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Nipsey Hussle's murder rattles LA's tight-knit Eritrean community

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| The murder last month of L.A. rapper, entrepreneur and community activist Nipsey Hussle focused attention on a small but tight-knit community of East African immigrants: Eritreans, who have lived in Southern California for decades.

Adelanto pulling out of detention contracts, but ICE facility there may grow

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The high desert city of Adelanto has decided to cancel its contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Geo Group, the company that operates a large immigrant detention center there.

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Hate groups try for mainstream appeal as they recruit in SoCal

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White supremacist propaganda has been showing up at an alarming rate throughout Southern California and around the country. It's been found on local college campuses, high schools, and in local communities. Experts say one reason is because some hate groups are eager to recruit new members.

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With Census 2020 a year away, officials worry about an undercount

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Los Angeles county and city officials talked up the 2020 Census at a downtown L.A. rally on Monday, a year ahead of when the decennial count is set to take place. They’re trying to spread the word that an accurate count is critical because census data helps determine how many federal dollars go toward things like public health services and public schools.

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Orange County plans to stop housing ICE detainees

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Orange County has announced that it will stop housing detainees from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to free up more space for inmates requiring mental health services.

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How one refugee family made it to LA after years stuck in Vienna

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A year ago, 87 Iranian refugees bound for the United States who’d been waiting in Austria since 2016 were stranded there indefinitely, after the U.S. denied their applications. They had been waiting to come to the U.S. through a program for religious minorities since before the January 2017 travel ban. Last month, following a court order, about a dozen of them were admitted into the country.

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White or 'other?' With no census category for 2020, Arab-Americans debate which box to check

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Until about a year ago, plans were moving forward to include a category in the 2020 census referred to as MENA, for "Middle Eastern or North African." It would have allowed a more accurate count of Americans of Arabic, Persian and other Middle Eastern or North African descent, who are now counted only as "white.

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LA immigrants are being scared away from the health care they need

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Fear and confusion over a piece of immigration policy has some residents thinking they need to drop their health coverage.

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