• Local DACA Recipients React to DACA Repeal

    Coachella, CA What was once an open door full of opportunities for Samantha Yanez, has now begun to close ever so slightly with today’s announcement. "We come here for a better life," said Yanez. Inside of the Todec Legal Center in Coachella, several residents and Todec staff members watched as Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced […]

  • Latinos Worry Ahead Of DACA Announcement

    Coachella Valley Region Around the country, and here in the Coachella Valley, Latinos are marching. Many are holding banners and signs pleading with President Trump to keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA. If DACA is canceled, many Latinos in the desert fear deportation and being separated from their loved ones. "It’s really frustrating […]

  • What Will End to D.A.C.A. Mean For Valley Students?

    Palm Desert, CA President Donald Trump set off speculation on whether or not he would rescind D.A.C.A. or Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, "We’ll be releasing on D.A.C.A. sometime over the weekend." The policy ushered in under the Obama administration gives undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children two year renewable protection against deportation. […]

  • C.O.D Students Start New Year With Fear and Excitement

    Palm Desert, CA Long lines, students in need of directions and some just trying to take a break in the shade between classes, all point to one one thing: the first day of school at College of the Desert.  The first day is always a big deal  no matter how old you are. "I’m nervous, […]

  • Coachella Becomes Second City in Valley to Adopt Sanctuary City Status

    Coachella, CA In a unanimous vote the Coachella City Council votes to proclaim sanctuary city status for Coachella. “There are no words,” says Luz Gallegos, a community programs coordinator for TODEC Legal Center. “We are very happy and we’re very humbled and honored.” Coachella City Hall was packed Wednesday night, attendees spilling into the hallway […]

  • Opioid Abuse In America: A National Emergency

    The numbers are staggering. In 1999, a little over 4,000 people overdosed on opioids. In 2015, roughly 20,000. In 2016, 60,000. Yesterday, President Trump announced that the opioid epidemic is a national emergency. "The opioid crisis is an emergency. And I’m saying officially, right now, it is an emergency, it’s a national emergency. We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot […]

  • Tax Day Marches Call On President Trump To Release Income Tax Returns

    Palm Springs, CA Protesters took to the streets in dozens of cities nationwide Saturday to call on President Donald Trump to release his tax returns, saying Americans deserve to know about his business ties and potential conflicts of interest. Organizers said the protests – dubbed the Tax March – were scheduled in nearly 150 cities. […]

  • Trump Budget Cuts Could Affect Coachella Valley Art Scene

    Palm Springs, CA With the federal deficit hovering near 20 trillion dollars, President Trump has called for a budget overhaul. "We are proposing a budget that will shrink the bloated federal bureaucracy. And I mean bloated. While protecting our national security," Trump said. The National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment of the Humanities are […]

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