How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: An effort to identify Guatemala war victims, a 'fly-in' to sell reform to GOP, E-Verify and the shutdown, more

Guatemala DNA

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A poster on the wall at the Central American Resource Center near downtown Los Angeles promotes a Guatemala-based forensic anthropology NGO that was recently in town, collecting DNA samples from Guatemalan immigrants with loved ones who went missing in that country's civil war. The group works to exhume and identify the bodies of wartime "desaparecidos," people who went missing decades ago during the conflict, which ended in 1996.

DNA from LA area immigrants could solve painful mysteries from Guatemala's civil war - Southern California Public Radio A team from a Guatemala-based NGO that helps identify long-buried victims of that country's civil war was recently in Los Angeles, meeting with Guatemalan refugees and taking DNA samples that could help them identify the bodies of people who went missing decades ago. They plan to return in December.

Conservative 'fly-in' aims to sell House GOP on immigration - USA Today From the story: "About 300 conservatives from around the country and with varying backgrounds — pastors, farmers, police chiefs, business owners — will arrive in Washington on Oct. 28 to meet with Republican lawmakers and make a conservative pitch for a new immigration law."

The heartache of an immigrant family - New York Times "Enrique's Journey" author Sonia Nazario on what happened in recent years to the Honduran boy whose story she chronicled in the book: Now with a family of his own, he was until recently set to be deported, perpetuating a cycle of family separation that began when his mother left him with relatives in Honduras before she left for the U.S. in 1989.

Due to partial government shutdown, immigration check system 'E-Verify' is actually not verifying - Fox News Latino The federal online program used to by employers to verify new employees' work authorization remains dark during the government shutdown "because it is not considered an essential service...scroll down and it also states users cannot 'verify employment eligibility' or 'view or take action in any case.' "

Facing a surge in illegal immigrants trying to get to Europe, Libya uses zoo as detention center - Slate From the story: "The zoo, which has been closed since the 2011 uprising, is still home to several hundred animals...The situation is grim for all involved, as the zoo also houses the operations room of a group of 43 brigades of the country's military. The head of the illegal immigration unit told the Libya Herald 'they respect the human rights of those they arrest.' ”

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