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Southern U.S. Border Sees A Slowdown In Unaccompanied Minors From Central America

Thursday, September 03, 2015

As summer ends, it's becoming clear that we won't see a repeat of last year's "border surge" of Central American minors seeking asylum at the U.S. southern border.

That surge captivated headlines, clogged immigration courts, and caused President Obama to declare a border crisis last year.

But this year is ...


Pope Visit Highlights Latino Role In The Future Of The Catholic Church

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Latinos are a big part of the shift of the Catholic Church's strength from the Northeast to the West and South. NPR speaks to Latino Catholics in California about the Pope's upcoming visit.


Analysts See U.S. Border With Mexico As More Secure Than It's Been In 40 Years

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

While Donald Trump's recent position paper on immigration dominates headlines, a new study of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. digs into the latest numbers.

The Washington, D.C.-based Migration Policy Institute released "An Analysis of Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States by Country and Region of Birth." It's based on U.S. ...


Feds And Local Law Enforcement Spar Over Immigrant Crime

Saturday, August 15, 2015

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A Father In California, Kids In El Salvador, And New Hope To Reunite

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Unaccompanied minors surged across the U.S. southern border last year, fleeing violence in Central America. This year the Obama administration hopes to forestall a new wave with a quiet new program.


Border Patrol Urged To Crack Down On Corruption In Its Own Ranks

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A new government report recommends that the U.S. Border Patrol double its internal affairs investigators to focus on corruption and the alleged mistreatment of migrants along the Mexican border.

The interim report, written at the request of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, focuses on three themes: rooting ...


Obama Immigrant Detention Policies Under Fire

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Obama administration is under growing pressure to change its policies governing the detention of thousands of migrants who came to the United States illegally.

Maybe it is a coincidence, but consider what has happened this past week:

--The American Immigration Council and the American Civil Liberties Union announced a ...


At 96, Poet And Beat Publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti Isn't Done Yet

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The publisher of Allen Ginsberg's iconic poem "Howl" has three books coming out this year and is also working on a novel. Looking back, he says, "Everything was better than it is when you're old."


Supreme Court Rejects NRA Challenge To San Francisco Gun Rules

Monday, June 08, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to block two San Francisco gun control measures that were fiercely opposed by the National Rifle Association. At least one veteran court observer says the high court's decision raises questions about how the justices interpret the Second Amendment.

First, the basics: A 2007 San ...


U.S. Citizen Stranded In Yemen Sues State Department

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Several Yemeni-American men report being stranded temporarily in Yemen after the U.S. seized their passports. They say the government accused them of fraud and forced them to sign false confessions.


U.S. Judge To Rule On Asylum Challenge Involving Families From Central America

Monday, May 11, 2015

A federal judge is expected to rule on whether it is constitutional to hold women and children from Central America, who are seeking asylum in the U.S., in detention centers.


San Francisco Police Texting Scandal Could Compromise Thousands Of Cases

Friday, May 08, 2015

The San Francisco district attorney has identified 3,000 criminal cases that could be compromised by a growing scandal involving racist and otherwise offensive text messages sent by police officers.


China, India Surpass Mexico As Leading Sources Of New Immigrants To U.S.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate a change in the flow of immigrants arriving in the U.S. from around the world and offer a look at what the nation will look like in the future.

The political debate today in Washington remains focused on the status of ...


California Bill Could Limit Police Access To Body Camera Footage

Friday, May 01, 2015

Lawmakers want to prohibit police officers from viewing video from their body cameras before they write their reports. It's part of an effort to bring more transparency to policing.


A Ticking Clock Threatens Obama's Immigration Plan

Friday, April 17, 2015

A federal appeals court in New Orleans heard oral arguments in a case that could determine the viability of President Obama's plan to temporarily shield more than 4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation and issue them work permits.

At stake is whether the president will get to implement his plan ...


How Almonds Became A Scapegoat For California's Drought

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The relentless drought has turned almonds into a target for water conservationists who bemoan that it takes one gallon of water to grow one almond. Growers say the bad rap is unfair and misleading.


Immigrant-Rights Activists In Seattle Claim Victory In Child Deportation Case

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A federal judge in Seattle has given immigrant advocates a victory.


Amid Drought, Central Valley Residents Face Rising Water Prices

Thursday, April 02, 2015

A small California town may run out of water because the drought has driven up the price to buy it. Residents of Cantua Creek, Calif., say they can't afford to pay the $30 monthly inc...


California Plastic Bag Referendum Could Spark Environmental Showdown

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A referendum to repeal California's statewide ban on plastic single-use bags has been added to the November 2016 ballot. The measure was backed by the plastic bag industry.


Calif. Lawyer Proposes Ballot Initiative To Kill Gays And Lesbians

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

California's system of direct democracy — the voter initiative process — has produced landmark laws reducing property taxes, banning affirmative action and legalizing medical marijuana.

Now there's a bid to declare that "the people of California wisely command" that gays and lesbians can be killed.

You read that right.

The ...