SVCF's board voted unanimously to give its fullest support to Senate Bill 6, the Due Process for All Act, which provides legal services for immigrants in California facing deportation from the United States.
This bill would require the State Department of Social Services to administer a new program with dedicated resources to provide legal services to individuals in removal proceedings. At this point, we do not know what the full impact of the administration’s immigration policies will be in California, but we know that they will probably be considerable – taking into account the amount of undocumented individuals in our state and the amount of mixed status families.
SVCF supports SB 6 because we are a region of immigrants -- more than one third of the 2.5 million residents of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties are immigrants, and more than two thirds of those younger than 18 are children of immigrants.
SVCF has invested heavily in legal services for immigrants, but we know that there is considerable unmet demand. Today, it is estimated that there are close to 200,000 undocumented immigrants in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. We pride ourselves as an institution built on our values of diversity and inclusion. Supporting immigrants and their contributions to our economy and communities is consistent with these values.
Read more details about SVCF and SB 6 in our press release.
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