FROM Angelica Salas
One Card to Serve Them All Undocumented residents can't get bank accounts, so they often have to carry all their cash in their pockets. That makes them vulnerable to muggings. Now the City of Los Angeles is about to join Oakland and San Francisco in issuing ID cards that provide access to city services, serve as debit cards and might lead to opening bank accounts. Councilman Richard Alarcón, who wrote the bill, says it's a way for poor people who live in the shadows to come out into the light.
Easing the Rules against Unlicensed Drivers The LA Police Commission has approved new rules advocated by LA Police Chief Charlie Beck, in the interests of undocumented workers. Now, if drivers pulled over for minor violations turn out not to be licensed, their cars can be impounded for 30 days and fines can exceed $1200. In the future, they'll get their cars back sooner, and be charged just $38.50 a day for storage plus a fee of $228. Commander Andrew Smith, a communications officer for the LAPD, explains.
Mayor, Community Leaders Push for Passage of DREAM Act The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act would provide a path to citizenship for children who were brought to this country illegally before they were 16 and then lived here continuously for five years. Even then, citizenship would be only temporary. They'd have six years to complete two years of college or two years of military service. The DREAM Act used to be a bipartisan proposal, but, in the absence of immigration reform, some supporters from both parties have reversed their positions. Now it's become a political football. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada attached the DREAM Act to the Defense Appropriations Bill. At LA City Hall today, Mayor Villaraigosa, AFL-CIO leader Maria Elena Durazo, immigrants' rights groups and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce all urged passage.
Which Way Obama's Immigration Policy? An immigration raid in the State of Washington took Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano by surprise. Now all but one of the 28 workers arrested have been released, and a change of policy is in store. New guidelines have been drawn up, but they're being kept secret. What about those who supported Barack Obama in hopes of seeing immigration reform ?
Special Order 40: What should the LAPD do about Immigration Status? Jamiel Shaw, Jr. was a football star and a good student. He was gunned down, allegedly by a gang member—an illegal immigrant who’d been arrested for another crime but never deported. Shaw’s grieving father has asked the LA City Council to repeal Special Order 40, which prohibits the LAPD from arresting people for violating federal immigration laws.
US-Born Kids Left Behind When Parents Are Deported US Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE launched " Operation Return to Sender " in May of last year. This latest program for rounding up and deporting undocumented workers has resulted in the arrest of 18,000 people so far. About 250 have been deported without getting a chance to collect their property -- or even their children, many of whom are citizens born in this country. How many kids are being left behind when families are broken? We talk to opponents and defenders of a controversial program.
America's top diplomat faces challenges in Asia Whatever happened to America's "pivot to Asia?" That's just one of the questions left hanging since Rex Tillerson's first trip there as Secretary of State. Is the Trump Administration hoping to change Foreign Policy or maintain the status quo?
Further revelations into Russian involvement in 2016 election Last week's failure to "repeal and replace" Obamacare was an early setback for the Trump Administration. There may be long-term danger of a different kind in multiple investigations into ties with Russia among campaign workers, the White House staff and the Chief Executive himself. We look as some of the threads they're following.