How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

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A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer prepares an undocumented immigrant for a deportation flight bound for El Salvador.

Immigration tactics aimed at boosting deportations - USA Today New records obtained show that "U.S. immigration officials laid out plans last year that would ratchet up expulsions of immigrants convicted of minor crimes as part of an urgent push to make sure the government would not fall short of its criminal deportation targets." These included reviewing state driver's license records and other tactics.

Are steep fees discouraging immigrants from becoming citizens? - Southern California Public Radio A new report makes the connection between the last several years' worth of increasingly high fees to apply for U.S. citizenship and the millions of legal permanent residents who are eligible to apply, but don't.

California family torn apart by 1996 immigration law plead with Congress - San Jose Mercury News On Thursday, Americans affected by mandatory "bars" to re-entry for undocumented spouses trying to adjust their status told lawmakers about multiple hardships their families have endured. Some who moved to Mexico to be reunited with spouses said they were were subject to problems like kidnapping threats and extortion.

Effort to change immigration law sparks internal battle within GOP - Washington Post Republican supporters of more lenient immigration laws are reportedly waging "a behind-the-scenes campaign to discredit the influential advocacy groups that have long powered the GOP’s hard-line stance on the issue."

Bengali Harlem: Author documents a lost history of immigration in America - CNN From the story: "South Asian immigration boomed in this country after the passage of landmark immigration legislation in 1965. But long before that, there were smaller waves of new Americans who hailed from India under the British Empire."

Attorney advocates for poor as immigration debate continues - NPR A story about veteran immigration attorney Jose Pertierra, who for the past decade has had a weekly segment out of Washington, D.C. on Univision in which he answers immigration-related questions fro viewers.

Fewer illegal immigrants in New York, study finds - New York Times The unauthorized immigrant population in New York state has been declining, new data suggests. And not surprisingly, there are far fewer undocumented there than in California, Texas or Florida.

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