How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Lawmakers push for highly-skilled visas, Asian American reform priorities, lateral deportation, more

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Lawmakers, entrepreneurs push immigration proposals ahead of State of the Union - Washington Post From the story: "A group of entrepreneurs and legislators is urging President Obama to put particular emphasis on bringing more highly skilled, foreign-born individuals into the country, as calls for broad immigration reform grow louder."

Asian American priorities for immigration reform - The Hill An opinion piece by two Asian American California lawmakers. Among the priorities is dealing with lengthy visa backlogs affecting Asian immigrants; some are forced to wait more than two decades to be reunited with the family members sponsoring them.

ABC, Univision announce name of joint venture aimed at growing Latino audience - Washington Post ABC and Univision are launching a joint venture that "will provide English-language news programming aimed at the growing Latino demographic." And the name of that joint venture is: Fusion. 

Do illegal immigrants actually hurt the U.S. economy? - New York Times From the piece: "Illegal immigration does have some undeniably negative economic effects. Similarly skilled native-born workers are faced with a choice of either accepting lower pay or not working in the field at all."

Lateral deportation: Migrants crossing the Mexican border fear a trip sideways - Washington Post The program began a decade ago with the goal of reducing migrant deaths in the border desert by repatriating  people elsewhere: "An illegal migrant apprehended in the mountains outside Nogales, Ariz., for example, could be processed and transferred by bus or flight to Brownsville, Tex."

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