How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

CicLAvia and gentrification: Eastside expansion troubles some residents

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East LA business owners Endy (l.) and Jesus Huerta (r.) urge CicLAvia organizers to get more community input as they plan their October event.

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CicLAvia spokesman Robert Bard reassured residents from the Eastside that cyclists come from all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.


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Cyclists and pedestrians climb Wilshire Boulevard in downtown L.A. during the seventh CicLAvia event on June 23, 2013.

Outsiders. Hipster invaders. Gentrifiers.

These are images of CicLAvia riders painted by Eastside residents concerned about the cycling event expanding into their community for the first time on Oct. 5.

These residents say that CicLAvia casts a worrisome spotlight on Boyle Heights and East LA, as the communities grapple with rapid gentrification. With home prices in Los Angeles among the country’s highest, people are increasingly turning to more affordable housing Eastside, to the dismay of long-time residents.

To them, CicLAvia feels like another example of outside forces coming into their community without consulting them.

“It is a genuine concern — the issue of gentrification and the fear that people have that when outsiders come in it’s not with an eye to appreciate what’s there but to snap up what they can,” said Sahra Sulaiman, a community journalist who covers Boyle Heights.


In immigration news: Executive action, a school for newcomers, Border Patrol shootings, more

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A boys holds a U.S. flag as President Barack Obama speaks on immigration at the Chamizal National Memorial on May 10, 2011 in El Paso, Texas. Lawmakers, advocates, experts, lobbyists and business leaders hope to have a stake in what kind of executive action on immigration comes out of the White House in the near future.

Behind Closed Doors, Obama Crafts Executive Actions - New York Times Lobbyists and interest groups have been making their cases privately to President Obama, who stated earlier this summer that he would take action on immigration in the near future. From the story: "White House officials say Mr. Obama has been inclusive as he looks to wield his authority, reaching out to an array of lawmakers, experts and business leaders for a wide range of perspectives to inform his plans for executive actions."

GOPers take on different immigration strategies to woo voters - MSNBC On how Republican candidates might handle immigration as the midterm elections approach. From the story: "A strict stance will still likely play well with the conservative base. But it goes against the GOP’s autopsy report following Mitt Romney’s loss in 2012, and the party’s acknowledgement that it needed to be more inclusive of minorities – particularly Latinos – if it wants to increase its chances of a Republican win in 2016."


As fewer child migrants arrive, Ventura County emergency shelter closes — for now

Central Americans Freed By Border Patrol Depart For Destinations Around The U.S.

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A Salvadoran family waits at a Greyhound bus station for their trip to Houston on July 25, 2014 in McAllen, Texas. After a surge in recent months, the number of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America has dropped sharply, and emergency shelters set up on military bases have closed for the time being. It's unclear if more child migrants will arrive after the summer.

Just two months after it opened, an emergency shelter for unaccompanied child migrants on a naval base in Port Hueneme has closed, at least for the time being.

The 600-bed shelter for minors over age 12 closed Aug. 7, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Many of its occupants have already been reunited with relatives. Those left were placed at existing HHS shelters, said Kenneth Wolfe, a department spokesman.

"We were able to take this step because we have proactively expanded capacity to care for children in standard shelters, which are significantly less costly facilities," Wolfe wrote in an email. "At the same time, we have seen a decrease in the number of children crossing the southwest border."

Ana Garcia of the Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles said that she and other service providers recently met with HHS officials, and was told the majority of the kids at the shelter had been placed with family, with relatively few being transferred to other shelters.


In immigration news: White House talks with biz leaders, border militias, ag labor shortages, more

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A stack of work visas await processing. White House officials are reportedly in talks with business leaders that could affect what kind of executive action President Obama takes on immigration, as is expected in the coming weeks.

Exclusive: White House meets with big biz on immigration - Politico White House officials are reportedly in talks with business leaders that "could expand the executive actions President Barack Obama takes on immigration...Representatives for high-tech, agriculture and construction interests have put forward a range of fixes, from recapturing unused green cards to tweaking existing work authorization programs."

Militias Complicate Situation on Texas Border - ABC News The presence of civilian militias on the busy South Texas border is complicating enforcement efforts, border officials say. From the story: "'How do they identify themselves? Do they have badges? How do we know who they are?' asked J.P. Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office. 'If they're all just dressed in camos, it's kind of hard to distinguish whether they're law enforcement or not... There's a lot of potential for stuff to go wrong.' "


In immigration news: Two years of DACA, 'suspect' border shootings, detained child a US citizen, more

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Young immigrants line on up August 15, 2012 outside the office of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. In the two years since, more than 560,000 young people have obtained temporary legal status and work permits via the federal program.

2 years after the start of DACA, haves and have-nots - Southern California Public Radio The federal program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals kicked off two years ago today, providing more than 560,000 young immigrants so far with temporary legal status and work permits. But among the 10 million immigrants that the program doesn't cover are young people who narrowly missed eligibility. Since 2012, their lives have taken different paths.

Immigration rights groups pressure Dems to stick with Obama - Politico In a letter, a coalition of immigrant rights groups has warned Senate Democrats "not to back away from demands that President Barack Obama act on immigration before the midterm elections. The letter is a response to growing concern among the groups that the Senate leadership will pressure the administration to hold off on taking some of the boldest action until after November." Some Democrats have expressed concern about executive action on immigration affecting their reelection chances.