immigration issues

At the White House yesterday, President Trump met with mayors, lawmakers, and law enforcement officials from more than a dozen California jurisdictions - inlcuding from the Inland Empire - who oppose the state's sanctuary policies.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Now more on yesterday's (Wednesday) White House meeting between President Trump and a number of California local officials - including from the Inland Empire - opposed to the state's sanctuary policies.  It became national news after it was reported that in the meeting, Trump called some people who cross the border illegally, "animals."  The President also encouraged U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to pursue obstruction of justice charges against the mayor of Oakland.  More from KQED's Alex Hall, in a story that aired in The California Report this morning.

Immigrant rights activists are pushing for measures that would address access to health care, local business licenses, and income tax credits for undocumented immigrants.  Adhiti Bandlamudi reports from Sacramento.

We're still waiting for word from Governor Jerry Brown about whether he'll agree to President Trump's request to deploy California National Guard troops to the Mexico border.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler looks at what could happen if Brown declines.


Supporters and protestors are making very different plans to greet President Trump today (Tuesday) when he visits San Diego to inspect border wall prototypes.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric has more.

Civil rights icon Dolores Huerta is one of the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. 

To kick off Women's History Month, Dolores Huerta came to speak at San Bernardino Valley College.  More from KVCR's Isel Cuapio.

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' new lawsuit against California's so-called sanctuary laws is drawing criticism from lawmakers and groups that support immigrant rights.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper reports.

Protests blocked the street as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke in Sacramento to announce a federal lawsuit against the state's sanctuary policies for immigrants.  State leaders are promising a robust defense of their new laws.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

President Donald Trump said yesterday (Thursday) he is considering pulling U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers from California, warning that the nation's most populous state would turn into a "crime next" without the federal agents.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The California Farm Bureau is bucking a national trend set by its peers, saying it cannot support the proposed immigration legislation currently being considered by Congress.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Congress is still nowhere near reaching an agreement on DACA just weeks before President Donald Trump's deadline to find a solution.  California immigrant rights advocates are issuing a call to action.  KVCR's Isel Cuapio has more.

Leaders in the Latino community are pushing back against a Trump Administration move to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

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The state of California issued an advisory yesterday (Tuesday) to help employers understand a new law aimed at protecting immigrant workers.  Capital Public Radio's Randol White reports.

In April, Californians who obtain or renew a driver;s license will automatically be registered to vote.  Several conservative websites seized on this new program to claim the state will be registering undocumented immigrants as well.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked that claim in this report.

In April 2018, a new law will allow Californians to automatically register to vote when they renew their driver’s license.

Inland-area Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) is co-sponsoring a bill that would create legal work permits for undocumented immigrants in California.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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In spite of California's new law declaring itself a "sanctuary state,"  there are reports that federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are planning a massive immigration "sweep" in parts of the state.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

An Inland Empire immigrants advocacy group is praising a California federal judge 's ruling that puts President's Trump's cancellation of DACA on hold, at least temporarily.  More form KVCR's Ken Vincent.


The nation's top immigration official is vowing arrests in California neighborhoods and at work sites.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports that's in response to Governor Jerry Brown's signing of the so-called "sanctuary state" bill last week. 

This week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents around the country were rounding up and arresting people suspected of being in the country illegally.  Of the nearly 500 people arrested, many were from Southern California, according to a report in local newspapers today (Friday).  More form KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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California Files Suit Against Trump Border Wall

Sep 21, 2017

California has filed a lawsuit against President Trump's border wall.  The suit filed yesterday (Wednesday) argues that plans to begin contruction in San Diego and Imperial counties could harm the state's sensitive environmental resources.  KPBS reporter Jean Guerrero has the story.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently claimed three-quarters of Americans support the DREAM Act, a bill that would offer protections to young immigrants brought to the country illegally.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked this statement by the California Democrat.

The final passage of California's much-discussed "sanctuary state" bill came after personally-heartfelt debate on both sides of the issue.  Capital public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

California's law enforcement community is split on the "sanctuary state" bill agreement reached this week by Democratic Sente leader Kevin de Leon and Governor Jerry Brown.  But as Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, there appears to be enough support for the deal to ensure its passage later this week.

Following the lead of New York and 14 other states, California is taking the Trump Administration to court for phasing out the DACA program.  State Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the filing yesterday (Monday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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The author of a bill that seeks to ban California law enforcement agencies from cooperating with federal immigration authorities has reached agreement with Governor Jerry Brown.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, the Legislature will take final votes by the end of this week.

Modesto-area Republican Member of Congress Jeff Denham recently said Democrats Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Chuck Schumer all voted for a border wall as senators.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked Denham's claim.


A U.S. citizen in San Bernardino - who was detained by Immigration & Customs Enforcement - is speaking out about the federal government rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.  KVCR's Ben Purper reports.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Tuesday that the federal government will be ending DACA with a six-month grace period, leaving roughly 800,000 undocumented young people at risk of deportation.

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Democratic Congressman Mark Takano of California’s 41st district, which includes Riverside and Moreno Valley, re-affirmed his support for the immigrant and undocumented community at an event last Thursday.

Inland Empire residents, activists, and officials are divided on the issue of sanctuary cities, and with recent events, the local debate is intensifying.  KVCR's Ben Purper has this feature report.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent out a letter to four cities - Albuquerque, Baltimore, Stockton, and San Bernardino - urging them to cooperate with federal immigration authorities or lose federal funding. KVCR's Ben Purper has more.