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Immigration – California

Zooming to the border for human rights

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: November | December 2020

Activists, researchers, and journalists, concerned about human rights convened five panels representing different sections of the U.S.-Mexico Border.

California vs Trump: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra: “Bring it on!”

Gloria Meneses-Sandoval |  Issue: April | May 2018

Not one day goes by in California or elsewhere in the United States where you don’t hear about lawsuits being filed for one thing or another. These challenges have many interesting reasons and they are all looking to the courts to give a solution to one side or another. U.S. attorney general Jefferson Sessions has […]

Lisbeth Mateo: A Dreamer is sworn in as an attorney

Maríaelena Martínez |  Issue: September | October 2017

  Lisbeth Mateo a dreamer was recently sworn in as an attorney buy California State Senate President, Kevin de Leon. Lisbeth is one of a handful of undocumented attorneys. As a young student at Santa Monica College in 2002 she remembers walking around campus thinking she must be the only one without papers. The CA […]

‘We’re all under attack!’

Steve Teixeira |  Issue: July 2017

  Two recent cases in the Los Angeles area show that the government’s attack on “undocumented criminals” is a threat to the rights of immigrants, and even citizens. Unless a broad movement can stop these raids and police-state type actions against the most vulnerable workers, such attacks will spread out against more kinds of people. […]

Lived experiences: On this side of the border

Interview by Laura Garcia |  Issue: July 2017

‘You did the hardest thing. Permission, whose president did you get permission from? From none, so you just keep on going.’ In her visit to Fresno, CA, Laura García, editor of the Tribuno del Pueblo, interviewed Rosemary Moreno, an activist for immigrants’ rights. Tribuno: Tell me about your community work. Rosemary: I help people with […]

Forging alliances

Interview by Cathleen Williams |  Issue: July 2017

Cross-border organizing and a broad sanctuary movement bring our social class together     Tribuno del Pueblo reporter Cathleen Williams interviewed longtime immigration-rights activist Nativo Lopez on a visit to the California state capital, Sacramento, in late May. TRIBUNO: Nativo, you are a leader of the organization, Hermandad Mexicana. Tell me about Hermandad Mexicana. NATIVO: […]

Fresno Church declares itself a sanctuary

Eduardo Castro |  Issue: May | June 2017

  FRESNO, CALIFORNIA — Rev. Sharon Avril of Carter Episcopal Church recently announced that her church is now a sanctuary for all immigrants. Carter Memorial has been in existence for 135 years in Fresno. The U.S. Episcopal Church has existed for 210 years in U.S.  The original church started during the period of slavery when […]

Hundreds jeer ICE director in Sacramento

Cathleen Williams |  Issue: May | June 2017

‘Racism is a cover, but it’s all about cheap labor,’ says LACLA leader More than 700 people turned out in Sacramento on March 28 to protest the appearance of Thomas Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Homan had been invited to speak at a “town hall” by the right wing Sacramento […]

California on its way to becoming a sanctuary state

Gloria M. Sandoval |  Issue: May | June 2017

  Californians against the makers of the deportation machine The majority of Californians support the undocumented population and are working double-time to ensure that cities, schools, universities, churches, etc. pass sanctuary resolutions or safe-haven and pledges of non-cooperation with ICE. Know Your Rights campaigns are being held in many places to review the legal options […]

Friendship Park’s #LetThemHug Campaign in San Diego-Tijuana

Pedro Rios |  Issue: September | October 2016

  On most Saturdays and Sundays, people hike the 1.5 miles to arrive at Friendship Park, the southwestern most corner of the U.S. border with Mexico. From all over the United States and from throughout Mexico, Friendship Park is where families gather to see each other, albeit with the border fence between them. Visits on […]

Sanctuary Cities Under Siege After Murder on Pier

Michelle Cordova H. |  Issue: August | September 2015

  The murder of Kathryn Steinle on pier 14 San Francisco on June 1 allegedly at the hands of Juan Francisco López Sánchez, an undocumented Mexican immigrant deported 5 times, has ignited the debate over sanctuary cities, and the militarization of the Mexican border.

Risking deportation for immigration reform ̶ Part II

Reprinted from Aljazeera America |  Issue: April | May 2015

  By the end of 2013, when other undocumented immigrants began taking actions to stop deportations, I felt I could challenge that early advice from lawyers and other activists by coming out and openly joining these actions. Once my daughter agreed with my decision to come out, we joined the local #Not1More deportation campaign to […]

Support for Immigrant Women and Children Dwarfs Opposition in So. Cal.

Chuck Parker with assistance from Fernando Romero, Luis Nolasco, Jennaya Dunlap, and Mario Lazcano. |  Issue: September 2014

COACHELLA, CA–Local communities have shown an outpouring of support and welcome for the refugee families, in contrast to the hostility shown by anti-immigrant groups in Murrieta. One example of this is the generous outpouring of financial support from the community of Coachella which donated nearly $5000 to members of the Comité Latino outside the Our […]

Murrieta Shocks the Conscience of the American People

Democracy Now |  Issue: September 2014

  What follows is taken from Enrique Morones, director of the Border Angels in San Diego on July 11 on news show, “Democracy Now.” What I observed was the freedom of speech in action, which everybody supports. The protesters were on the sidewalk, yelling their chants and so forth. Then I saw the three buses […]

San Bernardino, CA

Fernando Romero |  Issue: June | July 2014

On May Day, 2014, the streets of Downtown San Bernardino rang with the voices of hundreds of people of all ages from communities and organizations all over the Inland Empire, in a unified, urgent call to action. Music and chants created a festive atmosphere, while strong messages from diverse speakers emphasized that now is the […]

Coachella Valley

Chuck Parker |  Issue: June | July 2014

  150 people from the community came together for a march in Indio, CA to demand an end to deportations in the Coachella Valley. Organized by the Comite Latino, the march included entire families with their children, students from local schools and colleges, members of local churches, farm workers, labor organizations and even two champion […]

Murrieta Rally

Fernando Romero |  Issue: March | April 2014

Against the Rise of ICE Raids On Wednesday, Jan. 29, we conducted a press conference outside the Border Patrol office in Murrieta, CA. in response to a rise in raids across the region. Hotline and community reports from the Coachella Valley, Riverside and the Low Desert have cited roaming Border Patrol vehicles cruising day labor […]

Stop the Repression, Stop the Deportations

Mario Lazcano, Comité Latino del Valle de Coachella, California |  Issue: March | April 2014

  California cannot wait for comprehensive immigration reform to be approved. Since January 1, 2014, many laws came into effect that protect immigrants. The TRUST Act is the law that forbids the police from handing over to ICE or “the migra” people that are undocumented and without a criminal record. Safe Communities is poison—they have […]

Driving While Latina

Susan Lamont |  Issue: Volume 40, Number 5

  One family’s story of deportation and separation Rudy’s children are wearing diapers at night, though he says they are “too old” for that. His youngest daughter, age three, won’t sleep alone. Their mother, Rudy’s wife Raquel, was deported 20 months ago, leaving behind an anguished husband and five traumatized children. Twenty-nine years ago, at […]