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Women 'need to speak out': Gaby Ramos killing spurs sister to take up domestic violence cause

Women 'need to speak out': Gaby Ramos killing spurs sister to take up domestic violence cause

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted June 14 - 10:00 a.m.  |  Save Story

The 2021 killing of Gaby Ramos allegedly at the hands of her ex-boyfriend has spurred Rocio Sifuentes, her sister, to take up the cause of speaking out against domestic violence.
Sen. Romney again pursues bill mandating E-Verify to crack down on people without work visas

Sen. Romney again pursues bill mandating E-Verify to crack down on people without work visas

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted June 14 - 6:17 a.m.  |  Save Story

Sen. Mitt Romney is again pursuing legislation mandating the use of the federal E-Verify system to guard against the hiring of unauthorized workers.
Utah immigrant advocacy group aiding more and more new arrivals

Utah immigrant advocacy group aiding more and more new arrivals

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted June 13 - 8:59 p.m.  |  Save Story

Catholic Community Services of Utah has been offering more and more assistance to newly arrived immigrants, paralleling the surge in numbers at the U.S.-Mexico border, at least as of earlier this year.
Woman taps Venezuelan recipes, business savvy with Arempas — soon to open its 5th locale

Woman taps Venezuelan recipes, business savvy with Arempas — soon to open its 5th locale

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted June 9 - 4:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

Sandy Larrieta opened the first Arempas, a restaurant featuring cuisine from her native Venezuela, in 2019, and now she's on the cusp of opening her fifth locale.
Migrant Delta Egg Farm workers rehired by other contractors, says rep from ex-contractor

Migrant Delta Egg Farm workers rehired by other contractors, says rep from ex-contractor

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted June 6 - 9:26 p.m.  |  Save Story

Perhaps 100 of the migrant workers at the Delta Egg Farm, let go last month, have been rehired, says a representative from the firm that previously contracted them.
U.S.-Mexico border apprehensions down as Biden OKs new restrictions on asylum seekers

U.S.-Mexico border apprehensions down as Biden OKs new restrictions on asylum seekers

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted June 4 - 8:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

The latest U.S. figures on border apprehensions — central in the debate over border security — show numbers have dipped considerably, to 2021 levels.
Utah's Brazilian community revives chamber to spur business development

Utah's Brazilian community revives chamber to spur business development

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted May 30 - 10:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah's Brazilian community is reviving its once-defunct chamber and held a kickoff of sorts featuring Gov. Spencer Cox, Brazilian community leaders and others.
Granite Credit Union opens Rancho Market branch in bid to reach out to Latinos, immigrants

Granite Credit Union opens Rancho Market branch in bid to reach out to Latinos, immigrants

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted May 30 - 8:59 p.m.  |  Save Story

Granite Credit Union marked the opening of a branch in Rancho Market in Salt Lake, part of its efforts to broaden its reach to the Latino and immigrant communities.
'They want to participate': Mexicans in Utah will be able to take part in Mexico's presidential vote

'They want to participate': Mexicans in Utah will be able to take part in Mexico's presidential vote

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted May 25 - 9:01 a.m.  |  Save Story

Mexicans go to the polls on June 2 to pick a new president, and among the voters, from afar, will be a contingent of Mexicans from Utah and the rest of the United States.
Migrant workers at Delta egg plant decry abrupt loss of jobs; advocates defend labor force

Migrant workers at Delta egg plant decry abrupt loss of jobs; advocates defend labor force

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted May 23 - 2:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

Some 150-200 workers, many from Peru and Mexico, were fired from Delta Egg Farm and they and their advocates demonstrated, defending the role of immigrants in the U.S.
UTA reaching out to immigrant newcomers in bid to counter bus driver shortage

UTA reaching out to immigrant newcomers in bid to counter bus driver shortage

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted May 17 - 8:03 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Utah Transit Authority has launched a recruitment program geared to the immigrant community that provides instruction in English and driving a bus.
Latino lawmakers, advocates press for work permits for certain undocumented immigrants

Latino lawmakers, advocates press for work permits for certain undocumented immigrants

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted May 14 - 5:20 p.m.  |  Save Story

A coalition of Latino lawmakers, including Utah Rep. Angela Romero, is asking President Biden to expand work permit offerings to certain classes of undocumented immigrants.
Minority candidates buck conventional political wisdom, say GOP aligns with their beliefs

Minority candidates buck conventional political wisdom, say GOP aligns with their beliefs

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted May 13 - 10:05 a.m.  |  Save Story

Latinos and Blacks have historically aligned with the Democratic Party, but some in Utah are starting to shift to the conservative cause and the Republican Party.
Utah sheriffs tour U.S.-Mexico border: 'What does happen there does impact Utah'

Utah sheriffs tour U.S.-Mexico border: 'What does happen there does impact Utah'

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted May 12 - 7:09 a.m.  |  Save Story

Sheriffs from Weber, Utah and Kane counties recently visited the U.S.-Mexico border amid worries about the local impact of the surge in undocumented immigrants entering the country.
'A minority among minorities': Utah's tiny Paraguayan community hosting independence festivities

'A minority among minorities': Utah's tiny Paraguayan community hosting independence festivities

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted May 9 - 6:30 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Paraguayan community in Utah is hosting a celebration on Saturday to mark independence day in the small South American country.
US lawmakers mull adding citizenship question to census amid simmering immigration debate

US lawmakers mull adding citizenship question to census amid simmering immigration debate

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted May 7 - 8:57 p.m.  |  Save Story

U.S. House lawmakers are considering legislation adding a question about citizenship to the decennial Census Bureau headcount, similar to change unsuccessfully sought by former President Trump.
Mexican Senate OKs change geared in part to US-born kids of undocumented Mexicans

Mexican Senate OKs change geared in part to US-born kids of undocumented Mexicans

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted May 3 - 10:27 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Mexican Senate approved a change to make it easier for U.S.-born kids of Mexicans to register their Mexican citizenship, an issue at times when their parents are deported from the United States.
Cinco de Mayo marks a Mexican historical event, but many events are slated for Utah

Cinco de Mayo marks a Mexican historical event, but many events are slated for Utah

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted May 2 - 7:59 p.m.  |  Save Story

Cinco de Mayo, marking Mexico's victory over invading French forces on May 5, 1862, looms and numerous activities featuring Mexican music and folkloric dancing are scheduled around Utah.
'We truly want these educators': Utah officials reach out to immigrants to fill need for teachers

'We truly want these educators': Utah officials reach out to immigrants to fill need for teachers

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted May 1 - 8:05 a.m.  |  Save Story

Utah Board of Education officials helped host a workshop meant to help immigrants navigate the process of converting their foreign credentials into Utah teaching licenses.
Utahn taps Q'eqchi' skills to help feds handle influx of Indigenous minors from Guatemala

Utahn taps Q'eqchi' skills to help feds handle influx of Indigenous minors from Guatemala

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted April 28 - 7:10 p.m.  |  Save Story

Jace Norton learned Q'eqchi' while serving a mission to Guatemala and parlayed his skills into a company that helps federal officials contend with unaccompanied minors from the nation.
'A dream I always had': Somos Foundation scholarships helping Latinos go to college

'A dream I always had': Somos Foundation scholarships helping Latinos go to college

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted April 26 - 9:09 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Somos Foundation has helped more than 800 Latino students over the years with scholarship money and announced the latest 20 recipients at an event on Thursday.
KSL.com news stories now available to read in Spanish

KSL.com news stories now available to read in Spanish

KSL.com Staff  |  Posted April 25 - 1:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

KSL.com has added a new function that allows readers to read news stories in Spanish. The new service aims to broaden KSL's reach to Utah's growing Spanish-speaking community.
'We're not criminals, we're workers': Day laborers say sometimes they have no other work options

'We're not criminals, we're workers': Day laborers say sometimes they have no other work options

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted April 24 - 8:03 a.m.  |  Save Story

Undocumented immigrants in Utah sometimes gather outside locales like Home Depot seeking work, drawing fire from some, though they do so because they say they have no other options.
Utah law aimed at diversity programs puts future of university 'affinity celebrations' in doubt

Utah law aimed at diversity programs puts future of university 'affinity celebrations' in doubt

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted April 19 - 12:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

Graduation celebrations by Latinos, the LGBTQ community and others attending Utah's universities can proceed this spring, but officials are parsing HB261 to determine whether they can continue next year.
Utah immigrant advocates blast anti-illegal immigration talk as 'fearmongering,' 'dehumanizing'

Utah immigrant advocates blast anti-illegal immigration talk as 'fearmongering,' 'dehumanizing'

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted April 14 - 7:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

Many Utah politicos have focused on illegal immigration and the harm they say it's causing, but immigrant advocates seek to offer a more nuanced view.
Ogden schools implementing mariachi program: 'It represents the culture of our community'

Ogden schools implementing mariachi program: 'It represents the culture of our community'

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted April 14 - 12:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

Ogden School District will be implementing mariachi classes into the curriculum at a high school and two junior high schools.
Bad Bunny drops suit after alleged bootlegger removes Salt Lake videos from YouTube

Bad Bunny drops suit after alleged bootlegger removes Salt Lake videos from YouTube

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted April 11 - 9:42 p.m.  |  Save Story

The reggaeton performer Bad Bunny dropped a lawsuit he had filed after a Spanish YouTube channel operator posted videos from his Feb. 21 Salt Lake City show.
Venezuela, Brazil, India fuel growth of Utah's foreign-born population; numbers from Mexico dip

Venezuela, Brazil, India fuel growth of Utah's foreign-born population; numbers from Mexico dip

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted April 11 - 6:16 a.m.  |  Save Story

Utah's foreign-born population grew 20.6% from 2012 to 2022 to 276,011, which represents 8.4% of the state's population, according to new Census Bureau estimates.
Man killed along I-15 had come from Venezuela in search of 'a better life'

Man killed along I-15 had come from Venezuela in search of 'a better life'

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted April 8 - 7:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

Alberto Marcano, killed in the American Fork area while changing a flat tire Thursday, had been in the United States for nearly a year and was hoping to bring his family here.
Peru Consulate coming to Salt Lake City as population from South American nation grows

Peru Consulate coming to Salt Lake City as population from South American nation grows

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted April 2 - 10:05 a.m.  |  Save Story

A Peruvian Consulate is coming to Utah, the third such office here, according to leaders in the Peruvian community.
New Ogden class giving would-be US citizens extra dose of civics preparation

New Ogden class giving would-be US citizens extra dose of civics preparation

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted March 31 - 9:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

Eighteen immigrants originally from Mexico, Brazil and other countries are taking a class, now in its last week, to aid them in their bids to become U.S. citizens.
Diversity, equity and inclusion "are beautiful words," ex-Weber State official says

Diversity, equity and inclusion "are beautiful words," ex-Weber State official says

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted March 28 - 8:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

Ogden hosted the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ceremony Thursday, where 126 former immigrants from 38 countries took the oath of citizenship.
Salt Lake restaurant focused on tortillas, authenticity, bringing 'the Mexican experience to people'

Salt Lake restaurant focused on tortillas, authenticity, bringing 'the Mexican experience to people'

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted March 28 - 10:00 a.m.  |  Save Story

House of Corn, previously located in Sandy, launched in Salt Lake City this month. The locale makes its own distinctive red, yellow and blue tortillas.
Utah lawmaker hints at Texas-style action, says new law aims to help get handle on immigration

Utah lawmaker hints at Texas-style action, says new law aims to help get handle on immigration

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted March 22 - 12:00 p.m.  |  Save Story

A new law requires federal officials to inform Utah authorities in advance when they plan to send undocumented immigrants to the state. Could a Texas-style law arrest law be next?
Weber State to launch Spanish-language classes meant to lead to degrees

Weber State to launch Spanish-language classes meant to lead to degrees

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted March 20 - 9:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

Weber State will start offering some classes in Spanish next fall, with a goal to offer a full slate of classes in the language that will lead to degrees.
State Sen. Escamilla, originally from Mexico, garners Outstanding American by Choice award

State Sen. Escamilla, originally from Mexico, garners Outstanding American by Choice award

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted March 19 - 9:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah state Sen. Luz Escamilla, originally from Mexico, has garnered the Outstanding American by Choice recognition from U.S. immigration officials for her civic involvement, professional accomplishments and more.
Logan students lobby for return of tacos to school lunch menu to 'revive the Mexican spirit'

Logan students lobby for return of tacos to school lunch menu to 'revive the Mexican spirit'

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted March 17 - 9:11 p.m.  |  Save Story

A fifth grader petitioned for the return of tacos to the minority-majority school, mustering support of his fellow students and school officials.
Bad Bunny sues alleged bootlegger over YouTube videos posted from Salt Lake show

Bad Bunny sues alleged bootlegger over YouTube videos posted from Salt Lake show

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted March 15 - 11:42 a.m.  |  Save Story

Reggaeton artist Bad Bunny kicked off his Most Wanted Tour in Utah on Feb. 21, after which a man allegedly uploaded 10 songs from the performance, spurring legal action from the music artist.
West-side coffee shop opens; operators hope it spurs more homegrown business development

West-side coffee shop opens; operators hope it spurs more homegrown business development

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted March 15 - 10:05 a.m.  |  Save Story

New business operators have grander ambitions in launching Culture Coffee on Salt Lake City's west side March 2,
University of Utah advisory body formed to aid with Latino recruitment, retention

University of Utah advisory body formed to aid with Latino recruitment, retention

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted March 10 - 10:21 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Latinx Advisory Council is about a year old, and one of its key priorities is investigating the creation of a "safe space" on the University of Utah campus for Latino students, faculty and staff.
Chileans in Utah holding fundraiser to aid victims of devastating fires in the country

Chileans in Utah holding fundraiser to aid victims of devastating fires in the country

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted March 7 - 6:38 p.m.  |  Save Story

The devastating wildfires around Viña del Mar, Chile, last month killed about 140 people and destroyed nearly 9,000 homes, and a Utahn is working to get some help to those in need.
'The message is respect': Latino community organizers tout rights, dignity of day laborers

'The message is respect': Latino community organizers tout rights, dignity of day laborers

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted March 7 - 10:00 a.m.  |  Save Story

Day laborers, typically undocumented immigrants, can face wage theft, discrimination, verbal abuse and more, their advocates say.
DHS head Mayorkas speaks with Gov. Cox, says he'll give states more info on border crossers

DHS head Mayorkas speaks with Gov. Cox, says he'll give states more info on border crossers

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted March 5 - 1:38 p.m.  |  Save Story

Gov. Spencer Cox held a video meeting with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday, getting assurances from Mayorkas that he'd be more forthcoming about data on border crossings.
How 1 immigration mistake led to this Utah's family yearslong separation

How 1 immigration mistake led to this Utah's family yearslong separation

Sydnee Chapman Gonzalez for KSL.com  |  Posted March 4 - 6:17 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Rodriguez family's decision to immigrate to Utah has seen them celebrate several milestones. It also resulted in their eldest daughter being separated from them for years.
Comunidades Unidas zeroing in on issues of import to Latinos, immigrants

Comunidades Unidas zeroing in on issues of import to Latinos, immigrants

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 28 - 9:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

The West Valley City-based advocacy group hopes to get its concerns on the radar screen of local leaders ahead of November elections.
Intermountain Health opens kidney transplant clinic in Murray geared to Spanish speakers

Intermountain Health opens kidney transplant clinic in Murray geared to Spanish speakers

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 26 - 11:10 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Clinica Hispana de Riñón aims to break down language and cultural barriers to better serve Utah's growing Spanish-speaking population.
Mexican state of Oaxaca is focus of fashion show in Ogden

Mexican state of Oaxaca is focus of fashion show in Ogden

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 15 - 12:00 p.m.  |  Save Story

Oaxaca en Utah is organizing a fashion show to feature the colorful garb of Oaxaca and its heavily Indigenous population.
'Your voice matters': Utah immigrants, advocates gather to promote civic participation

'Your voice matters': Utah immigrants, advocates gather to promote civic participation

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 13 - 9:23 p.m.  |  Save Story

Voices for Utah Children hosted the Immigrant Day on the Hill event at the Capitol in Salt Lake City.
Utah Ecuadorians cite contributions to community, seek temporary protected status

Utah Ecuadorians cite contributions to community, seek temporary protected status

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 13 - 7:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

Leaders made a public call Tuesday for federal officials to expand temporary protected status to undocumented Ecuadorian immigrants in the United States.
Utah Senate committee rebuffs bill targeting imposition of racial views; measure likely dead

Utah Senate committee rebuffs bill targeting imposition of racial views; measure likely dead

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 13 - 10:03 a.m.  |  Save Story

A measure meant as a guard against the possibility of Utah businesses imposing racial views on their employees is likely dead for the legislative session.
Utah groups, businesses mark Lunar New Year and the start of the year of the dragon

Utah groups, businesses mark Lunar New Year and the start of the year of the dragon

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 9 - 7:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Lunar New Year, also called the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, is a celebration meant to mark the arrival of spring.
Rep. John Curtis: Fentanyl threat makes US-Mexico border security issue so significant to Utah

Rep. John Curtis: Fentanyl threat makes US-Mexico border security issue so significant to Utah

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 8 - 8:23 p.m.  |  Save Story

U.S. Rep. John Curtis, of Utah, traveled with 12 other GOP U.S. House members to the border in Arizona for a field hearing as clamoring intensifies for action to stem inflows of undocumented immigrants.
Encounters at the US-Mexico border surged in December, underscoring immigration debate

Encounters at the US-Mexico border surged in December, underscoring immigration debate

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Updated Feb. 8 - 10:25 a.m.  |  Save Story

More than 300,000 undocumented immigrants were apprehended, deemed inadmissible or processed for expulsion in the month, the highest monthly figure by far since March 2020.
Utah lawmakers pursue resolutions to honor Salvadorans, Pacific Islanders and refugees

Utah lawmakers pursue resolutions to honor Salvadorans, Pacific Islanders and refugees

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 7 - 10:04 a.m.  |  Save Story

The resolutions, coming as debate rages over the influx of undocumented immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border, are meant as messages of welcome to the varied communities.
Utah name among a dozen targeted for change, due to use of racially charged language

Utah name among a dozen targeted for change, due to use of racially charged language

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 12:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

The initiative spurred by a Native American group and a Black Lives Matter chapter takes aim at place names offensive to racial and ethnic groups.
Utah advocate says labor trafficking getting more attention, more victims stepping forward

Utah advocate says labor trafficking getting more attention, more victims stepping forward

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 4 - 12:23 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has made fighting trafficking a priority and recent cases in northern Utah bring the issue to the fore.
Utah immigrants from Venezuela, Cuba, other countries push anti-communist message bill

Utah immigrants from Venezuela, Cuba, other countries push anti-communist message bill

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 3 - 9:14 p.m.  |  Save Story

Those promoting SJR5 warn of creeping socialism and communism in Utah and the U.S. and note their personal experiences under such governments.
Salvadorans in Utah casting ballots in Central American nation's presidential election

Salvadorans in Utah casting ballots in Central American nation's presidential election

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 3 - 7:22 a.m.  |  Save Story

Online voting for expatriates of El Salvador is ongoing while Salvadorans will also be able to cast ballots Sunday at a Salt Lake polling site.
Preparing future citizens: Ogden launches program to promote citizenship among immigrants

Preparing future citizens: Ogden launches program to promote citizenship among immigrants

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 30 - 10:03 a.m.  |  Save Story

The new program gives participants a crash course in civics and aims to get them involved in their communities.

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