How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Debate over 'Dream Act lite,' new scams tied to reform talk, slow pace of legal immigration, more

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Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Los Angeles), accompanied by Dream Act supporters, says she won't vote vote for anything else than comprehensive immigration reform; House Republicans have floated a limited legalization plan that would only benefit young people who arrived as children.

Judiciary Committee debates legalization for Dreamers - Southern California Public Radio More on what's referred to by some critics as "Dream Act lite," a Republican proposal heard in a House committee Tuesday that proposes a legalization plan for young people who arrived in the U.S. as children. The plan has yet to be introduced as a bill, but it's already drawn strong opposition from Democrats who want a broader immigration overhaul.

Latino leaders planning push for immigration bill - New York Times Latinos from groups around the country who are in New Orleans this week for the annual National Council of La Raza conference say they plan to "use their new political influence to press the House of Representatives for a vote this year on a broad immigration bill and mobilize support for House Republicans who take the risk of backing it."

The latest immigration scam: Paying to be put on a list for 'reform' - Southern California Public Radio Reports have been trickling in for months to Los Angeles County officials about unscrupulous service providers asking immigrants to pay money to be put on a list, so that they will at at the "front of the line" for immigration reform. One problem: Immigration reform hasn't happened yet, and it might not. Other scams have long targeted unauthorized immigrants who are desperate to legalize their status.

King draws fire from fellow Republicans for comment about young immigrants - NBC News Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa is no stranger to controversial remarks. In his latest, during an interview, he commented that out of young unauthorized immigrants, "for every one who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert."

Immigration path too slow to follow the rules? - NPR From the intro: "Much of the debate about immigration reform has centered around undocumented workers. But the system poses plenty of challenges to immigrants here legally."

Ninety-four illegal immigrants held in Mexico, including 19 Asians - Reuters Authorities in southern Mexico discovered a truck loaded with 94 immigrants traveling in "inhumane conditions" that was headed for the United States. Nineteen of them were from the Indian subcontinent. Some were treated for injuries. According to U.S. authorities, the number of Asians arrested trying to enter the U.S. illegally has been on the rise. 

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