How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Border protest activists in custody, House reform plans, bone marrow match difficult for some ethnic groups, more

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Members of the "Dream 9" group of young immigrant activists march toward the U.S. port of entry in Nogales, Mexico in July. They were arrested and temporarily held in detention after requesting to re-enter the U.S. on humanitarian parole. A second, larger group of young activists is now in U.S. custody after a similar protest Monday at the border in Texas.

US-raised immigrants remain in US custody - Associated Press Thirty-four young people who grew up in the U.S. are in custody after a protest Monday at the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas. The protesters had returned to Mexico, where they were born, then presented themselves at the border seeking re-entry to the U.S. A similar protest this summer by a group referred to as the "Dream 9" temporarily landed the protesters in an Arizona detention center.

Democratic leaders push for immigration reform, look for GOP support - NBC Latino House Democrats are moving forward with a plan that would incorporate elements of the Senate's comprehensive immigration bill with a House border security proposal. Republican House leaders have promised their own proposals; the White House is expected to launch a fall reform push once the federal funding crisis is settled.

The struggle to find bone marrow matches is harder for some ethnic groups - Southern California Public Radio Bone marrow donations can potentially save the lives of people suffering from certain cancers, but finding a donor match is more difficult for some ethnic groups: "While Caucasians can expect a 93 percent chance of a match, the odds fall off steeply for minorities: 73 percent for Asian-Americans; 72 percent for Latinos and 66 percent for African-Americans." The odds are especially slim for people of mixed racial heritage.

Jury talks resume in trial of ex-Guatemala soldier - Associated Press Jurors in Riverside County, Calif. have reached a partial verdict in the case of Jorge Sosa, an ex-soldier who allegedly committed wartime atrocities in Guatemala in the 1980s. Sosa is accused of lying about his military involvement on his U.S. citizenship application. Jurors have reportedly decided one count, but had questions on a second and have resumed deliberations.

Judge bars Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio from criminally charging immigrants who pay smugglers - Fox News Latino From the story: "A federal judge has barred Arizona's most populous county from criminally charging people who paid to be smuggled into the U.S. as conspirators in the crime." The ruling stated that Maricopa County's interpretation of a 2005 state law "cannot be enforced by Sheriff Joe Arpaio or county prosecutors because it conflicts with — and is trumped by — federal law."

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