Immigration & Emerging Communities

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Graham Clark

In immigration news: Child migrants without legal counsel, Arizona driver's license appeal, Asian American GOP group, more

Many recently arrived child migrants having their cases heard in immigration court have no attorney; state and federal initiatives plan funds for more access. This and more.

Mexican consulates, like this one in Houston, are helping some unauthorized immigrants from Mexico pay application fees for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Mexico pays to help its citizens avoid deportation from US

Applying to the program for immigrants illegally brought to the U.S. as children provides a work permit and prevents deportation, but costs $465.

A U.S. Border Patrol Agent in September 2011, along the Mexico-Arizona border.

In immigration news: Arizona policies in court, Obamacare coverage, driver's licenses

Obama administration to weigh in Arizona immigration policies in court. Advocates say immigrants weren't given proper warning they could lose Obamacare coverage. N.J. Gov. Christie asked to allow driver's licenses for immigrants in country illegally.

Calif. to offer legal assistance for immigrant children

A bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown will provide $3 million to nonprofits that offer free legal assistance to unaccompanied child immigrants from Central America.

Immigrants without legal status able to apply for professional licenses in CA

A new California law requires that, no later than 2016, about 40 state boards must consider applicants, even if they lack legal immigration status.

In immigration news: Legal help for migrant kids, high bar for asylum seekers, immigrants in the military, more

Legislation signed by Gov. Brown is to provide $3 million in funds for nonprofits to help provide legal counsel for minors in deportation. This and more.

Gov. Brown signs bill for lawyers for immigrant kids

Gov. Jerry Brown says he has signed into law a bill to help fund lawyers for unaccompanied children in immigration proceedings.

Sears project stirs gentrification talk in Boyle Heights

A plan to turn the historic Sears building into a mixed-use space has created concerns about gentrification. But some say that Boyle Heights will be more resistant to change than other neighborhoods.

Monrovia military contractor employees out of work after ICE audit

Employees of a Monrovia company that makes products for the U.S. military say they're out of jobs after a federal immigration audit. But such audits have dropped since last year.

In immigration news: Sanctuary movement, Asian Americans on affirmative action, new detention center, more

A growing number of churches are reviving what's called the Sanctuary Movement, with houses of worship opening their doors to immigrants facing deportation. This and more.

In immigration news: California DMV gears up for license demand, empty prisons and detention profits, anti-Muslim ads in NYC, more

The California DMV could hire as many as 1,000 new employees to meet demand as new driver's licenses for immigrants in the US illegally become available in January. This and more.

California DMV hiring 900 to serve immigrant drivers

The DMV is also opening four new processing centers and putting employees through diversity training.

California DMV moving forward with immigrant driver's licenses

California DMV moves forward with immigrant driver's licenses, after feds approve design changes

Scientist IDs bodies of migrants, helping families find closure

Lori Baker uses DNA samples to track down the loved ones of immigrants who died on their journeys. "I would love not to do this anymore, but I don't think I have it in me not to," she says.

Not just for adults: 80 kids take citizenship oath

Children become eligible for naturalization if their foreign-born parents naturalize, or if they've been adopted by Americans.

In immigration news: LA joins citizenship initiative, Border Patrol body cameras, an ISIS fact check, more

Los Angeles is participating in a “Cities for Citizenship" project, with $1.1 billion in funding from corporate partner Citigroup. This and more.