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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.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilman Gil Cedillo, state Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and others look on as the statue of Msgr. Oscar Romero is unveiled Saturday in McArthur Park.
Hundreds of people crowded around the southeast corner of McArthur Park on Saturday, craning their necks to get a glimpse of a newly unveiled statue of late Salvadoran archbishop, Msgr. Oscar Romero.
Romero was an outspoken critic of government repression in his native country in the time leading up to the Salvadoran civil war, which began in 1979. He was gunned down as he celebrated mass in March of 1980.
In the dozen years that followed, many of his countrymen fled the war, a large number of them settling in Los Angeles. Many Salvadoran Americans today consider Romero a martyr and hero – and are pushing for him to be recognized as a saint by the Catholic church.
The statue project was spearheaded by the Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund, which worked closely with Los Angeles city officials to make it happen.
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Regents reject step toward lower migrant tuition - Arizona Republic The Arizona Board of Regents turned down a proposal to reduce the cost of college for students without legal status. Right now, so-called Dreamers have to pay out-of-state tuition rates - which can amount to double the in-state tuition, according to the report. One regent wanted to limit tuition for dreamers to 110 percent of in-state tuition, but there were questions as to whether the move would hold up legally.
John F. Kennedy represented change for the Latino community - Imperial Valley Press On the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, some Latino academics reflect on the appeal of the country's 35th president. Isaac Garcia, Brigham Young University history professor and author of “Viva Kennedy: Mexican Americans in Search of Camelot," explained that Mexican-American activists cultivated the "Viva Kennedy" image to advance their own goals. But, Kennedy realized he needed minority support to win the election, and a day before he was killed, made a brief appearance at a dinner held by League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) to show his appreciation.
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Kent Tam, a recent graduate and Justino Mora, a student at UCLA were members of Team "Push for Reform" at the DREAMer Hackathon hosted by Fwd.us. The young coders won the award for best advocacy tool for a Web application that informs constituents about how their politicians stand on immigation reform.
Two LA coders were winners in a 25-hour hackathon competition that asked 'Dreamers' brought illegally to the United States as children to come up with ways to help the immigration reform movement.
Kent Tam, a graduate of UCLA, and Justino Mora, who is currently enrolled at the school, were part of a team that won the award for best “advocacy” tool at the DREAMer Hackathon, hosted by Fwd.us. The pro-immigration reform advocacy group was co-founded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Tam, Mora and their teammates created a web application that allows users to enter their zip code to see who represents them in Congress, as well as where those representatives stand on immigration reform. Each member of Congress gets a letter grade, based on information from Fwd.us and the Sunlight Foundation, a government watchdog group.