Tag Archives: immigration

East Bay women build a net of support to help cope with the fear of deportation

Every morning in front of Melrose Leadership Academy, the same choreography is repeated: the uproar of the children arriving at the school displaces squirrels and birds to the cherry and palm trees that adorn the...
Over one year after the ban was signed into effect, the two men discuss Almorisi's new life in the U.S. and his hopes for the future. Photo by Salina Nasir

One year later: How Trump’s travel ban affected people in the East Bay

U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule this summer on whether its third version violates federal immigration law or the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition against religious discrimination

Immigrant advocates in Contra Costa join national rally in support of a Clean Dream Act

Organizing for Action (OFA), a Bay Area advocacy group and others gathered on November 8 at Richmond City Hall for a rally in support of a Clean Dream Act. The action was part of a...
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.
California State Senator Loni Hancock presents her work from the 2015 legislative session. (Photo by Kyle Ludowitz.)

State representatives discuss right to die, more money for schools, at Oakland event

On Friday morning, State Senator Loni Hancock (District 9) and State Assemblymen Rob Bonta (District 18) and Tony Thurmond (District 15) reported back from Sacramento on the broad range of issues they worked on in...

Contra Costa supervisors approve healthcare for undocumented immigrants

Lidia Arizmendi has been waiting a year and a half for kidney stone surgery. A diabetic, she has no health care insurance, and because she is an undocumented immigrant, she has had few options to...

In East Bay, immigration reform gets lukewarm reviews

As word spread through Richmond, Oakland and other East Bay cities with large immigrant populations of the President’s executive orders easing some restrictions of federal immigration policy, families and support groups affected by the new...

To walk in their shoes: immigration attorney Veronica Granillo knows the trials of the undocumented

The law degree that hangs in a frame on the bright yellow wall in Veronica Granillo’s office tells a story. To her clients, many of whom come to this office on the second floor of...

New city-issued ID cards expected to benefit Richmonders – but at a price

Richmond residents will be able to apply for the city’s first city-issued identification card as of Oct. 15. Like a similar card issued by the city of Oakland, Richmond’s ID card can also be used...