How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Cost of 'enforcement first,' Asian Americans and philanthropy, Evangelicals and reform, more

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An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), officer prepares an undocumented Salvadoran immigrant for a deportation flight bound for San Salvador.

Report: Immigration tops federal law enforcement spending - Southern California Public Radio More details on a report that tallies the cost of the "enforcement first" immigration approach that has dominated U.S. immigration policy for several years. Over a quarter century, spending on immigration enforcement has added up to nearly $187 billion, which is closer to $219 billion in 2012 dollars.

As Asian Americans' numbers grow, so does their philanthropy - New York Times Some affluent Asian Americans, including entrepreneurs who have done well in finance and technology, are getting more involved in philanthropy. Many donate to groups that benefit their home countries or diasporas, but they also give to universities, hospitals, and other U.S. institutions.

Immigrants with no criminal history get lengthy stays at little-known jail - South Florida Sun-Sentinel On the controversies surrounding South Florida's Broward Transitional Center, one of many immigrant detention facilities around the country run by private jail operators who contract with the federal government.

Racist playground sign in Delaware: Milford's anti-Latino signs taken down after picture goes viral - Huffington Post The baffling sign features two different messages. In English, it advises parental supervision at the playground and to "play at your own risk." In Spanish, it warns that a permit is needed to play there, and that violators will face police action. 

Why Evangelicals are the new partners for immigration reform - Christian Science Monitor "Although most Americans associate theologically conservative Christians with cultural issues such as abortion and gay marriage, the evangelical political agenda is broadening. Immigration reform is one issue that has steadily gained momentum." An opinion piece.

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