How a Dreamer Fell Through The Cracks

First Person, Miguel Garcia | We’Ced

If someone asked me what the proudest moment of my life has been, without a doubt I’d say the moment I received an acceptance letter from UC Davis. I vividly recall sprinting to the garage to tell my parents the big news. Two years later, I found myself back home in Merced, deep in student debt and without a degree, reflecting on where it all went wrong.


Undocumented Kids to Get Health Coverage in State Budget

News Report, Viji Sundaram, New America Media

Calling it one of the “best” budgets the state has ever had, California Gov. Jerry Brown said the $167.6 billion dollar budget the legislature passed Tuesday would pump more money into child care and education, pay down the state’s debt by $1.9 billion and provide health care for its undocumented children.


California Farmworker: Picking Peas Should Bring a Better Life

First Person, Rosalia Martinez, as told to David Bacon | New America Media

Editor’s note: In this last installment in a three part series on California farmworkers by NAM contributor, David Bacon, an undocumented Triqui Indian farmworker in Greenfield, Ca., speaks of poverty and health problems as the result of long hours working in the fields.


Activists Call on Immigrant Communities to Keep Applying for DACA

News Report, Nayoon Jin |New America Media Posted: Apr 03, 2015 OAKLAND – Putri Siti is on track to graduate from UC Berkeley this year. But as an undocumented student, there was a time not long ago when her future was much less certain. “When others were worrying about what major to choose and which class to take, […]


Uncle Sam Wants DACA Recipients to Avoid Tax Scams

 News Report, Viji Sundaram| New America Media A new scam targeting immigrants has gotten the attention of Uncle Sam. Health advocates are concerned that tax preparers have been misinforming, and some even outright scamming, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiaries by making them pay a penalty for not having health insurance. On Wednesday, the Internal Revenue […]


Spotting and Avoiding Scams in Ethnic Communities

News Report, George White | New America Media LOS ANGELES – To Lang Zhao, the business she expected to ship her valuable package to in China appeared to be legitimate. After all, the clerk at the shipping store in the Los Angeles suburb of Monterey Park gave her a tracking code after she paid the […]


No ‘Executive Action’ for Environmental Migrants

News Report, Jenny Manrique,  New America Media Posted: Dec 06, 2014 SAN FRANCISCO – As government officials and climate experts from around the world meet this week in Lima, Peru for a U.N. climate conference, tens of thousands worldwide have already been displaced by the effects of climate change. Some have remained within their country of origin, while […]