Roundtable: Reunification Deadline Passes
Friday, July 27, 2018
Credit: Associated Press
Jean Guerrero, reporter, KPBS News
John Sepulvado, host, KQED's The California Report
Amita Sharma, reporter, KPBS News
Alison St John, reporter, KPBS News
Deadline For Family Reunifications
Another deadline passed this week to reunite immigrant families that were separated while attempting to enter the United States. The latest court-ordered action involves children age five and older. Hundreds of parents have been deported without their children. Meanwhile, Senator Dianne Feinstein is raising concerns about poor conditions at immigrant holding facilities.
Building More Homes
A key factor in San Diego’s housing crisis is a lack of supply. Developers say they’re ready to build, but the projects are in unincorporated areas not zoned for home construction. In the coming weeks, the county will decide whether to grant waiver requests that would lead to thousands of new homes. Critics say doing so would abandon a long-term plan for sustainable growth.
California’s Shrinking Birth Rate
California’s birth rate recently fell to a record low. Demographers point to the high cost of housing as the primary factor and warn that fewer births will have serious long-term economic consequences. The California Dream public media collaboration met a family from Oceanside that decided to move to Riverside County to better afford raising a child.
The California Dream Project is a statewide collaboration focused on issues of economic opportunity, quality-of-life, and the future of the California Dream. Partner organizations include CALmatters, Capital Public Radio, KPBS, KPCC, and KQED.
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