Immigration & Emerging Communities

Feds find no wrongdoing in case of outsourced Edison workers

The Labor Department investigated how foreign workers were hired for SoCal Edison. It found that 2 of Edison's contractors did not violate the law.

Incoming Speaker Rendon wants to bridge East, West on environment concerns

KPCC catches up with the California Assemblyman and environmental activist in his home district, where immigrant families and industry exist side by side.

Judge: Texas can continue denying birth certificates to immigrants' kids

Citing issues with some IDs, Texas has refused to issue birth certificates to the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants. A federal judge refused halt the practice while a case is decided.

Immigrants hurry to apply for EB-5 visas before December

The visa program was due to sunset Sept. 30. But Congress extended the program through Dec. 11. Local EB-5 business centers say they've seen an uptick in interest.

For Mexico soccer fans, cheering the national team is easy

This week at the El Mercadito shopping center in East Los Angeles, it seemed everybody was talking about the big game Saturday.

Backlog at immigration courts could grow with a pay dispute by interpreters

Court interpreters ensure that judges, lawyers and those facing deportation all understand each other. But a contract and pay dispute may thin their ranks.

Are new police patrols in Highland Park on the right path?

New foot patrols are stationed along Figueroa, where high-end shops have sprung up in recent years, but some residents say that's not where they're needed.

Influx of non-European immigrants defines America today

The Immigration Act of 1965 opened the doors to nationalities that were largely shut out before. Since then, 90 percent of U.S. immigrants hail from outside Europe.

For many Central American migrants, US border is now beyond reach

The wave of migrants trying to reach the U.S. hasn't stopped. But in a major change, Mexico is rounding them up and sending them home before they reach the U.S. border.

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.