How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning: Feds won't help Alabama implement state law, Asian American population growth, Halloween goes Latino, more

Napolitano to Congress: Feds not helping Alabama officials put state immigration law in place - The Washington Post Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano has told a House committee that federal officials will not help Alabama implement its stringent new state immigration law, which the federal government is challenging in court.

NYPD keeps files on Muslims who change their names - The Associated Press The monitoring of Muslim communities by police in New York has also targeted those who changed their names to sound more American, a long-held practice among some immigrants to the U.S.

From La Llorona to Chupacabra, Latino Characters Creep into Halloween - Fox News Latino Spooky characters from Latin American lore have been showing up in recent years at amusement parks hosting Halloween festivities, and in costume shops as well.

Asian Americans now country's fastest growing racial group - Los Angeles Times Immigration from South Asia has helped fuel the growth of the Asian American population in the U.S., which outpaced that of Latinos between 2000 and 2010. A new report charts several aspects of this growing population.

Lawmakers say environmental laws should be waived for Border Patrol operations - The Washington Post Federal agents on the U.S.-Mexico border say environmental laws get in the way of patrolling some areas, and some lawmakers want to give them more access by waiving certain laws. Environmental laws may already be waived to build border fence.

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