with can we involved to make sure it happens? >> great question. a couple mission base non-profit affordable housing and other similar organizations have reached out and asked if we can help them with the signs and we are happy to help with anyone. if anyone wants to adapt our sign, which we really wrote to not be so much affordable housing owners specific as property owner specific or restaurant-it is anything that has a premises with someone who
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may need to verify a document and we did that in the hopes the larger community would respond well and want our help passing those out. our website has my and [inaudible] contact information thmpt famplets have our direct contact information and if anyone wants to reach out we are happy to go to your office and talk on a conference call or e-mail and what not and the letter is in amendable form, so we can help with that. >> the sign is also on our website in pdf form as well. >> great. thank you so much. >> thank you very much. >> thank you and thank you commissionersism we are going to move to our next 5 speakers. commissioner paz if you can call the names. >> i'll call the names and like to reminds members the community if you are interested providing testimony or speaking today pick up a green card and give it to the clerk. thank you very much. i'll call the next 5 speakers. [inaudible] from the filipino senior
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resource center. [inaudible] larosa. [inaudible] larosa community resource center. [inaudible] i hope i got that correctly and apologize. asian women shelter and ang leana from san francisco unified school district. please step forward. >> good afternoon. [inaudible] executive drether of the filipino senior resource center in south of market located at 9 [inaudible] mission street and also the cochair of api community partnership. the api community partnership is a group of 35 agencies for seniors and disabled adults. [inaudible] we are providing
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servicess to filipino and filipino american seniors and their families and filipino breast cancer clients and survivors. today i'm here to share with you what has been happening in our community. our seniors and families are scared and anxious. every since january some of our seniors have not attended our programs. they don't want to go out of their homes and the children and the grandchildren are also afraid to go to schools. our breast cancer clients are hesitant to go to hospitals to go for treatments. what we have done so far is we have organized-we collaborated with several filipino non-profit agencies in san francisco, namely, [inaudible]
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equity cancer [inaudible] filipino community center and we have done outreach and trainings to our full peeno communities about the go your rights. we have been giving cards and we have organized community meetings and church meetings. we have actually prepared and distributed brochures in tugolic and english but we need your support. we want to inform our community that san francisco is a safe place for them and we cannot do it alone. our community members also need to go where do they go? what are the safe places here in san francisco? thank you for inviting me today. >> thank you. [inaudible] rodriguez.
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>> [speaking spanish] >> we will take a brief pause. we will have our interpreter. good to see you. >> [speaking spanish]
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>> we have so many-we have great need. i always talk to my child and and i see through him all the need for the city in regard to education and health and housing. i want to talk now about education. [speaking spanish, waiting for translation] for example, in
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education let's take for example math classes, we have seen issues. there is a difference in the system. we node need more school staff, -so, we need more school staff to form the kid arifening that are new to the area like math for example. i also wanted to talk about housing. housing in san francisco is really expensive. and i would like to
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see more projects and grants to be able to apply low housing for low income people. in regards to workforce, we don't have many opportunities. especially for those just arrived to the city and that are undocumented people. so, they don't have a very easy path like they may have a great capacity to learn and work, but if they don't have documents or papers they cannot access to
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this workforce. and what is happening is, i'm a volp tear in volunteer in the organization. and i every day you listen about cases of families leaving san francisco and moving into oakland or some other cities, surrounding cities. you see that most the families are very worried and don't want to back to the organization even if we offer lots of free services and support for these families.
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and one of the reasons they cannot come back to our organization is because they are not living here anymore, they are live in a different city so are not able to apply for these programs and resources. so, my question here is, what are-is there any possibility you can help us as a organization and families to be able to access these resources and programs or offer them independently of where these families are living?
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just like docka for example, it doesn't matter where you live, you can still access and apply to it. that's all i wanted to say. >> thank you. next speaker is [inaudible] gomez. >> good afternoon. [inaudible] gomez and a social worker family advocate at lalos rosa community resource. we have seen a big increase in clients who need assistance navigating the social services system. not only because the complexity of the system, but because of a growing fear. even though we are a sankerary city many don't understand what this means. mony fear applying for benefits such as medi-cal, wick and food
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pantries. we have a food pantry and serve over 130 people a week and that's every day people are apply for the food pantry but even then they ask are you sure where it coming from, is it federal funding and sure i want tew ply, i don't want to give my information why do you ask for the information and we ask minimal information but people are so fearful a food pantry is a fearful think to apply for so imagine what that mean frz families that need the food. they fear applying it may impact them negatively and believe many preechbious speakers addressed that issue that benefits that are not issues of in the past have become something very scary for people to apply. applying for a drivers license and san francisco id which is critical document for immigrant communities to have if they are
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stopped by ice or the police people are fearful coming to city hall. that is how fearful they are. my role as a advocate and social work squr believe as many colleagues here is educate our families and lesson-i can't be in their shoes but trying to lesson the fear and educate them that certain things yes you shouldn't apply because of x, y and z. case by case situation, but a lot of the programs are still okay to apply and shouldn't be afraid to apply for those services. others are fearful going to other cities that are not necessarily sanctuary cities even though some may or may not understand what a sanctuary city is they get it is a good thing, so for city they are not sure they are a sanctuary city they are fearful of going out on vacation. i had a clunt who called and said my daughter is
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on vacation, i think last week and we want to go to the board work in santa cruz, will i have problems? my husband says maybe we shouldn't go. we shouldvent to live in fear we will bedetained on vacation or applying for serbs. we have seen a demand about gardenership for our children in case a undocumented parent is tained ordeported. what will happen to my child if i am detained or deported is what we are asking and larosa will host forums to address the issue. more than ever the importance of continued support the immigrant community is critical. thank you so much. >> thank you. may i am vite now [inaudible] i hope i got your name right, if not please correct me. >> my name is [inaudible] from the asian womens shelter. a
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arab woman service coordinator. let's see--so, i am here to speak about the domestic violence survivors because that rr the people we work with and also sexual assault survivors and trafficking. immigration has always be a form of foreign control used by abusers but now it is getting worse. it is reinforced by the government so our clients are very afraid. they are afraid for the safety and afraid it go to court hearings for their custody and divorce cases and then they are dealing-getting penalized because of that. they are getting their kids taken away. last week we got a caller a person has a student visa and
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afraid to leave because the fear of deportation, so that's on the rise and her partner has been using trump as a technique now. also i'm a arab and muslim woman service coordinator and so i hold support groups for women in the tenderloin and also any muslim women in the tenderloin and give skill building classes and many of them are afraid to call the law enforcement when their abuseers are at the door steps because we tell them to call when they have a restraining order. now they are not calling, they are just letting it happen and a lot are in danger. also, my clients-my
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arab clients formed their own networks on their own and a lot of the nrflgz information they have are not correct when we check in with them. we give them resources but they do not trust that the police department in san francisco will protect them, so they have their own information that they circulate, so we need accessible and accurate information that we can give our clients and how-somehow we need to build trust with the sfpd. i brought brochures here. i can't stay long but brought brochures and will leave them to the side. thank you. >> thank you. >> our next batch of speakers i will open to commissioners to is can any questions. i'm going to take three maximum of four questions just keeping an eye on time. fellow
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commissioners do and have questions? >> for the speakers? >> for the speakers, yes. >> this group of speakers talked a lot about their clients or the constituency being afraid to apply for benefits or even show up to court dates and the like and wanted to hear from them or any of the other agencies here have there been specific incidences where your clients have seen or known somebody who was taken because they applied for a benefit or went public with something? just trying to gauge the fear. there is the general fear, we all know what is happening in the world but wonder if your constituency are seeing it on the grounds like around them because i haven't been hearing that as much so just want to know if that is
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happening. >> please introduce yourself. thank you. >> i'm going to come back and my name is [inaudible] with the african [inaudible] network. actually there is always confusion in the minds of our community members certainly making the-back in the days between what it is to be a [inaudible] and then take advantage of the services that are offered. so, that has been going on for quite some time so there is this work of education going on and then we have a new measure and that have come to adapt. so, if isn't something new but say that [inaudible] just worsened and now people are afraid of everything and also someone talked about it--there is the rumors in the community like what people are saying to each other and speaking specifically about
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african immigrant, when you have immigrants that are from a [inaudible] culture so the only thing [inaudible] talking to each other. most of the time with the-[inaudible] they don't have time to watch the news because they get home late so i think this is definitely something to be worked on and some work of study needs to be done in order to describe the situation and subsequent come up with some solution. >> thank you. >> thank you. one comment that i have and it is something that comes up again and again when we take immigrant testimony, is anecdotal versus, fact based. we get a lot of anecdotal testimony but the head counts very auch make it easier for us to understand and realize the
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impact. i know it is a challenge for services providers to have our community come forward and say what the problems are and the issues are, but it certainly is something i would like to throw out to community groups to service providers as to how we can build this bank of knowledge of how the immigrant community is being effected with specifics. we are all in a non-profit world and you know from a funding perspective your funder will turn and and what about your head count. what is your percentage increase. just if we could start to think collectively and collaboratively as to how we can build this bank of information and knowledge, i see a lot of nodding heads. it is hard to do but think it is something and as we speak with elected officials in the city, it is something they want to
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knee know also is how we quantify this. we know anecdotally what the fears are, we can feel it, i can hear it in everything that you have said. the one word if we did a word count the one word that kept coming up is fear so if we think collectively and collaboratively how to account the fear and use in the presentations going forward. any other question snz, commissioner snz >> i have xhaument referring to the original 5 speaks for lurana. i love the question you posed, what does it look like to be a sanctuary as a people. as a law student we try to understand our sanctuary city ordinance legally, what rights does it provide for us as citizens but the way you framed it cause us and encourage us to think what it
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means in a human sense and think that is a great theme going forward how we all as people come together to create this sanctuary to give each other a hand and come together during these times so thank you for that. >> thank you, commissioner. okay. hearing no more questions i will call the last remaining speakers. derek [inaudible] san francisco food bank. [inaudible] tran from >> united education of san francisco. >> united education of san francisco. [inaudible] from the african advocacy network. [inaudible] who is a community members. aclu. i believe your two grand daughters from quat
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got malla are joining you. sairing wong from community center and api council. if we can begin with derek. angy, did i miss you? sorry. angalynnea. derek would you mind? we definitely want to hear from you. so thank you and thanks for your patience. anga leno romony san francisco unified school district. >> i appreciate the time. ang leana romonee school social worker and program coordinator at san francisco unified school district. since so many community members and colleagues spent time talking about the impact on the individual community members and community at large i want
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to respond time thinking how it is impacting our school staff. primarily the work that i do is coordinating school services with staff so want to focus on that. more than anything what we have seen along with fear and anxiety is distraction. distraction from the already monumental task of educating the city youth and supporting fam laissez. instead of doing this teachers and school support staff have to spend time coordinating and organizing know your rights events, dissiminating family preparedness tool kits so families are prepared if a lived one is detained, having meetings to discuss how to balance the prnl and professional ethics with legal requirements, and what they might risk to protect the stud ents. amending the protocol for contact with federal agencies in the neighborhood.
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amending the lock down lock out protocols to possibly include law enforcement. roll plaiz to tell armed federal official tooz go to 555 franklin with their warrant. brainstorming ways to talk to elementary and middle school children about what to do with ace agents knock on it door, ask questions or take a family member away. thinking about ways to support underdocumented families without asking about their status and making them more vulnerable or fearful. considering whether or not to cancel rr all field trips for fear of raids. consulting with me about legal questions that none of us are qualified to answer nor should we have to answer. for instance, again with public charge. asking me if special education services or free and reduced lunch could qualify as a deportable public charge. while i appreciate that crisis is a opportunity for all of us to learn our
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constitutional right jz know the staff would spend time educating rather than planning how to defend student against the state. i hope this gives you a small glimps how this is impacting our school squz thank a teacher when you see one. i knew school staff are looking for reassurance and hope the city and stand up and offer that. i appreciate your time. >> thank you. >> thank you ang leana. derek, from san francisco marin food bank. >> i want to thank everyone for their time and holding this space. so, again my derek is poll cua outreach worker for san francisco marin food bank. i work for the cal fresh outreach team and so a lot of the things i heard today have rang very true for us especially. if you did knobet cal fresh is the new name for the food program and we are
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constantly trying to educate the public around public charge and unfochinately in the past 3 months we had to do that a lot more with a very confused public. very confused administration and we really don't know how to respond other than say nothing has changed and please don't drop your benefit because of your fear. these are people who are working families. they are working and making really well below the federal poverty line, so that in san francisco isn't much. these are people that are putting them sebls at risk by going hungry because they are in fear of getting deported. as others have pointed out, this is a fear that is not grounded in anything that is necessarily true, but in spanish it is called [inaudible] there is a lot of