How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Border deaths, CA Trust Act awaits signature, reform advocates ramp up efforts, more

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A stretch of fence along the Arizona-Mexico border. While border arrests have been down in the last several years, some border counties still see a high number of migrant deaths as people trying to avoid border security are pushed to more remote areas.

As border arrests drop, is the number of deaths rising? - CBS 5 KPHO The number of illegal border crossing arrests remains much lower than it was several years ago, but authorities in some border counties still see rising death tolls. Pima County, Arizona, for example, has seen 144 migrant deaths since Jan, 1; there were 124 during the same period last year.

Trust Act could be another win for immigrants and their advocates - Los Angeles Times The bill would limit who state and local police can detain at the behest of immigration agents; most arrestees could no longer be held for an additional 48 hours for federal authorities. Gov. Jerry Brown had direct input into amending a previous version the measure, but it's not clear if he'll sign. 

Immigration reform advocates to put pressure on Obama to act on reform - Fox News Latino Now that military intervention in Syria is no longer on the front burner, "immigration advocates are intensifying pressure on the Obama administration to act unilaterally to stop deportations or grant legal status to some of the 11 million people now living in the U.S. illegally." Many are still holding out for a legislative solution.

The hidden history of a substantial minority - New York Times On the new six-hour PBS documentary, "Latino Americans," which digs into the history of Latinos in the United States. It's a history that goes back much farther than some might imagine. (For example, the Texan solder who in 1836 shouted "Remember the Alamo!" His name was Juan Seguín.)

House GOP pursues Latino outreach - Los Angeles Times From the story: With the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, "House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and his leadership team appear in a new video to celebrate the contributions of the nation’s Latino community." But it makes no mention of immigration reform legislation, which the House has not reached an agreement on.

Muslim comics tour America to fight stereotypes with laughs - NPR On the comics behind a new documentary called "The Muslims Are Coming!" which "follows a crew of Muslim-American comedians on a tour through Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Utah and Arizona...Their mission: dispel negative stereotypes about Muslims and Islam with humor."

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