Border Region

Only Detention Facility For Gay, Bi, And Trans Immigrants Faces Closure

Posted by on May 25, 2016

The city of Santa Ana in California decided to phase out a contract with the federal government to hold gay, bi, and trans immigrants, giving officials four years to find another...

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Immigration Reform

Immigrant Day – 20 Years Later, California Surges Ahead


Posted by on May 23, 2016

  By Pedro Rios. Twenty years ago today, I felt a lump in my throat as I began the hour drive from San Francisco to Sacramento to join the first-ever Immigrant Day. The...

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Citizenship

Union-Tribune: Military service leads to U.S. citizenship

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016

By Tatiana Sanchez Daniel Torres, an unauthorized immigrant who enlisted in the Marine Corps using a false birth certificate, became an American citizen on Thursday. He is likely...

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Deferred Action

The American Dream, In The Age Of DAPA

Posted by on May 27, 2016

By David Sepulveda Ten images depict local Hispanic families who appear safe and happy for the moment. The portraits exhibited at Junta For Progressive Action on Grand Avenue belie...

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The American Dream, In The Age Of DAPA

By David Sepulveda

Ten images depict local Hispanic families who appear safe and happy for the moment. The portraits exhibited at Junta For Progressive Action on Grand Avenue belie their fragility, as the specter of family disruption looms over their lives and the lives of countless others every day.

The exhibit at Junta, entitled “Faces of DAPA,” will be traveling to Washington, D.C. for an expanded exhibit as part of a national conversation about immigration policy and pending DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans) litigation before the Supreme Court.

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Only Detention Facility For Gay, Bi, And Trans Immigrants Faces Closure

The city of Santa Ana in California decided to phase out a contract with the federal government to hold gay, bi, and trans immigrants, giving officials four years to find another site.

The only U.S. immigrant center dedicated to gay and transgender detainees will close in four years unless federal officials can find an alternative.

The clock started ticking on Tuesday after officials in Santa Ana, California, voted to terminate their contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which pays the city to use its jail facility, in 2020.

The jail is the only facility ICE has that sets aside sections for gay and trans detainees, and houses a large portion of all trans women in immigration detention. The two units has been touted as a humane way to house vulnerable detainees. Immigrant rights groups, however, say trans detainees continue to face abuse, and would rather see them not held in detention at all.

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Bernie Sanders talks to deported veteran at Tijuana border: ‘We’d like you on this side’

By Jorge Rivas

Bernie Sanders has taken a stance on a little-known immigration issue few politicians will openly address.

Standing in front of the U.S.-Mexico border near Tijuana on Saturday, the senator from Vermont briefly spoke to an outspoken U.S. veteran who was deported to Mexico. Sanders approached the border fence and spoke through the metal bars to a few people standing in Mexico, including Hector Barajas, an Army recruit who joined the 82nd Airborne in 1995.

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