How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Rallies planned, House Republicans talk reform, suspected war criminals and immigration fraud, more

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Marchers in downtown Los Angeles on May 1, 2006, during a peak in public momentum for immigration reform as immigrant rights marches took place nationwide. Immigration rallies are being planned in various cities for next Saturday, Oct. 5, although crowds aren't expected to match the turnout six years ago.

Immigration backers plan U.S. marches - Arizona Republic Immigration reform advocates plan to stage marches across the country next Saturday, Oct. 5. The marches aren't expected to draw the crowds that attended the nationwide rallies of 2006, "but reform advocates still believe they will be big enough to grab the attention of lawmakers in Congress and spur them to pass a bill that includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants."

Feds target accused war criminals with immigration fraud charges - Southern California Public Radio Former Guatemalan soldier Jorge Sosa, who is accused of wartime atrocities in his native country, is on trial in Riverside County. He faces up to 15 years in a U.S. prison – but not for his alleged crimes during Guatemala's civil war in the 1980's. His case is an example of how U.S. authorities use immigration fraud as a tool to target suspected foreign war criminals.

House Republicans work immigration behind scenes - Associated Press Republican House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte "has been discussing possible legal status for the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. He's also been working with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a fellow Virginia Republican, on a bill offering citizenship to immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children." Others are looking into work visas.

27/4 Wall Street: Countries with the most immigrants - Wall Street Journal According to recently released numbers from the United Nations,  more than 45 million immigrants live in the United States, "more than four times as many living in any other nation in the world."

Dreamers activists will attempt to cross back into US from Mexico - The Guardian From the story: "At 1pm on Monday, Rocio Hernandez Perez and 29 other young people will walk in a convoy across the bridge over the Rio Bravo and head for the Nuevo Laredo border crossing between Mexico and the US," where they will present themselves to border agents. A similar protest this summer landed several activists temporarily in an Arizona detention center.

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