One in five residents in the Inland Empire is an immigrant. Migration has been a central feature of the region for centuries, and there are now nearly 1 million immigrants living in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. As in decades past, the region’s economic strength and cultural vitality depends on the contributions of immigrants and native born alike.
State of Immigrants in the Inland Empire sets forth the history, resources, and partnerships that support the pressing issues and needs of immigrants in the region. It calls forth key policy issues that have affected—and continue to affect—local immigrant communities. As the region continues to grow, it is important to examine key issues pertaining to its immigrant communities, including poverty, education, employment, and social service needs.
Juanita’s family history in the United States dates well before her own migration from Mexico, and shows the complexity of family ties across both countries. Juanita and her parents first migrated in 1987 when she was a teenager, but her grandfather had already arrived a few decades prior, and her older siblings had been in the United States for over 15 years. Juanita’s family intended to visit temporarily, but ended up staying longer to save some money and eventually ended up living in the region permanently.
Mary was born in the United States, and her parents were able to migrate through a family sponsorship program from Taiwan. Her parents first migrated to the San Diego area, but eventually were able to purchase a home in the city of Chino Hills. Mary’s parents wanted to provide a better future for their family in a place where they could access more resources. For the last two years, Mary has been working as a program coordinator for a nonprofit organization.
Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective
The Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective is an undocumented youth-led grassroots organization in the Inland Empire. They strive to create a safe space for immigrant youth regardless of status, sexuality or other intersections that are crucial to the undocumented identity. They aim to achieve equal access to higher education and justice for the immigrant community by empowering those who are most affected.
|American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)||(213) 977-9500||Policy & Advocacy|
|California Partnership||Policy and Advocacy, Voter Engagement and Education|
|Catholic Charities San Bernanrdion and Riverside||1450 N D ST SAN BERNARDINO, CA 92405||(909) 3881239||Immigration Services|
|Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice||3840 Sunnyhill Dr, Jurupa Valley, CA 92509||(951) 360-8451||Policy & Advocacy, Immigration Services, Voter Registration|
|Centro del Inmigrante, Inc.||4055 Jurupa Avenue Riverside, CA 92506||(951) 7774427||Immigration Services|
|Coachella Valley Immigrant Dignity||Coachella, California||(310) 4087395||Policy & Advocacy, Human Services, Deportation Defense|
|Coalicion Pro Derechos Humanos de los Inmigrantes (CHIRLA)||San Bernardino: 2130 N. Arrowhead Ave Suite 105-A San Bernardino, CA 92405||(951) 488-2230||Policy & Advocacy, Voter Registration, Community outreach & Education|
|Diocese of San Bernardino||1201 E. Highland Ave. San Bernardino, CA 92404||(909) 475-5300||Faith Base Organizing, Immigrant Rights, Restorative Justice, Policy Advocacy|
|First Congregational Church||PO Box 1648, 3755 Lemon St Riverside, CA 92502||(951) 684-2494||Sanctuary Church|
|Hispanos Unidos||Policy & Adocacy, Human Services|
|Immigrant Center of San Bernardino||357 W 2nd St, San Bernardino, CA 92401||(909) 279-8371||Policy & Advocacy , Deportation Defense, Immigration Services|
|Immigrant Defenders Law Center||634 South Spring Street 10th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90014 (Headquarters)||(213) 634-0999||Deportation Defense, Immigration services|
|Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice||601 N Euclid Ave. Ontario, CA. 91766||(951) 665-8782||Policy & Advocacy , Deportation Defense, Human Services, Regional Immigrant Rights Coalition, Community Organizing|
|Inland Congregations United for Change||441 North D Street, Suite 208, San Bernardino CA 92405-4730||(909) 383-1134||Policy & Advocacy, Community Organizing|
|Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective||601 N Euclid Ave. Ontario, CA 91762||(909) 451-9902||Policy & Advocacy, Deportation Defense, Immigratin services, Workers's Center, Workers' Development,Youth Empowerment|
|Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity||310 8th Street Ste 310 Oakland CA 94607||(415) 297-8222||Policy & Advocacy, Mobilizing of the faith community; Accompaniment & support; Housing hospitality: Citizenship classes|
|Latinas Empoderando y Educando Comunidades||(909) 838-5738||Policy & Adocacy, Human Services|
|Latino and Latina Roundtable of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley||1460 E Holt Ave Pomona, CA 91767||(909) 480-6267||Policy & Advocacy|
|Mi Familia Vota||2025 Chicago Ave, Suite A4 Riverside, CA 92507||(559) 473-6096||Policy & Advocacy , Voter Registration, KYR|
|Pomona Economic Opportunity Center||1682 W MISSION BLVD POMONA, CA 91766||(909) 397-4215||Policy & Advocacy, Deportation Defense, Immigratin services, Workers's Center, Workers' Development|
|Preparandonos Para Las Licensias||Inland Empire||(951) 775-5449||Policy & Adocacy, Human Services|
|San Bernardino Community Service Center||560 N. Arrowhead Ave, Suite 8A. San Bernardino, CA 92401||(909) 885-1992||Policy & Advocacy , Deportation Defense, Immigration Services|
|SEIU Local 2015||195 N Arrowhead Ave. San Bernardino, CA 92408||(909) 327-2649||Labor Union, Policy Advocacy|
|TODEC Legal Center||234 South D St Perris Ca 92570 Mailing: PO BOX 1733 Perris Ca 92570||(951) 943-1955||Policy & Advocacy, Deportation Defense, Immigratin services, Human Services, Workers' Development, Voter's Registration, Community Organizing|
|Unite Here! Local 11||601 N Euclid Ave. Ontario, CA. 92762||(213) 481-8530||Labor Union, Policy Advocacy|
|United Domestic Workers||3600 Lime st Riverside,Ca. 92501||(951) 786-1300||IHSS Homecare providers|
|United Food and Commerical Workers Local 1167||855 W San Bernardino Ave, Bloomington, CA 92316||(909) 877-5000||Labor Union, Policy Advocacy|
|Warehouse Workers Resource Center||601 N Euclid Ave. Ontario, CA 91762||(909) 986-6929||Policy and Advocacy, Worker's Center, Worker's Development, Voter Registration, Voter Engagement and Education|