How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this (late) morning: A sustained drop in illegal immigration, Sheriff Baca shifts his immigrant policy, Obama's uncle gets new hearing, more

Illegal immigration drops after decade-long rise as Hispanics hit by poor economy, aging - Associated Press New census data confirms a sustained drop in unauthorized migration to the U.S., with experts saying it's unlikely to return to its peak in the middle of the last decade.  It also confirms that for the first time in more than a century, immigration from Latin America last year was exceeded by immigration from Asia. 

Sheriff Baca won't hand over immigrant misdemeanor suspects to federal authorities anymore - Southern California Public Radio Following a bulletin to California law enforcement from state Attorney General Kamala Harris, the Los Angeles County Sheriff has announced an about-face in the handling of immigrants. Harris announced Tuesday that local cops aren't legally required to hold individuals for federal immigration agents.

Sen. Jim DeMint resignation marks loss of immigration hawk - ABC News Republican Sen. Jim DeMint  of South Carolina had opposed comprehensive immigration reform efforts; he announced Thursday that he was stepping down to become president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. 

Obama uncle in Mass. gets new deportation hearing 2 decades after being ordered to leave US - Washington Post The President's uncle Onyango Obama, half-brother of his late father, was ordered by an immigration judge to leave for his native Kenya in 1992 after attempting to stay legally. He had remained in the U.S. without permission and was arrested last year.

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