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Why Immigrant Spouses Are Uniquely Vulnerable to Domestic Violence

By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh and Peggy Pico Looking back to when her nightmare began at age 32, Mariel Cota said she never thought she would become a victim of domestic violence. “But the circumstances of me thinking that I … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Drop Effort to Open Covered California to Immigrants Here Illegally

By Kenny Goldberg A legislative effort to allow people who are here illegally to buy Covered California health plans has been shelved. State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) removed a section from his bill (Senate Bill 4) that would have … Continue reading

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Survey: DACA Improving Lives of Young Immigrants on U.S.

By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh and Peggy Pico Listen to the full KPBS Midday Edition interview with UC San Diego assistant professor Tom Wong, immigration attorney Ginger Jacobs and former U.S. Attorney Peter Nunez. A new nationwide survey shows recipients … Continue reading

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Local Congressman Wants to Punish ‘Sanctuary Cities’

By Jean Guerrero San Diego County Rep. Duncan Hunter said he plans to introduce a bill to restrict funding to “sanctuary” cities that do not always cooperate with immigration authorities. The effort by Hunter, R-Alpine, follows the fatal shooting last … Continue reading

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Advocates Push to Expand California Welfare Program

By Kenny Goldberg First step children. Next step adults. That’s what advocates of the poor say after state lawmakers recently agreed to extend Medi-Cal benefits to the children of immigrants who are living here illegally. Lawmakers have appropriated $40 million … Continue reading

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“We Were Strangers Once, Too”: The Current State of Immigration Reform for Youth in San Diego

By Kiran Mehta, Beto Soto, Famo Musa, Binti Musa and Karla Flores The YAC Youth Media Team has worked to understand and share the voices and stories of undocumented and unaccompanied minors in the region, as well as to identify … Continue reading

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California DMV Prepares for Rush of New Immigrant Drivers

By Jill Replogle The California Department of Motor Vehicles is preparing for a flood of new driver applications ahead of a law that allows immigrants without legal residency to apply for licenses. The law goes into effect next year. Starting … Continue reading

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Immigrant Advocates See Health Care, Professional Licenses as Next Battle

By Jill Replogle Thanks to legislative victories in 2013, undocumented immigrants living in California can now practice law and will soon be able to get drivers licenses. Now, immigrant advocates hope to take advantage of Sacramento’s pro-immigrant climate to expand … Continue reading

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Students Receive First Dream Act CalGrant Awards

Javier Silva Ayala, 19, on his way to lunch after a morning class at San Diego State University, Dec. 4, 2013. Silva Ayala is one of 7,469 California college students who immigrated to the country illegally and now receive state-funded … Continue reading

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Number of Undocumented Immigrants In U.S. May Have Grown

By Adrian Florido Researchers have a new estimate for the number of immigrants living in the country illegally. It is Pew Research Center that is responsible for the number we all cite when talking about the number of unauthorized immigrants … Continue reading

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