Friday, March 22, 2019

Judge dismisses Trump Administration lawsuit against California immigration laws

Yesterday a federal judge dismissed the Trump administration’s lawsuit challenging several California laws that protect undocumented immigrants. U.S. District Judge John Mendez sided with California in its request to reject the Justice Department’s complaint against SB 54, known as the “sanctuary state law,” and AB 103, which requires transparency in the monitoring of detention facilities, […]

Antonio Villaraigosa hopes Latino voters will help him become California’s Governor

Gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa, the former Los Angeles mayor who has struggled to gain footing with voters, was on a last-ditch 24-hour campaign blitz on his home turf this week. His goal: to motivate Latinos to turn out and vote during next week’s primary. “Certainly the numbers are there, both in terms of the size […]

“Selena” producer is building movie theaters in Latino communities

Latino moviegoers make up a disproportionate share of the U.S. box office, boosting the ticket sales for films such as Pixar’s “Coco” and Universal’s “The Fate of the Furious” yet there is a lack of movie screens in predominantly Latino neighborhoods. That disparity is where cinema owner and “Selena” producer, Moctesuma Esparza, sees an opportunity. […]

Vice President Pence visits the Mexico-California border, just miles away from the caravan

Vice President Mike Pence visited the Calexico border wall yesterday where he received a briefing on the construction of the barrier, got a tour and delivered remarks to Customs and Border Patrol employees. “This is the beginning of keeping our promise to the American people that we’re going to build a wall,” Pence said The […]

California Governor sends troops to the Mexican Border

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed an order authorizing 400 state National Guard troops to be deployed as part of President Donald Trump’s order for troops to be sent to the U.S. border with Mexico. “We want to be cooperative,” Mr. Brown said Tuesday during an appearance at the National Press Club in Washington. “There’s […]

California sues the Trump Administration over citizenship question on Census

Progressives, states and civil rights advocates are preparing a flurry of legal challenges to the Trump administration’s decision to add a question about citizenship to the next census, saying the move will penalize immigrants and threaten civil rights. “The citizenship question is the latest attempt by President Trump to stoke the fires of anti-immigrant hostility,” […]

Oakland mayor stands by her decision of telling immigrants about ICE raids

Federal immigration agents arrested more than 150 people in California, days after Oakland’s mayor gave early warning of the raids. On Saturday, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf warned residents that “credible sources” had told her a sweep was imminent, calling it her “duty and moral obligation” to warn families. The warning “was meant to give all […]

First border wall contract under Trump begins construction

The federal government began work on Wednesday to replace a section of border wall in California, this represents the first wall contract awarded in the Trump administration. Customs and Border Protection is replacing a little more than two miles in downtown Calexico, a sliver of the president’s plan for a “big, beautiful wall” with Mexico. […]

More than a 100 people arrested after immigration raids in California

Federal immigration agents have reportedly detained more than 100 people in ongoing sweeps in the Los Angeles area, targeting undocumented people. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson Danielle Bennett tells NPR in an email that the agency is going after “individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security.” The immigration […]

Uncertainty is keeping undocumented California students from applying for financial aid

Each year, California invites students who are in the country without legal status to apply for the same financial aid as other students, but officials once again are concerned that fears are keeping students from seeking help. “We’re 20,000 students behind,” said Lupita Cortez Alcalá, executive director of the California Student Aid Commission, the organization […]