undocumented immigrants

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U.S, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced last week that it would start using more than 1,600 federal prison beds to detain immigrants.  The plan is to sen most of the immigrant detainees to Victorville, in San Bernardino County.  KPCC reporter Libby Denkmann was outside the prison where the first wave of detainees arrived on Friday. 

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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.


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.

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.


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.

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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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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.

Natalya Estrada

Students at Cal State San Bernardino gathered together to celebrate graduations, matriculations and the end of yet another successful school year, but something was different about these students. Unlike most they didn't fill out a FAFSA before attending. They couldn't apply for regular jobs and most of them can't get their license because they don't have the right paperwork. There's also the fear of being deported, taken from their families and separated by borders and laws. 

Undocumented Kids Get Full Medi-Cal Today

May 16, 2016

The new "Health4AllKids" program begins today, meaning all children in California, regardless of immigration status are now eligible for the full scope of Medi-Cal benefits.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on the sweeping change and what will be covered.


Approximately 170,000 children living in California illegally will soon gain access to health care.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Washing dishes at a restaurant is hot, grimy work.  Plus, it's low pay and often undependable.  it's estimated that 28 to 40 percent of dishwashers are living in the U.S. illegally.  Capital Public Radio's Lesley McClurg reports on why some employers turn a blind eye and how people without papers get these jobs.


A new report estimates about half of immigrants living without legal documentation in California would qualify for Medi-Cal, if the program were open to them.  It also provides rare data about where they live.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains.


The recent Valley fire -- north of Napa -- scorched more than 75,000 acres and destroyed nearly 1,300 homes.  Thousands of people were displaced.  Imagine if you were one of them... you lost everything, but were scared to ask for help.  As Capital Public Radio's Lesley McClurg reports that's the reality for many undocumented families in the area.


A legislative effort to expand Medi-Cal to to undocumented adults in California fell short earlier this year.  But as Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports, more counties are stepping in where the state leaves off.


Non-citizens in California will be less likely to face deportation for minor drug offenses, under a new law signed by Governor Jerry Brown.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains.

3 Years After DACA, Inland Empire "Dreamers" Still Worried, Waiting

Aug 24, 2015

In 2012, President Obama announced an immigration program providing a two-year work permit and a promise not to deport undocumented children who came to the United States.  However, with Obama leaving office after next year's election, it is uncertain how long the program will stay alive.  KVCR's Jhoann Acosta tells us more. 

[This story was co-edited by Matt Ornelas]

According to numbers released by U.S. Citizenship and Information Services, more than 11-thousand young immigrants have had their DACA status and work permits expire due to delays in the renewal process. 


California has the country's largest population of undocumented immigrants. That means thousands of undocumented children attend California schools. Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr has this report.


The alleged murder of a San Francisco woman by an undocumented immigrant with a criminal history has revived a debate in the state Capitol over "sanctuary cities."  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.


It's difficult to tally a population that lives in the shadows, but new data estimates that 2.7 million immigrants are living illegally in California.  As Capital Public Radio's Lesley McClurg reports, that's more than any other state.


Thousands of undocumented children in California will be able to sign up for health care coverage beginning next spring.  As Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports, the new program is part of a budget deal announced this week between the governor and legislative leaders.

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A bill that passed the state Assembly yesterday (Wednesday) would require some California public colleges to create resource centers for a growing number of undocumented students.  Capital Public Radio's Marnette Federis visited a center at UC Davis, which could serve as a model for others.


The big concern over opening California's health care system to the state's two-and-a-half-million undocumented immigrants has always been its price tag.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, a legislative committee set the proposal aside yesterday (Monday) because of its costs -- but the bill is still alive.


The federal U-Visa is designed top let immigrants report crimes without fear of deportation.  A bill in the California Legislature would require local law enforcement agencies to sign off on the visas if victims have been helpful in investigations.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.


The California Legislature has taken a key step toward extending health insurance to more than a million undocumented immigrants.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, the bill passed it's first committee vote yesterday (Wednesday).


A bill intended to protect undocumented immigrants from scam artists has passed the California Assembly.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has more.


Democrats in the California Legislature say the lack of federal action on immigration reform means California must pick up the slack.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports on a package of legislation that state Democrats say they'll support.


California's AB-60 drivers licenses are designed to let undocumented immigrants in the state drive leggaly.  But some immigrants say the licenses are proving very difficult to obtain.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.

Undocumented Immigrants Targets of Scams

Dec 15, 2014

As undocumented immigrants become eligible for more services in California, the State Attorney General says they also become more likely to be scammed by unscrupulous characters.  Capitol Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.