How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Long citizenship wait under Obama plan, the 'back of the line,' Arizona senators back in debate, more

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Immigrants wave flags after being sworn in as U.S. citizens in naturalization ceremonies on July 26, 2007 in Pomona, California. A path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants is one of the most controversial aspects of immigration reform being debated by lawmakers.

Undocumented immigrants would have 13-year wait for citizenship under Obama plan - Washington Post Under  a White House immigration reform plan leaked to press over the weekend, the path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants would begin with  “Lawful Prospective Immigrant Status" and culminate with citizenship after a wait of at least 13 years.

For some immigrants, the 'back of the line' never moves - Southern California Public Radio One family's story of immigrant visa backlogs: A would-be immigrant sister has been hoping to come to the U.S. from Pakistan since she was first sponsored by a relative at age 12. By the time she actually gets here, she'll likely be in her fifties.

Arizona senators, after detour, renew immigration push - New York Times On Republican senators John McCain and Jeff Flake returning to the immigration reform stage: "...the sight of the two Republicans leading the charge on the divisive issue feels a lot like 2007, when Mr. McCain and Mr. Flake, then a House member, were each co-sponsors of their own immigration overhaul."

McCain faces backlash at home over immigration issue - NBC News And as before, Arizona's Sen. John McCain's position on immigration - which he's made less lenient during his election campaigns - is unpopular with some constituents, like one at a recent town hall: “'You said ‘build the dang fence’ – where’s the fence?' one constituent named Keith Smith demanded of McCain."

Supreme Court won't apply 2010 immigration ruling retroactively - Reuters From the story: "The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Wednesday to apply retroactively a 2010 ruling that requires lawyers to tell clients who are not citizens that they can be deported if they plead guilty to certain criminal offenses."

White House, Rubio spar on immigration - NBC News The office of Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has released a statement saying that the reform plan Rubio is working on has "major differences" with the leaked White House plan, among them tying a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants to border security goals.

All-the-right-skills immigrants ride U.S. hiring wave: Economy - San Francisco Chronicle From the story: "Working immigrants, who are more likely than native-born Americans to either lack a high school diploma or to hold an advanced degree, have gained from a decades-long divergence in the labor market that has swelled demand for jobs paying above- and below-average wages."

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