Immigration & Emerging Communities

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.

LA joins NYC, Chicago in push to naturalize permanent residents

A new campaign encourages LA's estimated 390,000 legal permanent residents to seek citizenship.

In immigration news: Migrant child trauma, fewer border deaths, workplace exploitation

Migrant children face continuing trauma as young adults. Border Patrol reports fewer migrant deaths despite increased illegal crossings. Researchers say immigrant women are more vulnerable to workplace exploitation.

For migrant kids, past traumas are hard to escape — and early intervention is key

Mental health providers and school officials say it's important to reach recently-arrived child migrants from Central America, many of whom witnessed violence back home and along the way.

Growing up Nisei: The social clubs of Japanese-American girls

Thousands of second-generation Japanese-American girls joined L.A.-area clubs in the 1930s to play sports, do community service and, unofficially, meet boys.

Mexican crackdown slows Central American immigration to US

Under pressure from the United States, Mexico has begun arresting and deporting tens of thousands of Central Americans long before they reach the U.S. border.

In immigration news: Deportations down, church sanctuaries, migrant influx at schools

Deportations have been down over the last year. Churches offering up sanctuary to immigrants. Schools across the country struggle with influx of migrant children.

Coachella Valley High settles on new 'Mighty Arabs' mascot

The high school has officially replaced a controversial 'Arab' caricature that offended Arab-Americans.