Immigrant Rights

Open Letter Calling on all U.S. Political Parties to Adopt Platforms that Repeal the Muslim Travel Ban, Reverse Historic-Low Cap on Refugees

We the undersigned organizational representatives of the African, Arab, Iranian, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian American communities; interfaith partners; and civil, education, human and immigrant rights allies, call on all national political parties to include repealing the Muslim Ban and reversing the all-time-low cap on the annual number of refugees admitted into the United States as signature issues in their 2020 party platforms.

Statement Regarding Santa Clara County’s Civil Detainer Policy

Statement Regarding Santa Clara County’s Civil Detainer Policy

We express our profound condolences to the family and loved ones of Bambi Larson who was tragically murdered in San Jose on February 28. We also urge the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and San Jose officials to not distort or politicize this tragedy into an issue regarding immigration by altering the County’s current civil detainer policy. At this time, healing and unity is what is needed rather than attempts to cause division among our County’s residents. We ask our elected officials to keep the County’s current policy intact so that all community members - regardless of immigration status - can feel safe and are treated equally.

Đức is Here to Stay! USCIS Cancels Appointment Again

Today, community members across Santa Clara County celebrated in the success of the #KeepDucHome 2019 action. More than 50 people—ranging from community led organizations, faith based organizations, nonprofit representatives, attorneys, San Jose City Officials, and Santa Clara County staff—arrived to the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services USCIS in Santa Clara to demand that father, husband, and community leader Đức Nguyễn not be separated from his family.

Rapid Response Network in Santa Clara County Protests ICE’s Latest Attempt to Deny Immigrants Right to Due Process

The Rapid Response Network in Santa Clara County, along with impacted families, immigration lawyers, religious leaders and other allies, will gather on Thursday, December 20th at 12 pm to denounce ICE’s latest tactics aimed at denying immigrants their right to due process and call for the closure of the Morgan Hill office.  The group will conduct a delegation to deliver a cease and desist letter to the Morgan Hill office.

Holy Thursday Prayer & Foot-washing at ICE Facility in Morgan Hill



Contacts: Fr. Jon Pedigo (English/Spanish) 408-757-6344;  Akemi Flynn 408-504-8030; Erik Poicon(English/Spanish) 408-838-1883;

Holy Thursday Prayer & Foot-washing at ICE Facility in Morgan Hill


WHO: Faith and grassroots community leaders with PACT: People Acting in Community Together; Supervisor Dave Cortese.

WHAT: Faith leaders will ask ICE officers if they can conduct a foot-washing with detainees held at their facility. Leaders will also address. Protest the unjust enforcement activity tearing our community apart. Indiscriminate ICE activities result in arrests and the indefinite detention of long time, law-abiding residents

WHEN: Thursday March 29 at 12:00 p.m            

WHERE: 220 Vineyard Blvd., Morgan Hill, Ca, 95037

WHY: Holy Thursday is a day of solidarity and prayer. Santa Clara County continues to be targeted by ICE operations which continue to create fear in our community. In order to show solidarity with those being detained by ICE, faith leaders will offer to wash the feet of those that are being detained as a sign of solidarity, equality and to prepare them for the long and dangerous journey that awaits them. In the last 10 days,  Santa Clara Rapid Response Network has received at least 90 calls from concerned community members claiming they have seen or have had family members picked-up by ICE. Faith Leaders will respond to Sheriff Laurie Smith for permitting ICE agents enter county jails which is in violation of the Santa Clara Detainer Policy and the CA Truth ACT.


Also, PACT faith and community leaders will gather again for a Good Friday Peace Vigil:


WHEN: Friday, March 30 at 5:00pm           

WHERE: Outside Dr. MLK Library, corner of San Fernando & 4th St, downtown San Jose


WHY: On Good Friday, as Christians gather around the world to remember the state-sanctioned killing of Jesus, PACT clergy and leaders will join the weeklyFriday Peace Vigil to connect the story of our faith with the ongoing story of peace seekers in our world.  

When war continues, state executions take lives, and economic and racial inequalities continue to grow, we recognize that Jesus is being crucified again and again in the suffering of people around the world. 


PACT: People Acting in Community Together is a multiracial, multi-faith organization that empowers people to create a more just community.  PACT has more than 30 member congregations and partner schools representing 50,000 people in Santa Clara County. PACT is part of PICO California and the PICO National Network, one of the largest grassroots community networks in the country.!/PACTSJ


PICO California is the state’s largest community organizing network. We organize in 73 cities, 15 school districts, and in more than one-half of the state's Senate and Assembly districts.  PICO California was established in 1994, bringing together local federations from throughout California to affect meaningful budget and policy change at the state level. Over the past 20 years, our organizing and policy advocacy has resulted in increased investments in education and healthcare, and in programs and services that are critical for working families. Together, we represent 480 congregations and 450,000 families of diverse economic, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds committed to advancing racial and economic justice in California through organizing, advocacy, and voter engagement. Visit to learn more. PICO California and its federations are non-partisan and do not endorse or support candidates for office.

Rapid Response Network Launches Hotline in South Bay

Community Members to call in the case of immigration enforcement in their community

SAN JOSE, California— The Rapid Response Network in Santa Clara County is a community defense project developed to protect immigrant families from deportation threats from the federal administration, and to provide moral and accompaniment support during and after immigration
operations in our community.


Leaders from community organizations in San Jose and Mayor Liccardo are joining together on Thursday morning to announce the full launch of the hotline, and explain how community members can utilize the hotline, and support the efforts of the hotline. The hotline is being launched two days after World Refugee Day, as well as during Immigrant Heritage Month, to show support for our immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters as we stand together as one community.


The 24/7 hotline will allow community members to call to report any immigration operations in our county and receive moral, accompaniment and legal support.


WHO:    Mayor Sam Liccardo

              Supervisor Dave Cortese (invited)

Poncho Guevara, Sacred Heart Community Service Center

Akemi Flynn, People Acting in Community Together (PACT)              

Gemma Abels, Educator

Father Jon Pedigo, Diocese of San Jose

Marci Gerston, Temple Emanu-El

Community members

Local organizations such as: LUNA, South Bay Labor Council          


WHAT:   Press Conference to announce the launch of the Rapid Response Network in Santa Clara County and Hotline, with community members, local organizations and elected officials


WHEN:    Thursday, June 22, 2017

                 11:30AM PST


WHERE:    Santee Community Center

                 1399 Santee Dr, San Jose, CA 95122


About Santa Clara County Rapid Response Network/Hotline: This is a collaborative project led by PACT, Sacred Heart Community Service, Pangea Legal Services, SOMOS Mayfair, LUNA, SIREN, South Bay Labor Council, CARAS, Diocese of San José, Consulate of Mexico, Human Agenda, City of San Jose Office of Immigrant Affairs, and Santa Clara County Office of Immigrant Relations.

Faith Communities Stand with Immigrants 


Contacts: Fr. Jon Pedigo 408-757-6344; Rabbi Melanie Aron 408-355-3830; Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones 408-952-9418; Rev. Nicole LaMarche 510-520-4011; Akemi Flynn 408-504-8030 

April 4, 2017

WHO:   Faith leaders from throughout Santa Clara County with public officials including Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, County Supervisor Dave Cortese, District Attorney Jeff Rosen, Assemblymember Ash Kalra and Mayor Sam Liccardo

WHAT:   Faith leaders with PACT: People Acting in Community Together will gather for collective action and multi-faith ritual to publicly launch “PACT’s Solidarity Network.”  This county-wide network of faith communities is standing and acting in solidarity with immigrants who are living in fear under the threat of deportation.

Faith Leaders will share their commitments to stand with, speak up, and take action to support and protect members of our community who are targeted with hate and fear by both political rhetoric and federal policies that threaten to tear families and communities apart.

Faith Leaders will ask elected officials for their continued commitment and strong leadership to protect immigrants and stand with congregations acting in solidarity.  

WHEN: Friday, April 7, 2017, 10:30 am 

WHERE: San Jose City Hall Plaza 

WHY:     In November, PACT faith leaders came together to develop the Solidarity Network to stand with, speak up, and take action to support and protect members of our community who are targeted with hate and fear at this unsettling time in our country.  Across our different faith traditions, we share the value of dignity and respect for all people.  We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves, to recognize and nurture our interdependence, and to heal the world.

Since November, PACT faith leaders have engaged their congregations and denominational leaders in learning about the threats and fears experienced by immigrants and the opportunities to be strong allies and protect our communities.  Hundreds of faith leaders and congregations members have participated in trainings and conversations and planning meetings to develop the Solidarity Network of congregations committed to work together and with the broader immigrant community to provide sanctuary/refuge and support and to be part of the Rapid Response Network.

This Santa Clara Countywide efforts is linked to the work of congregations and organizations with the PICO Network across the Bay Area, California and the country.  Hundreds of congregations from at least 20 denominations are taking action nationwide.

Related future events in Santa Clara County: 
Sun, April 9, 12:00-3:30pm
12:00pm - Procession from Newman Chapel at SJSU (10th & San Carlos) to Most Holy Trinity; 
 2:00 - Palm Sunday Mass at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2040 Nassau Dr, San Jose 95122
3:00 - Press conference: Immigrants Welcome Here! at Most Holy Trinity
Thurs, April 13 - Foot Washing at ICE Detention Facility, Morgan Hill Noon, April 13
Fri, April 14, 12:00 - Good Friday Street Theater of the Arrest and Deportation of Jesus, Federal Building

PACT: People Acting in Community Together is multi-racial, multi-faith grassroots organization that empowers people to create a more just community and organizes for racial and economic justice.  PACT represents 25 congregations and schools and over 50,000 people in Santa Clara County, and is part of the PICO National Network.,  www.facebook/pactsj
PICO National Network is the largest faith based, grassroots organizing network in the country.  Local PICO 52 federations, like PACT, work in over 150 cities and 17 states and is more than one million families and one thousand congregations from 40 different denominations and faiths.

PACT Faith Leaders Respond to Supreme Court’s Split Decision in United States v. Texas Case


WHO:         Immigrants affected by today’s Supreme Court split decision that affirms the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals order to block the implementation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA+) programs in 26 states.

WHAT:        PACT faith leaders gather to understand the implications of this decision and to plan steps to maintain our dignity and protect our families. We plan to activate thousands of eligible voters and demonstrate the same power that led us to secure President Obama’s executive orders by making our voices heard at the polls and by voting in record numbers. We will not stop until every member of our community can live in dignity and without fear of being separated from their families.

WHEN:        Thursday, June 23 6:30pm

WHERE:      Most Holy Trinity Church, 2040 Nassau Dr, San Jose, CA 95122

WHY:           The Supreme Court had an opportunity to provide clarity and guidance for the nation. Instead, they have failed to provide this service to the American people. We will never forget the lengths these politicians went to tear our families apart and demean our communities. As voters and as people of faith, we have a responsibility and duty to continue shaping the rules that affect our families and make things better for the next generation.

In California, 1.5 million people would have been protected by the programs. Santa Clara County has the third highest number of undocumented immigrants in the state working in all sectors of our economy and who are the lifeline of our agricultural economy in South County.

We have fought too hard to ensure that millions of aspiring Americans could have the opportunity to contribute more fully to their communities. We need real immigration reform at the federal level and we will not stop fighting until it is realized.  Read about the national PICO campaign for immigration reform here.