In the News

May 13, 2014

"Denisse Rojas earned a biology degree from UC Berkeley and has set her sights on medical school. But one big obstacle stands in her way.

To practice medicine in California, doctors must obtain a license from the state, and applicants are required to provide a Social Security number as proof of identity.

Rojas, 25, does not have such a number. She is in the United States illegally, having been smuggled into the country from Mexico by her parents when she was 6 months old."

May 12, 2014

"The state Senate on Monday voted unanimously to ban state politicians from holding political fundraisers in the homes and offices of lobbyists, three months after a scandal involving the practice.

The measure by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) is the first of a package of ethics bills proposed in recent months and is in reaction to a record $133,500 fine against Capitol lobbyist Kevin Sloat in February.

May 07, 2014

"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has rejected California’s initial design for a driver’s license for immigrants in the country illegally, saying it is not distinguishable enough from permits given citizens."

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May 06, 2014

"Los Ángeles.- El Caucus Legislativo Latino de California entregó esta semana en la asamblea estatal los Premios Espíritu Latino, un reconocimiento anual que este año contó entre otros con el ex vicegobernador del estado, Cruz Bustamante, el actor Danny Trejo y ‘el charro de oro’, Sebastien De la Cruz."

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April 28, 2014

Should we deny some Californians medical care for easily treatable conditions because of where they were born?

What about the mom afflicted with diabetes whose family strains to the breaking point to pay for medications out of pocket?

Or the student who was beaten and robbed in San Francisco and needed medical treatment, but was terrified about calling an ambulance because he lacked coverage?

April 23, 2014

April 23, 2014

LONG BEACH - The Long Beach portion of the 710 Freeway could be named for the late Jenny Oropeza.

State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Long Beach, has introduced a resolution that would name the stretch after Oropeza, who was a state senator when she died of complications from an abdominal blood clot in 2010 at age 53.

April 21, 2014

On a sunny weekday morning just east of downtown Los Angeles, a crowd of about 75 people rallied outside the LA County/USC Medical Center. They toted signs with slogans like “Healthcare is a Human Right” and “Salud Para Todos” (“Health for All”).

“How can we say we live in a just and humane society,” said one speaker, “without providing for the sickest and most vulnerable among us?”

April 10, 2014

SACRAMENTO -- Administrators from California’s two public university systems called Wednesday for the state to provide student loans to some immigrants in the country illegally to cover expenses not met with state scholarships.

April 10, 2014

Seeking to close a gap undocumented students face in funding their education, state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, has proposed a new loan program for California's public universities.

Senate Bill 1210 would make available $9.2 million for University of California and California State University campuses to administer loans to undocumented students, who are ineligible for federal financial aid and most private loans.