With the rapid escalation of COVID-19, EBSC is doing everything we can to support our immigrant community members who need our help.
Supporting those who are most marginalized
While our offices have closed due to the Bay Area-wide “shelter in place” policy, we continue to support our clients by phone, providing up-to-date information about their legal cases and social services during this time of unprecedented need.
EBSC clients and undocumented immigrants across the country – many without health care, facing increased economic pressures, and without secure housing – are even more vulnerable during this time. They face uncertainty about what will happen with their legal cases and fear about ICE raids and deportation. They need a community of support now more than ever.
We are outraged by continuing attacks on immigrant communities. Even as California ramps up efforts of social distancing, ICE agents continue to conduct raids and arrests. This is appalling and must be stopped.
We join with allies to demand a release of immigrants in detention who are at great risk during normal times, let alone during a pandemic. Immigration detention conditions are overcrowded and unsanitary. Detainees’ lives are in danger. Please send an email to ICE here through the RAICES campaign to demand the release of detained families and other immigrants in detention who are at unacceptable levels of risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We stand in solidarity with migrants who are forced to remain in Mexico. Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy – recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court – is a lethal policy that forces thousands of vulnerable people into dangerous conditions.
We are grateful to be connected to our amazing and resilient community of clients and supporters – and we need each other more than ever.
How you can help
- Make a donation to keep EBSC’s virtual legal and social services going during the Coronavirus outbreak. The extreme measures we are all undertaking will impact EBSC operations dramatically. We need your financial support now more than ever!
- Stay informed – follow EBSC on social media
- Reach out to friends and neighbors, especially the elderly, and offer to get them groceries and medicine. Help undocumented immigrants understand their rights during this challenging time. Share our Resources page (include link).
- Call your elected officials and hold them accountable for stopping the spread of COVID-19 and the preservation of lives! Please free to edit the sample script below (prepared by our allies at Al Otro Lado) to tailor to your voice and convictions. Find your representative here: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative. Find your senator here: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact
Hello – my name is ____ and I am a constituent of ____/.
I am calling to let them know I am deeply concerned about the safety and well-being of people in ICE detention and CBP custody and the officers, guards, judges and attorneys who service that community. The unsanitary conditions and severe medical neglect in these facilities have already been well documented. I am asking ____ to show their commitment to stopping the spread of the coronavirus and to the preservation of lives by calling for, at the very least:
• Release of all pregnant and medially vulnerable detainees
• Release of all detainees that do not pose a danger to the
• Release of all families in ICE detention
In the immigration courts, _____ should push for
• Cancellation of all initial and master calendar hearings
• Continuation of individual hearings upon request
• Making telephonic and teleconferencing hearings available
• Granting continuances if requested
The MPP – “Remain in Mexico” program also poses an imminent threat to vulnerable migrants in shelters and camps at the border. All initial and master MPP hearings should be cancelled, and individual hearings allowed to proceed telephonically. All medically vulnerable migrants should be paroled out of MPP immediately.
All Actions Should be Taken Without Penalty!