302018Jun

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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292018Jun

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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112018May

Is your drinking water clean in Merced County? Advocates say rural residents at risk

BY THADDEUS MILLER | tmiller@mercedsun-star.com May 11, 2018 04:30 PM Dos Palos student Ace Mejia Sanchez doesn’t know where the drinking fountains are located at her school. Why would she? Nobody uses them. The 17-year-old said she’s been taught all her life not to drink from the tap, and instead sip bottled water. “I thought it…

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