How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: The prospects for reform in the House, more migrant deaths, youth legalization plan debated, more

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Immigration faces critical weeks -Politico From the story: "When it comes to immigration, the House looks like a mess." On the different directions the House is going in, and different players' strategies, as House lawmakers weigh immigration reform. With no House comprehensive bill yet in sight, the future of of an immigration overhaul this year is looking uncertain.

More bodies of immigrants being found near Texas border - USA Today While illegal entries along the southern border have declined, more people are dying as they try cross in remote areas. From the story: "Last fiscal year, U.S. Border agents counted 476 bodies of undocumented immigrants...Since October, agents have tallied 380 bodies." Many of these deaths are taking place in Texas. In Brooks County, deputies found 129 bodies of suspected migrants last year, "a nearly 100% jump from 2011 and the most ever recorded."

Why immigration reform is unlikely this year - Southern California Public Radio While this year looked like a promising one for immigration reform at first, the political stars are not aligning. Might the chances of an overhaul be better in the next Congress? One immigration expert who predicted 2013 would be a good year for reform now thinks this might be the case.

Boehner refuses to take stand on key immigration provision - Chicago Tribune Appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation," House Speaker John Boehner declined to get into his personal views on a path to citizenship or unauthorized immigrants, as proposed in a Senate bill. From the story: "It's not about me, it's not about what I want," said Boehner, an Ohio Republican. "This about allowing the House to work its will." He said voicing his opinion "would make it harder for him to find consensus on immigration in the House."

House panel to weigh citizenship for young immigrants - Wall Street Journal A House panel plans to debate a proposal Tuesday that would allow a path to citizenship for young unauthorized immigrants who arrived as children. While House Republicans don't support a broader path to citizenship for immigrants who are here illegally, some say they would support such an exception.

Archbishop asks parishioners to pray for immigration overhaul - KTLA During a special Mass on Sunday, Los Angeles' Archbishop Jose H. Gomez asked attendees to pray for immigration reform, saying he was still optimistic about it. Gomez is the author of a newly published book, “Immigration and the Next America: Renewing the Soul of Our Nation.”

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