Deferred Action for Child Immigrants (DACA)

The legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals(D.A.C.A.) program awaits a U.S. Supreme Court decision this month. If repealed, it could have a significant impact on the Inland Empire with a loss of workers and deportations.

Najayra, a 24-year-old D.A.C.A. recipient says, she is feeling both tired and frustrated about the upcoming Supreme Court decision.

“The decision is like always pending every week and being pushed back," said Najayra. For me it has reaffirmed the need to continue to stay resilient even in times of uncertainty.”

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In the last several years, we’ve witnessed a resurgence in movements such as the feminist movement, black lives matter movement, and massive demonstrations against migrant detention and deportation, the Muslim ban, and the gun lobby. One of the key tools used by non-profit groups and legislative campaigns is storytelling, and mass trainings on how to tell stories to legislators to push for political reform and social change. However, the misuses of storytelling may actually limit social change in a broader context.

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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.

A demonstration in Irvine yesterday (Monday) drew both supporters and opponents of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - DACA - on the day that the DACA program was supposed to be terminated.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

California's community colleges and universities are urging their students who are DACA recipients to take advantage of what may only be a temporary window to renew their temporary status.  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.

The R.E.A.L. Coalition (Regional Economic Association Leaders) is an association of some of California’s business and economic development entities, representing 20 member organizations and up to 15,000 employers who claim to collectively provide nearly four million California jobs. The business community represented by R.E.A.L. has expressed grave concern about the negative consequences of ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). They say they risk losing hard-working, dedicated employees and will be impacted by related financial impacts.

Majorities of Californians want to improve the Affordable Care Act and protect immigrants brought to the U.S. illegal as children - but oppose the creation of a single-payer health care system.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports on the findings of a newly-released Public Policy Institute of California poll.

Following the lead of New York and 14 other states, California is taking the Trump Administration to court for phasing out the DACA program.  State Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the filing yesterday (Monday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Immigrants rights organizations - and DACA recipients - in the Inland Empire held rallies in San Bernardino and Riverside yesterday (Tuesday) to protest the end of the program.  And in San Bernardino, there was a counter-protest in support of the Trump Administration's decision to end the DACA program.  KVCR's Ken Vincent and Isel Cuapio have details.


A U.S. citizen in San Bernardino - who was detained by Immigration & Customs Enforcement - is speaking out about the federal government rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.  KVCR's Ben Purper reports.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Tuesday that the federal government will be ending DACA with a six-month grace period, leaving roughly 800,000 undocumented young people at risk of deportation.

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Lawmakers from the Inland Empire and from around the state are reacting to President Trump's decision to rescind DACA - the Obama-era program that deferred deportation for illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors.  

KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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Democratic Congressman Mark Takano of California’s 41st district, which includes Riverside and Moreno Valley, re-affirmed his support for the immigrant and undocumented community at an event last Thursday.

While still defending its action, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is clarifying it's decision to deport a young immigrant who was enrolled in a program to protect him from deportation.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Fewer undocumented students in California are applying for college financial aid, likely because of deportation fears.  That's prompted an urgent message from college students days before the March 2 Cal Grant deadline.  Capital Public Radio's Steve Milne reports.

Immigrants rights groups across the state are celebrating the decision this week by the U. S. Supreme Court to hear a case challenging President Obama's immigration orders.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on what's at stake by the high court taking the case.

3 Years After DACA, Inland Empire "Dreamers" Still Worried, Waiting

Aug 24, 2015

In 2012, President Obama announced an immigration program providing a two-year work permit and a promise not to deport undocumented children who came to the United States.  However, with Obama leaving office after next year's election, it is uncertain how long the program will stay alive.  KVCR's Jhoann Acosta tells us more. 

[This story was co-edited by Matt Ornelas]

According to numbers released by U.S. Citizenship and Information Services, more than 11-thousand young immigrants have had their DACA status and work permits expire due to delays in the renewal process.