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Will Immigration Agents Use DMV Data for Enforcement?

Will Immigration Agents Use DMV Data for Enforcement?

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Immigrant advocates filed a lawsuit Wednesday over concerns that federal immigration agents could use state driver’s license databases to track down people for deportation.  The National Immigration Law Center sued the Department of Homeland Security demanding documents detailing how federal immigration agents access and use driver’s license data. The lawsuit comes [...]
The Homeless in Silicon Valley Ask: Where Will We Go?For decades, a creek bed in East San Jose, Calif. has become a homeless encampment for hundreds of residents who've lost homes, jobs and families. They had no place else to go. But on Dec. 4, "The Jungle," as what the encampment was called, was shut down by the city of San Jose.
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Silicon Valley Blazes a Trail — Abandoning the HomelessUpdate: The Associated Press on Thursday reported that police and social service officials in Silicon Valley have started clearing the homeless encampment.  SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Shouting and banging on doors, city officials in Silicon Valley stapled and taped notices on hand built structures, tents and tree trunks warning more than 200 residents of [...]
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Dim Sum Restaurant Workers Win $4 Million SettlementIn the world of immigrant workers, grassroots organizations, lawyers, labor officials, and in this case, the owners of an award-winning dim sum restaurant in San Francisco, there is proof that diverse groups can voluntarily reach an agreement involving money. In this case, it’s a $4 million settlement that covers wage issues and benefits – and [...]
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Oakland Renters Chalk Up Victory for Tenant RightsHigh technology job growth has increased demand for housing in the San Francisco Bay Area, causing soaring rents that have spilled over into cities like Oakland. The estimated rent for homes in Oakland for June 2014 hit $2,124, nearly 11 percent higher than the same period last year, and those housing costs have risen every [...]
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Q&A: Why I Back a Higher Minimum Wage in OaklandIn Congress, efforts to increase the federal minimum wage haven’t moved in months – despite numerous Americans concerned about having jobs but not earning enough to pay their bills. In Oakland, Calif., voters in this San Francisco Bay Area city are among those on the frontline, at least on the local level, of this debate. [...]
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Shifting From Prisons to Schools: Redemption in CaliforniaIn 1999, about this time of the year, I was hanging billboard-size banners off freeway overpasses with a bunch of people I just met that morning. The spray-painted bedsheets read “No on Prop 21!” and “Stop Criminalizing Youth of Color.” We were part of California’s burgeoning youth movement – mainly twentysomethings who were coming of [...]
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Meet Ana Aceves – the Mexican Carl SaganBERKELEY, Calif. – When Ana Aceves was 12 years old, she sat on her parents’ front porch in the Central Valley city of Merced, California, looked up into the night sky and had an “out of body experience.” She saw herself on her porch, then her city, and state, planet, and finally the stars. It [...]
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Pursuing Clarity in South L.A. to Transform NeighborhoodsAt a recent leadership academy for South Los Angeles residents, Gilda Haas – who was sharing information – opened with a story: “Once upon a time, there was a beautiful city in southern California that was an industrial powerhouse.” She went on to share the (abbreviated) story of South L.A., a story that participants knew [...]
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Will a Tax on Soda Lead to Healthier Lives?SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A tax on sodas and other sugar-laden drinks that voters and courts in other parts of the country have rejected is on the November ballots in San Francisco and Berkeley, two cities that have been open to such social-engineering initiatives in the past. Voters in San Francisco will decide whether to [...]
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