Multi-American | How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning: Human smuggling by sea, Dream Act supporters not giving up, competing congregations and more

Illegal immigrants smuggled into Newport Beach on boat, authorities say - Los Angeles Times Eight to 10 people reportedly came ashore on a small boat yesterday and shed their life jackets and some clothes before scattering. The boat was a panga, a traditional type of fishing boat also used lately by smugglers.

DREAM Act Battle Lost, But War Continues for Activists in 2011 - Fox News Latino Students and other supporters say they will continue pushing for the defeated measure, which would have granted conditional legal status to undocumented youths attending college or joining the military.

Immigration Overhaul Is Unlikely Without a Shift in Public Attitudes - Capital Journal - Wall Street Journal A pollster's take on why broad reforms calling for legalization aren't going anywhere.

Md. legislation proposes in-state tuition benefits for some illegal immigrants - The Washington Post A proposed state law in Maryland would offer lower cost in-state college tuition to undocumented immigrants who have attended state high schools and whose parents are taxpayers.

At Methodist Church, Immigrant Congregations Clash - New York Times The story of a tense cultural clash between the Latino and Chinese American congregations of the same church, to where they even had competing Christmas trees.

HB2281 lessons countdown – Day 4 - Desert, Science and Hot Dogs: The Three Sonorans - Tucson Citizen Part opinion, part explainer on the Arizona bill targeting ethnic studies that takes effect January 1.