How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: High-skilled worker visa debate, immigrants to drive future population growth, migrant deaths, more

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A combination of migration and declining fertility rates in the United States is set to make immigrants the top driver of U.S. population growth by the middle of this century, according to new projections from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Senators struggle with tech industry concerns on U.S. immigration bill - Reuters As the Senate Judiciary Committee continues weighing amendments to a comprehensive immigration reform bill this week, proposals involving the H-1B skilled worker visa program have '"divided business groups and organized labor. The two sides are at odds over requirements that companies first seek Americans for any job openings and a prohibition on displacing U.S. workers."

Census: Immigration to drive US population growth by mid-century - Southern California Public Radio New U.S. Census Bureau projections calculate that immigration will be the leading driver of population growth in the United States by no later than 2038, depending on different migration scenarios. Even if net migration remains constant, non-Latino whites are projected to lose majority status by 2046.

A catch for undocumented immigrants in recent reforms - The Atlantic As evidenced by the trouble some applicants for temporary legal status under deferred action have had, proving how long they've lived in the U.S. takes work. In some cases, "immigrants who have committed infractions that fall short of a felony can find their brush with the law turns out to be the key piece of evidence for their DACA application."

A Texas town becomes the tomb of the unknown immigrant - Reuters While migrants deaths in other parts of the U.S.-Mexico border have declined, Texas' Rio Grande Valley sector is "emerging as an epicenter of death and misery. Sheriffs' deputies in the county - population less than 5,000 - found 129 bodies in 2012, about double the number from the year before and six times that recorded in 2010."

Attack ads in L.A. mayor's race seek Latino votes - Los Angeles Times From the story: "In one spot appearing on Spanish-language television channels, longtime Democrat Wendy Greuel is criticized for having been registered as a Republican in the early 1990s." In another, "candidate Eric Garcetti is accused of wearing a 'Latino mask' and forcing working-class Latinos out of Hollywood during his revitalization efforts there." Garcetti has distant Mexican roots.

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