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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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U. S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday said the Justice Department might not grant federal crime-fighting funds to four so-called 'sanctuary cities' - including San Bernardino - if they don't help federal officials' efforts to detain and deport illegal immigrants.  There's one problem with Sessions' threat:  San Bernardino is not a sanctuary city, and isn't eligible for the federal crime-fighting funds.  KVCR's Ken Vincent explains.

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Immigrant rights advocates in California are issuing harsh criticism at President Trump's plan to cut legal immigration and favor high-skilled English speakers.  KVCR's Ben Purper has more.

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A bill aimed at cracking down on fraudulent immigration consultants in California has now passed the Assembly and a key state Senate committee.  Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling has more.

A bill that would extend "sanctuary city" protections for immigrants across California is continuing to move through the state Legislature, after passing the state Senate months ago.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Three men have been arrested in San Diego, charged with carrying out a multi-million dollar scheme to bilk people seeking U.S. immigration status.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The Coachella Valley community of Cathedral City -- the second-largest of the 8 desert cities behind Indio -- has approved a proposal to make it the first city in Inland Southern  California to declare itself a "sanctuary city."  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A crowd reported to be between 300 and 400 people took part in a May Day march in Riverside yesterday, in part to oppose the Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigrants.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The Trump administration has formally notified the state of California that sanctuary city policies are jeopardizing federal grant funding.  It's the first concrete action the federal government has taken to withhold funds since President Trump signed his executive order targeting sanctuary cities in January.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports there's relatively little money at stake so far.

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