In San Mateo County, A Call to End Youth Deportations

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Ed. Note: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will begin Wednesday accepting applications for “deferred action” from young immigrants brought to the United States as children. Estimates put the number of potential applicants at over one million. While the move to temporarily halt deportations of eligible undocumented youth by the Obama administration comes as welcome news for immigrant rights advocates, deportations of those caught in the juvenile justice system continue unabated. To address the issue, residents of San Mateo County, just outside San Francisco, and the San Mateo County Coalition for Immigrant Rights held a forum urging the Board of Supervisors and Probation Chief to stop referring youth to ICE.