immigration

Janice Nimura

Japan and the U.S. have a long history together. In the late 1800s, Japan had just emerged from a civil war, and the government had a mission to build the country back up again by learning the ways of the West. So they started sending young men to the U.S., to learn how Americans do business, build and work. Then, came the idea to send young women. Actually -- girls.

Daily news roundup for Monday, July 6, 2015

Jul 6, 2015
Connor Radnovich, The Chronicle

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

San Francisco slaying raises questions about 'sanctuary' for detained illegal immigrants // San Jose Mercury News

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This past summer thousands of women and young people flooded over the border -- seeking to escape terrible violence in South and Central America. Many who came brought little with them, but they carry emotional baggage. And that’s where mental health counselors step in -- to help the recently arrived deal with the trauma they’ve faced, and even to help convince American courts to let them stay. But there are a lot of barriers to good mental health care for immigrants.

 Activists Work to Stop East Bay Coal Exports // East Bay Express 

"A coalition of environmentalists and city leaders is attempting to block a planned coal-exporting facility in Oakland and the export of coal through a terminal in Richmond.

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The San Francisco Bay has long been a gateway for immigrants. Between 1910 and 1940, more than a million people from 80 different countries entered the United States through the immigration station on Angel Island. 

On the Feb. 1, 2015 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I moderate a debate on the question of whether Comprehensive Immigration Reform would be good for the economy, especially for the job situation for workers and employers.

Taking the yes side will be the Partnership for a New Economy's  Executive Director, Jeremy Robbins. Taking the no side will be The Center for Immigration Study's Director of Research, Steven Camarota.

As usual, in the second part of the show, you can call in for a Workover.

Angela Johnston

 


Rosa Santos is leaning over a pile of forms and documents in the corner of the San Jose’s new DMV. I meet her along with her friend. They’re both applying for their licenses for the first time through AB 60.

Santos came prepared today. She studied for hours, pouring over YouTube tutorials and sample driver's tests. As she waits in line, she riffles through the documents she needs -  a Mexican ID, a piece of mail to confirm her address, and $33 for the processing fee.

Whether for counterterrorism measures, street level crime, or immigration, racial profiling of minorities occurs frequently. However, racial profiling is illegal under many jurisdictions and many might say ineffective. Is racial profiling ever moral or is it always an unjustified form of racism? Is there any evidence that certain races or ethnic groups have a tendency to behave in particular ways? Or is racial stereotyping a result of deeply-held biases we're not even aware of?

Bridging the language gap for immigrant parents

Jun 2, 2014

Oakland’s Skyline High School has one of the most diverse campuses in California, with students coming from a wide range of backgrounds. That means some parents are not fluent in English, making it difficult for them to communicate with teachers and administrators. That is where the school's Family Resource Center comes in, helping to bridge the language gap with translation services.

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Last June, the U.S. Congress made a landmark decision to pass immigration reform. The new law eliminates the Diversity Immigrant Lottery Visa, also known as the Green Card Lottery. 

Solas Live This Saturday 3 pm!

Apr 1, 2014

Just Added!  Solas, one of this country's leading Irish-American bands, will be stopping by the KALW studios this Saturday for a live performance.  Led by talented multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan, Solas has been called "exciting" and "brilliant."  Thistle & Shamrock calls Solas "Irish America's most influential band."  Solas will perform songs from its latest CD "Shamrock City," a tale of immigration, tragedy, corruption, and discrimination based on the true-life story of Michael Conway.   


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Last June marked a much anticipated achievement for the US Congress- the passing of the immigration reform bill.

East Bay Espress: The gritty life of a day laborer

Jan 15, 2014

From our partners at the East Bay Express.

The Affordable Care Act/Medi-Cal Coverage -- immigration issues.
Guest:  Ellen Wu, Exec. Director, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
Listeners: please call with questions & comments for Chuck and Ellen Wu: 415-841-4134.
 

Audrey Dilling

Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca and her team of designers and coders have the next 25 hours to build a website. Not just any website, but one that’s engaging enough to influence the national conversation around immigration policy.

From our partners at Youth Radio.

Immigration Fraud and other State Bar Consumer Issues.

Guest: Incoming State Bar of California President Luis Rodriguez; listeners are invited to call with questions for Chuck and his guest on the air, 415-841-4134.

Also tonight, our monthly Call-A-Lawyer Night. While Your Legal Rights is on the air, 7-8pm, please call our off-air law clinic with questions on any topic attorney specialists there are prepared to discuss: 800-525-9917 for private consultation.uez

Mary Willis

Government shutdown causes working visa uncertainty

Oct 10, 2013
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Thousands of people move to the Bay Area for a job. Many are from overseas, requiring a visa to live and work in the United States.

But the Government shutdown has closed a service needed to process some of these temporary work visas.

As a result, there are workers who may be forced to leave the country when their visas expire. Others are currently unable to return to the US without the proper documentation.

IMMIGRATION STORIES: Cynthia Garcia

Sep 25, 2013
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The Board of Supervisors passed legislation yesterday that could affect undocumented immigrants living in San Francisco. Under the new Due Process for All ordinance, local law enforcement will not be required to hold undocumented immigrants for federal authorities if they are otherwise due to be released. Up until now, they’ve been required to hold detainees--for at least 48 hours--under a federal program called Secure Communities. Supervisor John Avalos is against the federal policy because of how it plays out in immigrant communities.

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Many Californians have come here from somewhere else. In fact, the state has more immigrants than any other in the country. This week, we’re running a series of profiles of immigrants in the Bay Area. Today we meet a medical professional from India and a young woman from Ireland.

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Today, Congress reconvened after summer recess. Immigration advocates had hoped that the comprehensive bill the senate passed back in June would be up for discussion. But with the debate over a possible strike on Syria, and the debt ceiling rearing its head again, and they're worried immigration reform will get buried.

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Not long ago, I attended a lecture at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall, the law school. It was just before sunset and about 100 Yemeni Americans – mostly young men – filled the room to see and hear their countrywoman, 34-year-old Tawakkul Karman. She’s the activist and revolutionary, who won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for sparking the revolution that ousted Yemeni president Ali Abdalla Saleh.

Photo by GooWakJai, 2010 / http://www.flickr.com/photos/goowakjai/

San Francisco’s Chinatown has interested many tourists over the years. Every day people visit to learn about Chinese American History. 

  


Labor unions have a big stake in immigration reform

May 1, 2013
Adrian Florido

As head of the 800,000-member Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, Maria Elena Durazo is one of the nation’s most powerful union leaders, and a key player in the ongoing immigration reform negotiations. But before her current post, she led a hotel workers’ union. She said one of the hardest parts of the job was convincing workers who were in the country illegally to organize. They feared they could be easily fired, and she said that fear had rippling implications.

The hotly anticipated bill to overhaul our nation's immigration system is expected to be presented Tuesday by a bipartisan group of senators. At stake are the lives of at least 11 million — that’s the number of people living here without proper immigration documents.

From articles, interviews and tweets, we've pieced together what the proposal has in mind for different types of immigrant populations — long-term illegal residents, farm workers and felons, to name a few.

Luis Flores

Tucked away in the student center at University of California Berkeley, the Undocumented Student Program is designed to be a national model. It makes college possible for students without legal status.

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