Immigration & Emerging Communities

35 California counties extend health care to immigrants

A group of 35 California counties have agreed to provide basic health care to people who are in the United States illegally.

Feds call for end of long-term detention of migrant families

Federal officials plan to end the long-term detention of hundreds of migrant families who are being held mainly at two large facilities in Texas after illegally entering the country.

Woman says she miscarried after being shackled in immigration facility

In May, Monserrat Ruiz was given a pregnancy test after arriving at a detention facility in Bakersfield yet was shackled — against policy — on a trip to the hospital, according to the ACLU.

1 dead as suspected smuggling boat, US vessel collide

A boat packed with migrants suspected of trying to enter the U.S. illegally collided with an American border vessel off California's coast.

Thousands brace for deportations in Dominican Republic

Thousands of people are preparing for deportation after failing to obtain legal residency as part of a government program to crack down on migrants.

Mexico deports more Central Americans than the US

Mexico apprehended 92,889 Central Americans between October and April last year. In the same period, the US apprehended 70,226 listed as "other than Mexican" migrants.

California on cusp of offering young immigrants health care

California is close to becoming the largest state to extend state-subsidized health care coverage to children from low-income families who are in the country illegally.

How cities around LA have legalized street vending

Leaders in L.A. have long considered legalizing street vending but have yet to pass an ordinance. Pasadena and Santa Ana have had limited policies for years.

High court says immigration deadlines can be extended

The justices ruled Monday in favor of Noel Reyes Mata, a Mexican citizen who had lived in the United States for nearly 15 years.

Immigrant drivers find new freedom with licenses

Immigrants living in the U.S. illegally say getting a California driver's license under a new program this year has helped them on the roads — and off.

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.