Immigration & Emerging Communities

Report: Immigrant quotas benefit for-profit prison operators

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had to pay for 3,255 immigrants daily at five detention facilities in Texas, the most of any state.

Feds investigating SoCal Edison staffing contractors

The Department of Labor is looking into alleged work visa abuse involving two companies used by Southern California Edison to hire foreign workers.

Chinese same-sex couples wed in West Hollywood

We talk with one newlywed couple from China about how society and government have changed in recent years, and whether the country is more welcoming to LGBT people.

How will LA's wage hike affect immigrant workers?

Next summer, the city's minimum wage will rise to $10.50 per hour, and it will reach $15 in 2020. Some workers say it'll lift them up. Others worry they'll be laid off.

California settles heat-death lawsuits, agrees to improve

The lawsuits, filed by the families of field workers who died of heat-related illnesses, accused the state of repeatedly failing to protect farm workers being denied water and shade.

Japanese-American WW2 vets gather in Little Tokyo

Vets, including those from the legendary 442nd "Go For Broke" regiment, reminisce about the war, their families and their citizenship.

Feds respond to CA lawmaker's call to investigate Edison

Congresswoman Judy Chu has asked the government to investigate Edison's decision to lay off tech workers and replace them foreign workers who hold visas.

Most back legal status for immigrants in US illegally, poll shows

The survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that 72 percent of Americans support legal status for such immigrants.

California lawyer gets green card after battle

Sergio Garcia successfully fought a legal battle to practice law despite his immigration status. With a green card, he can now live in the U.S. legally as well.

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.

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.

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.