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Housing, Legal Groups Outline Immigrant Rights When Facing U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement  

By Laura Wenus, Mission Local

Mission Housing Development Corporation, a nonprofit housing developer, has put its building managers on notice that Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents are not welcome on Mission Housing property.

Moreover, the agency, which operates some 35 buildings housing 3,000 tenants, has started a series of workshops to help undocumented immigrants know their rights.

Read the complete story at Mission Local.

Building Trump's Wall? 6 Things to Know About the U.S.-Mexico Border

By Elizabeth Aguilera, CALmatters

1. There already is a "wall" along about a third of the border

The border runs about 1,900 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. Some sort of barrier — made from concrete, steel mesh and/or barbed wire — currently stands along about a third of it, in areas U.S. Customs and Border Protection deems vulnerable to illicit cross-border activity. Some segments are a solid metal wall; others are composed of various materials and have spaces between barriers or mesh, making those sections less a wall than a fence. Types include:

Primary fencing, typically 18 feet high with steel bollards or pickets to impede pedestrians and vehicles.

Secondary fencing, typically 15 feet high and constructed with horizontal rails in the form of steel tubes and fence fabric that is either mesh or perforated metal sheeting.

Read the complete story at CALmatters.

Trump’s Definition of Deportable Called Broad and Vague

By Elena Shore, New America Media

One of President Trump’s executive orders on immigration dramatically expanded priorities that determine who can be deported. Immigrant rights advocates and attorneys say that under the expanded definition, nearly any undocumented immigrant could be considered a target.

This “reprioritization — non-prioritization really” — of who is deportable is “one of the most troubling aspects of Trump’s executive order on interior enforcement,” according to Melissa Keaney, staff attorney at the National Immigration Law Center.

Read the complete story at New America Media. 

Supreme Court Pick: What’s at Stake for California?

By Scott Shafer, KQED News Fix/The California Report

California’s U.S. senators are weighing in on President Donald Trump’s nomination of Colorado Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court with cautious concern.

Shortly after the nomination was announced, Sen. Kamala Harris tweeted that she was “troubled” by the choice. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who serves on the Judiciary Committee that will first consider the nomination, was more circumspect, suggesting she would take her time evaluating the nominee.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix/The California Report.

Trump vs. California: Is Xavier Becerra About to Face a Conflict He Can't Resolve?

By Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters

In the 1970s, an ethnically diverse high school in Sacramento sought to quell tensions by training a mix of specially selected students how to resolve conflicts. Among the chosen was a son of Mexican immigrants named Xavier Becerra — a teenager who excelled academically, spent lunch hours playing poker and seemed to possess a knack for defusing fights.

Forty years later, an ethnically diverse state — anticipating a new wave of conflict with the federal government — has turned to Becerra as well. This time, the goal is not so much to avoid conflicts as to make sure they are resolved in California’s favor.

Read the complete story at CALmatters.

Is Air Quality in the Bay Area Getting Worse?

By Matt Beagle, KQED News Fix

Jenny Wread is one of several KQED listeners who wanted to know more about air quality in the Bay Area.

Last summer, she was commuting regularly between Marin and the East Bay and noticed a lot of smog.

So she contacted Bay Curious, and we met up for a stroll in Berkeley recently.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

Questions, Resistance Greet Trump’s Immigration Orders in California

By Marisa Lagos, KQED News/The California Report

President Donald Trump signed two executive orders Wednesday dealing with immigration policy — including one that seeks to strip federal funding from “sanctuary jurisdictions.”

“Sanctuary jurisdictions across the United States willfully violate federal law in an attempt to shield aliens from removal of the United States,” he wrote in the order. “These jurisdictions have caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our republic.”

Read the complete story at KQED News/The California Report.

How Do You Want to Die? Write It Down.

By Joann Mar, KALW/Crosscurrents

Most Americans are unprepared for the worst to happen — an accident or an unexpected illness that leaves them brain dead, but still alive. That's what happened to Terri Schiavo, a young woman who became comatose after suffering a heart attack in 1990.

Schiavo was kept alive by a feeding tube for 15 years. During that time, her husband tried to withdraw the feeding tube, but was adamantly opposed by Schiavo's parents, Congress and President George W. Bush. After a highly publicized legal battle, the feeding tube was finally removed and Schiavo died two weeks later. This protracted battle might have been avoided, if Schiavo had completed a document known as an advance directive.

Read the complete story at KALW/Crosscurrents.

Latino Businesses Struggle to Get Funding to Grow, Survey Says

By Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED News Fix/The California Report

Half of Latino entrepreneurs rely on personal capital only — including credit card debt — to start and expand their businesses, which limits their success as well as growth opportunities for the U.S. economy. That’s according to a new survey of 4,900 Latino-owned businesses across the country by the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Latinos start enterprises at a faster rate than other groups in the country but struggle to grow those businesses, according to U.S. Census figures the researchers cite. The more than 3.3 million firms owned by Latinos nationwide made $150,000 in annual sales on average, one-quarter of what non-Latino firms made in 2012.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix/The California Report

Chinese Company’s Plan for Bike Sharing in San Francisco Faces Pushback

By Bryan Goebel, KQED News Fix

What could go wrong with a tech company’s plan to place hundreds or perhaps thousands of shared bikes around San Francisco, the nation’s second-most-bike-friendly city?

China-based Bluegogo, which has reportedly scooped up $34 million in start-up funds, appears ready to begin deploying its blue aluminum bikes in popular neighborhoods around San Francisco. 

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.