Alhambra Police Chief Mark Yokoyama pulls up a page on his computer screen — his department's latest foray into social media.
The design of the page resembles the department's Facebook page and posts are limited to 140-characters like on Twitter. But virtually everything is written in Chinese.
"This is the homepage of the Weibo page for the police department," Yokoyama said. "Obviously I can't read this myself."
But many of the city's roughly 30,000 Chinese residents can. Weibo is the most popular microblogging website in China, owed in part to the government's ban on Twitter and Facebook. After moving to the U.S., many immigrants still visit Weibo to stay in touch with friends and relatives in China.
Yokoyama's hope is that immigrants who may not be proficient in English go on Weibo to get everything from updates on crime trends to tips on crime prevention.
A display by immigration reform activists who recently held a fast in Brea, Calif. to pressure lawmakers into voting for an overhaul. While immigration reform is pretty much off the table this year, activists plan to continue their campaign in 2014.
One last immigration push before Congress leaves town - CBS News On Thursday, immigration reform advocates "will gather for one last press conference in the U.S. Capitol and a visit with other activists who have been fasting to protest the lack of a vote in the House and have drawn visits from both President Obama and other congressional leaders." Immigration reform is pretty much off the table this year, but activists plan to continue their campaign in 2014.
Emanuel to fast for 24 hours in support of immigration reform - Chicago Tribune Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is the latest political figure to fast in solidarity with protesters in Washington, D.C. for immigration reform. Emanuel and Latino community leaders in Chicago plan to fast for 24 hours, from Thursday evening to Friday evening.
A panel at the 2013 annual meeting of the Network of Korean-American Leaders featured former fellows. (From l to r.) David Lee, sr. vice president at Best Buy; John Suh, CEO of Legal Zoom; Caroline Choe, CEO of New Bridge Investment and Hanna Yoon, managing director at Jamison Services, Inc.
For a first-time candidate for California's State Assembly, Sam Kang has an unusually far-reaching political machine backing him.
Meet-and-greets have been thrown for him in New York and Washington. This year has seen six Kang fundraisers throughout California, including one this week in Los Angeles.
All events were organized in part by Kang's colleagues at the Network of Korean-American Leaders. Known as NetKAL, the leadership incubator at USC has turned out more than 150 fellows since its inception in 2006 - top professionals from the worlds of finance, technology, law and more.
Alumni of this program receive intensive training sessions over half a year. But arguably the biggest perk of joining NetKAL is the built-in network of individuals working across different fields to strengthen the Korean-American voice in American life.
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Protesters demanding immigration reform greet President Obama during an earlier visit to San Francisco. It's looking like a reform agreement won't be reached this year, as the year draws to a close with no consensus reached in Congress.
Pelosi: Immigration reform on hold - Politico From the story: "House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she spoke with Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday and asked when an overhaul to immigration laws could be considered in the House. 'He told me, yes we have to wait until next year,' Pelosi told reporters on Wednesday morning."
Report: Migrants at border report physical, verbal abuse - Southern California Public Radio Of more than a thousand recently-repatriated migrants surveyed in Mexico, 23 percent reported experiencing some form of verbal abuse after being apprehended by U.S. border agents, including racial slurs. Eleven percent complained of being subject to some form of physical abuse.
Latino groups reject charge that immigration protesters are harassing Republicans - NBC Latino Some GOP lawmakers have complained about immigration activists raising the pitch lately in their protests. From the story: "Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told Politico the activists had killed reform. 'It’s over. It’s dead. They killed it...' " But Latino leaders say the protesters' tactics are justifiable.
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A U.S. Border Patrol truck drives along the fence separating the cities of Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico. A new report is the latest to take aim at the policies of U.S. border agents, with recently-repatriated migrants alleging abuse ranging from physical to verbal.
A new report is the latest to take aim at the policies of U.S. agents on the border, this time in the form of complaints of abuse from more than 1,000 recently-repatriated migrants.
The report was put together by the Immigration Policy Center, a Washington, D.C. -based organization which advocates on behalf of immigrants, with help from the University of Arizona and George Washington University. It tracks and quantifies the alleged abuse of illegal border crossers at the hands of the agents they encounter, with complaints that range from "physical blow" and "non-blow physical force” to verbal abuse and, to a much lesser degree, sexual abuse.
From the report summary:
Overall, we find that the physical and verbal mistreatment of migrants is not a random, sporadic occurrence but, rather, a systematic practice. One indication of this is that 11% of deportees report some form of physical abuse and 23% report verbal mistreatment while in U.S. custody—a finding that is supported by other academic studies and reports from non- governmental organizations.
Another highly disturbing finding is that migrants often note they are the targets for nationalistic and racist remarks—something that in no way is integral to U.S. officials’ ability to function in an effective capacity on a day-to-day basis.