The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued guidance clarifying that young immigrants who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are authorized to stay in the country and are eligible for driver's licenses.
"The federal guidance issued today sends a clear message to the states -- these young immigrants, who were brought to the country as children, are authorized to stay here," said Michael Tan, staff attorney with the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project. "Allowing our nation's hard-working immigrant youth to get driver's licenses is not only required by law, but enables them to drive to school and work so they can continue reaching for their dreams, which benefits all Americans."
The DACA program was announced in June.
Asian immigrants eclipse Latinos
SACRAMENTO -- The flow of Asian immigrants to California has exceeded the flow from Latin América, making them the primary source of the state's immigrants.
"This is a pretty astounding change over a short period of time," said Hans Johnson, co-director of the Public Policy Institute of California, citing census data.
"For the first time in decades, the number of Asians coming to California exceeded the flow from Latin America, and it exceeds that flow by a lot -- 2 1/2 times greater."
To have Latino immigrants eclipsed by those from Asia over the past five to 10 years "could represent the end of an era," Johnson said.
In 2001, 42 percent of immigrants coming to California were from Latin América, primarily México, while 37 percent were from Asia. In 2011, 57 percent of new immigrants were from Asia, and just 22 percent were from Latin América, census data show.
UC Merced applications increase
MERCED -- In the face of declining high school attendance in California, more students than ever are showing strong interest in attending the University of California, Merced.
Undergraduate applications for Fall 2013 reached 17,191 -- a 14.2 percent jump over last year -- according to admissions data released today by the UC Office of the President. Graduate-student applications were 41 percent ahead of last year's total, based on preliminary data.
"Student applications for admission continue to grow sharply," said Chancellor Dorothy Leland. "This is a testament to the stunning achievements of faculty and staff in making UC Merced a campus of choice."
Freshman applicants totaled 14,966, which represents 16.6 percent more than Fall 2012, the largest growth in the system at 16 percent. . Transfer applications remained steady with 2,225 this year compared to 2,216 last year.
Prison poster exhibit
MERCED -- An exhibit of posters on the prison industrial complex will be on display at the UC Merced Library through March 9. An opening day reception will be hosted from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 24).
The opening day events, including workshops and a panel discussion, are sponsored by the California Central Valley Journey for Justice and MEChA de UC Merced.
Details: Gloria M. Sandoval at (209) 631-9696.
Richardson in Bakersfield
BAKERSFIELD -- The Kern Economic Development Corp. has chosen former New México Gov. Bill Richardson to speak the March 20 Kern County Economic Summit.
A former Democratic candidate for the presidency, Richardson has served as a congressman, a U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and, under the Clinton administration, as energy secretary.
"We are ecstatic to have someone of Gov. Richardson's caliber to serve as our keynote speaker," KEDC President and CEO Richard Chapman wrote in a news release.
"The 13th annual economic summit is set to run from 7 a.m. to noon at the DoubleTree by Hilton. Registration is scheduled to open in mid-February.
Details: Sally A. Selby at (661) 862-5150.
International Baccalaureate meetings
MODESTO -- Modesto High School's International Baccalaureate Program will have informational meetings for interested eighth-grade students and parents at 7 p.m. in the Modesto High School library, 18 H St., on these dates: Jan. 31, Feb. 5 and Feb. 13.
The IB Program is a two-year course of study designed to prepare high school juniors and seniors for any university in the world. The program provides students with technical skills, while creating an environment of constant intellectual challenge. The pre-IB program addresses the needs of highly motivated freshmen and sophomores who love to learn and prepares those students for the demands of the rigorous IB curriculum.
Details: Lani Johnson at (209) 576-4406.
Teen video contest
Teens can be the star in a video they create by making an original movie trailer about their favorite book for the Check In @ Your Library Teen Video Contest!
The video must be original and can use multimedia such as images, video, animation, music, and words to compel the viewer to read the book. This contest is open to all teens age 13 - 18, with prizes being awarded at a special reception for all contestants on Sat., March 16. Official contest rules and entry form are available at your local Stanislaus County Library branch and online at www.stanislauslibrary.org.
Details: (209) 558-7817.