CARECEN LA Announces Dates for Free Study Sessions for Those Who Plan to Take the Driving Test Under Ab60

(Thursday, January 16, 2015, Los Angeles) – CARECEN LA announces the dates for study sessions planned to help those who want to request a drivers’ license under the new AB60 law, which allows for people without legal status in the United States to apply. Continue reading

Carecen Welcomes President Obama’s New Approach To Cuba

(December 19, 2014, Los Angeles) – As President Obama announces a major shift in U.S.-Cuba relations, CARECEN welcomes what in his words is “a new approach."  We believe normalization of this long-fraught relationship can signal a new diplomacy in the region, and will shift the dialogue back to the real interests of both countries. Continue reading

Administrative Relief Measures a Step Forward, but Many Are Left Without Protection

(November 20, 2014, Los Angeles) – CARECEN supports, as a good first step, the immigration administrative relief measures announced today by President Obama, including deportation deferral that could help the parents of legal residents and U.S. Citizens, as many as 5 million people, come out of the shadows and contribute even more the U.S. economy. However, we also recognize that the struggle for meaningful and fair reform continues. Continue reading

It’s Time to Be Bold, Mr. President

(November 17, 2014, Los Angeles) – CARECEN LA urges President Obama to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation and keep families together.  It’s time for the President to be bold and deliver on his promise for administrative relief for millions of immigrants who contribute every day to the U.S. economy and to the fabric of this nation.   Continue reading

Immigrant Communities to Obama, Congress and Senate: Do Not Take Our Vote for Granted

(October 31, 2014, Los Angeles) – On the eve of mid-term elections, Latino communities are carrying out a nationally coordinated action in key states with large Latino populations to send a strong message to President Obama, the House, and the Senate that the time to act is NOW on immigration reform and on administrative relief for undocumented families. Continue reading

Immigrant Rights Organizations Converge on Congressman Kevin Mccarthy’s Office to Demand That He Defend Existing Protections for Unaccompanied Minors

(October 9, 2014, Los Angeles) – A statewide coalition of immigrant rights groups today launched caravans that converged in front of the Bakersfield offices of Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) to demand that he defend the law protecting unaccompanied children from Central America. Continue reading

Carecen Urges President Obama to Protect Welfare of Central American Children, Airs Concerns About Processing Refugee Claims in Home Countries

(October 3, 2014, Los Angeles) – The Central American Resource Center (CARECEN Los Angeles) agrees that the children fleeing Central America meet refugee status requirements and should receive protections. However, the Obama administration’s proposed program to allow in-country processing of refugee claims would only potentially benefit a small number of children and does not solve the humanitarian crisis. Continue reading

Carecen Honors Congressman Raúl Grijalva and Clean Car Wash Campaign in Celebration of its 31st Anniversary

(September 25, 2014, Los Angeles) – Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and the CLEAN Car Wash Campaign received top honors as the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) celebrated its 31st Anniversary Awards Dinner last night at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Continue reading

“ICE Out of LA” Coalition Reacts to Obama Decision to Postpone Administrative Relief

(September 10, 2014, Los Angeles) – Obama’s announcement Saturday to delay any executive action to protect families from deportation, though disappointing, is not surprising. Obama’s decision to ignore the lives of migrants in order to play politics is nothing new. Continue reading

Children Should not be “Human Shields” in D.C. Battles Over Immigration

(September 9, 2014, Los Angeles) – A coalition of community groups urges Sen. Dianne Feinstein to be a vocal champion of unaccompanied children detained at the border in light of President Obama’s decision this weekend to postpone administrative relief. Continue reading