The City of San Antonio is committed to strengthening coordination and connection to services for San Antonio’s immigrant community. The FY 2018 City Budget added a position to serve as the first City Immigration Community Liaison under the Office of the City Manager. This position will work with the community, stakeholder groups, nonprofit and interfaith organizations to establish a strong network to coordinate and connect San Antonio’s immigrant community to services.
The Immigration Community Liaison has several initiatives that support the immigrant and refugee community:
The City of San Antonio funds legal services for San Antonio residents at risk of deportation. San Antonio residents can contact trusted community legal service providers to apply for free legal representation when they or a family member are facing deportation. American Gateways, Catholic Charities, and RAICES are providing free legal representation to San Antonio residents.
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This resource directory is meant to provide information about organizations that offer services and support to immigrant and refugee families in the areas of education, employment, housing, health, legal, and other important services.
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Action teams were created to guide the work of the Immigration Liaison, as well as to promote collaboration across organizations on projects that increase the capacity of San Antonio’s immigrant and refugee service providers.
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Immigrant and Refugee Community Data
San Antonio is the seventh largest city in the United States, and is growing rapidly. San Antonio’s immigrant and refugee communities are also experiencing dynamic growth and change. The Immigration Liaison has compiled data about San Antonio’s immigrant communities, including information on immigrant communities by city council district.
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Migrant Resource Center
The City of San Antonio opened the Migrant Resource Center at 400 N. St. Mary’s St. on March 30, 2019, to provide needed services to the surge of Central American asylum seekers traveling through San Antonio after being released by Border Patrol and legally on their way to host families and cities in the U.S. In mid-summer, migrants began arriving from other countries as well, including Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Haiti. The City closed the center on October 25, 2019, after serving more than 32,000 migrants seeking asylum and transitioned services to nonprofit partners, as they were doing before the center was activated. The City’s Human Services Department operated the center in close coordination with other City departments, San Antonio Food Bank, Interfaith Welcome Coalition, Travis Park Church, Catholic Charities, and other nonprofits and community volunteers.
The Immigration Liaison sends a newsletter to subscribers who are interested in news and events involving the immigrant and refugee community. An archive of those newsletters is available.
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