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.

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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The University of California filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for ending DACA.

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California plans its own lawsuit against the federal government because it is disproportionately harmed by President Trump's plan to end DACA, according to Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra.

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The Immigrant Tenant Protection Act, a bill by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, passed the California Senate.

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California Immigrant Policy Center report examines immigrants’ profound contributions to California’s economic, social, and community fabric. 

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California law enforcement officers will be prohibited from detaining crime victims or witnesses on immigration violations under a state bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature.

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Facing eviction or sky-high rent increases, immigrants across the state are getting deportation threats from landlords.

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California Immigrant Policy Center report spanning 20 years of CA pro-immigration reform. 

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More people were arrested in this region in June than in any other month this year.

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As of June 2017, California has issued more than 900,000 driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants under Assembly Bill 60.

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The lawsuits challenge as unlawful new conditions that would require cities to provide federal immigration officials access to local detention facilities to interrogate any immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally.

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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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