Conditions at Adelanto Detention Center, a privately operated prison currently used to detain undocumented immigrants, are said to be grim. Nine detainees, all of whom came to the U.S. seeking asylum, were so fed up that they staged a hunger strike. Guards responded with violence and pepper spray.
By reclassifying certain nonviolent felonies as misdemeanors, Proposition 47 has helped undocumented immigrants with criminal records. Even one day of a sentence reduction can make a difference between being deported or not.
After holding a short prayer service under the watchful eyes of San Bernardino sheriff’s deputies, a group of activists was told to get off the Adelanto Detention Facility’s property.
A fight over sanctuary cities is brewing in one of them — tiny Cudahy, located in Southeast Los Angeles County. Anti-immigrant groups hope to choke off municipal funds to punish the city, even if the Trump administration fails in its attempts to do so. BY ROBIN UREVICH
When writer and veteran union organizer David Bacon speaks of “people who travel with the crops,” he means the agricultural workers who move from place to place to cultivate and harvest California’s fields. They are also the subject of his newest work of photojournalism.
Hear reporter Robin Urevich speak on WNYC/PRI’s The Takeaway program about what she discovered during a recent visit to ICE’s Adelanto Detention Facility.
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A Los Angeles City Council member has announced he will introduce a motion requiring city contractors to disclose whether they’re bidding or working on Donald Trump’s border wall – or risk stiff fines and penalties.
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For-profit prison companies contracted to incarcerate undocumented immigrants have recruited former high-ranking government officials and other Washington figures to top posts, including Democratic operative Anthony Podesta and former Clinton administration official Thurgood Marshall Jr.
Last Friday, the Sheriff of Sacramento County, Scott Jones, announced that he would host a community forum with Thomas Homan, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
California considers a bill that would bar county sheriffs from contracting with ICE to house immigration detainees in county jails.
BY ROBIN UREVICH
Last Tuesday morning Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents swooped in and arrested restaurant worker Romulo Avelica as he and his wife drove two of their teen-aged daughters to Academia Avance, a Highland Park charter school.