How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Napolitano stepping down to head UC, discord over House piecemeal reform approach, youth legalization plan in works, more

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US Secretary of Homeland Security to head University of California - Southern California Public Radio Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano is resigning her post as head of the agency that oversees immigration and national security after more than four years. The former Arizona governor is being named president of the University of California system, the first female president in its 145-year history.

Eric Cantor, Bob Goodlatte eye bill for undocumented children - Politico Political aides for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, both Republicans from Virginia, confirm that the two lawmakers are working on a bill tentatively titled the "Kids Act." The bill would provide a path to legal status for young people who arrived in the U.S. illegally as minors. But it's expected to differ from the DREAM Act, which both voted against in 2010.

No Democratic support for GOP piecemeal approach to immigration - Southern California Public Radio House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that the House will be voting on separate pieces of immigration legislation, likely without Democratic support. House Democrats still want a comprehensive bill with a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants, as proposed by the Senate. It's not likely any bill will get a House floor vote until after Labor Day.

Schumer, McCain encouraged by immigration prospects - USA Today From the story: "Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., stressed that many House Republicans want to address problems with the immigration system, though they want different approaches. 'We're moving forward,' Schumer told reporters after the meeting with (President) Obama. 'Immigration reform, I think, has a strong future this year in Washington.'"

Bush Center, White House swap tweets on immigration - NBC News On the "good-natured tweets" being swapped between the offices of former president George W. Bush and President Obama. White House: "Hey @TheBushCenter, liked your video on #ImmigrationReform and the economy"; Bush Center: "Thanks, @whitehouse! Right back at you. Good to have people talking about the important connection between growth and immigration." 

Pen pal inspires Sen. Harry Reid on immigration reform - Los Angeles Times Astrid Silva wrote her first letter to Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid in 2009, describing the challenges of living in the U.S. illegally. She arrived here at age four. Reid continued the correspondence, which has inspired his activism on immigration reform and legalizing the status of young people who arrived as minors. Silva now has temporary legal status through deferred action.

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