Stand Up for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

CGRS strongly condemns the Executive Orders issued last week halting refugee admissions, banning individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., and enacting draconian enforcement measures against immigrant and refugee communities. We continue to monitor the implementation of the new Executive Orders and will be updating this page regularly. Below are resources for communities and advocates to get informed and take action to defend immigrant and refugee rights today.

Note: If you are traveling through SFO and affected by the Executive Order banning the entry of those from seven Muslim-majority countries, there are a few legal assistance hotlines available:
ACLU of Northern California: 415-621-2488
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus: 415-848-7711
CAIR - San Francisco Bay Area: 408-986-9874

Executive Orders

Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States (issued January 25, 2017)

Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements (issued January 25, 2017)

Executive Order: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States (issued January 27, 2017)

The Latin America Working Group has prepared a Spanish summary of all three Orders and their negative impacts, available here.

Get Informed

Act Now

Urge your representatives to defend immigrant and refugee rights

Join rapid response networks and report immigration raids and bias incidents

  • To report an immigration raid in California, there are a few hotlines you can reach by call or text:
    ICE out of California: 1-844-878-7801
    United We Dream: 1-844-363-1423 (call), 877877 (text)
  • If you live in California and believe that you or someone that you know is being wrongly held in a local jail for immigration enforcement purposes, call the ACLU’s TRUST Act hotline at 415-621-2488, call ICE out of California’s hotline at 1-844-878-7801, or email
  • If you live in the Bay Area, join Bay Resistance to receive rapid response alerts and mobilize against immigration raids and other threats to our communities.
  • Report anti-Muslim bias incidents to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department.
  • Sign up here to join OneJustice's pro bono response network.

Share your story

  • If you know of a case of an individual who has been affected by Trump’s Executive Order halting refugee admissions and banning the entry of those from seven Muslim-majority countries, if you have observed how the government is implementing this Order at U.S. ports of entry or abroad, or if you have been involved in local advocacy efforts in response, fill out the AILA’s online questionnaire and help inform nationwide advocacy efforts.
  • If you are affected by the Executive Order halting refugee admissions as a refugee who was expecting to come to the U.S., as a U.S. resident expecting family members to join you here, or as a member of a community expecting to welcome refugees, share your story with Refugee Council U.S.A.

Join us for a community forum on resisting mass deportation in San Francisco

No family should be torn apart because they can’t afford a lawyer. Join CGRS for a community forum on February 22 and learn how San Francisco can provide lawyers to help immigrants fight deportation - and what you can do to help. Register here.

Attend an upcoming teach-in on Executive Orders and resistance

Please join us for a teach-in on March 1 focused on the contours of presidential power as they relate to Executive Orders, how Trump's Executive Orders affect immigrant and refugee communities, and how individuals and organizations are resisting. CGRS Director Karen Musalo and Co-Legal Director Eunice Lee will be leading the teach-in alongside San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim, Angela Chan of Asian Law Caucus, Zahra Billoo of CAIR, and Professor Frank Wu of UC Hastings.

Know Your Rights

  • Following the issuance of a temporary restraining order by the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Washington on February 3, 2017, know your rights information for travelers from the International Refugee Assistance Project, available in ArabicEnglish, and Farsi
  • Know your rights factsheet from the National Immigration Law Center, available in English, Spanish, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Arabic, and Korean
  • Free Know Your Rights Red Cards from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center
  • Tips from Kids In Need of Defense on how to prepare yourself for an encounter with ICE, available in English and Spanish
  • The ACLU on what to do if questioned about your immigration status (available in English and Spanish) and if ICE is at your door (available in English and Spanish)
  • Information on what to do when the FBI is at your door, from the ACLU, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and CAIR, available in English and Arabic
  • Multilingual resources from the San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network
  • Q&A for recipients of California driver’s licenses under AB 60 from Drive CA, available in English and Spanish
  • TRUST Act wallet card from the ACLU, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the California Immigrant Policy Center, and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, available in English, Spanish, and Chinese
  • Tips for immigrant detainees and their families from Families for Freedom

Community Resources