In the News

June 22, 2014

By: Melanie Mason & Patrick McGreevy

Two decades after California voters took a hard line on illegal immigration, affirmative action and bilingual education, an ascendant class of Latino lawmakers is seeking to rewrite the books and discard the polarizing laws.

June 20, 2014

LOS ÁNGELES.- Con mariachi y aplausos fue recibido el gobernador de California, Jerry Brown, quien fue escoltado por asambleístas y senadores estatales, así como concejales y activistas de Los Ángeles, quienes expresaron su agradecimiento por las leyes aprobadas durante su gestión a favor de los migrantes.

June 06, 2014

By: Patrick McGreevy

A group of state lawmakers said Wednesday they have drafted legislation that would repeal key provisions of Proposition 187, the ballot measure approved by voters 20 years ago that sought to withhold many public services from immigrants in the country illegally.

The federal courts overturned almost all provisions of the ballot measure as unconstitutional and it was never enforced, but it remains in on the books, according to Sen. Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles), the primary author of the repeal bill.

May 27, 2014

By: Cynthia Moreno

SACRAMENTO — Without immigrants, "there is no economy" in California.

That is what Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez, D-Coachella, believes.

At the 18th annual Immigrant Day last Monday, Pérez gave an impromptu speech on the west steps of the state Capitol to nearly 500 immigrants, community leaders, clergy and advocates.

Pérez said immigrants make up a third of the state's work force and a quarter of the total population, yet they continue to be deprived of the most basic of rights.

May 08, 2014

Por: Araceli Martínez Ortega

Hispanos de todas las áreas fueron reconocidos por la bancada latina de la legislatura de California con los premios al Espíritu Latino.

“Desde servidores públicos hasta periodistas, artistas y atletas, nuestros homenajeados este año son una muestra de los avances que los latinos han hecho en sus comunidades, a través del estado y la nación”, dijo el senador Ricardo Lara, presidente de la bancada latina en la legislatura estatal.

May 08, 2014

By: Josie Huang

Latino legislators and immigrant advocates are urging the Department of Homeland Security to drop its opposition to the planned design of licenses for California drivers in the country illegally.

In a letter to the state Department of Motor Vehicles, federal officials stated that the design of the licenses being rolled out in the coming year does not meet national security standards.

But supporters of the proposed design say that careful thought went into creating a license that would not draw undue attention to immigrants.

April 20, 2014

By: Juan Esparza Loera (Vida en el Valle)

From the moment Portuguese explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo explored the West Coast of North America on behalf of Spain and discovered what is now California in 1542, Latinos have played a prominent role in what eventually became the most populous state in the U.S.

Sometime in March, Latino residents became the plurality population group in the state, according to demographers with the state Department of Finance.

April 09, 2014

By: Cynthia Moreno

SACRAMENTO — When the California Latino Legislative Caucus helped pass a number of pro-immigrant legislation last year, they were heralded by many within the Latino community as trailblazers for recognizing both the changing demographics of the state and their needs.

This year, the Caucus has prepared a different agenda to continue helping and addressing the critical needs faced by the Latino community.

April 03, 2014

By: Maeve Reston

Enrollment by Latinos in California's healthcare insurance exchange surged in the final month of sign-ups after an intensive push to reach that key population.