The election of Donald Trump to the presidency after he has vowed to deport millions of immigrants has caused widespread fear in many communities. Youth reporter Olivia Rodriguez with Coachella Unincorporated talked with immigration attorneys and created a list of things people concerned with immigration status should do, from finding a trustworthy lawyer to learning […]Read More Immigration in 2017: five things you should do now
California Governor Jerry Brown gave a speech last month to a United Farm Workers convention in Bakersfield, and applauded California’s progress in the area of farmworkers’ rights. He took the opportunity to object to Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric. “He wants Mexico to build a wall … and what I say is if Trump is elected – which he won’t be – […]Read More Governor Brown speaks to UFW, promises wall to keep Trump out of California
State Senator Ricardo Lara, a Democrat who helped draft the Health For All Kids Act, spoke to media and community members about the program this month. An estimated 170,000 undocumented children are expected to enroll in the program, which will help cover many of those left uninsured by gaps in the Affordable Care Act. “Lara shared with the gathering […]Read More #Health4AllKids is no longer just a hashtag
The Health for All Kids Act, signed into law last year, allows undocumented children under the age of 19 to apply for health coverage under Medi-Cal. Advocates and state legislators appeared in Coachella recently to promote insurance enrollment under the new law, and to lobby for similar legislation to promote health equality. “What we’re doing here in California is […]Read More Health for All Kids Act expected to serve 185,000 children
Undocumented kids growing up in Long Beach couldn’t always go to see a doctor when they felt ill. Now, Senate Bill 4, the Health for All Kids Act, will allow income-eligible, undocumented youth to qualify for health coverage under Medi-Cal. But getting the tens of thousands of families who qualify in Long Beach enrolled won’t be easy. “[Eligible residents] have said they often forego healthcare and other […]Read More Healthcare is coming for undocumented – is Long Beach ready?
A recent forum on current immigration and criminal justice legislation brought more than 100 Merced County residents to learn about what the current legal landscape means for mixed status homes, where one or more family members are undocumented. The forum focused on two key pieces of legislation: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which affects the status of young immigrants, and Proposition 47, which reclassifies certain […]Read More Legal forum aids undocumented residents
Maria’s family came to the United States from Mexico when she was just 5 months old; she’s been living as an undocumented minor in Bakersfield for the last 13 years. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals grants eligible youth like Maria, who came to the country as children, temporary relief from deportation and the right to work. “I immediately applied for jobs, and then […]Read More For one young woman, DACA was a lifesaver
Undocumented residents in Los Angeles, many of whom were unaware that they were eligible for health care through county-subsidized programs, can now get free care from clinics participating in My Health L.A., a program that serves low-income people who don’t qualify for other public insurance programs. The policy varies among counties, but advocates are fighting hard to get healthcare for […]Read More Healthcare options improve for undocumented Californians
Immigration has become a major policy debate in the Presidential election, causing Americans to examine or reveal their prejudices about immigrants. “[Donald] Trump tries to portray undocumented immigrants as takers, but if you look at the numbers, they actually contribute billions to the U.S. economy.” Karina Guadalupe writes about the #UndocuMoney Challenge, a campaign to raise awareness of […]Read More The #UndocuMoney campaign — that’s a lot of money!
The Safe and Responsible Driver Act, enacted in January, allows undocumented immigrants in California to get a driver’s license. The law’s impact goes beyond driving — it provides a legitimate form of identification, removing a major obstacle in the movements of undocumented residents. “[A license] offers us an opportunity to live by the rules like everybody else […]Read More With statewide law, ’No more driving in fear’