How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: State bills spike, CA 'Trust Act' en route to governor, Chertoff warns against 'Plan B' idea, more

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Immigration legislation booms in state capitals - Washington Post While Congress seems unlikely to pass an immigration overhaul this year, state bills are on the rise, according to a new report: "Through the end of June, 43 states and the District of Columbia had passed a total of 377 laws and resolutions related to immigration...That’s an 83 percent increase from the first half of 2012."

California clears way for revised 'Trust Act," which aims to limit deportations - Southern California Public Radio On Tuesday, the California Assembly approved an amended version of a bill that would limit who state and local authorities can hold for deportation at the request of immigration agents. The state Senate approved the bill Monday. It's now back on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown, who vetoed a previous version last year.

AFL-CIO leaders demand Obama stop immigrant deportations - Los Angeles Times From the story: "Several of the nation's top labor leaders are calling on President Obama to stop deporting immigrants until Congress passes an immigration overhaul bill that grants a pathway to citizenship for millions of people living in the United States illegally."

Chertoff warns against Obama executive action on immigration - Washington Post Some pro-immigration reform advocates are hoping to pressure the Obama administration into granting more immigrants administrative relief from deportation, should Congress fail to act on reform plans. But former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says such a move would be a "big mistake."

GOP rep expects October immigration vote - MSNBC Republican House Judiciary Committee chair Bob Goodlatte said in a radio interview this week that "he expected votes soon, perhaps in October, on a series of smaller House bills on border security, internal enforcement,  guest workers, and high-tech visas." But House Republicans have yet to agree on a broader immigration reform plan.

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