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Erick Gonzalez

Harvest season is in full swing for vineyards in the North Bay but many winegrowers are seeing a shortage of laborers to work in their fields. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi spoke with Karissa Kruse of Sonoma County Winegrowers to find out what’s causing the labor crunch and what growers are doing to make sure no grape goes unpicked.

Interim Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano promised a statement in the coming days that will outline the department's new policies. He promised 'less cooperation' with ICE.
Sonoma County Sheriff's Office

Sonoma County Interim Sheriff Rob Giordano released a statement August 10 promising "less cooperation" with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), responding to concerns in the community that go back to the policies of his predecessor, Sheriff Steve Freitas, who resigned for health reasons effective August 1.

Sheriff Steve Freitas
Sonoma County

Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas announced today that he will be leaving office August 1. A recall effort had sought to end the sheriff's term early, but it has been withdrawn due to the new circumstances. Steve Mencher has an "exit interview" with the sheriff.

Listen to Bruce Robinson's story about the recall effort.

Recall Campaign Targets Sheriff Freitas

May 17, 2017

Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas’s six-plus years in office have been tumultuous on multiple fronts. Now a group of local activists is pushing to recall him, even before his announced retirement at the end of his current term next year.

The most alarming complaints raised against the Sheriff's office in the past year involve the prolonged, brutal treatment of inmates at the Sonoma County Jail. Community Action Coalition member Kathleen Finnegan calls it torture.

Tiffany Camhi

The city of Santa Rosa is joining the ranks of cities across the nation that are broadening civil rights for immigrants but don’t call it a sanctuary city. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports the Santa Rosa City Council adopted a resolution last night declaring it an Indivisible City.

"It's Working Out Very Nicely," - This week, This American Life talks to people whose lives were affected by the president’s executive order on immigration. And we ask: The chaos of the rollout, the vague language that left travelers in airports, people in refugee camps, and government officials confused about how to interpret the order—was this incompetence? Or was it intentional?

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

Even before the November election, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign generated scores of worried conversations among the Latino workforce in Sonoma County. In a sober press conference Tuesday morning at the Graton Day Labor Center, they shared their conclusions.

Latina Writer Reyna Grande Shares Her History

Nov 17, 2016

In both novels and a memoir, award-winning writer Reyna Grande examines her own past as an illegal immigrant, arriving,  assimilating and succeeding in modern California. She shared her story in person with students at a Santa Rosa middle school yesterday. 

Health Access California

  Sonoma, Napa and Marin are among a majority of California counties that have expanded theie health care coverage to undocumented adults. Suzanne Potter has more.

Building a New Life in America

Dec 22, 2015
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  Amidst all the political rhetoric, it’s easy to forget that every new immigrant, from Syria or elsewhere, is a unique individual. This is the story of one such young man, who enjoyed his first Thanksgiving here in Sonoma County last month, with the extended family of his American sponsor. From Eugene, Oregon, Rachel McDonald reports.

Environment, Immigration Top Issues for Latinos

Aug 19, 2015
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  Immigration is a top political concern for Latino voters in California, but a new poll finds that envcironmental issues are equally important to them. Suzanne Potter reports.

SRJC Opens Dream Center

May 4, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  To address the needs of a growing segment of their student population, Santa Rosa Junior College has created a new “Dream Center” to advise students on immigration issues. It was officially opened at noon on Monday.

Opening the Dream Center on the Santa Rosa Junior College campus is an important move, says SRJC's vice president of Student Services, Ricardo Navarette. But there will be others to follow.

'The Right to Stay Home'

Feb 19, 2015

One little-publicized aspect of the immigration reform issue is the role that American laws and policies play in driving impoverished Latinos to leave their homes. The 10 year old North American Free Trade Agreement is a case in point.

  The downside of NAFTA is abundantly clear now, contends writer David Bacon, while the benefits that proponents of the policy predicted  have not lived up to those expectations.

 

Forum to Offer 'Perspectives in Immigration'

Jan 14, 2015

  US immigration policy is a complex and fluid subject, affecting the entire north bay population, but in widely differing ways. A public forum Thursday night is out to educate those who may not think it has a bearing on them. 

The free public forum begins at 6:30 pm; it’s being held in the Glaser Center in downtown Santa Rosa. Part of the program is a showing of a short video profile of two Santa Rosa youths (see it below) which was co-produced by Santa Rosa immigration lawyer Christopher Kerosky. He offers this summary of it.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

For many Mexican immigrants in Sonoma County, President Obama’s moves to relax deportations for millions, while welcome, fell far short of what they had hoped for.

There was widespread speculation about how far-reaching the president’s actions would be, so the final announcement, says Jesus Guzman of the Graton Day Labor Center, was deeply disappointing to many of the workers there.

The chart below, prepared by the Pew Research Center, compares Executive Action on immigration issues by President Obama and other recent Chief Executives.

Ripple Effects from the Immigration Impasse

Jul 17, 2014

  Thousands of undocumented refugee children are overwhelming immigration facilities and processes along the southern US border, but their presence is also creating a nationwide ripple effect, one that is being felt even here in the North Bay.

Graton Day Labor Center Celebrates 13 Years of Activism

Mar 28, 2014

  Since 2001, the Graton Day Labor Center has been working to improve the lives of immigrant workers and their families in western Sonoma County. Tonight they celebrate their 13th anniversary, and what they’ve accomplished through those years.

The Graton Day Labor Center's anniversary celebration begins at 7 tonight at the Sebastopol Cultural Community Center on Morris Street. See below for details.

Fasting for Immigration Reform

Mar 17, 2014
John F Martin Photography

A series of 24-hour fasts across the country is meant to point out that Latino families bear the harshest consequences of America’s dysfunctional immigration policy. More than three dozen Sonoma County women took part in one that ended Monday morning. KRCB’s Bruce Robinson was there when a shared breakfast was served.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  Undocumented immigrants in California cannot legally drive here, and a new law that will change that doesn’t go into effect until 2015. In the meantime, local activists are calling for leniency, and Sebastopol is leading the way.

Local Activists Cheer Immigration Reform Proposal

Apr 18, 2013
Joe Martinez / United Farm Workers

  Along with the horrific Boston bombing, this week’s news also contained some hopeful prospects for advocates of national immigration reform. KRCB’s Bruce Robinson spoke with some of them.

A more detailed analysis of the policies contained in the Senate immigration reform measure can be read here. Support for  the bill will also be a major theme at the annual May Day March and Rally in Santa Rosa on May 1. Details below.