How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning: Deportations and families, a Calif. initiative that would allow some undocumented to stay, more

Deportations tear some families apart – USA Today Deportations reached a record 396,906 in fiscal year 2011, which ended Sept. 30. The majority were to Mexico. Deportations have been on the rise in recent years,  with approximately a million deported under the Obama administration.

Initiative would give Callifornia illegal immigrants safe harbor - Sacramento Bee California Assembly member Felipe Fuentes, a Democrat from Sylmar, is pushing a state initiative called the California Opportunity and Prosperity Act. If it qualifies for the state ballot and is voted in, it would allow some undocumented immigrants who meet strict criteria to stay without the threat of deportation.

Some Asians' college strategy: Don't check box – Associated Press Convinced that it's harder for them to gain admission to top universities due to over-representation, some Asian American applicants are reluctant to identify their ethnicity on applications, especially if they are of mixed race.

Law Tests Alabama's Appeal - Wall Street Journal Negative publicity over the state's new anti-illegal immigration law could be getting in the way of Alabama's efforts to attract foreign investment, especially after two foreign auto plant workers who are German and Japanese were arrested under the new law.

Texas immigrant's suicide touches off a charged debate - Los Angeles Times Controversy has erupted in the aftermath of the suicide of a Texas teen, whose family said he was distraught because he was undocumented. Immigration restriction advocates have accused pro-immigrant groups of exploiting the incident. His suicide note didn't specifically mention his status, but family members have said he was upset over not being able to legalize and pursue his goals.

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