How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: House reform talks pick up steam, Venezuelan Americans react to death of Hugo Chavez, more

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Immigration talks gain momentum - Politico In addition to ongoing discussions in the House, "a cluster of previously unknown GOP working groups — which are working with Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan — are reviewing immigration issues ranging from agricultural to high-tech visas, to border security and dealing with illegal immigrants already in the country." 

In South Florida, Venezuelans react to Hugo Chavez's death - Miami Herald News of the controversial Venezuelan leader's death from cancer yesterday prompted heavy news coverage in South Florida, home a large concentration of Venezuelan immigrants. Many in the U.S. have been critical of Chavez and reacted with optimism; the reaction was different, and divided, in Venezuela.

Jeb Bush rankles bipartisan group over immigration - USA Today Former Florida governor and immigration reform supporter Jeb Bush has revealed in a new book that he opposes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. The news has been alienating Democrats and some fellow Republicans who back immigration reform plans. 

Immigration activists roll through OC - Orange County Register Immigrant activists have organized a "Keeping Families Together" bus tour to protest deportations and campaign for reforms, with stops in Los Angeles, Sacramento and other parts of the state. 

Report: Immigrants fuel home ownership demand - USA Today From the story: "Immigrant buyers 'really filled a big hole,' in the last decade as the number of native-born home buyers lagged due to demographic trends that saw many Americans too young for home ownership."

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