California, which has the largest and most diverse student body in the nation, ranks near the bottom in per-pupil spending and academic performance. A number of recent initiatives promise to begin reversing these trends. This is the first in a series of NAM interviews with those involved in the state’s education reform movement. Ted Lempert is founder and executive director of Children Now, among the most influential advocacy groups for children in California. He spoke with NAM education editor Peter Schurmann.Details
I’ve waited months for this day. After hundreds of dollars, hours with my husband studying and poring over forms, getting quizzed by my 11-year-old son, driving an hour-and-a-half each time to this USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) office to get fingerprinted, then interviewed, I’ve made it. I’ve been approved for eligibility, passed the background check, citizenship test, and English tests. Today, I’m not nervous. I’ve arrived. Today is the day I’m becoming a U.S. Citizen.Details
WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Haiti’s designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an additional 18 months. The extended designation is effective Jan. 23, 2016, through July 22, 2017.
Current TPS Haiti beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during a 60-day period that runs from Aug. 25, 2015, through Oct. 26, 2015. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible once the 60-day re-registration period begins. USCIS will not accept applications before Aug. 25, 2015.Details
In conjunction with the Rancho Cucamonga Chamber of Commerce, ABAIE is hosting its 3rd Annual Small Business Development Day – Procurement Expo & Workshop. Open to every small business, over 350 small businesses and exhibitors have benefitted from this event.
This event’s mission is to introduce small business suppliers to the procurement process and includes workshops on how to win contracts from Government buyers and Fortune 500 companies and certification.Details
Los Angeles — The CHIRLA Action Fund, the political arm of one of the largest immigrant rights organizations based in California, is calling on all GOP presidential candidates to drop the anti-immigrant discourse from their rhetoric or risk a monumental backlash from immigrant, Latino, and Asian voters.Details
In California, hundreds of thousands of kids in immigrant families are eligible for Medi-Cal but not enrolled, according to a new study from Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families.
Some of them are kids who have undocumented parents, but who are themselves citizens or lawfully residing. Some of them are eligible for the DACA program but haven’t applied (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which allows some undocumented individuals who came to United States as children to qualify for work permits and deportation relief). In California, if you qualify for DACA, you qualify for Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program.Details
Debika Ghosh was planning to flee the family mansion to be with the man she loved. In those days there were no Love Commandos to help lovebirds fleeing angry parents and khap panchayats[village society]. Her younger brother would smuggle notes hidden in his socks to her boyfriend, Ranjit. Her uncle, the family head, a zamindar and a barrister, had threatened to shoot any over eager Romeo who came too close to her.Details
Hollywood CA, the 4th Annual Los Angeles Culture Festival™, celebrated the diversity of cultures and customs living in the USA from various parts of the world. This year’s event saw an outstanding lineup of international and local musical artists, celebrities, and special guests coming together to promote the culture and music of the world on the infamous Hollywood Boulevard.Details
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Donald Trump continues to make headlines with his anti-immigrant rhetoric, to the ire of conservative leaders.
Trump released his immigration policy plan this week, saying he would build a wall along the entire southern border, deport all undocumented immigrants from the U.S. and end birthright citizenship, among other measures, if he were elected president.Details
Bobby Jindal is God’s gift to American comedians. In an effort to outdo all the other farcical characters in the field of 2016 Republican presidential candidates, he is being as outlandishly ridiculous as possible.
What happened to Bobby Jindal?
What happened to Jindal I think is what happens to most educated, smart Republican politicians. They have to dumb it down. They have to adhere to the Ronald Reagan role model.Details
Tuesday, August 18, 2015, is the deadline for eligible nationals of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in one of those three countries) to register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This deadline marks the end of DHS’ 90-day extension of the initial registration period. The TPS designations for these three countries run from Nov. 21, 2014, through May 21, 2016.Details