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Last week in San Francisco, Omer Abdelmaged entered a government office in the SoMa district for an asylum interview.

Photo by Rodney Dunning, used under Creative Commons license via Flickr

On this edition of Your Call:  Immigrants who have lived in the United States for the majority of their lives or have fled dangerous conflicts are being deported. In many cases, they no longer have connections to their home countries. ICE is now arresting people after they drop their kids off at school or at when they show up for their regular ICE check-in.

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Elected officials throughout the state have made it clear that they do not agree with federal immigration policy.

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Many messy discrepancies remain between state and federal law regarding cannabis use. For the estimated 5 millions immigrants living in California who are not U.S. citizens, the stakes are high — especially when it comes cannabis.

Our immigration reporter Ninna Gaensler-Debs tells us more about what Proposition 64 will mean for immigrants here in the Bay Area. 

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After the destruction of the North Bay Fires, most Sonoma County residents could get financial assistance to help rebuild. But for the more than 40,000 undocumented immigrants living there, access to financial support has been limited.

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Call this hotline if ICE is at your door

Nov 27, 2017
Tom Levy

The San Francisco Rapid Response Network hotline, (415) 200-1548, supports people faced with imminent deportation or immigration issues, and is part of a wave of regional support for immigrants living in the Bay Area.

You can get a full list of rapid-response hotlines for the greater Bay Area and adjacent regions at the end of this article. This story originally aired in March of 2017, and has been updated online. 

Ninna Gaensler-Debs

 

Update: As of January 2018, the Trump administration has ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for both Haiti and El Salvador. That means over 250,000 TPS holders will have to return to their home countries.

More than 55,000 immigrants are living in California with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) — a form of humanitarian relief for those whose home countries have had some kind of catastrophe. Now, they’re at risk of losing their legal status.

  

What explains the rise of the right in countries that have historically been defenders of human rights and models of tolerance?

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Since Donald Trump took office, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) says agents have made 43 percent more arrests this year compared to this time last year.

Ninna Gaensler-Debs

A number of immigration-related bills passed the California Assembly last Friday on the last day of the legislative session. These bills and hundreds of others are now headed to Governor Brown’s desk. They're part of a set that Democrats introduced as an act of "resistance" to Donald Trump.

Here's a list of the bills discussed:

Chemicals without borders: Unearthing the Green Revolution

Sep 7, 2017
: GURDEEP SINGH DHALIWAL

 

Unearthing the Green Revolution, Part III: California's industrial approach to agriculture has long served as a model for government officials in Punjab, India, which dramatically increased crop yields decades ago as part of the high-tech, chemically supplemented Green Revolution. Yet the cost for Punjabi farmers has been a legacy of pesticide reliance, debt, and the hopes for a better life in other countries. 

  

Who's running the government under Donald Trump? That’s the question journalist John Nichols explores in his new book, Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America

Gurdeep Singh Dhaliwal

 

Unearthing the Green Revolution, Part IIThe story of how agriculture became agribusiness in California and around the world begins in Punjab, India, where the Green Revolution didn't just change how farmers work the land; it changed how they live. 

How rescinding DACA will impact the Bay Area

Sep 5, 2017
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Today the Trump Administration announced plans to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which was created by an executive order signed by President Obama. 

 

Gurdeep Singh Dhaliwal

 

Unearthing the Green Revolution, Part I: California's fertile Central Valley is home to a sizable community of farmers from Punjab in India, a region also famous for its rich cropland. Why they came to the United States is a story as layered and complex as the politics and science of the crops they cultivate. 

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Hurricane Harvey has devastated Houston and other cities along the Gulf Coast. At least 38 deaths have been reported. More than 32,000 people are in shelters across Texas. The city of Port Arthur is under water. Beaumont doesn’t have running water. Over six million people live in the Houston metro area. We’ll discuss media coverage of the devastation, overdevelopment, and climate change.

 

Immigration Attorneys Working for Justice

Aug 23, 2017

Immigration Attorneys Working for Justice by Rapid Response & Legal Representation for undocumented immigrants. Guests include Immigration Law attorneys: Certified Specialist Zachary Nightingale, and Valerie Zukin, Lead Attorney at the Justice & Diversity Center, SF Bar Assn; and Hamid Yasdan Panah, Member of the Iranian American Community of Northern California; & Sara Izadpanah, a Member of the American Immigration Lawyers Assn. Questions for Chuck & his guests? Please call toll-free 866-798-8255. 

Immigration Attorneys Working for Justice

Aug 23, 2017

Immigration Attorneys Working for Justice by Rapid Response & Legal Representation for undocumented immigrants. Guests include Immigration Law attorneys: Certified Specialist Zachary Nightingale, and Valerie Zukin, Lead Attorney at the Justice & Diversity Center, SF Bar Assn; and Hamid Yasdan Panah, Member of the Iranian American Community of Northern California; & Sara Izadpanah, a Member of the American Immigration Lawyers Assn. Questions for Chuck & his guests? Please call toll-free 866-798-8255. 

Your Call: San Francisco Mime Troupe Launches “Walls”

Jul 5, 2017
San Francisco Mime Troupe

For the past 58 years, the San Francisco Mime Troupe has been fighting oppression by creating socially relevant theater and making us laugh at the absurdities of contemporary life. 

If you’ve never seen the Mime Troupe, they’re not actual mimes. They use the word 'mime' in the ancient sense: to mimic. They talk. They sing. And they make a lot of noise. 

This year's performance, 'Walls,' asks: How can a nation of mostly immigrants declare war on immigration?

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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. 

Sights & Sounds: Lyz Luke

Jun 1, 2017
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Lyz Luke, Executive Music Enabler at UnderCover Presents, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three great arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Your Call: Jeff Sessions transforming the Department of Justice

Jun 1, 2017
Photo by Barry Bahler. Used under CC by US Department of Homeland Security


How is US Attorney General Jeff Sessions reshaping the Department of Justice and national policies?

Bringing Black immigrant issues to the forefront

May 10, 2017
Courtesy of Baji, RESIZED AND CROPPED

When you think about immigration and deportation in the US, one population that may not immediately come to mind is Black immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean.

On a corner in San Rafael, day laborers wait — and worry

May 10, 2017
Ninna Gaensler-Debs

You’ve probably seen them: groups of men looking for work, standing in front of Home Depot or waiting on corners of busy thoroughfares. These men are day laborers, looking for short-term work ranging from gardening to painting. On any given day there are almost 120,000 of them looking for work in the United States; about 40 percent are here in California.

May Day update on the Bay Area labor movement

May 1, 2017

  May 1, 2017: A 40-hour work week and paid sick leave are benefits that many in today’s workforce expect - and take for granted. Organized labor is to thank for these and other hard-won protections, yet today only 1 in 10 American workers are unionized.

In the 1980s, the term “sanctuary” was used in the context of churches that sheltered individuals and families fleeing war in the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Sights & Sounds: Vinita Sud Belani

Apr 6, 2017
courtesy of Vinita Sud Belani, cropped and resized

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Vinita Sud Belani, artistic director of Enacte Arts, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three great events happening around the Bay this weekend.

What will the next four years look like for public education? Betsy DeVos, the new Secretary of Education, has spent years successfully working to privatize education in Michigan, and Donald Trump's budget calls for $9 billion in cuts to the Department of Education.

Immigration Issues in the Workplace/the Employment Rights of Undocumented Workers, Language Discrimination, & Document Abuse. Guests: Employment Law attorneys -- Chris Ho (attorney for workers) & Jay Rosenlieb (attorney for employers). Questions for Chris and Jay? Please call toll-free 1-866-798-8255.

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