How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning: Human smugglers who targeted black drivers, Democrats and the Dream Act, the mistakenly deported Texas teen, more

Smugglers allegedly used black drivers to avert suspicion at border - Los Angeles Times Five people have been arrested after trying to "cash in on racial profiling by operating a human smuggling ring that hired mostly African American drivers who didn't speak a word of Spanish." The drivers were used to smuggle immigrants from Mexico to the L.A. area.

APNewsBreak: Wrongly deported Texas teen maintains 'Tika' charade in jailhouse phone calls - The Washington Post Recorded telephone calls reviewed by The Associated Press show that 15-year-old Jakadrien Turner, who was mistakenly deported after giving authorities a false name,"expected to be deported to Colombia yet did not complain of having no ties to the country."

Dems face tricky immigration choice - The Hill Will Democrats make a compromise with Republicans and embrace a military-only version of the Dream Act? The long-proposed legislation would, as is stands, provide a path to legal status for young people who attend college or join the military. A different, newly introduced GOP bill leaves out the college route.

Behind Arrest of 4 Officers, Latinos Who Took a Stand - New York Times After the arrest of a priest in East Haven, Conn. for trying to document police mistreatment of Latinos, about 100 congregants stepped forward to report their stories. It's led to the arrest of four officers and the police chief stepping down.

Stolen babies? Immigrant mother loses four kids - ABC News A case study of a deported parent whose children wound up in foster care. It's estimated that more than 5,000 children of deportees have landed in foster care. Some are adopted after their parents are sent abroad.

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