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Community Roundtable Puts Spotlight on Scams Targeting Valley Communities

Posted January 19, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

While anyone can fall prey to a scam artist, officials say immigrant, low-income and minority communities in the Central San Joaquin Valley are among the most frequently targeted by fraud. Language barriers and unfamiliarity with the U.S. government make them attractive targets for would-be scammers.

Undocumented communities are especially vulnerable, with fears of deportation preventing victims from interacting with authorities.

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Politics

Covering hate crimes in an increasingly toxic political world

Posted January 19, 2017 by We'Ced

Reporters can help fill the gap in hate crime reporting through coverage of local incidents in their communities, said A.C. Thompson, award-winning investigative journalist with ProPublica. The nonprofit news outlet is working to establish a mapping database to record incidents of hate crimes across the country.

“We’re trying to add another layer of information to what’s out there,” he said. “People around the country can report hate crime incidents and hate bias.”

For those reporting on hate crimes in local communities, Thompson recommends straddling the line between sympathy and skepticism towards victims.

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Community

Local faith community call for sanctuary ahead of presidential transition

Posted December 20, 2016 by Hannah Esqueda

Event organizers and demonstrators braved the cold and rain last Thursday to stand outside the Merced County Administration Building, where they shared powerful testimony regarding the impact current sentencing laws have on local communities and families.

“Today, we as the faith community are doing what Congress has so far failed to do — protect our families,” said Irene Armendariz, chair with Faith in the Valley. “As the holidays draw near, our hearts are drawn to those who are kept apart and live in fear.”

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Education

Amid Fears of Trump, Undocumented Students at UC Merced Find Courage to Speak Out

Posted December 1, 2016 by Hannah Esqueda

“I think a lot of people don’t really know what DACA is. People think [Trump] can’t really do anything about it, but they don’t really understand the difference between an executive order and the law,” she said. “He can literally just take that piece of paper and throw it in the trash and that will be it. It won’t mean anything anymore.”

Fear of a Trump presidency is in fact prompting many to shy away from applying for the program or from renewing their paperwork out of fear their information will be used by the government to initiate deportation proceedings against them.

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Community

Merced’s immigrant community prepares for Trump presidency

Posted November 23, 2016 by Hannah Esqueda

“The most important thing to remember, is that you may not have papers, but you do have rights. You have the right to remain silent. You do not have to respond to immigration’s questions,” Davenport said. “If they ask where you were born or where you live, just say you’d prefer not to answer.”

The hope is that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials will decide you are too much of a hassle and will not bother pursuing someone who shows they have a clear understanding of their legal rights, she said.

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