Immigration reform demonstrators hold signs in Washington, D.C., October 8, 2013. With no vote yet on a immigration overhaul, an alliance that has evolved between left-leaning immigration reform advocates and right-leaning church, business and other groups that have pushed Congress for an immigration vote could be losing steam.
Right-left immigration alliance fraying - Politico Conservative-leaning activists from churches, business and other groups have been applying pressure to lawmakers in hopes of pushing a vote on immigration reform, but "with an overhaul seeming less likely with each passing day, liberal immigration groups say their allies on the right aren’t going far enough."
Otay protest targets immigration policy - UT San Diego In another one in a series of border protests that began last year, 21 young people in graduation garb presented themselves at the Otay Mesa border crossing in San Diego on Monday and requested asylum. Many had been deported; they said they "would have qualified for deportation reprieve under new federal immigration policy but missed it because of circumstances or technicalities." They were taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
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In this file photo, a man holds a Guatemalan flag during a parade for Independence Day in Guatemala City on September 15, 2012. Guatemalan government officials are planning to open a new consulate in San Bernardino by July, which could make it easier for consular staff to visit Guatemalan nationals who are awaiting or fighting deportation.
Guatemalan government officials are planning to open a new consulate in San Bernardino, which will serve a growing population of Guatemalan immigrants in the Inland Empire.
The new consulate is expected to open by July. Guatemalan officials said it will serve immigrants not only in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, where Guatemalan Americans number roughly 30,000 according to the 2010 census, but also in Orange and San Diego counties.
Southern California is home to the largest number of Guatemalans outside their native country, said Los Angeles consul general Pablo Garcia Saenz.
"For the Guatemalan government, it is very important, the south of California," Garcia Saenz said. "Why? Because 700,000 people from Guatemala are living in the south of California."
In addition to the consulate in Los Angeles, the only other Guatemalan consulate in California is located in San Francisco.
Garcia Saenz said the new consulate will save travel time for Guatemalans in the Inland Empire and other Southern California counties, who now spend hours traveling back and forth from Los Angeles for passports and other services.
Another reason for the new location: San Bernardino County is home to the Adelanto Detention Facility, a large federal immigrant detention center.
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Students walk across the campus of UCLA on April 23, 2012. A Democratic-backed state proposal that would reinstate affirmative action in California public universities has upset some Asian Americans, who fear their children may lose their spots to other ethnic groups. Backers of the proposal say this isn't the case.
Affirmative action amendment has some Asian-Americans furious - Southern California Public Radio A Democratic-backed state proposal that would reinstate affirmative action in California universities has upset some Asian Americans, primarily Chinese American groups who believe their children would lose their spots in college to other ethnic groups. Backers of the proposed state constitutional amendment say this isn't the case.
Immigrant detainees continue hunger strike - Associated Press Hundreds of detainees at a Tacoma, Wash. immigrant detention center have been on a hunger strike since Friday, protesting their treatment. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees are being housed at the Northwest Detention Center, a contract facility operated by a private prison company.
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Some Asian-American parents worry that race-conscious admissions will make it harder for their children to get into top-ranked public universities such as UCLA.
A proposal to reinstate affirmative action at California’s public universities is riling some Asian-American groups more than any recent political issue, with critics unleashing their anger on social media and in protests and public meetings.
At issue is a Democrat-backed bill that would lift a 1996 ban keeping University of California and California State University schools from considering race or ethnicity in admissions and recruitment.
SCA 5 – short for Senate Constitutional Amendment 5 – passed on a party-line vote in the state Senate late January, and if it’s approved by the Assembly, Californians could vote on the issue as early as this year.
But opponents — the most vocal being Chinese-American groups — are lobbying Assembly members to stop the measure from ever getting on the ballot. They predict their children would lose deserved college spots to “underrepresented” minorities such as Latinos and African-Americans if race-based admissions were to return.
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U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, left, discuss their immigration strategy with reporters at Los Angeles City Hall, Friday, March 7, 2014. At right are Maria Elena Durazo of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, ALF-CIO, and U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn.
On Friday, two House Democratic leaders discussed the next steps in their push for an immigration overhaul with Los Angeles city and community leaders.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic congressman Xavier Becerra of Los Angeles visited City Hall, where they met with Mayor Eric Garcetti, immigrant advocates and others. In a meeting with reporters afterward, they detailed their likely strategy for trying to force a House vote on immigration.
It involves what's called a discharge petition, a procedural maneuver that would require 218 votes to succeed. If successful, it would force a vote on a pending Democratic-backed House immigration bill similar to the comprehensive bill approved last summer in the Senate, with a path to legal status for unauthorized immigrants, and eventually to U.S. citizenship.