How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: CA driver license bill could become law, women protest for reform in DC, border sheriffs and the 'surge', more

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California is closer than it has been in years to letting unauthorized immigrants have driver's licenses, after a bill was approved by both legislative houses Thursday night.

Immigrant driver's license bill could become law in California - Southern California Public Radio California is closer than it has been in years to letting unauthorized immigrants have driver's licenses, after a bill that appeared dead Thursday morning was revived and ultimately approved by both legislative houses the same night.

Women's groups rally for immigration reform - Washington Post From the story: "More than 100 women were arrested on Capitol Hill on Thursday after they blocked a busy intersection to press the House of Representatives to move on immigration legislation in a protest that rallied national women’s groups to the cause." Among them were high-profile advocates like Terry O'Neill, president of the National Organization for Women.

Congress' border efforts are bunk, say border sheriffs - USA Today The $46 billion "border surge" provision that helped propel the Senate's immigration reform plan this summer calls for 20,000 new Border Patrol agents and $3 billion in technology. But many border sheriffs interviewed don't believe all those new agents are necessary.

GOP state lawmakers prod Congress to act on immigration - Los Angeles Times From the story: "Fifteen GOP senators and assemblymembers have signed a letter to Republican members of the state's congressional delegation, urging them to encourage House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) to vote on immigration by the end of the year."

NYPD Commissioner Kelly issues memo to clarify Indians are Asian - New York Daily News The New York Police Dept. "has advised its officers to identify Indian crime victims or suspects as Asian, not American Indian." In some cases, Indian victims in police reports were being "alternately described as Asian and American Indian."

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