How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: 'Trust Act' and other bills signed in CA, weekend marches, 'immigrant friendly' Midwest cities, more

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A crowd of TRUST Act supporters marched near in the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, September 6, 2012.

Brown signs 'Trust Act' and other immigration legislation - Southern California Public Radio California Gov. Jerry Brown signed several bills tied to immigration this weekend, including an amended version of a bill that sets limits on who state and local police can hold for deportation at the request of federal immigration agents. Another bill allows law school graduates without legal immigration status to be admitted to the state bar association.

Hundreds of immigration activists march in Hollywood - Los Angeles Times Hundreds of demonstrators rallied in Hollywood on Saturday for immigration reform, in one of more than 150 coordinated marches and other events around the country. Immigrant advocates are hoping to push Congress to act on an immigration overhaul, even as talk of it in the nation's capital has been pushed to the back burner by the government shutdown and other issues.

Ailing Midwestern cities extend a welcoming hand to immigrants - New York Times Cities like Dayton, Ohio and a host of others in the region have been adopting “immigrant friendly” policies, with programs designed in hopes of attracting immigrants to revive stale local economies and counter population decreases.

Identification begins on South Texas immigrants - Houston Chronicle On a new policy mandating autopsies of unidentified migrants in a cash-strapped South Texas county: "The change is critical because Brooks County is the epicenter for migrant deaths in South Texas, with its unforgiving remote terrain surrounding the Border Patrol checkpoint south of Falfurrias."

Supreme Court term opens with campaign finance, affirmative action - CBS News Among the cases the high court will consider is one involving whether Michigan "violated the Equal Protection Clause by amending its state Constitution to prohibit affirmative action." The case reviews a 2006 Michigan ballot initiative that "bans the consideration of race or sex in public education, government contracting and public employment."

Turkey builds wall on Syrian border to stem illegal migration - Reuters From the story: "Turkey is building a two-metre high wall along part of its border with Syria near an area of frequent fighting to try to stop people from illegally bypassing its checkpoints and prevent smuggling." About one-fourth of the refugees who have fled the Syrian conflict have gone to Turkey.

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