How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Border security and immigration reform, child migrants, Asian Americans and college admissions, more

A U.S. Border Patrol officer keeps watch over the fence that divides the U.S. from Mexico in the town of Nogales, Ariz.
A U.S. Border Patrol officer keeps watch over the fence that divides the U.S. from Mexico in the town of Nogales, Ariz. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Is the border secure enough to tackle the immigration system? - NPR Since the mid-1980s, the federal government has multiplied the ranks of Border Patrol agents, built around 700 miles of border fence and begun using drones. Migration statistics also point to tight border security, at least in part.

Illegal immigration from Central America on the rise - Christian Science Monitor Border Patrol officials in Texas say that as migration from Mexico has slowed, Central American migrants are now accounting for a slight majority of those apprehended crossing the border. Most are from El Savador, Guetemala and Honduras.

Child immigrants challenge host countries - Voice of America  On the challenges of integrating immigrant children, some of whom arrive with parents, others who arrive on their own following parents who have already migrated.

Photos: Jenni Rivera memorial draws thousands to Universal's Gibson Amphitheater - Southern California Public Radio A slide show of images from the packed Los Angeles public memorial service this week for singer Jenni Rivera. She died with her entourage in a small plane crash in northern Mexico on Dec. 9.

Is the Ivy League fair to Asian Americans? - The Atlantic On the debate over where there is a race-based quota for admissions; some argue that there are not as many Asian Americans being admitted to Ivy League schools as there could be.

Tom Tancredo mocks Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet's immigration compact - Denver Post Immigration hardliner Tom Tancredo, a Republican former member of Congress from Colorado, has released a mocking version of the "Colorado Compact" for immigration reform supported by some state lawmakers. His version, which he calls a parody, calls for immigration crackdowns.

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