WE ARE SANCTUARY
We support low-income immigrants and people fleeing violence and persecution
Protect. Advocate. Transform.
EBSC is turning 40! We are excited to invite you to a series of events honoring the history of the Sanctuary Movement and look forward to sharing reflections and visions for the future!
Please visit our 40th anniversary event page at http://www.eastbaysanctuary.org/40th to learn more and register for our events.Continue reading EBSC IS CELEBRATING 40 YEARS! →
EBSC stands in solidarity with Black communities. We believe in a future that values community and healing over policing and incarceration.
We see the anti-Black and anti-indigenous racism that exists in the immigration system, including higher rates of detention, deportation, family separation, and forced sterilization.Continue reading BLACK LIVES MATTER →
USCIS’ new Fee Increase Rule violates the Immigration and Nationality Act by imposing a wealth test for citizenship and creating unlawful barriers to refugees and asylum seekers.
EBSC condemns the new Fee Increase Rule, which disproportionately harms low-income immigrants who are overwhelmingly people of color. Continue reading EBSC JOINS NATIONAL LAWSUIT TO OPPOSE FEE INCREASES FOR IMMIGRANTS →
The rules include sweeping new bars to apply for asylum; remove due process, especially for the poor; and gut the key grounds for asylum, including claims based on gender and LGBTQ identity.
We urge you to write and submit a comment by July 15, 2020 to oppose the rules.Continue reading ADMINISTRATION’S NEW Regulations WOULD DESTROY ASYLUM AS WE KNOW IT →
In a monumental victory for Dreamers, SCOTUS ruled that the administration’s efforts to end DACA violated federal law. This is good news for the 700,000 Dreamers who can now continue to safely live, work, and study in the U.S!
The DACA program will reset to its original 2012 mandate and reopen to new applicants. Continue reading SUPREME COURT RULES THAT DACA STAYS! →
With the rapid escalation of COVID-19, EBSC remains committed to doing everything we can to support immigrant community members who need our help.
We are working with clients to ensure they have up-to-date information about their legal cases.Continue reading EBSC SUPPORTS IMMIGRANTS AND ASYLUM SEEKERS DURING COVID-19 →
“Public Charge” is a test to determine if someone applying for permanent residence is likely to depend on public benefits in the future. The rule does not apply to refugees, asylees, and many others. Please seek advice from a lawyer before dis-enrolling from public programs.Continue reading Public Charge Rule: what you need to know about public benefits →
EBSC V. TRUMP (2018) – Challenges attempts to deny asylum rights to people who don’t pass through an official port of entry.
EBSC V. BARR (2019) – Challenges racist ban on people seeking asylum if they passed through a third country to reach the U.S.Continue reading EBSC Lead Plaintiff in two Lawsuits against Trump Administration →
EBSC urges Congress to pass legislation to ensure a path to permanent residency for holders of TPS, DACA and DED.
If TPS holders are deported, families who have been in the U.S. for decades will be torn apart. Please take action to create a path to permanent residency now!Continue reading CONGRESS: PASS LEGISLATION FOR A PATH TO PERMANENT RESIDENCY! →