How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Senate takes up reform bill, multiracial families create Cheerios 'ads,' the fate of some Tijiuana deportees, more

Abimael Martinez, who was deported from Riverside, Calif., with the hole he dug to live in beneath the banks of Tijuana's fetid river canal.

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Abimael Martinez, who was deported from Riverside, Calif., with the hole he dug to live in beneath the banks of Tijuana's fetid river canal. Some Mexican deportees wind up homeless in Tijuana, unable to afford the cost of staying in a migrant shelter.

Immigration debate moves to Senate floor - USA Today The Senate began discussing whether to move forward on a proposed comprehensive immigration overhaul Friday morning. Senators are "not yet debating the specifics of the bill, but whether the full Senate should take up the bill." The debate over the bill could turn into a month-long process.

In House, immigration spurs push by G.O.P. - New York Times House lawmakers have been working this week to "set a tougher tone on the issue and to stake out their own course on legislation." A bipartisan group working on an immigration reform plan announced Wednesday that it had finished negotiations, as one Republican member of the group quit the talks.

Ariz. sheriff temporarily suspends immigration efforts - USA Today From the story: According to his spokesman, "Joe Arpaio, the sheriff for metropolitan Phoenix, has temporarily suspended all his immigration efforts after a federal judge concluded two weeks ago that the sheriff's office had racially profiled."

So Cal multiracial families create their own Cheerios 'ads' - Southern California Public Radio After a Cheerios cereal commercial featuring a mixed-race family triggered a flood of hate-speech reactions, a group of multiracial Southern Californians has begun posing for photos with their families holding Cheerios boxes, and posting the photos online.

After deportation to Tijuana, many lives quickly slide into despair - KPBS Some deportees land in shelters, but many who don't have the money to stay in shelters wind up homeless, with "no choice but to wander the city, sleep in the same clothes, not shower or shave. If they’re arrested, as they often are, police might confiscate nice clothes and shoelaces."

Attention Congress: Immigration tops Latino voter priorities among all parties - NBC Latino That's according to a new poll, which has more than half of Latino registered voters polled saying immigration reform "should be the top priority for the President and Congress."

Awaiting immigration reform - New York Times One sector eagerly awaiting potential new customers is the real estate market, which could benefit from more immigrants buying homes if they obtain legal status and begin earning more money.

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