How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: The Latin American pope, how family visas could take a hit, 2,000-plus ICE detainee releases, more

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Senate group considers large reduction in family visas as part of immigration deal - Washington Post A compromise that's reportedly being looked at as a way of easing restrictions on high-skilled workers would involve eliminating two family sponsorship visa categories, married adult children and siblings.

Southern California welcomes news of first Latin American pope - Southern California Public Radio The first Latin American pope in history is Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a cardinal from Buenos Aires, Argentina who has taken the name of Pope Francis. The Roman Catholic church's selection of Bergoglio is being taken by some Latinos as a sign of the church paying attention to its Latin American base.

Obama administration acknowledges thousands of illegal immigrants released from jails - Politico Immigrant detention facilities, that is, not the prison system: "The director of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, John Morton, said his agency had released 2,228 illegal immigrants during that period for what he called 'solely budgetary reasons.'" 

Rubio skips immigration in favor of conservative standbys at CPAC - NBC News Speaking Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida "didn't even mention the immigration overhaul on which he's worked."

CPAC panel: No, illegal immigrants don't need a path to citizenship - Washington Post Conservatives on a CPAC immigration panel today, meanwhile, made clear that they "don’t think a path to full citizenship for illegal immigrants was a necessary part of an immigration overhaul." 

When Chinese immigrants came from Mexico - Bloomberg An immigration history flashback from the era of Chinese Exclusion: "As front-door entry through San Francisco and other U.S. seaports became more difficult in the late 19th century, increasing numbers of Chinese immigrants turned to the back entrance: the vast and minimally policed northern and southern U.S. land borders."

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