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Cal State trustees call for preserving legal protections for 'Dreamers'

California State University’s board of trustees unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday encouraging leaders of the nation’s largest public university system and each of its 23 campuses to support and advocate for the continued protection of their 8,300 “Dreamer” students and hundreds more faculty and staff members.

Chancellor Timothy P. White urged the trustees to take a public stand at their meeting in Long Beach. “This resolution … is a rare occurrence, but these are rare and unique circumstances,” he told them. “It’s something that we don’t normally do. But because of its importance, we decided to stand up.”



Trump administration ending protections for thousands of Nicaraguan migrants, and defers decision on Hondurans
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Trump administration ending protections for thousands of Nicaraguan migrants, defers decision on Hondurans

The Trump administration said Monday it would end a special reprieve from deportation for thousands of Nicaraguans who have been allowed to stay in the U.S. for years, but delayed a decision on similar protections for tens of thousands of Hondurans.

The Department of Homeland Security announced that it would not renew temporary protected status for about 5,300 Nicaraguans whose protections under the program expire on Jan. 5. They will be allowed to stay in the U.S. only until Jan. 5, 2019, unless they qualify to stay under other provisions of immigration law, senior administration officials told reporters.



CA Attorney General asks judge to reinstate DACA program until final court ruling
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Attorney General Xavier Becerra asks judge to reinstate DACA program until final court ruling

Local and state officials who filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program asked a federal judge on Wednesday to reinstate the program until there’s a final court ruling on the lawsuit.

The motion — filed by Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the University of California, Santa Clara County and the city of San Jose, among others — asks the Northern District of California to issue a preliminary injunction blocking the Trump Administration’s rescission of DACA while the trial is pending. It’s the latest in a months-long battle between the Trump Administration and DACA supporters to determine the future of the controversial program.



Governor Brown signs “sanctuary state” legislation
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Governor Brown signs 'Sanctuary State' legislation

Under threat of possible retaliation by the Trump administration, Gov. Jerry Brown signed landmark “sanctuary state” legislation Thursday, vastly limiting who state and local law enforcement agencies can hold, question and transfer at the request of federal immigration authorities.

Senate Bill 54, which takes effect in January, has been blasted as “unconscionable” by U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, becoming the focus of a national debate over how far states and cities can go to prevent their officers from enforcing federal immigration laws. Supporters have hailed it as part of a broader effort by majority Democrats in the California Legislature to shield more than 2.3 million immigrants living illegally in the state.



AG Xavier Becerra
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California governor, legislative leaders allocate $30 million for 'Dreamers' in wake of DACA decision

Gov. Jerry Brown and California legislative leaders have agreed to earmark $30 million for financial aid and legal services to help young people brought into the country illegally as children, a response to President Trump’s recent decision to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The funding proposal, expected to be taken up Tuesday in a Senate budget and fiscal committee, comes a day after state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit challenging Trump's decision to rescind DACA, which grants temporary deportation protection and work permits for about 800,000 people across the country.



California sues Trump administration over plan to end DACA

California on Monday sued the Trump administration, challenging as unconstitutional the president’s plan to rescind a program to protect young immigrants brought to the country illegally from deportation.

The lawsuit comes a week after 15 other states, led by New York and Washington, filed a similar legal challenge.

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said Monday he decided to file a separate suit because the state and its economy will be especially harmed by the president's action because it is home to a quarter of the 800,000 people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.



AG Xavier Becerra
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California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra to announce a lawsuit challenging Trump's DACA decision

California on Monday will wade into the legal battle over President Trump's decision to scrap the nation's 5-year-old program protecting young immigrants without legal residency.

Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra plans to announce a lawsuit against the Trump administration over last week's rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. The action is scheduled to be announced at a late morning event in Sacramento, and a news release from the attorney general's office said he will appear at the event with several DACA recipients from California.



Attorney General Sessions Delivers Remarks on DACA

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today, Sept. 5, 2017, that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is being rescinded.


California Attorney General Xavier Becerra holds a news conference at Cal State LA

Cal State LA's Executive Vice President Jose Gomez and students join Attorney General Xavier Becerra in urging Trump to defend DACA

At a news conference held on the campus of Cal State LA, Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that attorneys general from 20 states signed a letter appealing to Trump. Congressman Jimmy Gomez also called on Trump to maintain the DACA program.



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Supreme Court finds a compromise in reviving Trump's travel ban

The Supreme Court on Monday took a pragmatic approach to resolving the dispute over President Trump's foreign travel ban with a middle-ground ruling that may defuse the controversy -- for now.



Expanded legal services for immigrants

Nearly $50 million in the California state budget will go to expanded legal services for immigrants

California state lawmakers approved $45 million in a state budget plan to expand legal services for immigrants, a response to the Trump administration's call to increase deportations.



Federal appeals court rules against Trump's Immigration ban

U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to reinstate Trump's travel ban

Another federal appeals court refused on Monday to lift a hold on President Trump's travel ban, ruling that it lacked justification and violated a federal immigration law that prohibits discrimination based on nationality.



Revised executive order bans travelers from six Muslim-majority countries from getting new visas

President Trump signed a new travel ban Monday that administration officials said they hope will end legal challenges over the matter by imposing a 90-day ban on the issuance of new visas for citizens of six majority-Muslim nations.



Federal appeals court rules 3 to 0 against Trump on travel ban

A federal appeals panel has maintained the freeze on President Trump's controversial immigration order, meaning previously barred refugees and citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries can continue entering the United States.



City of Los Angeles Hilda Solis
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Supervisors Solis & Kuehl call for continued protection of immigrant communities & establishment of Immigration Affairs Office

The County of Los Angeles is home to nearly 3.5 million immigrants. With such a large number of immigrants in the County, the Board of Supervisors passed a motion, introduced by Supervisors Hilda L. Solis and Sheila Kuehl, to officially establish an Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA) and request the Civilian Oversight Commission oversee the Sheriff’s Department’s adherence to their policies as described in his January 10, 2017 report.



City of Los Angeles creates fund for legal aid

L.A. proposes $10-million legal defense fund for immigrants facing deportation

Los Angeles city and county leaders on Monday unveiled a $10-million fund to provide legal assistance for residents facing deportation, the region's boldest move yet as it prepares for an expected crackdown on illegal immigration by Donald Trump.