How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Senate bill amendments, immigrant job deaths up, California's unauthorized population, Disney's 'Dia de Los Muertos' flap, more

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Senators file hundreds of amendments to immigration bill - Fox News About 300 amendments to the Senate's immigration reform bill were reportedly offered by Tuesday night's deadline, including a GOP provision to limit the number of people who can obtain legal status under the bill. On the Democratic side, one provision filed would extend immigration rights to same-sex couples. The amendment process begins Thursday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

Immigrant job deaths up 14 percent in two years - WBEZ An analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data finds that foreign-born worker deaths from job injuries increased 13.9 percent between 2009 and 2011. At the same time, deaths among native-born workers increased by only 1 percent. A reported total of 843 immigrants suffered fatal job-related injuries in 2011.

Undocumented immigrants: Orrin Hatch wants your DNA - ABC News/Univision Among the many amendments to the Senate bill being offered is one from Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, who has proposed that unauthorized immigrants submit a DNA sample when applying for legal status. The idea is "to check the samples against federal crime lab databases, and root out any criminals who might be applying."  

Report: With 2.6 million unauthorized, California has  big stake in immigration debate - Southern California Public Radio A new report from the University of Southern California presents a snapshot of California's unauthorized immigrant population. These immigrants make up 7 percent of the state's total population, 9 percent of its workforce, and 9 percent of the population of Los Angeles County.

Britain urges tougher immigration laws - New York Times British officials have announced plans to tighten immigration policies after a populist electoral victory: "The proposed changes would make it easier to deport foreigners who commit serious crimes, increase fines on companies that use illegal labor and force private landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants."

The other immigration reform: When a husband can't sponsor his spouse - The Atlantic A look at how federal law prevents married same-sex couples from having the same immigration rights as heterosexual married couples, who are able to sponsor a foreign-born spouse for a green card. Same-sex partners can't do the same, even if legally married.

After outcry, Disney nixes attempt to trademark 'Dia de Los Muertos' for movie-themed products - Southern California Public Radio An attempt by Disney to trademark the phrase "Dia de Los Muertos," as in the ancient holiday honoring the dead celebrated in Mexico and elsewhere, flopped Tuesday after public reaction got ugly. The company was trying to trademark the phrase for products tied to a forthcoming film.

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