immigration issues

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.

In her first official speech on the U.S. Senate floor, Senator Kamala Harris blasted President Trump's recent immigration actions.  The California Democrat said the orders instill fear in Latinos who she claimed are already 40 percent less likely to call 911 when they've been the victim of a crime.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out the Senator's statistic.

President Trump's Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly spent part of last week meeting with officials from states who share a border with Mexico.  As KVCR's Ken Vincent reports, Gen. Kelly got some tough questions regarding alleged ICE immigrant raids this past weekend.

Governor Jerry Brown may soon need to decide whether to sign a bill that would essentially make California a "sanctuary state."  The measure would ban state and local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.  Brown will face strong pressure from his fellow democrats to approve the ban.  But as Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, the governor has a clear record of opposing it.

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There have been an increasing number of reports this week that U.S. immigration authorities in Southern California have been conducting raids and arresting suspected undocumented immigrants.  The arrests have reportedly been made in San Bernardino, Downey, Van Nuys, Oxnard, and Santa Clarita.  U.S. immigration authorities have so far been tight-lipped about the reports.  Here's more from KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez.

Scores of people showed up at Riverside City Hall yesterday (Tuesday) to let the Riverside City Council know what they feel about a citizens proposal to declare Riverside a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

California lawmakers are expediting three bills in order to shield immigrants from deportation after the election of President Donald Trump.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports that the third bill passed through its initial committee yesterday [Tuesday].

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Last week, hundreds of UC Riverside students and others participated in a host of protests marking the current political climate.  Students organized and participated in at least two protests during which the demonstrations spilled off campus and blocked city streets.  Also, co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement arrived on campus last week.  They said they wanted to rally students with strategies on how to endure the events that are leaving many afraid, angry, and hopeless.  KVCR's Isel Cuapio - herself a UCR student - tracked the demonstrations in this report.

California Congressman Tom McClintock recently described refugee vetting under the Obama administration as "haphazard" and a process where "we simply accept the word of the applicants."  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out those claims by the Sacramento-area Republican.

President Donald Trump's executive order last week to strip federal funding from sanctuary cities prompted outrage and worry from California lawmakers who represent potentially-affected communities.  But a former Department of Justice immigration lawyer casts doubt on the executive order's power, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

The Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court has reacted to President Donald Trump's executive orders regarding immigration.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains.

A recent poll out of Quinnipiac University in Connecticut reports that 48 percent of Americans support a ban on immigrants from Muslim countries.  And the poll shows that 53 percent of Americans say that Muslims should register with the federal government.  The California Report’s Molly Peterson finds that – like many in the rest of the country - many people here in the Inland Empire support President Trump’s immigration policies.

In response to an emotional interview about Trump Administration polices on immigration and refugees with Calif. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon aired Monday on 91.9 KVCR, Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler presents an alternate view in this interview with San Diego County state Senator Joel Anderson

The California state Senate has begun passing bills to protect immigrants from the new immigration-related policies of the Trump Administration.  The push for such measures drew some criticism from Senate Republicans.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Along with protests at airports in Los Angeles and San Diego, demonstrators gathered at Ontario International Airport yesterday (Sunday) to show opposition to President Trump's executive orders suspending refugees from entering the country and restricting travel from a handful of Muslim-majority countries.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon's emotion was palpable after he left Los Angeles International Airport Saturday night.  He'd just take part in a protests against President Trump's executive order on refugees, and he had strong words about the president in an interview with Capital Bureau Chief Ben Adler.