Community Activists Urge More Asians to Enroll in DACA

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Mar 03, 2015

Only one-quarter of Korean youth and a similar portion of Filipino youth eligible for DACA have applied.




Getting a Driver’s License Is Economic Lifeline for Immigrants

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Feb 24, 2015

Villar is among an estimated 1.4 million undocumented residents in the state who are eligible for a driver’s license under a bill (AB 60) passed in California in 2013.




Limited English Proficiency Plays Role in CA’s Low Voter Turnout Rates of Asians and Latinos

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Feb 23, 2015

With one in nine eligible California voters speaking only limited English, many don’t know what help and services are available to them in the electoral process.




If Supreme Court Rules Against Health Subsidies, States Will Lose Billions

New America Media, Question & Answer, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Jan 13, 2015

By not expanding Medicaid, states like Georgia are suffering in some obvious and some not-so-obvious ways.




Gov. Brown’s Budget Not Specific About Medi-Cal Spending For DACA

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Jan 09, 2015

Health care advocates are heartened by Gov. Brown's 2016 budget, but disappointed by his "smoke and mirrors" approach to offering Medi-Cal to those who will get deportation relief from President Obama's recent Executive Action.




The ‘Alphabet Soup’ of Immigration and Healthcare Reform

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Dec 24, 2014

At a forum in Los Angeles, experts helped demystify the confusing jumble of acronyms that have emerged around health care and immigration reform.




For One Mom, Executive Action Means an End to Crippling Arthritis

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Dec 17, 2014

Irma Montoya will be able to get knee surgery once she gets deferred action and can access state-funded Medi-Cal.




Sen. Lara Re-Introduces Health for All Act

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Dec 01, 2014

Senator Ricardo Lara has re-introduced the Health for All Act of 2015 which would guarantee undocumented Californians access to health care coverage.




In U.S., Undocumented People Can Donate But Not Receive Organs

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Dec 01, 2014

Unauthorized immigrants are barred from receiving expensive organ transplants, even though their organs can be used to save the lives of others.




15 California School Districts Begin Serving Locally Grown Foods to Students

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Oct 29, 2014

Last week, 15 school districts across California began serving their students school lunches made from foods grown in California and prepared freshly just for them.