How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Sticking points in the House, LGBTs and others upset over Senate bill exclusion, social media 'march,' more

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Immigration reform: A step forward in Senate, a step back in House? - Christian Science Monitor While a comprehensive immigration reform bill cleared a Senate committee this week, the House may not meet its self-imposed deadline to file its own version. House lawmakers are apparently stuck on how immigrants who legalize their status may have access to medical care under the Obama administration's health care reform law.

Immigration reform bill moves on without amendments some advocates had hoped for - Southern California Public Radio Gay and lesbian advocates are upset over a Senate committee yielding to what they describe a "poison pill" argument that granting immigration rights to same-sex couples would have doomed the Senate immigration bill. Asian Americans had hoped an amendment preserving certain family visa categories would have made it into the bill. 

Social media's immigration march on Washington - ABC News There's a two-day "virtual march" taking place, with participants asked to send emails, tweets, and Facebook messages to Senate lawmakers demanding the passage of immigration reform. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the White House are involved. 

Allies of immigration bill aim for added support - New York Times From the story: "After its solid bipartisan approval in committee, broad legislation to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws was headed Wednesday to the Senate floor, where supporters of the plan were already mobilizing to bring more Republicans on board by focusing on strengthening border security provisions in the bill."

Ted Cruz helped craft Bush's immigration reform plan - The Atlantic After working as a policy adviser to the George W. Bush administration and helping put together Bush's immigration plan, the "route Cruz chose, from working on the reform-minded Bush campaign to voting against the bill Wednesday as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, confounds some of those who crossed paths with him." The Texas senator proposed an amendment to the Senate reform bill barring unauthorized immigrants from citizenship, which was voted down.

Corbett says he can't find Latinos to hire - Philadelphia Inquirer He's not the first employer to go there, and critics are scratching their heads as to why: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett recently told an audience, when asked if he had Latinos on his staff, that he did not and that "If you can find us one, please let me know."

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