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The Next Census Could Include a Citizenship Question: Why This is Likely to Hurt Southern California

As we approach 2020, it is almost time for the next census. Under United States law, a national census is conducted once every 10 years. In a somewhat underreported move that occurred early in the administration, President Trump’s Commerce Department put a new rule into place that adds a citizenship question to the 2020 census.…

Federal Lawsuit: Vermont DMV Helped ICE Target Immigration Activists

According to reporting from National Public Radio (NPR), undocumented immigrants may have reasons to be concerned when they apply for a driver’s license — even if they are doing so in a state where they have the absolute right to do so. Notably, California law allows undocumented immigrants to obtain a valid state driver’s license.…

California Attorney General Files 51-Page Comment Against the Trump Administration’s Proposed ‘Public Charge’ Rule

Earlier this year, a draft proposal leaked regarding the Trump Administration’s plan to punish immigrants for using basic social services. By dramatically broadening the definition of a ‘public charge’, the administration seeks to reduce the number of immigrants who are eligible for green cards. Under the proposed rules, immigrants could be deemed ineligible for a…

ProPublica: Families are Still Being Separated at the Southern Border

According to reporting from ProPublica, United States immigration enforcement agencies are still separating some migrant families at our country’s southern border. While the Trump Administration’s immoral and poorly planned ‘zero tolerance’ policy has been reversed, dozens of children have reportedly been separated from their parents. It is difficult to get an official number because the…

A Giant Private Prison Company Complained About California’s Sanctuary States Laws; Federal Immigration Enforcement Officials Listened

As President Trump assumed office, he began following through on his promises to make America a less welcoming place for immigrants. In response, California passed a wide range of laws designed to protect immigrants, including a ‘Sanctuary State’ bill. For many immigrants, California’s reforms provided some much needed legal protection during a very difficult and…

First Ever TRUTH Act Meeting Held in San Bernardino County

On December 4th, 2018, law enforcement officials held the first ever ‘Truth Act’ public forum in the state of California. According to reporting from The San Bernardino Sun, this meeting was held by San Bernardino County officials in response to a request from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Earlier this fall, the ACLU asked…

Study: President Trump’s Rhetoric is Causing Immigrants to Drop Out of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

From the first moment he launched his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has launched a steady barrage of harsh, insulting rhetoric and comments at immigrants. Upon assuming office, several of his policies have caused tremendous harm to immigrant communities — most notably, the immoral move to separate families crossing the U.S./Mexico border. The Trump Administration has…

Asylum Applicants Can Spend Months or Years in Detention — Even Without a Criminal Record

For immigrants, being held in a detention facility can be a long and unpredictable experience. The United States government is, unfortunately, notoriously slow in processing applications for asylum and other immigration cases. While many people have a vague understanding that immigration courts have a large backlog, most people do not know the true effects that…

Ninth Circuit Court Rules Against Trump Administration on DACA

On November 8th, 2018 the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled against the Trump Administration on DACA. In the case of Regents of the University of California v. DHS ("DACA II"), Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw wrote that the rescission of the DACA program by the Trump Administration is unlawful due to…
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