How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning: Deferred action applications slow, GOP immigration bills, broader reform plans in discussion, more

Among young immigrants, applications for deportation relief have slowed - Washington Post Numbers released in mid-November by the federal government show that the number of incoming applications for deferred action, which offers temporary legal status to some young immigrants, have dropped off. Applications peaked at 5,715 a day in September; this month they've averaged 4,527 a day.

Post-election, GOP's immigration message evolves - NPR Two Republican-backed measures making headlines this week include a bill that would make it easier for foreign science and technology students to stay in the country, and another that would offer conditional legal status to some undocumented young people who arrived as minors, but no clear path to citizenship.

Competing immigration reform efforts begin - Los Angeles Times As Republicans float limited proposals, a bipartisan coalition of House lawmakers has been privately discussing the possibility of introducing plans for broader immigration reform at  later date.

Mexico's Peña Nieto backs Obama immigration reform push - Reuters Meeting yesterday with President Obama, Mexico's president-elect Enrique Peña Nieto "backed President Barack Obama's planned push for U.S. immigration reform, pledged cooperation on border security and promised efforts to reduce violence in his own country."

Latino Theater Company's NEA grant sets stage for theater festival - Los Angeles Times Los Angeles' Latino Theater Company plans to create the National Latino Theater Festival and Conference with the help of a $50,000 arts grant. Plans are to launch the festival in 2014. 

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