Dramatic shifts in the federal immigration landscape threaten progress California has made in protecting and integrating immigrant families. Our state has epitomized the American Dream for millions of newcomers, and California’s success is directly related to the contributions of immigrants and refugees.
While Irvine long supported full access for immigrants to education, economic, and civic participation opportunities, we are now supporting organizations that are directly responding to the many threats immigrants are facing. We believe in protecting the rights and dignity of all Californians – wherever they came from or however they arrived.
Specifically, we support:
Grassroots and statewide efforts that inform, engage, and protect immigrant families, ensuring they have accurate information on the latest developments and the necessary supports.
Opportunities that help build the evidence of, and appreciation for, the critically important and valuable role immigrants play in California’s future success.
A 12-month grant for $300,000 to support a rapid-response network in the San Francisco Immigration Court to ensure immigrants have due process and know-your-rights resources, through an entity such as Northern California Rapid Response and Immigrant Defense Network.
A 12-month grant for $200,000 to strengthen immigrant-serving organizations through technical assistance in underserved regions of California.
An 18-month grant for $300,000 to support deportation defense and inform immigrant communities of their rights and changing laws and policies. And, an 18-month grant for $300,000 to protect immigrant rights in California, providing deportation defense and know-your-rights education, supporting statewide partners, and strengthening strategic communications.
A 2-year grant for $625,000 to produce a communications resource guide for the state’s immigrant rights movement and to strengthen statewide strategic communications and regional infrastructure. And, a 22-month grant for $50,000 for in-depth research to support the state's immigrant rights movement to communicate more effectively with Californians who are conflicted about immigration.
A 12-month grant for $200,000 to protect immigrant rights in the Inland Valley region, through an entity such as the Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice.
A 12-month grant for $650,000 to protect immigrant rights in the Central Valley.
A 12-month grant for $300,000 to preserve and enhance economic opportunity and advancement in California for immigrants.
Fund for Santa Barbara is working to protect and meet the needs of immigrants in the Central Coast. A community foundation that supports grassroots organizations, the foundation works to strengthen the region’s network of nonprofit, advocacy, and public-sector agencies serving immigrant communities. Specifically, Fund for Santa Barbara provides capacity building support for the region’s organizations, establishing a philanthropic immigrant justice fund, and creating an immigrant legal services program to provide legal defense.
The California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) produced a report with research from the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at USC on immigrant contributions to California, including statewide and regional demographics, labor force participation, and economic contributions.
A report from the University of Southern California Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration calculates the potential economic gains to California, overall and in specific regions, through national immigration reform.
We are pleased to announce four grants approved by The James Irvine Foundation Board of Directors to support efforts to reunite and advocate for the families being separated and imprisoned for seeking refuge in the United States.Read the Story
The executive actions and the divisive rhetoric of the first days of the new federal administration are deeply troubling. They unfairly discriminate against immigrants and refugees, threatening our values, tearing at the fabric of our diverse communities, and undermining our economy.Read the Story
The USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration just released a new report titled What's at Stake for the State: Undocumented Californians, Immigration Reform and Our Future Together. Funded in part by the Irvine Foundation, the report calculates the potential economic gains to California overall and in specific regions through national immigration reform.Read the Story