How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: May Day marches, same-sex binational couples seek inclusion, the return of 'self-deportation,' more

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Marchers in downtown Los Angeles on May 1, 2012. A large downtown May Day rally is planned in L.A. this afternoon, along with smaller ones.

May Day rally to shut down DTLA streets - Southern California Public Radio The main march in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday will focus on immigrant rights and support for an overhaul of the nation's immigration system. May Day rallies are planned in cities around the country.

Push to include gay couples in immigration bill - New York Times Binational same-sex couples don't have the same immigration rights as straight married couples, in which one partner can sponsor a foreign-born spouse for a green card. Gay and lesbian advocates are pushing for an amendment to the recently introduced Senate immigration reform bill, which didn't include a provision that addresses them.

Marco Rubio says his immigration bill can't pass the house - ABC News While some immigrant advocates complain about the hoops unauthorized immigrants must jump through for legal status in the Senate reform bill, many conservaties see it as too permissive. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who helped write the bill, said in a talk radio interview Tuesday that “The bill that’s in place right now probably can’t pass the House. It will have to be adjusted.”

Romney's 'self deport' option could be part of House immigration plan - Roll Call House lawmakers working on a reform bill are reportedly considering an option for unauthorized immigrants who can't pay the steep fines for legal status proposed in the Senate bill: They can leave the country, then seek a visa if they want to return. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney was often ridiculed for a remark about "self-deportation" he made during his presidential bid.

Two of the Gang of Eight visit L.A. to push immigration reform - Southern California Public Radio Sens. John McCain and Michael Bennett, two of the authors of the Senate immigration reform bill, were among the guests at an immigration forum Tuesday at the University of Southern California.

How immigration reform demographics could change presidential math - New York Times Will comprensive immigration reform create more new U.S. citizen voters who are Latino and Asian, and who tend to vote Democratic? Or will GOP support of reforms help the Republican party win these voters' hearts? Some calculations and an interactive graphic from Nate Silver. 

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