How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Dealing with future immigration, the legacy of 1986's IRCA, how visa backlogs affect Asians, more

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Day laborers wait near a Home Depot home improvement store in hope of finding work for the day on Aug. 15, 2008 in Los Angeles. One question that remains as debate over this week's immigration reform proposals gets underway is how well these plans would manage future immigration, namely by people who come seeking manual labor jobs.

Forget citizenship and the border: Future immigration is the hard part - ABC/Univision From the story: "The Senate 'Gang of Eight' hasn't committed to a position on one of the most complicated and impactful aspects of reform: how to handle future waves of immigrant workers, specifically those doing manual labor."

As debate gets underway, it helps to turn the clock back to 1986 - Southern California Public Radio There are now two sets of ideas for comprehensive immigration reform on the table, one from the White House and one from the Senate. But we've been here before. Two comprehensive bills failed in 2006 and 2007; the last major immigration overhaul took place in 1986, with significant compromises. What's different now?

For Asian Americans, immigration backlogs are a major hurdle - NPR As the debate over immigration reform gets underway, "it is Asian-Americans who encounter some of the knottiest challenges facing immigrants and immigration reformers. Of the five countries with the longest backlogs for visas, four are in Asia."

Immigration reform proposal shows similar ideas between Bush and Obama - Daily Beast From the story: "In both cases, there are calls for increased border security paired with a temporary guest-worker program and requirements for businesses to e-verify their employees. There are increased visas, incentives for skilled immigration, and an eventual pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented workers in America."

Voices for and against immigration reform proposals - CNN A sampling of opinions from comment boards and elsewhere in the days following the announcement of comprehensive reform plans by both President Obama and a bipartisan group of senators.

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