How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Questions arise over screening immigrants, GOP split on reform plans, race and religion in Boston aftermath, more

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How can feds screen 11 million immigrants in the country illegally? - Arizona Republic In light of the recent Boston bombings, critics of the Senate's immigration reform bill have been questioning national security. Some say the federal government would have a hard time screening the large number of immigrants who would seek provisional legal status under the Senate plan.

Republican split on U.S. immigration blunts party rebranding - Reuters Bipartisan immigration reform has been seen as one way the GOP can win over Latino voters. But since a bipartisan Senate bill was filed last week, "a rift has emerged among conservatives that has played out in Senate hearings on Capitol Hill, on conservative talk shows and in social media."

The Times shifts on 'illegal immigrant,' but doesn't ban the use - New York Times Weeks after The Associated Press announced it would stop using the term, the New York Times has announced a slight style shift: Editors and reporters will be encouraged to use alternatives, but the newspaper will still allow "illegal immigrant" to be used for “someone who enters, lives in or works in the United States without proper legal authorization." Activists protested and delivered a petition to the newspaper on Tuesday.

Deferred action: A bird in the hand for young immigrants - NPR Close to half a million young people have applied since last August for deferred action, a federal program introduced last year. It offers temporary legal status to undocumented immigrants under 30 who arrived in the U.S. as minors. 

Are the Tsarnaevs white? - The Daily Beast An interesting take on what's perceived as white and what isn't when it comes to the two brothers suspected of the recent Boston bombings, and how religion factors in: "And as countless commentators have noted, the Tsarnaevs hail from the Caucasus, and are therefore, literally, 'Caucasian.' You can’t get whiter than that."

Islam's problem, Uncle Ruslan's solution - Washington Post Asked by a journalist “What do you think provoked this?” after his two nephews allegedly set bombs during the Boston Marathon, Ruslan Tsarni's reply: “Umm, being losers! Hatred to those who were able to settle themselves!” He added: “These are the only reasons I can imagine. Anything else to do with religion, to do with Islam, is a fraud, is a fake.” From the Post's On Faith column.

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