How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: LA County renews 287(g) contract with ICE, Asian American voters, unidentified migrants, more

ICE Holds Immigrants At Adelanto Detention Facility

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Immigrants prepare to be unshackled at the Adelanto Detention Facility on November 15, 2013 in Adelanto, California. Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to stick with a controversial federal-local immigration enforcement program known as 287(g), which allows trained deputies to screen inmates' immigration status in local jails.

LA County Supes renew controversial partnership between Sheriff's Dept. and ICE - Southern California Public Radio The Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to stick with a controversial federal-local immigration enforcement program known as 287(g), which allows trained deputies to screen inmates' immigration status in local jails. Los Angeles one of just two counties in the state to still use the program, and one of a relative handful in the country.

The increasingly important Asian-American vote, in 5 charts - Washington Post Despite historically low turnout, "in a 2014 contest that will come down to voter turnout and engagement and will likely be decided on the slimmest of margins in some states, Asian Americans could punch above their weight. In a state like Virginia, for instance, they are 6 percent of the population. In Illinois and Minnesota, they are 5 percent, and in Georgia they are 4 percent."

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LA County Supes renew controversial partnership between Sheriff's Dept. and ICE

Undocumented Immigrants To U.S. Repatriated To Guatemala

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Supporters of the federal-local enforcement partnership known as in 287(g) in L.A. County jails say the program can identify deportable inmates that that Secure Communities might miss - and that this helps with the cost of incarcerating them, as the county gets partially reimbursed for jailing foreign-born criminals.

LA Supes Protest 287G

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Protesters turned their backs on the LA County Board of Supervisors to show disapproval of a motion to renew a controversial partnership between the LA County Sheriff's Department and federal immigration officials.

287G LA Supes Vote

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Supervisors Gloria Molina and Michael Antonovich (pictured) joined Don Knabe voting in favor of renewing the 287(g) program. Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Zev Yaroslavsky abstained.


The Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to stick with a controversial federal-local immigration enforcement program known as 287(g), making Los Angeles one of just two counties in the state to still use it — and one of a relative handful in the country.

Supervisors Gloria Molina, Michael Antonovich and Don Knabe voted in favor of renewing the program. Mark Ridley-Thomas and Zev Yaroslavsky abstained.  

Dozens of people commented before the vote, virtually all of them speaking against the 287(g) program. At one point, protesters turned their backs on the supervisors, to show their disapproval of the county's partnership with federal immigration officials.

Named for a section of the immigration law that authorizes it, 287(g) essentially deputizes county cops to perform immigration enforcement tasks. It's been used by the Sheriff’s Department in local jails since 2005, with deputies trained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to screen convicted inmates in the jail system for their immigration status.

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In immigration news: Some immigrants feel Ebola backlash, fewer jails holding immigrants for feds, family detention center criticized, more

A mock patient is wheeled in an isolation pod during a drill at the biocontainment unit in the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

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A mock patient is wheeled in an isolation pod during a drill at the biocontainment unit in the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

In Dallas, African immigrants worry about backlash from Ebola case -Reuters After a Liberian man was admitted to a hospital last month in Dallas with Ebola virus, making him the first known U.S. patient, African immigrants there say they've noticed changing attitudes toward them: "Some African immigrants in Dallas, while saying they are thankful to the United States and its people for taking them in, say handshakes are fewer and curious glances more frequent since Thomas Eric Duncan was admitted to hospital last month with Ebola. "

New Mexico Immigration Lockup Draws Criticism - Associated Press From the story: "The detainees at the Artesia Family Residential Center...are growing increasingly frustrated that they are being held with no end in sight while earlier border-crossers were released with orders to contact immigration officials later." Officials say the facility could stay open until next summer; it was initially planned as a temporary place to hold women and children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America.

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In immigration news: Obama promises executive action, private lawyers take on child migrant cases, border agent charged, more

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Speaking Thursday night at a Congressional Hispanic Caucus event, President Barack Obama insisted he'd take solo action on immigration, and expressed frustration with the lack of movement on legislation.

Obama: I’ll take executive action on immigration between the midterms and end of the year - Washington Post Speaking Thursday night at a Congressional Hispanic Caucus event President Obama insisted he'd take solo action on immigration and expressed frustration with the lack of movement on legislation: "...if anybody wants to know where my heart is or whether I want to have this fight, let me put those questions to rest right now. I am not going to give up this fight until it gets done," Obama said. "I know the pain of families torn apart because we live with a system that’s broken."

New Mission for Lawyers: Free Aid to Young Immigrants - Wall Street Journal Some attorneys at large private firms and corporations have been volunteering their time to represent unaccompanied child migrants, many of whom are now in immigration court proceedings with no legal counsel. From the story: "Since late July, when a wave of Central American minors surged at the border, lawyers who regularly bill hundreds of dollars an hour have been packing training sessions to learn immigration law and take on the children's cases."

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A crackdown on illegal pharmaceuticals prompts warnings to consumers

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Seized illegal pharmaceuticals on display at the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, Oct. 2, 2014.

Law enforcement officials in Los Angeles are cracking down on black market pharmaceutical sales, prosecuting sellers and warning the public to steer clear of illicit medicines.

The Los Angeles City Attorney's office announced Thursday that it has filed criminal charges in several recent cases involving illegal pharmaceuticals, which vary from antibiotics to pain medicines to birth control pills. These unregulated drugs can found for sale at swap meets, even at mom-and-pop stores.

"It's very important that those who would dispense these medications know that we are coming after them, and we will vigorously prosecute them," said City Attorney Mike Feuer. "And it's important for us to educate the community about stopping the demand altogether for these medications, and that there are other ways to get these medications than relying on a swap meet or a neighborhood store."

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