How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Senate nears immigration deal but hits labor snag, reform prospects for same-sex couples, more

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Senate Gang of 8 close on immigration deal - Associated Press The bipartisan group has been "meeting for hours at a time daily this week trying to complete a deal. There were still big disagreements on some issues, but they hoped to resolve most of them before Congress began a two-week recess at week's end." This would allow them to present a bill by next month.

Senators hit late snag in immigration talks - Politico The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO are reportedly close to reaching a deal on a new visa program to bring in as many as 200,000 low-skilled workers a year, but both sides are in disagreement over what the wages should be.

Immigration reform for same-sex couples may be long shot, but advocates push on - Southern California Public Radio LGBT groups are hoping for a comprehensive reform package that will include a provision for same-sex binational couples, who unlike married straight couples can't sponsor an immigrant partner for a visa. 

Republicans and immigration reform: Before and after - Washington Post On the shifting positions of conservatives like Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, and other GOP players now taking part in reform talks.

Young immigrants, seeking deportation reprieve, find unexpected relief - New York Times As they seek legal advice on applying for deferred action, a program that provides temporary legal status, some young undocumented immigrants are learning they qualify for more permanent forms of relief. Some who have been crime victims, for example, qualify for special visas.

Arizona battle over driver's licenses for immigrants heads to court - Associated Press Arguments are being heard Friday on a lawsuit that seeks to block Gov. Jan Brewer’s order denying driver’s licenses to deferred action recipients. "The lawsuit...alleges that Brewer’s policy is unconstitutional because it’s trumped by federal law."

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