Immigration & Emerging Communities

Volunteers such as this woman — who's with a group that calls itself "Las Patronas" — throw bags of food and water to migrants in Veracruz, Mexico, who are headed toward the U.S.-Mexico border.

/Courtesy of Deborah Bonello

Meet some of the kids of the migrant crisis

Many kids and teenagers leave Central America to avoid climbing levels of gang violence, extortion and drug trafficking. Sometimes, it's to find their families.

Immigrants Processed At The McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas

Bell to shelter undocumented children; other cities say 'No'

The city of Bell on Wednesday approved a plan to temporarily house 150 immigrant children amid a recent influx of people from Central America. KPCC takes a look at how similar plans are faring elsewhere.

Jeb Bush Testifies At House Hearing On Free Enterprise And Economic Growth

In immigration news: Congress split over migrant children, Jeb Bush's op-ed, con artists target migrant kids' families, American-born gangs, more

Congress divided over deportation of migrant children. Potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush pushes for immigration reform. American-born gangs behind children leaving Central America.

Families of child immigrants being scammed for money

After kids crossing the US border, illegally, get scooped up by the US government, they're brought to detention centers. Now, scammers are contacting families of the kids trying to extort them for money.

Former 'comfort women' tour SoCal, call attention to WW II sex slavery

Two former 'comfort women' go on a U.S. tour, making their first stop in L.A. to show support for a controversial monument to war-time sex slaves in Glendale.

Rubio: US cannot admit all children seeking asylum

Sen. Marco Rubio argued that the nation's immigration laws need to be overhauled and said that Hillary Clinton would be a flawed candidate for president.

Health issues faced by immigrant kids not what you'd think

Politicians charge that the nearly 60,000 unaccompanied minors who've come to the U.S. could put the nation at risk for everything from TB to mumps. Health officials tell a different story.

Banc of California expansion opposed by advocates for minorities, low-income

Community groups want federal regulators to deny Banc of California’s bid to acquire 20 Popular Community Bank branches.

Poll: Recession may be over, but not for Latino families

In spite of the economic recovery, many Latino families aren’t confident about regaining their own economic footing.

In immigration news: Perry to deploy National Guard, flood of court cases, deferred action

Gov. Rick Perry has ordered 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border. Courts flooded with cases of migrant children. Immigrants renewing deportation deferrals.

The costs migrant smugglers pay to get people from Mexico to US

Migration experts and smugglers who charge from $4,000 to $10,000 to move Central Americans to the U.S. say these are some of the payments that must be made.

'The Book of Unknown Americans': A novel about the immigrant story

When we talk about immigration, what's often lost are the stories of the real people who have come to this country in hopes of a better life: their aspirations, losses, frustrations and joys.

Deportation deferrals expiring, immigrants seek to renew status

Deportation deferrals are good for two-years – and starting to expire next month. Immigrants under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals must reapply or lose this special status.

Americans really like Jews. Muslims and atheists? Not so much

A new Pew poll asked how warmly respondents felt toward people of varying religious groups. The answers varied with race, age and political leanings — and not all the feelings were mutual.

In immigration news: Protests, funding for the border crisis, new GOP demands

Hundreds of anti-illegal immigration protests to take place nationwide Friday and Saturday. Republicans hold back from granting Pres. Obama's $3.7 billion to deal with border crisis. Calls to make it easier to deport more unaccompanied minors.

The trouble in Honduras that has children fleeing to the US

One city in Honduras is sending more child immigrants than any other in Central American. Why? An immigrant family talks violence in their homeland.