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How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: House panel approves enforcement bill, how Senate bill could reduce deficit, more

A day laborer looking for work turns away from a police car Tucson, Arizona. A House panel has approved a strict immigration enforcement bill that among other things would let state and local governments set their own immigration policies, and give state and local cops greater latitude to enforce immigration laws.
A day laborer looking for work turns away from a police car Tucson, Arizona. A House panel has approved a strict immigration enforcement bill that among other things would let state and local governments set their own immigration policies, and give state and local cops greater latitude to enforce immigration laws. Chris Hondros/Getty Images

House panel approves controversial immigration bill - Washington Post A Republican-backed bill known as the SAFE Act has been approved by the House Judiciary Committee. It allows state and local governments to enact their own immigration enforcement polices, makes illegal presence in the U.S. a federal crime and calls for more immigrant detention space, among other things.

CBO: Immigration bill would reduce federal deficit - USA Today An analysis of the Senate immigration reform bill by the Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill would decrease the federal deficit by $197 billion within ten years, and would do so by an additional $700 billion over the following decade as more taxpayers join the economy. However, it estimates that the bill's border security components would only reduce illegal immigration by 25 percent.

Study: Latinos learn English faster than past immigrants - ABC News According to new studies, Latin American immigrants are learning English at a faster rate than previous groups like, for example, German immigrants in the 19th century. One study finds that "a significant portion" of those immigrants' second- and third-generation descendants in Wisconsin "did not learn English, and spoke only German."

Arizona law denying bail for some immigrants wins appeal - Los Angeles Times The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has decided to uphold Arizona's Proposition 100, a 2006 law approved by voters as a ballot measure that denies immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally the right to post bail for felony offenses.

Jeb Bush says immigrants are more fertile - PolitiFact Former Florida governor Jeb Bush's recent comment about immigrants being "more fertile" and that "they love families and they have more intact families" drew jeers. Looking at the numbers, as U.S. birth rates dropped between 2007 and 2010, the birth rate among foreign-born women dropped the most. But as of 2012, it still remained almost 50 percent higher than that of native-born women.

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