Boyle Heights ‘Dreamer’ sues DHS | S2.78 million to train nurses | Tacos with Kevin de Leon in Lincoln Heights

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A Boyle Heights student accused immigration officials of political retaliation.  And a local health care group is teaming up with Cal State L.A. to expand the skills learned by nursing students. Here’re your News and Notes.

Boyle Heights Dreamer sues DHS

A 23-year old immigration activist and “Dreamer” sued the Department of Homeland Security this week alleging her application for protection against deportation was rejected as a form of retaliation.

Claudia Rueda, a Cal State Los Angeles student,  believes her “political speech and activism” is what set her application under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program apart from others that were approved, according to her lawsuit CBSLA reports.

Rueda led protest in May 2017 after her mother, Teresa Vidal-Jaime, was swept up in a drug raid then detained not for her involvement in drug activity but for a civil immigration violation, the Los Angeles Times reports. Six days after the protest, Rueda was arrested outside her Boyle Heights home along with several others.

Rueda calls that  arrest a “kidnapping,” the Times reports. In a press conference, she wore a shirt that read “ICE out of LA!” and teared up. She said she is still traumatized.

From the the Times report, she said:

“I’m here today because the Department of Homeland Security is targeting me,” she said. “They want to deport me, they want to silence me for my political activism, but I’m not going to stay silent.”

Cal State L.A. to benefit from $2.78-million grant to expand nursing training

A S2.78 million federal grant received by Los Angeles-based AltaMed Health Services will help provide additional training to 400 undergraduate nurses at Cal State L.A.

The funding from the U.S. Department of Health Services will also  pay for specialized training for 100 AltaMed nurses to care for those in underserved communities. Their effort will be aimed at helping patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and improving preventive care for depression, obesity.

The health care group, which started as a community clinic in East Los Angeles, wants to expand the focus of nurses to include home visits where many health issues begin. According to the American Nurses Association, there could be 1.1 million nursing jobs unfilled by 2022. And often it’s the poorest communities that are hit hardest.

More news and notes …..

With Tuesday’s election fast approaching,  U.S. Senate candidate Kevin  de Leon will be holding a get-out-the-vote-and-tacos event at Avenue 26 Tacos, a popular Lincoln Heights taco stand, on Friday, Nov. 2.


Rachel Uranga is a Los Angeles-based writer

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