How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning: Immigration discord in Alabama, teen seeking visa stranded in Mexico, state residents may challenge SB 1070, more

In Alabama, strict immigration law sows discord - Reuters As farmers worry about who will pick their crops in light of the state's strict new anti-illegal immigration law, "Alabama is finding out whether it can live without undocumented immigrants, estimated to number 120,000 in 2010."

Immigration Technicality May Keep Homecoming Queen From Graduation - ABC News High school senior Elizabeth Olivas traveled to Mexico with her U.S. citizen father so she could obtain a visa to stay legally in the United States, where she was raised. But they inadvertently arrived a day late and now, she's stranded there for three years.

Students Press For Action on Immigration - New York Times A network of young undocumented immigrants, many of them college students and graduates, has launched a campaign to press President Obama to use executive powers to allow them to stay legally in the U.S.

Details emerge as ex-Border Patrol brothers fight corruption charges - Sacramento Bee Prosecutors allege that former U.S. Border Patrol agents and siblings Fidel and Raul Villareal took more than $1 million in bribes to smuggle immigrants from Brazil and Mexico in 2005 and 2006. The brothers are fighting the charges; a jury trial is set to start June 19.

Migrant hunting, smuggling on Yemen-Saudi border - Reuters A combination of rising migration from the Horn of Africa and weak government control have turned the Yemen-Saudi border "into a kind of hell where criminal gangs roam freely, trading migrants like commodities." Kidnappers are among those who prey on migrants.

Federal judge: Arizona residents can challenge immigration law - East Valley Tribune U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton has ruled that Arizona residents may legally challenge the state's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law; Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer had tried to preclude these residents from seeking class-action status for people who may face discrimination. The U.S. Supreme Court is also weighing SB 1070.

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