How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: A Boston bombing-inspired Senate bill amendment, House GOP members say no, diversity visas, more

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Immigration bill includes measure inspired by Boston bombing - CBS News An amendment to the Senate immigration reform bill that passed a unanimous committee vote Tuesday "makes monitoring requirements on foreign students more stringent, requiring the Department of Homeland Security to implement the 'real-time transmission of' student visa information to databases used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection."

Senate panel rejects fingerprint system for immigrants - USA Today One amendment voted down by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday was a GOP proposal that would have required officials to collect fingerprints of foreigners who leave the country as a way to monitor visa overstays.

Immigration reform and the uncertain fate of the lottery for diversity visas - Southern California Public Radio The diversity visa lottery was created in 1990 to diversify the nation's immigrant mix, but it's had its share of problems. It's up for elimination in the Senate immigration reform bill. But it has its advocates, including Congressional Black Caucus lawmakers who support it as a path to the U.S. for many African and Caribbean immigrants.

House conservatives continue to buck GOP on immigration - CBS News While Senate Republicans and Democrats debate comprehensive immigration reform, "a handful of conservative House Republicans opposed to the effort made clear on Tuesday that they're not going anywhere." Rep. Steve King,  Republican from Iowa, is one of several GOP House members taking a position against the reform plan.

Fear of immigrants is as old as America itself - ABC/Univision This story surfaces during every immigration debate, but once more: Like others in his time, Ben Franklin wasn't thrilled with German immigration to the colonies in the mid-1700s, writing that "they will soon so outnumber us that all the advantages we have will not be able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious." It goes on from there.

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