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April 19, 2023

Democrats press Homeland Security to prep for end of Title 42

by Andrew Solender and Stef W. Kight

A trio of Hispanic House Democrats is pushing the Biden administration to do more to prepare for the end of Title 42, a pandemic-era border policy which has allowed for the rapid expulsion of migrants and asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border. Why it matters: It’s another sign of the complicated intra-party dynamics on the topic of immigration, with many Democrats applauding the end of the pandemic policy — while also raising concerns about the expected influx in … Continue Reading

April 16, 2023

Chapman University Receives $2 Million in Sustainability Research Funding

by Rudy Blalock

ORANGE, Calif.—Chapman University received $2.2 million in federal funding on April 14 for its Earth Systems Science Data Solutions Lab, which helps track goals for sustainability set forth by the United Nations. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals target concerns related to human health, clean energy, air pollution, and poverty, among other related initiatives. “[The funding] enables us to invest in the infrastructure we need to build upon this research area,” … Continue Reading

April 14, 2023

Fullerton’s police station is falling apart. Here’s how 2 lawmakers hope to help


On the northeast corner of Highland and Commonwealth avenues stands the Fullerton police station, a Spanish Colonial Revival architectural building with flat, red tile roofing and colorful glazed ceramic tiles adorning the walls in the courtyard. Originally built as Fullerton City Hall in July 1941 and known to longtime locals as “Old City Hall,” the building left an impression on Rep. Lou Correa, D-Anaheim, when he was a student at Cal State Fullerton. “I would … Continue Reading

April 14, 2023

Chapman University granted $2.2 million in federal funds for climate change research

by Kaitlyn Schallhorn

Chapman University‘s climate change research lab received a $2.2 million boost from the federal government. The federal funding, granted for various community projects, will aid Chapman’s Earth Systems Science Data Solutions Lab, which uses data, artificial intelligence and other technology to study and predict climate-related issues such as drought, flood risk, temperature changes and more in California. “Droughts and climate change are having a significant influence … Continue Reading

April 14, 2023

Correa visits border ports as Title 42 expulsions set to end

by Cassie Semyon

With his new role as Ranking Member of the Border Security and Enforcement Subcommittee, Rep. Lou Correa, D-Calif., is taking a hands-on approach. Since he became ranking member in January, the Democrat has made half a dozen trips to the border to visit major ports of entry in Texas, Arizona and California. What You Need To Know · Rep. Lou Correa, D-Calif., visited ports of entry between the U.S. and Mexico this week in California, Arizona and Texas, ahead of plans to end Title 42 … Continue Reading

April 03, 2023

House Democrats call to double immigration backlog processing funds

by Rafael Bernal

Two House Democrats are calling on budget appropriators to double President Biden’s request for funding to process immigrant application backlogs. Reps. Luis Correa (D-Calif.) and Dan Goldman (D-N.Y.) wrote a letter to Reps. David Joyce (R-Ohio) and Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), the chairman and top Democrat on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, in support of President Biden’s fiscal year 2024 budget request, but called on the appropriators to amp up immigration … Continue Reading

March 31, 2023

House Democrats call for office to rethink unfair deportations

by Suzanne Monyak

Nearly three dozen Democrats have called on House appropriators to use next fiscal year’s government spending package to create a dedicated office in the Department of Homeland Security that would review requests to overturn unjust deportation orders. In a letter sent Wednesday and obtained by CQ Roll Call, Reps. Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri, Lou Correa of California and 29 other House Democrats asked the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee to … Continue Reading

March 29, 2023

More than 100 House Democrats warn Biden against family detention

by Stef W. Kight

More than 100 House Democrats are raising "serious concerns" about reports that the Biden administration is considering resuming migrant family detention. Driving the news: In a letter to President Biden on Tuesday, the lawmakers said the "harm of detaining children is clear," and outlined ways detention can cause psychological trauma to children and disrupt family dynamics. Why it matters: The letter comes shortly after a similar one from Senate Democrats, … Continue Reading

March 23, 2023

Correa introduces amendment to protect undocumented students


FIRST IN HUDDLE — Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Border Security Subcommittee, has introduced an amendment to Republican’s “Parent’s Rights” legislation that would protect undocumented students and their families from having their immigration status shared at school. “My amendment is simple: if my Republican colleagues would like to protect the rights of our students and their parents, we must protect the rights of all of our … Continue Reading

March 23, 2023

Garden Grove students created a study aid app — and they’ll present it to Congress next month


The MnewNote app is not publicly available yet. Chau said they will consider publishing it in the future. But it did recently win the 2022 Congressional App Challenge in Rep. Lou Correa’s 46th district. Chau said the win was a shock and unexpected; Vu and Nguyen said they are “ecstatic.” “We are really excited to show some of the features we have on our app, to hopefully inspire Congress to invest more in these kinds of competitions to motivate students to pursue … Continue Reading

March 17, 2023

Anaheim High turns 125 years old


The community raised $12,500 through a bond measure to purchase the land and construct the original high school building. At the 125th anniversary celebration, Rep. Lou Correa, D-Anaheim, announced $2 million in federal funding had been secured to help restore its William Cook Auditorium. “This project is personal to me,” Correa said. “As a former student of Anaheim High School, I know first-hand the high-quality education our students can receive — and the … Continue Reading

March 16, 2023

Santa Ana Officials Commit to Building A New Park on the River


Two council members – Jessie Lopez and Johnathan Ryan Hernandez – came forward with the idea, along with the office of Congressman Lou Correa, who was named often enough that night that one council member proposed bringing the item back in April when he’d be in town.  For Correa, the park is part of a larger effort to stave off what remains for him a lingering concern: Another freeway. Between the 1980s and early aughts, county officials mulled over an extension … Continue Reading

March 15, 2023

US Lacks ‘Operational Control’ of Border, Chief Tells GOP

by Ellen M. Gilmer

Rep. Lou Correa (Calif.), the top Democrat on the panel’s border security subcommittee, made his own trip to tour border facilities in Laredo, Texas, on Tuesday. Correa said it’s his “duty to be on the frontlines.” “I pledge to continue to be, hopefully alongside my Congressional colleagues, crafting policy and making decisions on the ground — not from behind a desk in Washington,” he said in a … Continue Reading

March 15, 2023

Marjorie Taylor Greene's 'Confidential' Border Bomb Was Actually a Fake


At least one Democratic member of the committee—Representative Lou Correa—did travel to the border Wednesday, however, where he called on colleagues to consider other measures to address the surge including stronger surveillance measures, more personnel and above all, reforms to the country's current immigration protocols. "A lot of issues, a lot of challenges," he said. "Let's get … Continue Reading

March 15, 2023

Biden takes heat for border measures, but illegal crossings are down

by Nick Miroff and Maria Sacchetti

Rep. J. Luis Correa (Calif), a member of the Homeland Security Committee and ranking Democrat of the subcommittee on border security, said he avoided the hearing because it felt partisan, not a joint effort to shape immigration policy. Correa said that this week he visited the Texas border city of Laredo, where he saw migrants from Ecuador at a detention facility facing possible deportation. “You saw their hope and their desperation,” he said. “If you give people the … Continue Reading

March 11, 2023

House Dems eying immigration law update to provide citizenship for millions

by Rich Calder

A coalition of House Democrats are reviving efforts to provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants. Six Democrats have reintroduced the “Renewing Immigration Provisions of the Immigration Act of 1929” bill that seeks to update a law created to allow immigrants to apply for permanent residency or a green card. Initially, immigrants had to be in the US before 1921 to qualify, but the law has been updated several times, including in 1986, when the … Continue Reading

March 11, 2023

House Dems seek to update immigration law, create path to legal status


Rep. Lou Corea, D-Calif., headlines a group of Democrats from California, New York and Illinois that plans to reintroduce the "Renewing Immigration Provisions of the Immigration Act of 1929" bill on Thursday. “What we're going to do is look at passing immigration reform that's very simple, to do it on one page. It’s not thousands of pages, it’s one page: Change the registry date,” Correa said in an interview with Spectrum News.  The Registry Act of 1929 … Continue Reading

March 08, 2023

Biden stokes furor by flirting with Trump-era detention policies

by Rafael Bernal and Rebecca Beitsch

Rep. Lou Correa (Calif.)., the top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee and an outspoken immigrant advocate, excoriated the administration for considering measures to “stonewall migrants from seeking safe-haven in this country.” Correa also panned the administration’s Title 42 reasoning for considering more deterrent measures. “We’ve pushed for the end of Title 42 for over two years, leaving the Administration with ample time to prepare for its … Continue Reading

February 21, 2023

Biden administration proposes new restrictions on asylum


The Biden administration on Tuesday announced its new plan to restrict which migrants can apply for asylum at the border, likely setting off a flurry of court battles. “This action will bar deserving asylum seekers arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border from claiming asylum if they passed through another country en route to the United States without seeking protection,” said Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Border Security Subcommittee. “This rule will … Continue Reading

February 21, 2023

Anaheim receives $1 million in federal funds to address youth mental health


Rep. Lou Correa unveiled a giant check for $1 million at the Downtown Anaheim Youth Center’s gymnasium on Thursday, May 4, where a few dozen energetic teenagers in blue shirts sat watching on the bleachers. The money, given to the Anaheim Community Foundation, will help the city expand mental health and wellness resources for thousands of youth across Anaheim, according to Correa’s office. Officials from various agencies included in the ACT (Accelerate Change Together) Anaheim … Continue Reading

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