In a crisp white shirt and tie, Ivan Ceja looks every bit the political operative. One afternoon in early August, he fielded calls at the campaign office of George McKenna, who won a seat this week on the L.A. School Board.
Ivan worked as an office manager and field coordinator for the campaign. It's the second political job he's held so far since he obtained temporary legal status and a work permit almost two years ago, through a program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
“If I hadn’t had DACA, I’d probably still be protesting in the streets, with a lot of my friends and organizers that I met," said Ceja, 22. "I wouldn’t be working here, that’s for sure. I wouldn’t have my license, so I would probably still be taking the bus. I’d probably still be working construction and, uh, being creative. I don’t know, it’s really hard for me to say.”
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U.S.-bound Central American immigrants ride north on top of a freight train on August 6, 2013 near Juchitan, Mexico. A new academic study suggests that where immigrants come from plays a role in public anxiety over immigration.
The data on white anxiety over Hispanic immigration - Washington Post An academic study suggests that public anxiety driven by immigration news doesn't just concern the rule of law. From the story: "When immigrants are Hispanic, white Americans worry a lot more...Unsurprisingly, those who read a negatively-toned immigration story expressed less support for immigration. But the impact of seeing a negative story featuring a Mexican immigrant was double the size of a negative story about the Russian Immigrant."
Democrats to White House: Immigration's your call - Politico As President Obama weighs taking executive action on immigration, some Senate Democrats have concerns about the political fallout. From the story: "...there’s palpable fear that Obama could cause trouble for the Senate’s most vulnerable Democrats if he decides to circumvent Congress before the elections to make immigration changes through executive action. Such a move could complicate the reelection bids of Democrats in red states like Arkansas, North Carolina, Louisiana and Alaska."
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Two men discovered Tuesday in the trunk of a car at the San Ysidro border crossing near San Diego have died. Both men were Mexican citizens.
2 Men Dead After Attempting To Cross San Ysidro Border In Car Trunk - KPBS Two men who were discovered in the trunk of an orange 2012 Dodge Challenger around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday were found not breathing when officials came across them. One man died at the scene, and the other at a hospital near the San Diego-area border crossing. Both men were Mexican citizens.
5 Things to Know About Immigration and the U.S. Economy - NBC News A few immigration facts as Congress takes its August break while President Obama weighs executive action on immigration reform. Among them: "Less than half of all immigrants are Hispanic or Latino. As of 2012, more than 40 million immigrants lived in the United States – but just 46 percent, or roughly 18 million, of these immigrants were Hispanic."
On Immigration, G.O.P. Starts to Embrace Tea Party - New York Times From the story: "A legislative year in which Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio set out to publicly marginalize the more vocal right-wing members of his conference ended with them emboldened, and with new leaders ready to bring the right back into the fold."
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President Barack Obama speaks on immigration reform beside Vice President Joe Biden, right, in the Rose Garden of the White House on June 30, 2014. Obama has said he plans to take some kind of executive action on immigration in the near future.
Two Ways President Obama Could Act On Immigration - NPR President Obama is expected to take some kind of executive action on immigration by the end of the summer. Legal experts and advocates say this could include changes such as expanding temporary legal status under the deferred action program to a larger group of people, or allowing people who are in the U.S. illegally to apply to adjust their status without having to leave the country.
GOP Ads Go On Attack Over Border - Wall Street Journal From the story: "New television ads by Republican Senate candidates in Arkansas and New Hampshire blame the recent surge of illegal immigration on Democratic support for 'amnesty.' And in Maine, Republican Gov. Paul LePage is bashing his Democratic challenger for supporting government welfare for illegal immigrants."
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A judge said Glendale is within its rights to have a statue recognizing the 'comfort women' forced to serve the Japanese army in World War II.
Glendale's bronze monument to wartime sex slaves won't be moving from its perch in the city's Central Park anytime soon.
A federal judge last week dismissed a lawsuit suing the city to remove the monument honoring 'comfort women' used by Japan's military during World War II.
The statue — of a Korean girl seated next to an empty chair — is touted as the first memorial to comfort women on the West Coast. There are also monuments in New Jersey and Virginia — all built to raise awareness about the women's plight and to pressure current Japanese leadership to apologize for its military's role.
The plaintiffs in the Glendale suit – resident Michiko Shiota Gingery and the conservative, pro-Japan group Global Alliance for Historical Truth — had argued that the city had overstepped its bounds by engaging in an international debate over the treatment of comfort women. More specifically, according to the complaint, "Glendale has taken a position at odds with the expressed position of the Japanese Government.”