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As LA students head back to school, LAUSD has message for immigrants: ‘We stand together’

By | August 15th, 2017|Education, Immigration|

The Los Angeles Unified School District is making visible what it’s so far said in words: that immigrant students and their families are welcome at Los Angeles schools.

When students start the new school year today, they’ll walk through entrances decked with 6-foot-tall banners featuring the Statue of Liberty, long the symbol of new opportunity for

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‘We don’t feel OK here’: Detainee deaths, suicide attempts and hunger strikes plague California immigration facility

By | August 8th, 2017|Immigration|

Alexander Burgos Mejia was in his bunk at the Adelanto Detention Facility on a Tuesday evening in July when he heard a guard scream.

Walking into a common room, Burgos Mejia saw a man hanging from the second floor with a bedsheet around his neck, he recalled in an interview. A female guard was trying to

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LA leader to Feds: ‘We’ll have to sue’ if you don’t clarify new sanctuary rules

By | August 8th, 2017|Immigration|

Los Angeles could be barred from receiving an annual federal grant that goes toward fighting gang crime because of new Justice Department requirements on illegal immigration, with City Attorney Mike Feuer saying Monday the city might file a lawsuit if those requirements aren’t clarified by the end of the week.

Feuer sent a letter to Department

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Sessions Scolds Chicago for Suing Over ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Threat

By | August 8th, 2017|Immigration|

CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel sued the Justice Department on Monday over President Trump’s threat to cut off federal grants for so-called sanctuary cities like Chicago, calling it an attack against public safety and the city’s conscience.

Hours later, Attorney General

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Attorney general threatens to punish Stockton, San Bernardino and other ‘sanctuary cities’

By | August 4th, 2017|Immigration, Police & Community|

In another move to pressure cities into cooperating with immigration enforcement, the U.S. Department of Justice threatened Thursday to withhold crime-fighting help from four cities — including two in California — if they refuse to help federal agents target jail inmates suspected of being in the country illegally.

But the

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LA sheriff fears Trump ‘sanctuary city’ crackdown could cost county $132 million

By | August 4th, 2017|Immigration, Police & Community|

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell says he has been lobbying President Donald Trump’s administration to avoid potentially losing out on as much as $132 million in federal law enforcement grants over the next three years due to the department’s immigration policies.

During recent trips to Washington D.C., McDonnell said he has met with U.S. Attorney

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A Game of Cat and Mouse With High Stakes: Deportation

By | August 4th, 2017|Immigration, Police & Community|

There’s a new game afoot.

The federal government’s current emphasis on deporting undocumented immigrants — even those facing low-level charges — has, in effect, turned courthouses in New York State into arenas where practitioners of criminal law face off against enforcers of immigration law.

In

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Trump Supports Plan to Cut Legal Immigration by Half

By | August 3rd, 2017|Immigration|

WASHINGTON — President Trump embraced a proposal on Wednesday to slash legal immigration to the United States in half within a decade by sharply curtailing the ability of American citizens and legal residents to bring family members into the country.

The plan would enact the most far-reaching changes

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LA could lose federal funds for refusing new immigration rules. But is that legal?

By | August 1st, 2017|Immigration|

Los Angeles officials on Monday questioned the legality of tougher rules announced last week that would require cities to work more closely with federal immigration officials in order to receive public safety related grants.

The city each year typically receives federal funds, known as Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grants, to fight gang crime, as long

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Prosecutors’ Dilemma: Will Conviction Lead to ‘Life Sentence of Deportation’?

By | August 1st, 2017|Immigration, Police & Community|

The drunken-driving case seemed straightforward, the kind that prosecutors in Seattle convert into a quick guilty plea hundreds of times a year: a swerving car, a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit, a first-time offense that caused no injuries.

The only complication was the driver. A

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