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  • After several years of political action, Santa Cruz County sheriff's office has finally agreed to stop using our jail to detain immigrants for deportation unless there is a federal warrant and conviction for a serious crime.  We are working collaboratively with Sheriff-elect Jim Hart to monitor the implementation of this new and improved policy.   
  • The border refugee crisis has dramatized the conditions that drive children and families to flee parts of Mexico and Central America afflicted by violence and economic crisis.  In response, the PDC is working with the Immigration Action Group (IAG) to send aid to the border region, to support and help to resettle refugees as they arrive in our community, and to promote change in US policy that helps to create more refugees.   
  • On January 1, around 10,000 Santa Cruz County residents without papers will become eligible for CA drivers licenses.  This will be a great step forward, for traffic safety for all and also for security and well-being of immigrant families.  But in other states, over 80% of those eligible have failed the DMV tests due to inadequate preparation and other barriers to success.   So we are working with the Immigration Action Group to create a county-wide network of support for DMV test preparation. 
Action for immigrant rights is a PDC priority, not only because we care about human rights but because expanded immigrant rights will mean a more democratic community, state, nation & world.   To get involved with the PDC's immigrant rights work, contact immigrationactiongroup@gmail.com.
Paul Johnston2014-10-17T18:16:05Z
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