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 California Report Demand for Immigration Lawyers Surges in Central Valley Fresno immigration attorney Justin Sweeney says the early months of this year have been the busiest of his career. ( Vanessa Rancano/KQED ) Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Justin Sweeney’s desk is piled with file folders and law books.

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Receive the latest local updates in your inbox Email Privacy policy | More Newsletters Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE officers arrested several allegedly undocumented immigrants in Levittown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, as part of a two-week wave across that state as well as Delaware and West Virginia.

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Fresno's large, welcoming Arab-American community draws Syrian refugees -- but it's a big challenge without resettlement support from the government.

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ICE arrested 190 immigrants in Southern California “public safety” operation By Genevieve Leigh 30 May 2017 US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested nearly 190 people across Southern California in a five-day operation covering six counties last week. ICE officials boasted that 90 percent—169 of the 188 people—of those arrested had prior criminal convictions.

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Receive the latest california updates in your inbox Email Getty Images File image of Gov. Jerry Brown Gov. Jerry Brown has earmarked an extra $15 million in the California budget to expand legal defense services for people battling deportation, according to a newspaper report Sunday. The one-time cash infusion would boost the state government's financial aid for those in the country illegally to $33 million.

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May 10 at 8:47 AM Follow @valeriestrauss In this Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 file photo, Lordes Reboyoso, right, yells at a rally outside of City Hall in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) The Los Angeles Unified School Board — which runs the second largest school system in the country — just toughened its commitment to protect undocumented immigrant students and their families from federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

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As President Trump continues to vow to come down hard on illegal immigration, supporters of immigrants find themselves at odds over how much to fight for those whose criminal history is fodder for advocates of harsher and broader crackdowns.

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OAKLAND — Shruok Radwan smiled broadly as she raised her right hand and recited an oath of allegiance to the United States, her face framed by a peach-colored hijab.

She was one of 1,274 immigrants who became U.S. citizens on Thursday in the cavernous, ornate Paramount Theatre, waving tiny American flags as their relatives cheered from the balcony above.

But Radwan’s mind was on her parents and siblings, thousands of miles away in Egypt.

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Difficulty with data storage and transmission from local departments to the Department of Justice is only one of the reasons why anti-Muslim hate crimes might not make it into the state’s annual report.

Linguistic barriers, trust barriers and training barriers keep hate crimes from being reported and recorded properly, said Brian Levin, a former New York Police Department officer who now serves as a criminal justice professor at California State University San Bernardino, where he is also the director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism.

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Posing significant challenges for educators, about 1 in 8 students in California schools has at least one parent who is undocumented, according to a new brief from the Education Trust-West. Undocumented children as well as U.S. citizen children with undocumented relatives have experienced heightened anxieties for several years as a result of deportation policies begun under President George W. Bush and tightened ones under President Barack Obama.

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Illegal immigration LA County leaders skip vote on funding legal defense fund for undocumented immigrants A vigil outside the Edward Roybal Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles to denounce the Supreme Court's deadlocked decision on the DAPA/DACA immigration relief programs. The vigil was held by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), one of the largest immigrant-rights organizations based in California, in coordination with other organizations.

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A growing number of California schools are standing up to policies aimed at deporting more undocumented immigrants.

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Sheriffs say legal issues hinder ICE cooperation Several sheriffs said their resistance is not rooted in ethical or political opposition but legal concerns By Joel Rubin and Paloma Esquivel Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Adam Christianson makes no bones about helping federal immigration agents nab people for deportation.

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Shirley Gibson’s client was in jeopardy. A mother of three living in San Mateo County in California, the woman had obtained a restraining order against her children’s father for domestic abuse. Her landlord took the opportunity to demand that she sign a new, higher lease. She pleaded with him to let her take the document to an attorney.

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Tuesday: A new salvo in California’s fight with President Trump, a rush for H-1B visas, and the growing popularity of the slackline.

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A California law giving immigrants here illegally the ability to get driver's licenses appears to have helped decrease hit-and-run accidents, according to a Stanford University study released Monday. The controversial law, part of a larger effort by state officials to provide rights and services to California residents in the country illegally, resulted in more than 850,000 people getting driver’s licenses since the law took effect in 2015.

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ICE feels the heat in California Please enable flash to watch this video. Sorry, this video is not available. Your browser does not currently support live streaming video. Play Video Live Video - Supporters and critics of President Donald Trump's deportation policy packed a gymnasium in California's heartland on Tuesday, trading jeers and insults during a raucous town hall meeting attended by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief.

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Trash-strewn cells, moldy showers, broken telephones, excessive use of solitary confinement, and “slimy, foul-smelling lunch meat.”

These are the conditions that detainees face inside a major immigration jail in California, according to a report last month by federal inspectors who visited the Theo Lacy Facility, run by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer says that San Diego will not participate in a federal program where local police perform the duties of immigration officers. In a March 15 memo to the City Council, Faulconer reaffirmed the city’s police department will not take part in a provision of the Immigration and National Security Act that allows the federal government to enter into agreements with state and local law enforcement agencies to enforce immigration law.

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PLEASANT HILL — Kevin de Leon is under no illusions that his Senate Bill 54 would create a true  “sanctuary” for undocumented immigrants in California. But especially at a time the president is talking about a border wall, he said, it is a worthy pursuit for several reasons.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The chief justice of the California Supreme Court asked federal immigration agents Thursday to stop making arrests at courthouses, saying "stalking undocumented immigrants" at the facilities thwarts people's access to justice.

Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye wrote in a letter to top federal officials that she is concerned about recent reports of immigration agents going to the courts to track down immigrants for arrest, saying the practice will affect the public's confidence in the court system.

"Courthouses should not be used as bait in the necessary enforcement of our country's immigration laws," she wrote ...

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SACRAMENTO – A bill to restrict California’s law enforcement agencies’ cooperation with federal immigration agents cleared its second major hurdle Monday and will head to the Senate for a full vote after a packed and at times testy hearing on Monday.

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SACRAMENTO — Leaders of the state Assembly and Senate on Monday sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the federal government, asking for detailed information about recent raids in California as well as for Department of Homeland Security immigration policies, including the treatment of young immigrants who entered the country illegally with their families as children.

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When Janet Napolitano was named president of the University of California over three years ago, her appointment provoked impassioned protests by students and others upset about her role as head of the Department of Homeland Security overseeing the deportation of more than 2.5 million undocumented immigrants.

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Ever since, those battles have shaped her path, she said.

We caught up with Ms. Rodriguez by phone. Some excerpts from the conversation:

• Tell me about your gig. What have you been up to?

Where do I begin? I think obviously building out our team here, making sure that we have a staff that really reflects the face of California.

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Updated: 12:06 | Posted: 5:00 Q&A: Efforts To Extend Health Coverage To Undocumented Immigrants By Ana B. Ibarra Kaiserhealthnews.org California’s decision to withdraw a request for federal government permission to sell unsubsidized health plans to immigrants without papers has many wondering about the future of their health coverage in the state.

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Two decades ago, the state was facing the stresses of an ethnic and cultural shift, and it lashed out at diversity before embracing it.

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The California State Senate's public safety committee passed a bill today that would prohibit local law enforcement agencies from using resources to investigate, interrogate, detain, or arrest anyone due to their immigration status. Introduced by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon, SB 54 builds on other recently passed measures that supporters say are meant to build trust between law enforcement agencies and the state's immigrant communities, and to protect immigrants who aren't convicted of violent crimes from being arrested and deported. See also: Ambushed: Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Sets Up Surprise Stings To Help Federal ...

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SACRAMENTO — As President Trump threatens to strip federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities,” defiant Democrats in Sacramento are doubling down on policies to protect immigrants at risk of deportation — bills that many say would turn California into a sanctuary state.

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LOS ANGELES – On a recent rainy morning, Maria Bernal’s stove clicks to life with a bright blue flame to toast bread on a griddle for her 9-year-old son Edwin to smear with peanut butter.

As she scoops papaya into the blender for a smoothie, she recalls her worry during all the years when she couldn’t afford health care and he suffered painful ear infections.

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California’s economy is big, and so is the immigrant contribution to it. The state’s economy is the sixth largest in the world, and immigrants provide one-third (or $715 billion) of the state’s GDP. Undocumented immigrants alone contribute $181 billion to the state’s GDP—an amount that roughly equals the economic output of the entire state of […]

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SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today delivered his State of the State address, departing with the traditional practice of listing every issue and restating every priority to focus on the “broader context of our country and its challenges.”

 

In his remarks the Governor vowed to “defend everybody – every man, woman and child – who has come here…and has contributed to the well-being of our state,” and committed to protecting the state’s gains on immigration, health care and climate change, guided by the principles that make California “the Great Exception” – truth, civility and perseverance.

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In the wake of the 2016 Presidential election, communities across the nation have been grappling with profound questions about our political and economic systems. Perhaps no two themes have generated more intense discus-sion than those of racial justice and economic equity - and the lack thereof for far too many. At times, these issues have been posed as mutually exclusive. Yet the experiences of California’s immigrants - overwhelmingly people of color, and also a vital part of a labor force which generates great wealth yet suffers increasing inequality - offer a valuable bridge between these twin points. In the coming years, California is poised to play a unique role in de-fending fundamental human rights from unprecedented attacks. As the state’s communities push for economic, social, and racial justice, we have a unique opportunity to build a better state - and a better world.

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<p>Palo Alto -- With the inauguration of the 45th president just four days away, Californians' expectations for Donald Trump's presidency are in the cellar -- with little more than a third of state voters believing it will be a success, a new Hoover Institution Golden State Poll released Wednesday shows.</p>

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LA County leaders vote to support plan to protect undocumented youth L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger By Susan Abram , Los Angeles Daily News Posted: # Comments L.A. County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis Continuing their response to President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed crackdown on illegal immigration , the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a trio of motions Tuesday in support of a federal comprehensive immigration plan and related programs that protect youth.

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Palo Alto schools are ‘sanctuaries’ for students, trustees declare During the Obama administration, Sacramento and Washington were on the same page. Now, observes John Yoo, a conservative professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Law, California is “going to know what it was like to be Texas for the past eight years.” Many residents of this bright-blue state are bracing for a number of possibilities: Will Trump scale back environmental protections in the name of economic development?

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California Prepares to Resume Bilingual Education January 14, 2017 5:46 PM FILE - Teacher Regina Yang leads a bilingual Korean-English language immersion classes at Porter Ranch Community School in Los Angeles, Sept. 30, 2016. Share Share on Twitter Print Hilda Maldonado is an evangelist for bilingual education.

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DMV licensed 800,000 undocumented immigrants under 2-year-old law Share this: Click to print (Opens in new window) Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group In this file photo, Raul Ordonez, 23, of San Rafael, second from left, takes the touch-screen exam as he goes through the process of getting his California driver’s license under AB 60 at the DMV office in San Jose, Calif., on Jan. 31, 2015.

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Ever since Maribel Solache began teaching her own version of driver’s ed in Spanish two years ago, the classes — held around San Diego County — have been jammed. She estimates she’s helped some 3,000 students earn their licenses. But lately, apprehension has smothered that enthusiasm. “More people come with fear. They say ‘what is going to happen to my information?’ ” she said. “I tell them they have to get (their driver licenses) before January 20.

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Los Angeles County officials push back against threats of deportation By Elizabeth Marcellino, City News Service Posted: # Comments LOS ANGELES >> The reconstituted Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 Tuesday to explore strategies to protect county residents from any potential changes in federal immigration policy. Supervisor Hilda Solis recommended the analysis, saying many of her constituents are worried about President-elect Donald Trump’s statements about illegal immigration.

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