Immigration & Emerging Communities

Street vendor Boyle Heights meeting - 1

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LA resumes debate on legalized street vending


A city-sponsored public hearing brought out street vendors and those who oppose the idea of legalizing the industry in Los Angeles.

Ethnic Water Conservation - 1

For local immigrants, water conservation comes easy

Some grew up with drought, others with an unreliable water supply, in countries where water consumption is much lower than in the U.S.

Obama immigration

Court won't lift hold on Obama executive action on immigration

The states suing to block the plan, led by Texas, argue that Obama acted outside his authority and that the changes would force them to invest more in law enforcement, health care and education.

Spouses of high-skilled visa holders can apply for jobs

Until now, spouses of foreign workers who hold an H1B visa could not work in the US. A new rule allows many to apply for work permits.

Salvadorans will celebrate Romero's step toward sainthood

The late Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador will be beatified by the Catholic Church on Saturday. Locals have planned festivities to mark the occasion.

Immigrant family's hope on hold after president's promises

The executive actions President Obama announced six months ago would protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, but those actions are on hold.

Ryu's City Council win shows growing clout of Asian American voters in LA

David Ryu is the first-ever Korean American City councilmember and its first Asian American representative in 2 decades.

Different definitions of diversity as City Hall runoff election nears

On Tuesday, voters will choose the final member of LA's city council. The winner will be either an Asian American or a woman - both rarities on the council.

9 months after new policy, migrant youth still face high deportation rate

Data obtained by KPCC show that most youth in Los Angeles are being denied relief and are still facing the courts without an attorney, despite a change in policy.

Bill endorsing undocumented immigrants to serve in military splits GOP

Some members of Congress would like to allow immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally to serve in the armed forces. But some Republicans are threatening to hold up a key defense bill over it.

Rising share of Hispanics speak proficient English, report finds

A Pew Research Center report found 68 percent of Hispanics spoke only English at home or spoke English very well in 2013, up from 59 percent in 2000.

Nepal earthquake still being felt strongly in Artesia

Artesia, which has a strong South Asian presence, has launched its own relief efforts. City council members will consider directing city funds to a donation pool.

A podcast asks 'what is a good Muslim anyway'?

With their podcast "#GoodMuslimBadMuslim," hosts Zahra Noorbakhsh and Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed want to shake up labels. Ahmed says, "We're taking the good and we're sort of re-imagining it for ourselves."

US: Work permits issued after immigration action delayed

The U.S. government says it "erroneously" awarded three-year work permits to 2,000 people under President Obama's immigration action after a judge had put the plan on hold.

Airplane cabin cleaners sue over English-only rule

The lawsuit alleges that a Gate Gourmet manager barred workers from speaking Spanish after the company landed a contract to clean Delta Air Lines planes at LAX.

A look at where the 2016 hopefuls stand on immigration

Immigration is a big issue during presidential campaigns. Here's a glimpse at where Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and other candidates stand.