Immigration

The Oishi family nursery in Richmond, seen here in an undated pre-war photo. The Oishis were one of 20 Japanese-American flower growing families in Richmond. Photo courtesy the El Cerrito Historical Society and the Oishi family.

Richmond residents commemorate anniversary of Japanese American incarceration order

Executive Order 9066, which cleared the way for the incarceration (or “internment”) of Japanese Americans during World War II, may have been signed 75 years ago, but Flora Ninomiya sees eerie parallels with the modern...
Jessica Escobar said she was marching to support undocumented friends and family members. Photo taken January 21, 2017 at the Oakland Women's March by Rachel Loyd.

Bay Area officials support sanctuary cities, despite threats of federal cuts

On January 25, President Donald Trump signed an executive order denying federal funds to sanctuary cities, such as Oakland and Richmond. But Bay Area officials are pushing back and affirming the status of sanctuary cities.
Mayor Butt released a statement last week responding to Donald Trump's plans to cut federal funding for sanctuary cities during his first 100 days in office. Photo by Catherine Schuknecht.

Richmond Mayor Tom Butt pledges protection for immigrants–but future remains uncertain

Mayor Tom Butt’s office released a statement last week in response to immigrants and undocumented individuals living in Richmond, a self-declared sanctuary city, following Donald Trump’s presidential win.

El Nuevo Mundo reflects bilingualism on the rise in Richmond

International Child Resource Institute’s El Nuevo Mundo Children’s Center offers bilingual development programs in Spanish and English, and multicultural learning experiences in an environment catered to children, ages 3 to 5, of all ethnic backgrounds.

Film screening inspires undocumented youth to aim for college

“I told the people in customs that we were just going to Disneyland,” Quezada said. “I guess you could say that I’ve been at Disneyland for over 15 years now.”

Non-profit Lao Family celebrates 35 years helping immigrants achieve self-sufficiency

In 1980, refugees from Laos gathered in the living room of a modest three-bedroom Richmond apartment. Their daunting goal was to help their growing community find jobs and housing in America after fleeing the destruction...

Richmond Confidential looks back on 2014, year for the ages

Long after the billboards come down, the campaign mailers rest in landfills and the New Year’s toasts come and go, 2014 may be remembered as Richmond’s big election year. We are honored to have been in Richmond’s streets and chambers, its...

Enabled by DACA, Ivy League Connection sends first undocumented student from Richmond to East Coast

Magaly Rodriguez, who came to the U.S. from Mexico when she was an infant, is not a U.S. citizen. To get Rodriguez to Brown University, ILC and university officials had to navigate a web of...