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California’s Cambodian immigrants fear more ICE raids on the horizon

It’s only been a few days since an Omni Air flight carrying 36 deportees, rounded up and detained by ICE earlier this year, landed in Cambodia. But already, immigrant communities in the Bay Area and across California are bracing themselves for more.

As the year comes to an end and the dozens of new deportees get acclimated to a country many of them had never set foot in, organizers are doubling down on their warnings to local Cambodian immigrants living in the country illegally, urging them to get documents in order, call family members and legal hotlines, and start setting money aside.

ICE Office In South Bay Draws Allegedly Blocked Attorneys From Seeing Immigrants

MORGAN HILL — Officials at an under-the-radar ICE facility in Morgan Hill have allegedly prevented attorneys from meeting with immigrants brought to the building. 

Detainees brought here three times in recent weeks have been held in vans for extended periods, which attorney Luis Angel Reyes Savalza said is inhumane. 

"They held immigrants here for prolonged periods of time," said Reyes Savalza. "They held them in vans from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and when attorneys showed up to represent these individuals — which is a constitutional right that every individual has in this country — they were denied access to attorneys."

Vietnamese refugees in South Bay fear potential deportation

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) --

The Vietnamese community in San Jose is one of the country's largest, which means thousands of Vietnamese immigrants across the South Bay could soon be at risk of deportation.

City leaders tell ABC7 News there is much to lose under the Trump Administration's re-interpretation of a decade-long agreement with Vietnam.
In 2008, President George W. Bush signed a repatriation agreement, protecting Vietnamese immigrants who arrived before 1995, from deportation.

South Bay Officials Condemn White House Plan to Deport Vietnamese Immigrants

Hai Tran fled Vietnam by sea, going from fishing boat to merchant ship to a refugee outpost in Hong Kong before a sibling sponsored his immigration to the U.S. in 1980. His wife, Kim Ho, joined him in California after her own treacherous journey, giving birth to their first American-born child, Huy Tran, two years after their arrival.

Over the ensuing decades, the family earned a keep through landscaping, mending clothes and, eventually, its own nail salon. The war-scarred refugees laid the foundation for the younger Tran to attend San Jose State and Santa Clara University’s School of Law to pursue a career as an employment rights attorney in Silicon Valley.

Mountain View votes to raze rent-controlled apartments, displace dozens

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Despite hours of impassioned pleas from residents who will lose their homes, the City Council voted early Wednesday morning to allow the eviction of more than 70 tenants and the demolition of their rent-controlled apartment building to make way for new town houses.

Council members voted 4-3 to approve a proposal by Morgan Hill-based developer Dividend Homes to raze the 20-unit rent-controlled Royal Viking Apartments on Rock Street and replace the complex with 15 new town homes. Just after midnight Wednesday, they approved a plan that gave residents an extra six months to vacate the building — requiring them to move out by the end of 2019.

San Jose moves toward ordinance limiting Section 8 discrimination

San Jose took a step toward making it harder for landlords to turn away would-be tenants who use vouchers to help pay the rent.

This week, the San Jose City Council directed the city attorney’s office to draft an ordinance aimed at giving renters with subsidies, commonly known as Section 8 vouchers, a fair chance on the private rental market. The so-called source of income ordinance would not force landlords to take the vouchers, but it would ban them from judging potential tenants who use subsidies differently from those who don’t and from explicitly advertising “No Section 8” on apartment listings.

If everything goes according to plan, the council will vote on the ordinance in the spring.

‘I don’t want to leave:’ South Bay renters displaced to make way for buyers

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Rocio Carrillo was taken aback last summer when 5-year-old Johnatan asked about the new sign in front of their apartment building.

Carrillo didn’t want to tell her son the truth about the placard bearing the official-looking title: “notice of development proposal.” But since she hadn’t prepared a story, she didn’t know what else to do. “I did end up telling him that someone wanted to take our house away,” she said.

The result was heartbreaking. Johnatan, whom his family affectionately calls Johnny or Papá, went through a phase where he didn’t want to go to school, because he worried someone would come to his room and take away his toys and clothes while he was gone.

San Jose: Interim police auditor promoted to head oversight office

SAN JOSE — Shivaun Nurre — the longtime second-in-command in San Jose’s Office of the Independent Police Auditor — has been appointed to head the law-enforcement watchdog and finish out the term of her predecessor, who resigned this past summeramid heavy pressure from the city and police union. Nurre has worked in the IPA office since 2006, much of that as assistant auditor, and served four stints as interim IPA, most recently after the departure of Aaron Zisser who had been in that role for about a year. The appointment of Nurre by the City Council means she will finish out Zisser’s term that was to run through 2020.

Mountain View residents push back against proposed housing developments on Rock Street

Residents of two Mountain View apartment complexes that developers are looking to replace with luxury housing say they won’t be able to stay in the city if they’re forced out of their homes.

Tenants of 2005 and 2310 Rock St. say the relocation assistance that the developer offered them — an equivalent of three months rent, according to a city official — won’t be enough to cover what residents expect could be at least a $1,000 per month increase in rent long-term.

County ramps up funding to defend immigrants

Supervisors OK $550K to pay for legal defense and ICE raid alerts


The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors agreed to beef up funding for emergency legal representation and deportation defense services for immigrants, following signs of heightened immigration enforcement by federal officials.

Supervisors unanimously agreed at the Sept. 25 board meeting on a nearly five-fold increase in funding for the so-called Rapid Response Network -- from $100,500 to $550,000 -- which provides a raft of support services deployed when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is sighted in the community and detains immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally.