How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: House nears reform agreement, Senate ponders citizenship for TPS holders, detainee release details, more

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Salvadoran Americans came out to Duarte High School in late December to see a marching band that traveled from El Salvador to perform in the 2013 Rose Parade. It's estimated that two-thirds of immigrants in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, are Salvadoran; the Senate is considering expedited citizenship for TPS holders as part of an immigration reform plan.

Bipartisan House group nearing agreement on immigration blueprint - New York Times  A bipartisan House group appears to have nearly reached agreement on an immigration reform plan, although it's not likely that a bill will be introduced until after Easter.

Senate considers a path to citizenship for immigrants with temporary status - ABC/Univision The Senate immigration reform bill being drafted could offer expedited U.S. citizenship for people under Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, which applies to immigrants who face physical danger in their native country. Two-thirds of TPS holders are Salvadoran, and many have been in the U.S. for decades.

Illegal immigration: Mexico border arrests down except in South Texas - Fox News Latino The downward trend continues as fewer migrants from Mexico attempt the crossing. The exception is Texas' Rio Grande Valley, which happens to be where many people from other countries, especially from Central America, attempt to enter the U.S.

Austerity = 2,228 immigrants released from detention - Washington Post More on the recent release of more than 2,000 immigrant detainees by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE director John Morton says the agency was detaining more immigrants than the 34,000 covered in the agency's budget when the decision was made. 

Florida farmer vilified after endorsing immigration reform - Los Angeles Times Dairy farmer Joe Wright was featured in a news story last month in which he came out against guest-worker programs, saying year-round help was preferable. He's since received "hundreds of faxes from strangers telling him he 'doesn’t have a clue' about immigration." 

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