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Press Releases

Jul 10 2020

On June 30, 2020, U.S. Border Patrol expelled to Mexico a two-day-old newborn U.S. citizen and his mother seeking asylum in San Diego. A couple days earlier, Border Patrol had separated the mother from the father and their other young son, who were also forced to return to Mexico. After expressing fear of returning, all were denied their right under U.S. law to non-refoulement interviews (also known as fear of return to Mexico interviews), which are required under U.S. law. The baby is now in Mexico with no legal status.

Read on to learn about how Jewish Family Service of San Diego and ACLU Foundation of San Diego & Imperial Counties have filed a joint complaint to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General. JFS also filed a parole request for the family to be granted entry into the U.S. while they await asylum proceedings.

Jun 18 2020

Today’s ruling is a momentous win. Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) celebrates the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that the federal administration’s rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is unlawful, and therefore, first-time DACA applications, DACA renewal applications and advance parole will all be available again.

Jun 16 2020

FS strongly opposes the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) decision to eliminate non-discrimination regulations known as the “Health Care Rights Law,” or Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Jun 15 2020

At the NJHSA Annual Meeting on May 4, 2020, the Extraordinary Leadership Award was presented to CEO Michael Hopkins. View the presentation here.

In the News

Jul 10 2020

BuzzFeed News

“During the entire process, she was in pain from giving birth and she felt no choice but to go into Mexico,” the family’s attorney said.

Jul 10 2020


“That’s not a choice. That’s not a legitimate choice,” said Mitra Ebadolahi, a lawyer with the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties. “These people both, both the mother and the father, were literally driven in a patrol vehicle to the border and forced to walk across into Mexico by armed agents. I don’t see choices there.

On Friday, the ACLU and Jewish Family Service of San Diego filed a complaint to the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General, and a request to simply allow the family to enter the U.S. to continue their asylum process.

Jul 10 2020

AP News, New York Times, Washington Post, US News & World Report, San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, Fox 5 San Diego

Last week, a federal appeals court and a district judge blocked a Trump policy to deny asylum to anyone who passes through another country on the way to the U.S. border with Mexico without first seeking protection there.

Jewish Family Service wants the family released in the United States, where they have relatives, to argue their asylum case in court. Together with the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego & Imperial Counties, the group plans to ask the Homeland Security Department to investigate what happened.

Jul 5 2020

The San Diego Union-Tribune

JFS is urgently calling for additional volunteer drivers to help deliver freshly prepared meals and shelf-stable food packages to isolated, at-risk seniors throughout San Diego County.