How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: A Senate reform bill next week, 'aliens of extraordinary ability,' unsolved Border Patrol shootings, more

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The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., where a group of senators is expected to unveil a highly anticipated comprehensive immigration reform bill next Tuesday.

'Gang of Eight' Senate immigration bill expected Tuesday - ABC News The bipartisan group working on a Senate reform bill has "wrapped up months of hard-fought negotiations this week and will put forth a bill that includes a pathway to citizenship for many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S." But only those who arrived by December 2011 will be eligible.

Immigration bill expected to focus on work skills - New York Times The forthcoming Senate bill is expected to include "a major new merit-based program for foreigners to become permanent legal residents based on their work skills, including both high-skilled and blue-collar workers."

To get green cards, these immigrants must prove they are extraordinary - NBC News What defines “aliens of extraordinary ability?” Some hopeful immigrants are able to pursue immigrant visas in this special category, but the hoops they must jump through can make for a "frustrating, expensive, even humbling experience for high achievers who may already be household names in their homelands."

States could lose funding for jailing deportable inmates - Southern California Public Radio President Obama's proposed 2014 suggests cutting funding for a program that partially reimburses states for the cost of incarcerating foreign-born inmates. These are inmates jailed just as U.S. citizens are for crimes committed, but state officials have long argued they deserve reimbursement because immigration is a federal issue.

Frustration mounts over unresolved Border Patrol shootings - NPR Close to 20 people have been killed in agent-involved shootings in the past three years along the Southwest border, including people on the Mexican side. Few of these cases have been resolved. 

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