Immigration & Emerging Communities

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Campus protests sparked by national conversation around race

The recent wave of student protests began at the University of Missouri. But students at Occidental and Claremont McKenna say they were organized long before that.


Study finds more Mexicans leaving the US than coming


The Pew Research Center's findings mark a reversal of one of the most significant immigration trends in the nation's history.

Yvonne Orji of HBO's 'Insecure'

Lessons on first-gen life from Yvonne Orji of 'Insecure'


When Yvonne Orji told her parents she was going to be a comedian, they cried. Since then, her story has inspired "first gens" all over the world.

LA immigrants react to court ruling against Obama immigration plan

The plan would give temporary legal status to millions. Los Angeles immigrants and their advocates are now pinning their hopes on the United States Supreme Court.

LA officials launch campaign to encourage citizenship

"Protect Yourself: Citizenship Now!" is a committee of five organizations that provide citizenship-related services, including in Spanish and Asian Pacific Islander languages.

County supervisors to consider a push for arts diversity

County board votes to create a task force that would study how to make local arts institutions better reflect the region's ethnic mix

How TV is redefining who we think of as 'American'

After a century in the shadows, immigrants are stepping into the primetime spotlight. Code Switch takes a look at the past and present of immigrants on TV.

At this Orange County sandwich shop, a Vietnamese pop star drops banh mi

Lynda Trang Dai, known as the "Vietnamese Madonna," performs around the world. Back home in California, she's the only one to whip up her sandwiches' secret sauce.

LA street vendors sue over seized carts, merchandise

The ACLU and other legal groups say vendors' rights are being violated when private security guards and local police seize their property.

LA city panel weighs options for legalizing street vending

The city has resisted legalization for more than 20 years. Now, L.A.'s Economic Development Committee is examining ways a legal program might work.

Is Day of the Dead too Americanized?

Prepping for Halloween? It's probably a good bet that some of you will have costumes that include colorfully painted skulls, or dancing skeletons. 

Day of the Dead: Altar honors immigrants who died on their journey

This Dia de los Muertos, or "Day of the Dead," Mujeres de la Tierra will host an altar dedicated to immigrants who have died seeking a better life.

Orange County refugee agencies preparing for Syrians

Southern California refugee groups gear up for receiving Syrian refugees and immigrants in the next year as the U.S. commits to accepting more.

3 ways the city of LA might legalize street vending

A new report outlines ways the city could legalize street vendors. It includes a plan to legalize the industry citywide or to create special districts for vendors.

Pio Pico: A life as big as the 2-time governor's needs 2 graves

He lived nearly a century, overthrew two governors, and gambled $25,000 on a single race. Maybe it isn't surprising that he needed two graves.

Boyle Heights flood: Residents point to clogged storm drains

Neighbors on a street that flooded Monday say they need a better response from the city. Councilman Jose Huizar responded with a motion to step up street sweeps.