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A young woman with duck tape over her mouth that says "Feed Me Opportunity"

University of California votes to not allow undocumented students to work on campus, for now

Undocumented students have been lobbying the University of California for the right to work legally on campus for more than a year. They argue that the UC’s 4,000 students who are not US citizens still need a way to earn a paycheck and get the same kind of academic work experiences that their peers do. But, federal immigration law prohibits hiring anyone without work authorization. And last week, UC regents voted against changing hiring rules. From San Francisco, KQED’s Madi Bolaños reports.

A person walks through a parking lot at Meta headquarters in Menlo Park, California, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022.

Mass Bay Area tech layoffs thrust thousands of H-1B visa holders into frantic job hunt

At a playground in San Francisco, Deisy Ramírez reflects on how she found safety here after fleeing captivity in Guatemala

For immigrants fleeing gender-based violence, it’s a long road to asylum in the US

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Jacqueline Flores, left, holds hands with her daughter Nicky at their home in Virginia, July 14, 2021.

Pressure mounts for Biden to end Trump-era Title 42 that shuts out migrants seeking asylum 

Sabha Aminikia immigrated to the US as a refugee and began studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. But even as he launched his career in America, his music was often focused on Iran.

Iranian American composer Sahba Aminikia: Music transforms like raindrops that ‘wash this part of humanity’

Nora Vargas is the newly elected vice chair of the powerful San Diego Board of Supervisors.

This Latina landed a seat on the powerful San Diego County Board of Supervisors — a first for her community

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Latinos haven’t historically had representation on the board.

A yacht maneuvers near homes on Palm Island

Cities suffer when the 1% leave

Why many of us lose when the wealthiest move out of high-tax cities.

(Clockwise from top left) Meklit Hadero in red lighting, Sinkane stsnding in front of wooden wall, Diana Gameros standing in front of a brick wall and Hello Psychaleppo looking down at a keyboard.

Four musicians grapple with the same question: What is home?


“Movement,” a one-hour special from The World, brings you stories of global migration through music. Together, host Marco Werman and Ethiopian American singer Meklit Hadero blend song and narrative in a meditation on what it means to be American. We follow a once-undocumented singer in San Francisco on a long-awaited trip back to Mexico, reflect on the experience of exile with a Syrian DJ and hear a Sudanese American artist play his first-ever show in Sudan — all guided by Hadero as she reflects on her own American story.

Three men wearing orange prison suits fold their hands in their laps and wear blue shoes.

ICE detainees go on hunger strike to press for COVID-19 protections


More than 2,000 immigrants at ICE facilities in California, Florida, New Mexico, Ohio, and other states have refused meals in protest since March, according to Detention Watch Network, an advocacy group.

Khafre Jay, the executive director of Hip Hop for Change, based in Oakland, says he has experienced anti-black actions from Indian Americans when visiting his in-laws in Sunnyvale, a suburb of the Bay Area that is majority South Asian.

A Black radio host calls on South Asian Americans to reject racism

Khafre Jay taught himself Hindi so he could call out acts of racism by Indian Americans on his radio show. He touched on a subject many Indian Americans don’t talk about: the prevalence of anti-Black attitudes in the South Asian community.