How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Voters not optimistic about reform, state driver license laws, treatment of Latino vs. white renters, more

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A sign for an apartment to rent in Los Angeles, May 2009. An investigation into renter treatment in Virginia suggests that Latinos face greater scrutiny when applying for rental housing.

Poll: Majority of voters say immigration bill won't pass - NBC News A new Quinnipiac University poll has seven in ten registered voters saying they don't think Republicans and Democrats in Congress will be able to work out an immigration reform compromise this year.

Driver's-license dilemma - Wall Street Journal From the story: "The governor of Illinois signed into law in January a bill that grants licenses to those who lack a Social Security number, while the governors of Maryland and Oregon approved such bills earlier this month. Lawmakers in Connecticut passed an immigrant-license law Thursday." Similar bills are on the move in other states, while New Mexico tries to tighten its already lenient license policy.

Study: Virginia's Latino renters treated differently from whites - Washington Post An investigation that sent "testers" out to rent apartments found that "24 percent of the time, Latinos were told that there would be different requirements than the white testers. For example, the Latinos were told that a criminal background check and a credit check were required, along with proof of a Social Security card."

Chopras: Fix immigration's 'slippery ladder' - USA Today An essay from Deepak Chopra and Sanjiv Chopra on their long-ago arrival in the U.S. as immigrant doctors, and how even those arriving at "a high rung" of the immigrant success ladder today face challenges.

Former Chivas USA employees file racial discrimination lawsuit - Southern California Public Radio Two former youth coaches with the soccer organization, which is under the same ownership as Mexico's Chivas de Guadalajara, allege they were discriminated against because they are not Latino. They were dismissed in March.

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