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California's supreme court chief justice and immigrants rights groups criticized ICE after the federal agency arrested an undocumetned man inside a local Sacramento court room last week.  But immigration law experts say there's no real limit on the federal agency's authority to take such action.  Capital Public Radio's Chris Nichols has this report.

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An immigrant in the U.S. illegally who was picked up by immigration agents while taking his wife to a hospital  to give birth is the man wanted for a killing in Mexico.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

California Republican Member of C ongress Kevin McCarthy - the second in command behind Speaker Paul Ryan in the U.S. House of Representatives - was met by protestors at a speech in Sacramento yesterday (Wedneday).  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


In Los Angeles yesterday (Monday), federal district Judge Dolly Gee denied a Trump Administration request to hold migrant children with their families for long periods of time.  As KCRW’s Benjamin Gottleib reports, the judge had tough words for the Trump administration.

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A federal judge has denied a request by the Trump administration to blck California's "sanctuary state" law, which shields immigrants in the country without legal documentation.  Burt the judge did suspend another  law for impeding federal immigration agents at work places.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

We're going to talk about another aspect of immigration now:  the foster care centers that have been housing separated immigrant children.  The California Report's John Sepulvado speaks with KVCR's Benjamin Purper about conditions at one of those centers.

The Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico visited San Bernardino on Monday, June 25th for a talk on the future of NAFTA, and the importance of the U.S.-Mexico relationship.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

Earl Anthony Wayne is a career diplomat, who served as Ambassador to Argentina under President Bush and Ambassador to Mexico under President Obama. Since retiring from the State Department, Ambassador Wayne has been involved in a number of advising roles, at institutions like the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Atlantic Council.

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President Trump recently claimed that construction has already started on his border wall in California.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked that statement.

California's Republican candidate for governor says he does not support separating children from their  parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, but he would not comment on Democratic efforts in Congress to address the issue.  KQED's Katie Orr brings us that story.

A small crowd gethered in downtown Riverside last week to protest the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the southern border.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

Protesters gathered inside the Universalist Unitarian Church in Downtown Riverside for the “IE Families Belong Together” Rally on Thursday, June 14th. It was put together by the Inland Empire Women’s March, with speakers from organizations like Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective, Immigrant Defenders Law Center, and more. 

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KQED's John Sepulvado traveled from California to the Texas/Mexico border this past weekend, to get an eyewitness look at how the U.S. Goverment is dealing with thousands children who separated from their parents after entering the U.S. illegally.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has begun sending up to 1,000 immigrant detainees to be housed in a federal prison facility in Victorville.  The head of the local correctional officers' union says this sudden influx of people into an already understaffed facility could create huge problems.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper reports.

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U.S, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced last week that it would start using more than 1,600 federal prison beds to detain immigrants.  The plan is to sen most of the immigrant detainees to Victorville, in San Bernardino County.  KPCC reporter Libby Denkmann was outside the prison where the first wave of detainees arrived on Friday.

At the White House yesterday, President Trump met with mayors, lawmakers, and law enforcement officials from more than a dozen California jurisdictions - inlcuding from the Inland Empire - who oppose the state's sanctuary policies.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Now more on yesterday's (Wednesday) White House meeting between President Trump and a number of California local officials - including from the Inland Empire - opposed to the state's sanctuary policies.  It became national news after it was reported that in the meeting, Trump called some people who cross the border illegally, "animals."  The President also encouraged U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to pursue obstruction of justice charges against the mayor of Oakland.  More from KQED's Alex Hall, in a story that aired in The California Report this morning.

Immigrant rights activists are pushing for measures that would address access to health care, local business licenses, and income tax credits for undocumented immigrants.  Adhiti Bandlamudi reports from Sacramento.

We're still waiting for word from Governor Jerry Brown about whether he'll agree to President Trump's request to deploy California National Guard troops to the Mexico border.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler looks at what could happen if Brown declines.


Supporters and protestors are making very different plans to greet President Trump today (Tuesday) when he visits San Diego to inspect border wall prototypes.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric has more.

Civil rights icon Dolores Huerta is one of the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. 

To kick off Women's History Month, Dolores Huerta came to speak at San Bernardino Valley College.  More from KVCR's Isel Cuapio.

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' new lawsuit against California's so-called sanctuary laws is drawing criticism from lawmakers and groups that support immigrant rights.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper reports.

Protests blocked the street as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke in Sacramento to announce a federal lawsuit against the state's sanctuary policies for immigrants.  State leaders are promising a robust defense of their new laws.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

President Donald Trump said yesterday (Thursday) he is considering pulling U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers from California, warning that the nation's most populous state would turn into a "crime next" without the federal agents.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The California Farm Bureau is bucking a national trend set by its peers, saying it cannot support the proposed immigration legislation currently being considered by Congress.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Congress is still nowhere near reaching an agreement on DACA just weeks before President Donald Trump's deadline to find a solution.  California immigrant rights advocates are issuing a call to action.  KVCR's Isel Cuapio has more.

Leaders in the Latino community are pushing back against a Trump Administration move to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

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The state of California issued an advisory yesterday (Tuesday) to help employers understand a new law aimed at protecting immigrant workers.  Capital Public Radio's Randol White reports.

In April, Californians who obtain or renew a driver;s license will automatically be registered to vote.  Several conservative websites seized on this new program to claim the state will be registering undocumented immigrants as well.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked that claim in this report.

In April 2018, a new law will allow Californians to automatically register to vote when they renew their driver’s license.

Inland-area Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) is co-sponsoring a bill that would create legal work permits for undocumented immigrants in California.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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In spite of California's new law declaring itself a "sanctuary state,"  there are reports that federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are planning a massive immigration "sweep" in parts of the state.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

An Inland Empire immigrants advocacy group is praising a California federal judge 's ruling that puts President's Trump's cancellation of DACA on hold, at least temporarily.  More form KVCR's Ken Vincent.