Immigration & Emerging Communities

Immigration protests continue in Huntington Park

Last month, the city council appointed two men who don't have legal immigration status to serve as commissioners. That ignited protests, which have delayed their start

US could soon see more Syrian refugees

The State Department says the U.S. will accept more than 5000 refugees next year. Local Syrian Americans say it's not enough.

How foreign dollars are changing El Monte

As more Chinese investors look to build in the city, El Monte's leaders are cracking down on illegal dumping. They also fought to keep a county probation center out.

LA street vending is big business, but not yet legal

It's a $500 million industry in LA. As vendors wait for a legalization plan at city hall, some have moved forward, securing health permits and renting commercial space

Southern US border sees slowdown in Central American unaccompanied minors

A new study from the Migration Policy Institute shows a slowdown in apprehensions at the U.S. border, thanks in part to increased efforts by Mexico.

Californians increasingly back Medi-Cal for immigrants, poll finds

The Field Poll found 58 percent of registered voters support extending Medi-Cal services to immigrants not currently eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

'Anchor baby' comments stir more controversy for Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush said he was talking about Asians and referred to so-called "maternity tourism." It hasn't gone over well with Asian Americans.

Mexican immigrants worry as peso drops

The Mexican peso has hit a record low against the dollar. Immigrants living in Southern California say that means the money they send home stretches further.

Tracing the shifting meaning of 'alien'

Many immigration rights activists cringe at the term "alien." But decades ago, that word was embraced as a humane alternative to terms like "undesirable" and even "wetback."

A financial 'wild west' in the San Gabriel Valley

Under the EB-5 visa program 10,000 foreign investors are granted green cards each year. Many invest in local development. But critics say the program needs oversight.

As Huntington Park goes, does Southern California?

Some see the appointment of two city commissioners who don't have legal status as a predictor of what's to come, with more immigrants involved in civic life.

3 years after DACA, young immigrants see change, uncertainty

Three years ago this week, the U.S. began granting temporary deportation relief to young undocumented migrants. We look at what's changed.

Sheriff's Department asks for more time to fine-tune immigration program

Sheriff's officials have asked for more time to report back to county supervisors on how much or little they'll cooperate with feds on detaining people for deportation.

Chinese investors sue LA investment firm for misusing money

Luca International Group had an office in the San Gabriel Valley. Among Luca's investors were hopeful immigrants who were investing money through the federal EB 5 visa program.

How driver's licenses are helping immigrant women find work

In California, immigrants without legal status can get driver's licenses. That's putting more immigrant women behind the wheel and into the workforce.

New Huntington Park commissioners don't have legal status

The city appointed two residents to serve on local commissions. A city official says both are longtime volunteers, but have been unable to obtain legal status.