The immigrants still ‘California Dreamin’

5/18/16 BBC

CaliforniaA group of drunken men are loitering on the pavement outside Claudia’s block of flats in San Francisco. In the run-down lobby, visitors are greeted by a broken fridge.

The studio flat Claudia shares with her two young daughters though is tidy and homely.

Claudia fled from a violent partner and became homeless. She has been rehoused by a San Francisco charity but her problems are far from over.

‘Fearful for my children’

Claudia does not want to give me her full name because she is one of the more than 11 million undocumented migrants living in the US, and she is worried by the political rhetoric in the presidential race.

“What Donald Trump said shocked me very much because I’m Mexican,” she says.

“I’m fearful that my children would have to fend for themselves because he would want to deport me.”

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Obama, in S.F., hails Batkid, pushes immigration reform

San Francisco Chronicle, 11/25/2013

ObamaPresident Obama issued an impassioned call Monday for Congress to pass immigration reform during a visit to San Francisco that – in true city-by-the-bay fashion – included everything from a nod to Batkid to an exchange with a protester who pleaded with him to halt all immigrant deportations.

Obama’s frank conversation with the protester came during an invitation-only address before 400 people at a Chinatown recreation center. Later, at a sold-out fundraiser at the SFJazz Center, the president again found himself in conversation with a shouting audience member who urged him to bypass congressional Republicans and use executive orders to accomplish major reforms.

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Mexico to aid undocumented immigrant youths at 50 consular offices

Mercury News, 07/23/2012

The Mexican Embassy on Monday opened the doors to its San Jose, San Francisco and 48 other consular offices across the United States to undocumented immigrant youths seeking work permits and deportation relief through a new Obama administration directive.

The U.S. government won’t begin accepting deportation relief applications until Aug. 15, but the Mexican government will help eligible young people apply by giving them information and ensuring they have the proper documents, said Juan Carlos Lara-Armienta, the Mexican Embassy’s head of Latino affairs.

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A Worker With No ID and Great Medical Need

The New York Times, 8/1/11

In San Francisco, where bicycle commuters often wear full-body spandex suits, my patient Carlos could easily be spotted: the Mexican man in mustard-colored work boots and painter’s overalls stained with gear grease, furiously pedaling an adolescent’s red Huffy.

He was the only patient I’ve ever had who rode a bike to his medical appointments, making his way from the docks under the Bay Bridge to our roving clinic about three miles across town. Our clinic for uninsured patients like Carlos was actually a converted cargo van that drove the back alleys of the city, stopping behind big-box stores and beneath bridges to repair cuts and scrapes among the city’s homeless population.

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