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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 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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

President Trump's executive order to strip funding from sanctuary cities faced its first legal challenge Friday in San Francisco.  The city and Santa Clara County went to federal court to block the order, contending it's unconstitutional.  Capital Public Radio's State Government reporter Ben Bradford was there.

California Sanctuary State Bill Passes State Senate

Apr 4, 2017

Democratic state senators passed a bill that would make California a "sanctuary state" in spite of opposition from every Republican senator in the chamber.  Republicans say the move hinders federal immigration enforcement and threatens public safety.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports.

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The head of U.S. immigration enforcement defended recent deportations in California in front of a heated crowd in Sacramento.  It's the first time Immigration and Customs Enforcement Chief Thomas Homan has taken public questions since his appointment by President Trump.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford has more.

The Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court insists that arresting illegal immigrants who appear at courthouses for legal business may be legal, but is not helping domestic security.  Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye made those remarks a day after President Trump's Immigration and Customs Enforcement Chief defended courthouse arrests at a forum in Sacramento.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Chief Justice on Immigration Enforcement

Mar 28, 2017

California's Chief Justice voiced her objections Monday to recent Federal immigration enforcement.  KVCR's Rick Dulock shares this story from Capital Public Radio in Sacramento. 

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"Awkward" doesn't begin to describe the spot Democratic state Senate leader Kevin de Leon found himself in yesterday (Wednesday).  At a rally for his bill that seeks to protect California immigrants from federal deportations, advocates pressured de Leon not to weaken the measure.  But as Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, he may have no choice if he wants it to pass.

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit in San Diego demanding that the federal government limit the amount of time that people can be held before seeing an immigration judge.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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President Trump wants to detain more immigrants. He could — with California’s help.  The president has promised to deport 2 to 3 million people this year alone. The California Report investigates how an already straining immigration system could handle the surge.

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Fewer undocumented students in California are applying for college financial aid, likely because of deportation fears.  That's prompted an urgent message from college students days before the March 2 Cal Grant deadline.  Capital Public Radio's Steve Milne reports.