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 USC Chinese students security

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USC Chinese students security

USC CSSA via Facebook

USC Chinese students security

USC CSSA via Facebook

USC Chinese students security

USC CSSA via Facebook

USC Chinese students security

USC CSSA via Facebook


USC's largest Chinese student organization is demanding the school add more off-campus guards and surveillance cameras after one of their own was killed in late July just blocks from school. 

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association is petitioning USC President C. L. Max Nikias to "provide necessary security measures year-round." For example, they want to see more of the yellow jacket-wearing guards hired by USC to stand watch in off-campus neighborhoods during the summer — not just the school year. 

Yan Zhang, an engineering graduate student who signed the letter, said that a USC security presence could have prevented the July 24 death of Xinran Ji, who was robbed and beaten on the way home from a study group.

"I think that when bad men see (a guard) standing there they cannot do whatever they want," Zhang said. "If there is nobody around, they can do whatever, like what they did to Xinran."

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In immigration news: GOP's border vote; protesters focus on White House, illness at detention centers

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Immigration protesters have turned their attention from Congress to the White House, pressuring Pres. Obama to take executive action.

GOP pledges border vote 'today' - The Hill Friday morning, some of the GOP's biggest House conservatives said they would vote 'yes' on a new plan to deal with the border surge. They also want to vote on a bill to limit the federal program that grants deportation deferrals and work permits known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  This comes after Speaker John Boehner was forced to pull an earlier border package Thursday after it became apparent he didn't have the votes to pass it.

Giving up on Congress, immigration protesters target White House - Reuters With Congress deadlocked once again on immigration, activists are refocusing their attention on President Obama, and pushing him to take executive action and stop deportations. Protesters outside the White House Thursday such as Tammy Alexander of the Mennonite Central Committee said "we've pretty much given up on Congress to do something on immigration this year."

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In immigration news: House GOP takes aim at DACA, Obama's immigration poll ratings, snags in immigration court as kids' hearings sped up, more

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An August 15, 2012 file photo shows young people waiting in line to enter the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) office in California, on the first day of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. As part of a deal to win conservative votes on a $659 million border funding bill this week, House GOP lawmakers are reportedly debating a provision that would block the program, which since 2012 has allowed certain young immigrants to obtain temporary legal status.

House Republicans changing border bill with Cruz-backed measure to appease conservatives - CNN As part of a deal to win conservative votes on a $659 million border funding bill, House GOP lawmakers are reportedly debating a provision that would block what's known as deferred action, a 2012 program that allows some young immigrants to obtain temporary legal status. The change is being pushed by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. The border measure is to be voted on Thursday; the White House has threatened to veto.

Poll finds two-thirds disapprove of Obama’s handling of immigration - The Hill A new poll shows President Obama's handling of immigration issues meeting with a majority thumbs-down. From the story: "Obama's approval rating on immigration has dropped to its lowest level this year, falling 7 points since May. In December his approval on the issue stood at 40 percent. The president also took a hit among Hispanics, with only 29 percent approving of his handling of the issue, down 13 points since May."

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In immigration news: Border bill battle, Obama considers fewer deportations, a proposal to add LA-area youth migrant shelters, more

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The fence near the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana. The House and Senate have just days this week before the August recess to vote on competing immigration bills, both aimed at addressing the Central American migrant crisis at the border.

Immigration reform: Last minute battle to produce border bill before Congress leaves town - Southern California Public Radio The House and Senate have less than three days before the August recess to vote on competing immigration bills, both aimed at addressing the Central American migrant crisis. The House bill calls for $659 million in spending, far less than the $3.7 million President Obama has asked Congress for. It also seeks to amend a 2008 law in order to speed up deportation of Central American youths. The more generous Senate bill does not include this provision. But it's unlikely anything will make it to Obama's desk.

Obama Weighs Fewer Deportations of Illegal Immigrants Living in U.S. - Wall Street Journal President Obama is reportedly "considering broad action to scale back deportations that could include work permits for millions of people, according to lawmakers and immigration advocates who have consulted with the White House." An administration official said an announcement is expected shortly after Labor Day.

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Salvation Army proposal would bring more migrant youth shelters to LA area

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Boys wait for medical appointments in a holding area where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children were being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Ariz. on June 18, 2014. In response to a federal government call for temporary shelter space to house migrant youths, the Salvation Army is proposing to open two contract shelters in the Los Angeles area, in Bell and in Hollywood.

If the federal government approves a grant proposal, a shelter for unaccompanied migrant teens could open in the city of Bell as soon as early next year. The Salvation Army hopes to turn what is now an unused warehouse into a residential facility that according to plans would house about 136 boys and girls, ages 14 to 17.

The warehouse is one of several the organization has in the area, some that are used as homeless shelters.

“In the city of Bell, we have warehouses that were donated to us by the federal government and we have been providing homeless services there for 20 years," said Pilar Buelna, executive director of social services for the Los Angeles-area Salvation Army. "And so we have an empty warehouse, and we feel that needs to be renovated. And if we get the grant, we can do that with those funds.”

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