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How your garden tells the story of immigration in Southern California

Posted March 19, 2015 by | 5 Comments | ]
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The buzzing of leaf blowers, weed whackers and lawnmowers are part of Southern California’s sonic landscape. And the people usually holding those machines are Latino immigrant men, who call themselves jardineros, Spanish for gardeners. It’s their labor that gives curb appeal to so many homes, keeping lawns neatly trimmed, hedges pruned and weeds at bay.
The story of the jardineros also reveals the long relationship between immigration and the …

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What is the ‘California Dream’?

Posted January 14, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Venice Beach Sunset photo by Graham/Flickr/CC

Today’s California dream is not your grandfather’s California dream.
So why do we keep telling ourselves that we’re still seeking the same California dream? “California dream” has become a verbal tic in speeches, a graffiti we scrawl on signs and headlines without thinking about its meaning. Democrats and Republicans alike, as they assumed new offices this month, pledged to defend the supposedly enduring California dream. …

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Undocumented, and riding shotgun

Posted January 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo via Flickr/CC/Jared eberhardt

Up until my early 20s, I rode shotgun. With my high school and college sweetheart, I flipped through the soft sleeves of our shared CD binder in search of the right music. I double-checked our drive-through orders for extra ketchup. I pointed out the sights only I caught in time.
In 1991, my family left the Philippines for California, where my aunt had been living …

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Watch: President Obama takes executive action on immigration

Posted November 20, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
President Barack Obama addresses the White House Forum on Health Reform, Thursday, March 5, 2009  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama will address the nation this evening to announce that he will be taking executive action on immigration reform.  There are currently more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United Staes, and analysts say the new proposal may allow five million immigrants to stay legally and obtain work permits.

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President Obama responds to the election

Posted November 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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President Obama will speak at 2:50 pm ET to respond to results from Tuesday’s election, in which wins for the Republican Party means a shift in power for the Congress.
Here’s a transcript of the president responding to what he says was a “good night” for Republicans.

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Artists riff on immigration themes with blend of history, humanity

Posted August 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
China Mary, Wyoming 2 by Hung Liu (courtesy the artist and Walter Maciel Gallery)

Meet “China Mary.” That wasn’t her real name, of course.
Like other Chinese women sold by their families to work as slaves or prostitutes in the United States back in the 19th century, she was renamed for the convenience of the Americans who employed them. This portrait is by the artist Hung Liu, who immigrated to California in the 80s.
View the complex issues of immigration through …

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Mixer: The state of a border state, where Murrieta marks the spot

Posted July 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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This week, House Speaker John Boehner said it’ll be difficult to monetarily address the flow of undocumented kids across the U.S./Mexico border, until the 2008 law that allowed their travels to the aforementioned place is changed. Boehner said the anti-trafficking regulations that were put in place during the waning year of the Bush administration are being abused, and that he doesn’t foresee much progress …

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Sonia Nazario on children crossing the US border: ‘It’s a modern day odyssey’

Posted July 18, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
The Mexican border at Sasabe Arizona
Photo: Phillip Capper via Flickr/ CC

When author Sonia Nazario wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning book  “Enrique’s Journey” in 2006, nobody was paying much attention to the number of children coming across the US border. Now, as the New York Times reports, “more than 52,000 children have been caught crossing the United States border alone since October — double last year’s number.”
Back in March, Warren spoke with Nazario about the book, …

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When undocumented children come to LA, who greets them?

Posted June 30, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Today, President Obama announced he is using executive authority to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.” Pointing the finger at the GOP for Congress’ failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform, Obama said this inaction has contributed to the recent surge of immigrant children trying to get in to the U.S. illegally from Central America. Obama …

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Dov Charney is stripped of role at American Apparel

Posted June 19, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Controversial American Apparel CEO Dov Charney has been ousted by the Board of Directors from the clothing company he founded amid an investigation into alleged misconduct. Charney has become a prominent voice in the business community, both for immigration reform and for paying apparel workers a livable wage. But he’s also been accused of sexual harassment by former employees and has clashed with board …

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Tracing Points: 5 immigration stories you missed this week

Posted May 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
(U. S. Army photo by Sgt. Barry St. Clair)

Each week, we put you on the map with immigration and transnational culture stories you might have missed throughout the week. And if you’ve come across any articles worth mentioning, write to us sonic.trace@kcrw.org or tweet us @SonicTrace_KCRW.
 Secure Communities program up for review
The program that sends immigrants, who are booked for local crimes,  to immigration officials is being looked into by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh …

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Tracing Points: 5 immigration stories you missed this week

Posted May 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Sonic Trace Producer Brian De Los Santos interviews Victoria Dominguez. (Photo: Denise Malone)

Each week, we put you on the map with immigration and transnational culture stories you might have missed throughout the week. And if you’ve come across any articles worth mentioning, write to us sonic.trace@kcrw.org or tweet us @SonicTrace_KCRW.
DHS rejects design of California driver’s license for immigrants
Department of Homeland Security officials wrote a letter to California’s Department of Motor Vehicles stating the proposed driver’s licenses for …

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Tracing Points: 5 immigration stories you missed this week

Posted May 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week, we put you on the map with immigration and transnational culture stories you might have missed throughout the week. And if you’ve come across any articles worth mentioning, write to us sonic.trace@kcrw.org or tweet us @SonicTrace_KCRW.
May Day comes to Los Angeles
Thousands of immigration reform supporters took to the streets of Los Angeles for the annual May Day March. This year’s event was geared …

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Tracing Points: 5 immigration stories you missed this week

Posted April 25, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
Devi Ramirez, 26, has been involved with Aztec dancing since she was 16 years old. (Photo: Devi Ramirez)

 Each week, we put you on the map with immigration and transnational culture stories you might have missed throughout the week. And if you’ve come across any articles worth mentioning, write to us sonic.trace@kcrw.org or tweet us @SonicTrace_KCRW.
President Obama may step in, if Congress doesn’t
While immigration reform legislation isn’t going anywhere, President Obama’s administration may unveil new policy changes to provide relief to some undocumented …

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Tracing Points: 5 immigration stories you missed this week

Posted April 18, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Tijuana/Mexico. Flickr photo: Nathan Gibbs.

Each week, we put you on the map with immigration and transnational culture stories you might have missed throughout the week. And if you’ve come across any articles worth mentioning, write to us sonic.trace@kcrw.org or tweet us @SonicTrace_KCRW.
Republicans are moderate about immigration policy
GOP voters may not be as conservative as you think — when it comes to immigration.
About 37 percent of Republicans support a pathway …

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Tracing Points: 5 immigration stories you missed this week

Posted April 11, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
Immigration activists say President Obama doesn't understand their fight. (Photo: Eric Pearse-Chavez, Sonic Trace)

Each week, we put you on the map with immigration and transnational culture stories you might have missed throughout the week. And if you’ve come across any articles worth mentioning, write to us sonic.trace@kcrw.org or tweet us @SonicTrace_KCRW.
 Dreamer passes credible fear interview, closer to staying in U.S.
On Monday, Jaren Rodriguez Orellana, who participated in the Bring Them Home 3 border action and is a Honduran …

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Border Patrol says deadly San Diego shooting justified

Posted February 19, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The deadly shooting of a suspected illegal migrant is rekindling the debate over the use of lethal force along the U.S.-Mexican border. Investigators say a man who was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent yesterday threw several large rocks, including one that hit the agent in the face. It happened about four miles from San Diego’s Otay Mesa Border Crossing as agents …

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How to avoid immigration fraud

Posted November 14, 2013 by | 16 Comments | ]
Photo: Saul Gonzalez

Understanding U.S. immigration laws can be tricky. And with the possibility of immigration reform and a path to citizenship on the horizon, many fear that there is more opportunity for immigration fraud. Saul Gonzalez reports on one case of fraud here.
We spoke to Daniel Sharp, legal director at CARECEN (Central American Resource Center) Los Angeles, to iron out some questions about fraud, immigration processes and …

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Life in Las Casitas, hidden housing in Newbury Park

Posted November 13, 2013 by | 7 Comments | ]
Avenida del Platino in Las Casitas, Newbury Park, CA.

All over the country, and here in Southern California, there are many high income areas that thrive and depend on low-income jobs. These jobs are often filled by immigrants: nannies, landscapers, kitchen staff, housekeepers and janitors. Thousand Oaks in Ventura County is one of these places, but because of the city’s strict zoning laws, many of the low-income people who work in Thousand Oaks …

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Sonic Trace: 5 things to know about the ‘Dream 9′

Posted October 8, 2013 by | 24 Comments | ]
Lizbeth Mateo, a Dream 9 activist. (Photo: Eric Pearse Chavez)

This post comes to us from KCRW’s Sonic Trace. 
1- Who are they?
There’s a total of nine youths who — with the support of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance — presented themselves at the Nogales-Sonora border. Most Dreamers haven’t been to their place of birth.
Dreamers are young undocumented immigrants who were brought into the U.S by their parents. The term “Dream” comes after a piece …

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