Immigration & Emerging Communities


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LA's immigration courts overwhelmed by child migrant cases


L.A. courts more than 46,000 cases the L.A. courts are currently dealing with. L.A. has the largest share of pending immigration cases, making it the busiest jurisdiction in the country.

Top Metropolitan Area Destinations for Vietnamese Immigrants in the United States, 2008-12

40 percent of nation's Vietnamese immigrants call California home


A quarter of the country's Vietnamese immigrants live in Orange, Los Angeles and Santa Clara counties.

Many Native groups have called for the team to change its name, which is an old slur for American Indians.

Which outlets aren't calling The Redskins 'The Redskins'?

The Washington Post was the latest big media outlet to for a ban on references to the NFL team's name, this stance goes back to the 90s.

Bound by freeways, Chinatown pedestrians face heightened danger

As a retiree without a car, Grace Yin walks the streets of Chinatown every day, and never lets her guard down. Everywhere, she said, there are careless drivers. A relative was hit crossing Broadway and Cesar Chavez Avenue several years ago.

Brown announces legislation to provide migrants kids with legal help

California state officials and lawmakers have introduced a plan that would provide money for pro-bono legal assistance to recently arrived unaccompanied child migrants.

California would delete old immigration language

A new bill by Democratic Sen. Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles would remove outdated language on the books referencing the controversial and now defunct Proposition 187.

CicLAvia and gentrification: Eastside expansion troubles some residents

Since 2010, thousands of bicyclists have embraced CicLAVia events. But as event organizers plan their first foray into the Eastside, reactions have ranged from trepidation to resentment.

Shelter in Ventura County closes as rush of child migrants slows

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

Report: White House didn't OK immigrant releases

The lack of communication led the Obama administration to wrongly deny for weeks that 2,228 immigrants facing deportation had been released, according to a report on Tuesday.

Glendale wins legal battle over monument to WW II 'comfort women'

The bronze monument to women who worked in Japanese military brothels during WW II will stay in Glendale's Central Park.

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown discussion asks: What photo would media use?

A killing in suburban St. Louis leads people to tweet "dueling" photos of themselves – one where the subject looks wholesome, and another where the same person might seem like a troublemaker.

Fear, shame prevent undocumented Asian immigrants from finding legal help

Many illegal immigrants are coming from Asia, and some them say it's hard to be open about their status, which causes problems when it comes to seeking help.

Most Asian immigrants bypass deportation help

An estimated 1.3 million Asians are in the country illegally, but most are not applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

In immigration news: Executive action, GOP political dilemma, migrant children and trauma

How far can the President go on executive actions? Why would he make a move before the mid-term elections?

Trauma plagues many immigrant kids in U.S. illegally

Social service agencies and nonprofits are scrambling to figure out what they need to do to help the thousands of immigrant children who have come to the U.S. in recent months.

In immigration news: Influx of migrant children eases, court backlog continues

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows 70 percent of Americans think immigrants in the country threaten its culture, economy. Immigration courts deal with bottleneck of migrant children's cases. States offer to house these children as they are placed with sponsors.