How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Controversial proposal in the House, ICE chief resigns, generational divide on reform, DACA a year later, more

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement director John Morton during an October 2010 news conference at which he announced a record number of deportations, a hallmark of the Obama administration's enforcement policies. Morton has announced he will resign at the end of July.

House proposal to further criminalize illegal immigration criticized - USA Today Today backers of the stand-alone bill being taken up by the House say its intent is to prevent future illegal immigration, but critics say it would criminalize people already in the country illegally who might qualify for relief under the Senate's comprehensive plan. The House proposal would make it a misdemeanor to be "unlawfully present in the United States."

ICE director John Morton stepping down - Washington Post U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement director John Morton has announced plans to leave the agency at the end of July to take a job as a bank executive. Appointed to the post in 2009, Morton has presided over the Obama administration's record deportations and controversial enforcement policies like Secure Communities.

Big generational divide in immigration battle - CNN A new CNN/ORC International poll shows a small majority of Americans to be in favor of the immigration bill that's pending in the Senate, with 51 percent in favor and 45 percent against. But there's a gap in attitudes between younger and older generations, with seniors opposing the bill by a 17-point margin.

In round 3, immigration bill faces Sessions, who won rounds 1 and 2 - New York Times Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama is reviving tactics used in 2007 to defeat that year's proposed immigration overhaul: ..."organize the opposition, break down the bill section by section, raise questions over every aspect of it, slow progress on the floor to a crawl through procedural objections and a flurry of amendments, and hope that in the light of day a conservative backlash will crush final passage."

For young immigrants, a delayed coming of age - Associated Press More on how the lives of nearly 300,000 young immigrants have changed in the past year, after they obtained temporary legal status through deferred action. The Obama administration announced the program a year ago this month. It began in August and more than 500,000 people have applied since.

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