How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Calif. driver license bill, unauthorized immigrants working legally, Miss America, more

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Two immigration-related bills headed to the governor's desk in California have unusual back stories: A driver's license bill that seemed dead but was quickly revived, and another bill hastily cobbled together after the state Supreme Court heard the case of an aspiring attorney without a green card.

Hallway chat led to rescue of driver's license bill - Los Angeles Times The backstory behind the quick revival of a California bill proposing driver's licenses for unauthorized immigrants, which appeared dead last Thursday morning after its sponsor backed off. The bill cleared both houses of state legislature Thursday night.

Bill would let undocumented immigrants be lawyers - San Francisco Chronicle On the speedy introduction and passage of AB 1024, hastily cobbled together after the California Supreme Court recently heard the case of Sergio Garcia, a law school graduate who can't practice law because he's spent years waiting for his green card but doesn't have it yet.

Immigrants lacking papers work legally - as their own bosses - Los Angeles Times While federal law prohibits employers from hiring unauthorized immigrants, they can legally employ themselves if they create a limited liability company or become independent contractors. For some, especially those who are college-educated, this has become one way to earn a living. 

A dream derailed for former poster child for immigration reform - Tampa Bay Times The story of Juan Gomez, who became a rallying point for advocates in 2007 as a teen when he was nearly deported to Colombia. After a successful campaign to keep him in the U.S., he won a scholarship to Georgetown University and landed a good job. But he became stuck in a backlog for a new work permit for deferred action. Unable to work, he left the country last month.

Miss America crowns 1st winner of Indian descent - CNN Nina Davuluri, whose father emigrated from India 30 years ago, has been crowned the first Miss America of Indian descent. She played it up during the talent contest with a performance of "classic Indian dances fused with Bollywood moves." But her win wasn't devoid of hate-speech comments online.

Why do we describe Asian eyes as 'almond shaped?' - NPR Where does the comparison to almonds come from - and is it even accurate? On the etymology of a description that dates back centuries.

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