How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning: New Cuba policy doesn't ease legal immigration, appeals court decisions in Arizona and Alabama, more

Despite immigration policy change, no easy path from Cuba to U.S. - Associated Press The Cuban government's recent decision to make it easier for Cubans to obtain exit visas doesn't necessarily open the floodgates, experts say, as Cubans must still obtain permission from the U.S. to come legally.

Appeals court denies request for new hearing on Alabama immigration law - CNN A federal appeals court has denied a request from Alabama officials for a new hearing on HB 56, the state's controversial anti-illegal immigration law. The state had argued that an earlier decision allowing some parts of the law to remain blocked was "erroneous."

Courts hand Arizona a victory on immigration law, but say no to part of Alabama's - Fox News Latino Meanwhile, a federal appeals court has dismissed an appeal by civil rights groups challenging a section of Arizona's SB 1070 that empowers police to check for immigration status. The provision was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in June. 

Groups protest operation by immigration agents - New York Times Latino and religious groups are protesting an operation in Detroit in which immigration agents allegedly followed two immigrants who were driving with their children in their cars; both men said they were detained near their children's schools.

Latino Catholics overwhelmingly favor Obama - Los Angeles Times According to a new Pew Research Center study, President Obama has the support of Catholic and religiously unaffiliated Latinos, but only half of Latino evangelicals favor his reelection. 

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