15 Mar
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How California Went from Anti-Immigrant to “Sanctuary State”

http://www.capradio.org/articles/2018/03/15/how-california-went-from-anti-immigration-to-sanctuary-state/ You can listen (it’s about 4-1/2 minutes) or read, as you prefer, but you should definitely invest the time and learn some California history that even those of us who lived through it may have forgotten or never known.  The story features St. Catherine’s Church in Morgan Hill.

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15 Mar
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How Trump’s Immigration Policy Is Splitting Families Apart

http://time.com/longform/donald-trump-immigration-policy-splitting-families/ Here is the opening of the cover story (by Haley Sweetland Edwards) in Time‘s issue of March 8, a story that is all too familiar to our undocumented neighbors here in Monterey County: “Just before 7:30 one Friday morning last March, Alejandro said goodbye to his wife Maria and his two small daughters and headed […]

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07 Mar
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In Immigration Speech, Sessions Scolds California

The New York Times reports on 3/7/18: “Warning that California’s liberal politicians were endangering the state’s citizens and obstructing federal law, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Wednesday that the Trump administration was suing the state over laws designed to make it more difficult for federal immigration agents to operate there. Speaking before a crowd of more […]

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07 Mar
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Trump Administration Sues California Over Immigration Laws

Katie Benner and Jennifer Medina in the NY Times, Tuesday evening 3/6/18: The Trump administration escalated what had been a war of words over California’s immigration agenda, filing a lawsuit late Tuesday that amounted to a pre-emptive strike against the liberal state’s so-called sanctuary laws. The Justice Department sued California; Gov. Jerry Brown; and the […]

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06 Mar
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AG Jeff Sessions Will Make “Major Sanctuary Jurisdiction Announcement” in Sacramento

Ben Adler of Capital Public Radio reports: “U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will make a “major sanctuary jurisdiction announcement” in Sacramento on Wednesday, just blocks from the state Capitol where legislative Democrats and California Gov. Jerry Brown passed a “sanctuary state” law last year. “The Department of Justice announced Sessions will attend the annual Law Enforcement Legislative […]

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22 Feb
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DACA Renewals Continue As Congress, Courts Tussle

KQED News reports that DACA recipients and community groups continue to pursue renewals while they wait for Congress to act or, more likely, for an appellate court to decide whether two lower court rulings against the termination of DACA will stand. The link contains both written and audio versions of the story https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2018/02/21/daca-renewals-continue-as-congress-courts-tussle-over-deadlines-policy/?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=20180221NewsDaily&mc_key=003i000000UOpjiAAD

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06 Feb
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Rep. Panetta plans to introduce Immigrant Victim Protection Act

Rep. Jimmy Panetta, who represents Monterey County and parts of neighboring counties in the House of Representatives, announced new legislation in his latest newsletter (which hit your blogger’s inbox on February 5, 2018) that bears watching: ”In February, I will introduce my first bill of 2018, the Immigrant Victim Protection Act. The bill would increase […]

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01 Feb
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New ICE Directive on Courthouse Arrest Policy

KQED reported on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, on a troubling new ICE policy that threatens the safety of crime victims, witnesses, and family members: “Federal immigration authorities formalized a policy Wednesday to send deportation agents to federal, state and local courthouses to make arrests, dismissing complaints from judges and advocacy groups that it instills fear […]

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27 Jan
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Report: ICE to Track License Plates

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/01/26/ice-to-track-license-plates-using-bay-area-companys-technology-report/ The Mercury News reports on 1/26/18: “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is accessing a Bay Area company’s massive license plate database, increasing fears of activists worried about a federal immigration crackdown. Livermore-based Vigilant Solutions’ database contains a couple of billion license plate images, according to a report by tech news site the Verge. The […]

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