California DREAMing: Two Young Latinas Graduating as DACA Students Question Their Future by NIRMA HASTY

By Nirma Hasty

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Lizbeth Contreras, a high school senior and Itzel Guillen, a college senior, have mapped out their career and education futures.

Nonetheless, their graduations are filled with uncertainty even though they have temporary reprieves from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program. Lizbeth, 17, crossed the border from Mexico to San Diego with her mom at the age of 3. Itzel, 22, arrived in the U.S. when she was 4.

“Being Mexican, you wait for your (15th birthday) because of your quinceañera. But I was waiting to become 15 because I knew that then, I could finally apply to DACA,” said Lizbeth.

Since former President Barack Obama authorized DACA in 2012, some 800,000 teens and young adults, many who have grown up in the U.S., have been able to remain in the country, work and go to college. In some states, the program has also allowed them to qualify for scholarships or get driver’s licenses.

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Ramla Sahid, a refugee on a mission, works to bring refugees into San Diego’s mainstream

By Peter Rowe

Six Syrian men quizzed the Somali owner of Eleet Transportation, a two-year-old San Diego firm that delivers patients to medical appointments.

What are his costs? What regulations govern his business? Is it wise to hire family members?

“I have a younger brother,” said Eleet’s owner, Abdikarim Hussein, in English. “I’ve fired him maybe six, seven times.”

After this comment was translated into Arabic, it was greeted by a chorus of male guffaws. Only one woman was at this testosterone-heavy gathering, yet she may have been the most important person in the room.

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Trio of Lawmakers Plan ‘California Welcomes Refugees’ Bill

By Chris Jennewein

Assembly members from San Diego, Los Angeles and Sacramento plan to introduce legislation Wednesday that will welcome refugees to the Golden State.

Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher from San Diego, Adrin Nazarian from Sherman Oaks in the San Fernando Valley and Kevin McCarty from Sacramento have scheduled a news conference for 11:30 a.m. to introduce the legislation.

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Union-Tribune: Denouncing the wall

Local activists hold a press conference denouncing Donald Trump’s exectuvie orders targeting immigrants and refugees as well as the proposed building of a wall along the entire border between the United States and Mexico.

Read more at the Union-Tribune for the full story.

TAKE ACTION: Support SB54, “California Values Act”

Californians, we have to do everything in our power to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the communities most threatened by this administration’s racist, xenophobic agenda. The California State Senate introduced SB 54, the California Values Act which would provide protection for undocumented immigrants and ban the use of state and local resources for mass deportations.

TAKE ACTION: Tell California state lawmakers and Governor Brown to expedite the California Values Act now.