Merced congregations to offer sanctuary

Merced churches are rallying to support undocumented immigrants fearful of how President-elect Donald Trump will follow through with his campaign promises to deport millions of people. Seventeen congregations have vowed to become official sanctuaries for undocumented people seeking safety from deportation. “The sacred texts call for resistance to a false hierarchy and remind us of […]

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Activists call on courts for action on DACA and DAPA

In November 2014, President Obama announced an expanded version of his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and a new program (DAPA) permitting the relief for the undocumented parents of U.S. born children or permanent residents. But after two courts in Texas challenged the programs as unconstitutional, the case will now be taken up by the Federal Supreme Court. What does […]

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Does DACA make you more dateable?

When Chando Kem applied for Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA), he got a social security number and a permit to work. But one aspect of his new status has direct bearing on his dating life — currently free from the threat of deportation, Kem doesn’t have to bug his friends for rides anymore. His standard California driver’s license doesn’t have a stamp […]

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Staying a family after deportation

Roughly 4.5 million U.S. born children are estimated to have at least one parent who is undocumented. Recent policies have provided some relief, but those laws offer little relief to the many families already broken up by deportation. For Elizabeth Arteagas, her father’s deportation and her mother’s return back to Mexico forced her to the make difficult choice to return to the United States, […]

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Local Asians are reluctant to apply for deportation relief

Applying for assistance programs can seem risky to undocumented immigrants — what if they don’t qualify, or end up being reported to immigration authorities. While a substantial number of immigrants might qualify for deportation relief, few in Long Beach have come out to apply.  Many Filipinos who end up in Long Beach don’t realize they might qualify for a T-Visa — a legal status granted to victims […]

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Supervisors vote to end deportation program in L.A. County

This week L.A. County’s Board of Supervisors ended a program that placed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents inside jails to screen inmates for deportation, but replaced it with a policy that still supports collusion between jail officials and ICE. Opponents argue that the agencies’ collaboration leads to the deportation of low-level offenders like people picked up for driving without a license. “I […]

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