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

CARECEN LA Hails Settlement Of ACLU Case That Will Allow Unfairly Deported Immigrants to Make Their Case Before an Immigration Judge

(September 2, 2014, Los Angeles) – The Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) hails the settlement reached in a class action suit brought by the ACLU against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that will lead to better voluntary departure procedures. Continue reading

Carecen Urges President Obama to Protect Welfare of Central American Children, Has Concerns About Pilot Program Processing Them in Home Countries

(July 25, 2014, Los Angeles) – As an organization advocating for the rights of Central American immigrants for over 30 years, CARECEN is encouraged that the situation of child refugees at the U.S.-Mexico border is receiving attention from the presidents of all the countries involved. Continue reading

Immigrant Rights Coalition Calls For Retaining Legal Protections Of Unaccompanied Children At The U.S.-Mexico Border

(July 22, 2014, Los Angeles) – In response to the humanitarian crisis caused by thousands of unaccompanied Central American children turning themselves in to immigration authorities at the U.S.-Mexico border, immigrant and human rights organizations in Southern California are calling on Congressional leaders and the Obama administration to keep the protections provided by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA). Continue reading