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Immigration - What is the current situation in Santa Barbara?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, almost one quarter of the population of the County of Santa Barbara is foreign born and about 40% of households speak a language other than English at home. Immigration to Santa Barbara from outside of the United States has always been a constant and these individuals and families are integral members of the community. Recent developments and federal policies around immigration have led many in the community to be fearful and unsure of what to expect.

On Wednesday, November 15 from noon to 2pm at the Faulkner Gallery of the Central Library, the League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Public Library are hosting a forum to update and inform the community on the current situation of immigration in Santa Barbara. Speakers will address immigration actions and policies currently in place in the county, including: what organizations in the field are seeing happen, available funding to aid immigrants and organizations supporting immigrants, legal rights and advice, and law enforcement policies.

Invited speakers for the event are: 
- Bill Brown, Sheriff-Coroner of Santa Barbara County
- Diane Martinez, Director of Immigrant Hope

- Frank Rodriguez, Santa Barbara Organizer of CAUSE

- Marcos Vargas, Executive Director of Fund for Santa Barbara

Further community resources and information can also be found on the Immigration page of the Santa Barbara Public Library's website.

Thanks to the co-sponsorship of Santa Barbara TV each forum is also filmed and posted for viewing after the event, in both English and Spanish.

Handicapped Accessibility is now available from the Public Garage accessed from Anacapa Street next to the Library.  Information about Santa Barbara Public Library System locations, hours, events, and program is available at All Library programs are free and open to the public.

Contact: Jen Lemberger, Programming & Marketing Librarian

Phone: 805-564-5621



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