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How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: New ICE tool helps decide who is detained, Catholic bishops push reform, 'amnesty' opponents mobilize, more

Immigrants sit in their housing cell in the women's wing of the detention facility for illegal immigrants on July 30, 2010 in Eloy, Arizona.  Arizona, which deports and returns more illegal immigrants than any other state, is currently appealing a judge's ruling suspending controversial provisions of Arizona's immigration enforcement law SB 1070.
Immigrants sit in their housing cell in the women's wing of the detention facility for illegal immigrants on July 30, 2010 in Eloy, Arizona. Arizona, which deports and returns more illegal immigrants than any other state, is currently appealing a judge's ruling suspending controversial provisions of Arizona's immigration enforcement law SB 1070. John Moore/Getty Images

ICE using new tool for detention decisions - KPBS As U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement releases immigrant detainees, ostensibly for budget reasons, the agency is using a new took to decide who is detained and who isn't. It's reportedly an "an automated, computerized system developed by a criminal justice expert" called the Risk Classification Assessment, set to be implemented nationwide this year. 

GOP splits over immigration and terrorism play out - Associated Press From the story: "Republican Party divisions over immigration, anti-terrorism and other issues are bubbling to the surface just as President Barack Obama shows a new interest in capitalizing on GOP differences."

Latino voters poll: Same-sex couples should be included in immigration reform - Huffington Post A new study from pollsters Latino Decisions has 64 percent of Latino voters overall saying they would support allowing same-sex couples to sponsor a partner for an immigrant visa, and 24 percent opposed. Some critics say adding such a provision could hinder a reform package. 

Expect to hear more immigration homilies as US bishops ramp up advocacy - Southern Califonia Public Radio From the story: "To help local parishes organize, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development announced this week it is kicking in $800,000 in grants — bringing a total of more than $3.5 million just in the past year — to support grassroots organizations working locally on immigration reform."

City: 44 percent of immigration service providers committing fraud - CBS Chicago This is in Chicago, but still: "A City Hall crackdown on immigration service providers, known as 'notarios,' found that nearly half of the businesses are violating consumer protection laws, and defrauding immigrants....some notarios were found to be charging exorbitant prices, providing unauthorized legal advice, and promising impossible results."

Foes of immigration 'amnesty' mobilizing - USA Today As lawmakers prepare immigration reform legislation, opponents are organizing phone campaigns to "flood Congress with calls." This was a tactic used by opponents during unsuccessful immigration reform attempts in 2006 and 2007, "when a flood of angry calls shut down the switchboard in Congress."

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