immigration issues


Inland Empire Congressman Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) visited three immigration detention facilities in El Paso, Texas Monday, and spoke to KVCR about what he saw.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

Congressman Pete Aguilar was part of a congressional delegation that visited three facilities: an Office of Refugee and Resettlement Facility, an El Paso border station, and a facility which handles unaccompanied children.

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Here’s California Governor Gavin Newsom’s response to President Trump’s call to send migrants seeking asylum to sanctuary cities: It’s already happening. But Newsom isn’t ready to agree there’s a state of emergency at the border. Capital Public Radio’s Ben Adler reports.

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It's day two [Monday] of California Governor Gavin Newsom's three day visit to El Salvador. It's his first international trip since taking office. Newsom is in the country to learn more about why thousands are fleeing to the United States. CALmatters reporter Elizabeth Aguilara, who's traveling with the governor, says Salvadorans seem happy Newsom has come.

Avocados are just one of many foods America imports from Mexico.

But with worries about a possible border closure this week, news outlets whipped up fears that this high-demand fruit could run out.

Capital Public Radio’s PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols reporter found this topic was ripe for a fact check:

President Trump appears to have backed away from his threat to shut down the border. But just days ago, he warned that Mexico had to stop people from illegally entering the United States …

The San Bernardino County high desert city of Adelanto is the latest in a string of local governments to get out of the business of detaining immigrants for the federal government.  Last week, Adelanto officials pulled out of it''s contract with and U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), putting the fate of it's largest detention faciltiy in California up in the air.  KQED's Julia small has this story for The California Report.

Sacramento-area Congressman Tom McClintock recently made an eye-opening claim about the number of Americans killed by undocumented immigrants, as he defended President Trump's efforts to build a border wall.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked the Republican congressman's statement.

Just a day after California Attrorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of 16 states suing to stop Donald Trump's border emergency declaration, Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler sat down with Becerra to talk about it.  Becerra aslo answers questions about another big debate at the state Capitol after last year's Sacrameto police shooting of Stephon Calrk: the rules governing when police officers can use deadly force.

California Governor Gavin Newsom made several immigration claims during his State of the State address as he pushed back against what the Trump Administration has called a "border emergency."  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked the governor's statements.

City Council Declares Palm Springs A 'Sanctuary City'

Feb 7, 2019

PALM SPRINGS (CNS) - The Palm Springs City Council last night (Wednesday) approved a resolution proclaiming it as a sanctuary city.
   The resolution makes it easier for people to understand what the
city's policies are and to use the words ``sanctuary city,'' Mayor Pro Tem
Geoff Kors said, according to The Desert Sun.
   ``This doesn't change anything in our existing law," Kors said.
   The resolution was approved 4-1 with Mayor Robert Moon voting no.
   Moon talked about the city not having a jail and that anyone taken

California Governor Gavin Newsom is making good on a campaign promise to help migrants seeking asylum.  KPBS reporter Matt Hoffman has more on Newsom's first visit to San Diego since being sworn in. 

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Inland Empire Member of Congress Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) is one of 17 lawmakers from both parties on the congressional committee negotiating with the Trump Administration on border security, including Trump's demand for money to build a wall along the U.S./Mexico border.  In this interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep on "Morning Edition" this morning (Thursday), Aguilar held firm against wall funding, and instead suggests investments in more manpower or broader use of technology to curb illegal immigration.  The Aguilar interview is followed by analysis from NPR Political Editor Domenico Mo

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The government shutdown has taken a toll on the U.S. immigration system - most courts are closed, backlogging more than 800,000 asylum cases.  But in San Bernardino County, activists say not much has changed for the immigrant community.  KVCR's Danielle Fox has more.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors this week held a public forum on cooperation between the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department and federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

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Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom claimed the temporary clousre of a border crossing south of San Diego led to millions of dollars in economic loss, and that future shutdowns rusk billions more.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked that claim.

Covered California enrollment begins today (Monday), but health advocates are worried that a draft rule from the federal government will have a chilling effect on undocumented families, as Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola explains.

California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have allowed non-citizens to serve on state and local boards and commissions.  He also acted on several oher immigrant bills yesterday (Thursday).  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

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.