How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

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Members of Congress and the administration stand inside the US House of Representatives as President Barack Obama prepares to deliver his State of the Union speech on January 27, 2010. House Republican support played a part in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act yesterday, and will be critical to passing immigration reform.

How the GOP could break an unwritten rule and pass immigration reform - ABC News By holding a vote Thursday on the Violence Against Women Act, House Republican leaders helped to reauthorize the measure, which drew near-unanimous House Democratic support. Might the same happen when it comes to voting on immigration reform?

Some facilities releasing illegal immigrants, some not - USA Today The recent release of detained immigrants from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody on supervised release affected immigrants in some detention centers around the country, but not all.

Immigration detainee releases: Highlights from the economics of detention - Southern California Public Radio With more than 30,000 immigrants in custody on any given day, the business of housing them in detention centers - the majority of these contracted -  is a costly one for the federal government, and a lucrative one for contractors. 

Release of immigrants brings debate on freeing many more - Boston Globe From the story: "Critics say detention is necessary to ensure that illegal immigrants are deported, but advocates argue that many of the roughly 30,000 detainees could be monitored in cheaper and more humane ways." 

Immigrants with language, medical specialties get on fast track to US citizenship with Army - Washington Post The U.S. Army is offering some people who are in the U.S. on temporary visas a path to citizenship if they can fill certain jobs. The program began on a trial basis in 2009 and re-opened last September; since then, it's been used to recruit 451 linguists, 19 dentists and three physicians.

YouTube spawns Asian American celebrities - Voice of America Asian American artists have traditionally struggled to suceed in the mainstream entertainment industry, but YouTube is changing that. It's where to find rising stars like the Fung Brothers comic duo, musician Clara C and others who have grown huge fan bases online. 

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