How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning: GOP candidates talk fences and SB 1070 during AZ debate, LAPD chief supports licenses for undocumented, more

Beck backs driver's licenses for illegal immigrants - Los Angeles Times In a meeting with Times staff, Los Angeles Police Department chief Charlie Beck said yesterday that California should issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, making him "one of the most prominent local figures to support the idea."

GOP Hopefuls Vow to Fight Illegal Immigration at Arizona Debate - Fox News Latino During yesterday's Republican presidential debate in Arizona, the candidates' discussion of immigration issues ranged from building more border fencing to supporting SB 1070, the state's controversial anti-illegal immigration law.

Romney calls Arizona immigration law a model for the nation - Los Angeles Times Speaking yesterday at the GOP presidential debate, candidate Mitt Romney referred to Arizona's SB 1070 as "a model for the country," saying he would drop the federal lawsuits challenging the state law "on Day One" if elected president.

Critic: Mississippi immigration bill 'ethnic cleansing' - Jackson Clarion-Ledger Opponents of a proposed state anti-illegal immigration bill, similar to Arizona's SB 1070, rallied in front of the Mississippi statehouse yesterday. Critics said that among other things, it might prompt some immigrants to leave the state, as has occurred in Alabama.

Immigration chief seeks to reassure Silicon Valley - CBS News Visiting Mountain View, Calif. yesterday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services director Alejandro Mayorkas said that he "wants to keep more foreign-born high-tech entrepreneurs in the U.S."

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