How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Democratic lawmakers arrested at DC rally, political activist faces deportation, border abuse allegations, more

Immigration Rally

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Demonstrators at Tuesday's immigration rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. About 200 people were arrested, including several Democratic lawmakers.

Democratic lawmakers among 200 arrested at immigration rally - Los Angeles Times Among those arrested at Tuesday's protest on the National Mall in Washington, D.C: "Reps. Charles B. Rangel and Joseph Crowley of New York, Raul M. Grijalva of Arizona, John Lewis of Georgia and Luis V. Gutierrez and Jan Schakowsky of Illinois." Authorities said the people arrested were charged with "crowding, obstructing and incommoding," which is a misdemeanor."

Los Tigres provide soundtrack for immigrants' lives - Washington Post The legendary Los Tigres del Norte got the national English-speaking spotlight Tuesday when they performed during the Washington, D.C. immigration reform rally. Immigrants from Mexico and elsewhere relate to their songs, many of them about the immigrant life. Some of the band members themselves were once immigrants without papers.

Baldwin Park political activist says deportation will lead to torture and death in Vietnam - Pasadena Star-News Vinh Tan Nguyen is a member of Government of Free Vietnam, a Garden Grove-based activist group that seeks to "dismantle the Vietnamese government and to establish a democracy." He's a legal resident, but he also has a criminal record. Federal officials are trying to deport him over a felony offense for which he served time in prison.

Border Patrol hit with abuse complaints - Arizona Republic The American Civil Liberties Union is alleging in an administrative complaint that U.S. Border Patrol agents are "using excessive force, engaging in illegal searches and seizures, and stopping and detaining people without explanation while roving on patrols up to 60 miles north of the Arizona-Mexico border."

Growers push California GOP on immigration reform - Southern California Public Radio California Republican House members met recently with groups representing California agriculture. The goal is to put together a bill that industry representatives say "must include both a path to citizenship for the undocumented already here and a market-based agricultural visa program to protect the domestic food supply."

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