Merced County residents rally on national day of support for undocumented immigrants

BY VIKAAS SHANKER | vshanker@mercedsunstar.com More than 100 Merced County residents on Saturday called for the reunification of immigrant parents separated from their children during a march and rally in Merced. Joining with hundreds of thousands of protesters across the nation Saturday, advocates, local community organizations and faith leaders called on lawmakers to oppose President Donald…

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Merced County residents join in ‘call to action’ against immigrant family separation

BY VIKAAS SHANKER | vshanker@mercedsunstar.com A group of San Joaquin Valley residents went to the U.S.-Mexican border last week to examine a detention center for undocumented immigrants and shared their experiences listening to the “cries of immigrant parents” for their separated children. At a news conference on Friday in front of the Merced County Administration Building,…

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What are Merced health advocates doing to help undocumented receive health coverage?

BY MONICA VELEZ | mvelez@mercedsunstar.com Community groups in Merced County have been working with health and elected officials to find ways to provide health insurance for the thousands of Merced County residents who lack coverage. Now, they’re reaching out to the community “to be part of the solution to expand health care access to the undocumented…

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Immigration at forefront of Merced’s final town hall meeting

BY BRIANNA CALIX | bcalix@mercedsunstar.com  Concerns about immigration policies and how federal positions are shifting took center stage at a final town hall meeting hosted by Merced City Council members and the city’s staff. Nearly 30 people addressed the City Council at Tenaya Middle School at the event Thursday night, and many questioned how Merced will…

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