California leads in immigrant friendly policies and practices. Stories here highlight the challenges and achievements of California as the state adjusts and strives to accommodate its significant immigrant population.

The proposal builds on Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2015 decision to extend health coverage to all children, regardless of immigration status.

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday hammered California for its so-called sanctuary immigration policies, in what appeared to be his latest push to embolden his base leading into the midterm elections. 

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When it comes to complying with competing federal and state requirements on immigration matters, we constantly have to second-guess ourselves, said Capt. Derrick Hesselein, commander of Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, California.

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In the Trump administration’s latest move to escalate immigration enforcement, the federal government will now prosecute every person — whether smuggler or asylum seeker — who crosses the border illegally.

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California is home to more than 10 million immigrants—about a quarter of the nation’s foreign-born population. Most are documented, working-age residents. The state economy increasingly depends on immigrants to meet demand for highly educated workers, but it also continues to rely on immigrants with little formal education.

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In the biggest setback yet for the Trump administration in its attempt to end a program that shields some undocumented young adults from deportation, a federal judge ruled that the protections must stay in place and that the government must resume accepting new applications.

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What started late last month with a city council vote in the Southern California suburb of Los Alamitos has grown into a wave of dissent across Orange County that is sparking a new kind of resistance in the Trump era: Californians in revolt against their own state — not the Trump administration.

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President Donald Trump lashed out at California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday, insisting that his administration won't pay for the state's National Guard deployment unless the troops help enforce US immigration laws at the border.

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Two U.S. officials say California has rejected the federal government's initial plans to send the state's National Guard troops to the border because the work is considered too closely tied to immigration enforcement.

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The debate on what policy is going to make our communities the safest will have to continue being fought through the political process at the state level.

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California Gov. Jerry Brown has been silent on President Donald Trump's call this week for National Guard troops to help protect the southern border with Mexico.

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The census is a cornerstone of our representational government, but it also helps determine how billions of dollars are allocated to states for public services. Stakes are huge for California. Segments of its population are hard to count, and the bureau has fewer resources for the project.

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"Immigrants are getting tested, licensed and insured and this is making our roads safer for everyone," said Alejo, now a Monterey County supervisor, in a prepared statement. "Today, we see the law working the way it was intended to and has dramatically improved the lives of a million immigrants and their families."

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Voters in California are divided on the idea of letting local police help federal immigration officials detain undocumented immigrants, depending on if the immigrant is accused of a violent or a non-violent crime.

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The Commerce Department said Monday evening that the 2020 Census will include a question on citizenship, despite the strenuous objections of Democrats.  

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Tinoco, 36, came to the U.S. as an unauthorized immigrant when he was five years old. A participant in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, the younger Tinoco has been trying to get the U.S. government to grant him temporary permission, called advance parole, to visit his ailing grandfather and say goodbye.

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The heated battle over immigration exploded in a small Southern California city as elected officials took steps to opt out of a state law limiting cooperation between police and federal deportation agents.

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Federal immigration officers arrested 115 people during a three-day operation in the San Diego area amid heightened tensions between the Trump administration and the state of California over immigration enforcement.

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Raids threaten segments of the largest state economy, including retailers, restaurants and the Central Valley’s $47 billion agricultural industry, which provides more than half of the fruits, nuts and vegetables in the country.

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California and the Trump administration are engaged in an all-out war over immigration enforcement, the president’s signature issue on the campaign trail and in the White House. 

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President Donald Trump said that he may pull the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency out of California, an idea so unlikely that some of his staunchest critics dismissed it as an empty taunt against the state over immigration policies.

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Immigrants contributed over $54 billion—25 percent—to the San Diego metro area GDP in 2016, according to a new research brief released by New American Economy in partnership with the City of San Diego, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.

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The federal immigration enforcement agency said 'uncooperative jurisdictions,' like Los Angeles, were 'putting officers, the general public and the aliens at risk.'

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The California Attorney General and other state officials offer guidance on how businesses can comply with new state laws restricting employers cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

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California, home to 1 in 4 of the nation’s foreign-born population, is pushing back against the Trump administration’s efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

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Fear is rising among Democrats over the prospect that President Donald Trump’s hard line on immigration might ultimately cost California a seat in Congress during the upcoming round of reapportionment.

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 In an effort to integrate immigrants, California has developed innovative services that help immigrants become part of the social, economic and civic fabric of our state. This guide features services that help immigrants thrive and succeed in their paths towards integration.

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“I further commend Governor Brown on his proposal to spend $40.3 million on outreach planning for the 2020 Census. The funding will help California’s efforts to encourage full participation in the 2020 Census, which will ensure fair political representation and distribution of funding to California." - Assemblyman Marc Berman, D-Palo Alto

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While most cities in the Bay Area already limited cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities, some lawmakers say the statewide designation will help all communities fight crime.

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California labor officials say there's a growing trend of employers warning workers to do what they're told or face deportation.

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In California, authorities have warned residents to stay inside because of the dangerous air quality caused by smoke and carcinogenic ash from the fires. But some farms have stayed open, sparking concerns that farmworkers are laboring in hazardous conditions without proper equipment. Meanwhile, 200,000 people have been forced to evacuate, sparking fears in some immigrant communities about the potential risks of deportation at emergency shelters.

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The average farmworker is now 45 years old, according to federal government data. Harvesting U.S. crops has been left to an aging population of farmworkers whose health has suffered from decades of hard labor.

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 As DACA protections come to an end, California education advocates are redoubling their efforts to make sure immigrant families know their rights and students continue their schooling. 

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Immigration enforcement officers will not detain undocumented residents in areas affected by the fires in Northern California.

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California lawmakers passed landmark “sanctuary state” legislation earlier this month to shield thousands of immigrants who have entered the U.S. illegally.

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Some young immigrants facing an Oct. 5 deadline to renew work permits and deportation protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program are receiving help to pay their $495 renewal fees.

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California legislators passed California Bill AB 450, the Immigrant Worker Protection Act.

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San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announces a new fund that will help immigration defense attorneys pay for expert witnesses testifying on behalf of detained immigrants.

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The legislation by Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), the most far-reaching of its kind in the country, would limit state and local law enforcement communication with federal immigration authorities, and prevent officers from questioning and holding people on immigration violations.

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Mexico Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgary will announce support for those young immigrants — hundreds of thousands of whom are Mexican. He'll also meet with community and business leaders and tout a program providing immigrant mental health services. 

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