SAN JOSE — Building on a national push to create safe spaces for immigrant communities, activists and local politicians on Thursday will launch the Santa Clara County ‘Rapid Response Network’ and hotline aimed at protecting undocumented immigrants from deportation.
The project, led by a coalition of South Bay organizations, will provide, “moral and accompaniment support during and after immigration operations in our community,” organizers said in a statement.
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It’s the latest in a series of grassroots efforts across the Bay Area and beyond designed to support, advise or protect immigrants at risk of deportation. Hotlines, mobile apps, pop-up workshops and other rapid-response resources have become commonplace as activists look to challenge the Trump administration’s sweeping immigration policies.
Critics, however, condemn the efforts, saying undocumented immigrants
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