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Demonizing the City of Angels

Immigrant Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez addresses members of the media outside the Los Angeles Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles on Aug. 31, 2017. Avelica-Gonzalez was released after a judge at an Adelanto detention center granted him $6,000 bond. His arrest came as the Trump administration started increasing immigration enforcement. The Mexican father of four has lived in this country more than two decades and lacks legal status. (Damian Dovarganes / AP)

The story of America is the story of immigrants. But since Donald Trump became president, the immigration issue has become a humanitarian crisis in the United States.

Truthdig political correspondent Bill Boyarsky investigates the impact of Trump’s anti-immigrant racism on Los Angeles—home to 1 million undocumented immigrants—in this ongoing series for Truthdig called “Demonizing the City of Angels.”

Read all of Boyarksy’s stories in the series below.

Welcome to the Police State of Immigrants, Feb. 22, 2017

Local Leaders in Los Angeles Stand Up to Trump’s Anti-Immigration Plan, March 24, 2017

We the Immigrants, April 5, 2017

No Anti-Immigrant Victory for Trump—So Far, May 4, 2017

Trump Shows His Hand in Firing Comey, May 15, 2017

Immigration Court Spotlights the ‘Legal Hell’ of the U.S. Deportation System, Jul. 9, 2017

Trump Policies Prompt Dread in Latino and Muslim Immigrant Communities, Aug. 11, 2017

Trump Shows Same Contempt for the Law as the Ex-Sheriff He Pardoned, Aug. 28, 2017

Game of ‘Refugee Roulette’ in Immigration Courts, Oct. 13, 2017

Immigrant ‘Warriors for Justice’ Return to Their Roots, Nov. 20, 2017

Immigration Detention Centers Put Rule of Law to Shame, Jan. 3, 2018

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Could Be Trump’s Kryptonite, Jan. 12, 2018

Spirituality in the Trump Era?, March 2, 2018

Under the Media Radar, Trump Is Locking Up More Refugees, March 23, 2018

Bill Boyarsky
Political Correspondent
Bill Boyarsky is a political correspondent for Truthdig. He is a former lecturer in journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Southern California. Boyarsky was city editor of…
Bill Boyarsky

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