How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: DHS to review same-sex couples' green card cases, the fate of immigrants with criminal records, more

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Gay rights supporters pose in front of the U.S. Supreme Court after the court struck down a key provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in June. The decision lifted a barrier preventing U.S. citizens from petitioning a foreign-born spouse for a green card; now, the Obama administration says it will review petitions that were denied.

DHS to reconsider immigration petitions for gay couples - USA Today Obama administration officials will conduct "a system-wide review" of cases in which green card petitions were denied for the same-sex spouses of U.S. citizens. New guidelines to this effect were issued Friday morning. A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision against the federal Defense of Marriage Act lifted a barrier that had denied spousal sponsorship rights to same-sex couples.

Undocumented immigrants with criminal records face uncertain future - NPR From the intro: "While some immigration advocates think the language put forth in the Senate bill is overly punitive to people who have committed minor crimes, others argue that the legislation provides safe haven to criminals who could be dangerous to our country."

Silicon Valley steps up role in immigration debate - San Francisco Chronicle Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be speaking publicly on immigration reform for the first time next month at the West Coast premiere of "Documented," a film about unauthorized immigrants. Zuckerberg and other tech leaders have been advocating for an immigration overhaul.

Rep. Steve King's 'cantaloupes' comment about immigrants draws hilarious reaction - Southern California Public Radio A comment from Rep. Steve King, a Republican from Iowa, suggesting that many young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally are drug mules with "calves the size of cantaloupes" has spawned a humorous response online. People have been posting photos of their calves to Twitter. Some activists have delivered melons to King's office.

Lamar Alexander under fire on immigration - Politico From the story: "When Lamar Alexander joined 13 other Senate Republicans to vote for the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill last month, he was waving a red flag in front of the tea party. Attending a rally in Smyrna, Tenn., last weekend, Alexander was greeted by a crowd of about 300 conservative activists — organizers said — wearing bright red T-shirts that read 'Beat Lamar' in big bold letters." Some GOP lawmakers fear they may face similar criticism if they support immigration reform.

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