Faith, labor and civic leaders join in group prayer at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. (From l. to r.) Bishop Ki Hyung Han of Korean Methodist Churches USA; Hyepin Im, President of Korean Churches for Community Development; Marielena Hincapie of the National Immigration Law Center; Former U.S. Secretary Hilda Solis; LA Chamber of Commerce Chairman Alan Rothenberg and Maria Elena Durazo of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.
With the clock running out on immigration reform this year, a group of high-profile labor, faith and civic leaders from Los Angeles tried to bring urgency to the issue by joining a 24-hour fast.
Dozens of participants squeezed into a gilded chapel within the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Tuesday morning, invited there by Archbishop Jose Gomez, himself a Mexican immigrant who advocates a pathway to citizenship for people in the country illegally.
After speeches and a group prayer, Gomez told KPCC that many of the pastors present would be asking their congregations to participate in the national “Fast for Families” campaign taking place this month. He and others described the lack of immigration reform as a moral crisis that is leading to deportations and breaking up families.
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US President Barack Obama speaks at a Democratic Party fundraising event in San Francisco, Calif. on Monday, November 25, 2013. A speech the same day in which Obama addressed immigration reform drew an interesting exchange with a young heckler, who said U.S. immigration policies prevented him from seeing his family.
As Obama makes turn to immigration, protests that he's not doing enough - CNN President Obama is renewing his push for immigration reform, a theme he stressed while speaking in San Francisco on Monday. But "even as he made his pitch at a recreation center serving mainly Chinese-Americans in San Francisco, Obama was loudly interrupted by a group who says the President's not doing enough to end deportations of undocumented immigrants."
Transcript and Video: Obama Debates Protester Over Deportations - Wall Street Journal A transcript and video of President Barack Obama’s Monday immigration speech in San Francisco and his much-talked-about exchange with a heckler who was protesting deportations: "The man later identified himself as Ju Hong, and said immigration law kept him from seeing his family for Thanksgiving."
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Performers in the 2011 Tet parade in Westminster. Controversy is brewing over the current organizer's ban on members of the LGBT community participating as a contingent in the 2014 parade.
Hieu Nguyen was caught off guard when organizers of the last Tet parade in Westminster barred him and other Vietnamese-Americans from marching openly as members of the gay community.
But after learning the Vietnamese American Federation of Southern California plans to run the parade for a second year in the row — and keep the ban in place — he had a different reaction.
"We're very determined to not be sidelined again," Nguyen said.
Earlier this year, Nguyen co-founded Viet Rainbow of Orange County. The group is now pressuring parade organizers to include LGBT marchers in its Feb. 2014 march. One tactic is reaching out to its business sponsors. Already, Nguyen said, a bank and a car dealership have told him they plan to pull their sponsorships this year.
Other organizations are working to build support for Viet Rainbow in and out of Orange County. The Democratic Party of Orange County said it passed a resolution urging public officials to sit out the parade.
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President Obama will focus on immigration reform in a speech Monday in San Francisco's Chinatown.
Obama visits San Francisco during his toughest times - San Francisco Chronicle President Obama returns to San Francisco for fund-raisers and a speech on immigration reform in San Francisco's Chinatown. Protesters are expected to greet him at the Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center. Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education (ASPIRE) is among the groups that believes the president can deploy his executive power. From the story: "Congress has been very ineffective at moving on immigration, but we believe that Obama can't continue to hide behind Congress on this issue," said ASPIRE's May Liang. The president is expected to travel to Los Angeles in the evening.
Legal resources scarce for immigration detainees - The California Report Immigration law is not only high-stakes but extremely complicated. But "very few people being held in immigration detention have a lawyer, usually because they can't afford one," according to the story. Detainees end up doing their own research in the prison law library and use do-it-yourself legal guides that allow them to apply for appeals for their immigration cases.
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Congregants from the diverse evangelical churches that worship in the Harbor Christian Fellowship building in Costa Mesa, Calif. enjoy an after-church Thanksgiving potluck, Nov. 24, 2013.
Evangelical Christians have made headlines this year with their increased involvement in immigration reform efforts. One reason: The growing presence of Latinos and other minority groups who have embraced evangelism, with their presence influencing the discussion.
These changing demographics — and changing congregations — aren't hard to spot in Southern California. Take, for example, the west side of Costa Mesa, where a group of congregants sat down Sunday in a church parking lot to a Thanksgiving feast of fried chicken and chicken mole, pozole and pizza — a meal as diverse as the crowd itself.
The parking lot belongs to the Harbor Christian Fellowship, an evangelical congregation that's better known these days as Iglesia Harbor, Spanish for "Harbor Church." Housed under the same roof is a mix of evangelical churches emblematic of this evolving corner of Orange County.