How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Mexico to step up enforcement, executive action plans, immigrants and housing, more

Migrants arrive at a rest stop in Ixtepec, Mexico, after a 15-hour ride atop a freight train headed north toward the U.S. border on Aug. 4, 2013. Thousands of migrants ride atop the trains, known as La Bestia, or The Beast, during their long and perilous

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Migrants arrive at a rest stop in Ixtepec, Mexico, after a 15-hour ride atop a freight train headed north toward the U.S. border on Aug. 4, 2013. Thousands of migrants ride atop the trains, known as "La Bestia" or The Beast, during their long and perilous journey through Mexico to the U.S. The Mexican government is now reportedly planning to increase railway surveillance as a way of deterring Central American migration north.

Mexico To Increase Railroad Surveillance In Hopes Of Deterring Immigrants - Associated Press According to a federal official in Mexico, "the government plans to improve railway surveillance and increase the speed of northbound trains in hopes of deterring Central American migrants from riding on top of freight cars...the measures aim to fight human trafficking, strengthen railway security, and protect migrants who historically have jumped on the trains they call 'The Beast' to get to the U.S.-Mexico border."

Obama pressed to expand deportation program for millions - The Hill As the White House weighs executive action on immigration, advocates argue that President Obama has the authority to halt deportations. From the story: "Legal scholars promoting broad changes to Obama's deportation policy on Tuesday set out what they said was the legal basis for new executive action, including an expansion of DACA to cover thousands — perhaps millions — more illegal immigrants."

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Emmys 2014: Little diversity among winners

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Sofia Vergara, left, and Television Academy CEO Bruce Rosenblum speak on stage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.

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Director Cary Joji Fukunaga accepts Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the 'True Detective' episode 'Who Goes There.'


Breaking Bad and Modern Family were the big winners at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

Women and minorities — not so much.

Things looked promising for Netflix's Orange is the New Black, which led the pack of shows with Emmy nods. But on Monday night, the female-helmed prison dramedy with one of the most diverse casts on TV was shut out of all five major categories for which it had been nominated.

In fact, no performers of color took home a statue Monday, though some of the nominees had been considered top contenders including Angela Bassett (FX's American Horror Story: Coven) and Andre Braugher (Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine).

Darnell Hunt, who studies the media as director of UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, said he was not surprised by the lack of diversity among winners.

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In immigration news: California's Vietnamese immigrants, Peña Nieto talks reform, Emmys 'diversity' flap, more

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Businesses in Westminster, Calif., in a part of Orange County known as Little Saigon. According to a new report, 40 percent of the nearly 1.3 million Vietnamese immigrants in the United States live in California, concentrated in Orange, Los Angeles and Santa Clara counties.

40 percent of nation's Vietnamese immigrants call California home - Southern California Public Radio According to a new report, 40 percent of the nearly 1.3 million Vietnamese immigrants in the United States reside in California. They are concentrated in Orange, Los Angeles and Santa Clara counties; the population in those three counties alone makes up about a quarter of the total U.S. Vietnamese immigrant population.

Mexican President Calls for Immigration Reform - ABC News During a two-day visit to California, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto talked of a need for the U.S. to reform its immigration system: "We want to be a factor of cohesion, not division, with full respect for the sovereignty of the United States," President Enrique Peña Nieto said Monday. "This, at the end, is about — and only about — a matter of justice for those who contribute so much to the development of the American society."

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40 percent of nation's Vietnamese immigrants call California home

Top Metropolitan Area Destinations for Vietnamese Immigrants in the United States, 2008-12

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Top Metropolitan Area Destinations for Vietnamese Immigrants in the United States, 2008-12

Forty percent of the country's nearly 1.3 million Vietnamese immigrants reside in California, concentrated in Orange, Los Angeles and Santa Clara counties, according to a report published Monday by the non-partisan Migration Policy Institute.

The immigrants in those three counties alone make up about a quarter of the Vietnamese population for the entire country.

"That geographic concentration is really fascinating," said Jeanne Batalova, a senior policy analyst at the institute. 

Batalova said immigrants' high numbers in California are largely due to secondary migration. When Vietnamese started to arriving in the U.S. in large numbers in the mid-1970s after the end of the Vietnam War, refugee resettlement agencies placed them across the United States.

But, "with time, as social networks and family connections formed in the community, a lot of Vietnamese refugees migrated to a few parts within the United States," Batalova said.

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In immigration news: Executive action hopes, lawsuit over expedited deportations, migrant youth shelters, more

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Now that President Obama has returned from vacation, advocates are hoping he'll soon take executive action on immigration, including a reprieve from deportation for more immigrants.

As Obama returns, advocates look for executive action - The Hill Now that President Obama has returned from vacation, advocates are hoping he'll soon move forward on immigration. The president has stated that he'll take executive action on immigration in the near future, a move some hope will spare more immigrants from deportation and make it easier for businesses to hire foreign workers.

Civil rights groups sue to bar expedited deportations of Central American families - Washington Post Civil rights groups have filed suit asking a federal court to stop the expedited deportations of families and children held at a detention center in Artesia, New Mexico. The complaint alleges that "the Department of Homeland Security has denied due process rights to the families as it seeks to deport the hundreds of undocumented immigrants being housed there."

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