Immigration & Emerging Communities


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Immigrants prep to apply for state professional licenses


Under California law, immigrants without legal status can apply for professional licenses. That's brought a new crop of students to one cosmetology school in Downey.

Gemcoin: Regulator orders digital currency firm to 'desist and refrain'


The alleged fraud scheme by U.S. Fine Investment Arts, Inc. involved a currency dubbed "Gemcoin" that was said to be backed by the value of the gemstone amber.

What an Asian immigrant majority means for the future of California

Asians will soon outnumber Latino immigrants coming to the U.S., that’s according to a new study on census data by the Pew Research Center. How will this shape U.S. culture over the next few decades?

Banksy's 'Dismaland' to be dismantled and sent to refugee camp in France

All of the structures from the park will be sent to a refugee camp in Calais, France, to help build shelters.

Do business in LA parks, beaches? You need a permit

The city has banned unpermitted business in parks and beaches, and enforcement begins Monday. Push cart vendors aren't eligible for permits, so some are on the move.

California issues half a million immigrant driver licenses

Armando Botello, a spokesman for the state's Department of Motor Vehicles, said Friday that the milestone was reached last week.

Immigration group planned girl's pope encounter for a year

Though Sophie was selected to hand-deliver an immigration message to Francis, she crafted her own letter to the pope said the Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition.

Hundreds of deported immigrants could return to US

Federal Judge Dolly M. Gee's ruling will let immigrants with serious mental disabilities request to have their cases reopened in hopes of returning to the U.S.

Why the US could see more African refugees in future years

The U.S. will allow in 100,000 refugees starting in 2017, a 30 percent increase. Displaced Syrians will benefit most, but Africans are likely to follow.

Little girl shares immigration message with pope

She carried a T-shirt bearing a message about the status of immigrants in the U.S. and a letter that bore her name and address in suburban Los Angeles.

LA County will continue to cooperate with immigration agents

After hearing feedback from residents on how sheriff's deputies should police and detain deportable immigrants accused of crimes, the department released slightly updated policies.

Conservative Latinos embrace state GOP's move on immigration

The California Republican party this weekend voted to remove a statement from its platform that read "allowing illegal immigrants to remain in California undermines respect for the law."

US sees uptick in number of children crossing Mexico border

In August, 4,506 children were apprehended along the Southwest border. The Obama administration said the 8 percent increase from last month was "concerning."

Spouses of H-1B visa holders struggle to re-enter workforce

They came to the U.S. when their husbands were hired for high-skilled positions. A new federal policy allows them to work, but the job market is not kind.

Arcadia company's virtual currency a scam, immigrants say

State officials are investigating a local company that marketed a product called "GemCoin," billed as a virtual currency backed by gemstones.

Why more local cops and cities are logged into Weibo

Known as "China's Twitter," Weibo is how many San Gabriel Valley officials communicate and build bonds with their immigrant communities.