How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: A conservative campaign for reform, Obama's immigration plea, OC Tet festival canceled, more

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Demonstrators at the downtown Los Angeles May Day march for immigration reform, May 1, 2013. Calls for Congress to move on immigration reform have been coming this week from both the White House and from a conservative coalition of business, religious and other groups, who plan to put pressure on House Republicans to act.

Conservative coalition presses House Republicans to act on immigration - New York Times From the story: "...an unusual coalition of business executives, Republican Party activists and evangelical leaders will descend on Capitol Hill early next week to pressure House Republicans to pass their own legislation." However, the debate "threatens to create another schism in the Republican Party and to further alienate a major source of campaign contributions."

Pleas from Obama may hinder immigration bill push - USA Today On Thursday, President Obama urged Congress to act on immigration reform this year. But his speech drew criticism from some reform supporters: Some immigrant advocates wish Obama would use his executive authority to halt deportations, while others, "particularly in the business world, worry that his high-profile stand risks further alienating conservative House Republicans, many of whom are still nursing bruised egos from the recent government shutdown and debt-ceiling fight."

Seven reasons to stop being fatalistic about immigration reform - The New Republic A list of reasons why immigration reform may not be dead after all, including this one: "Redemption. This one applies to both sides of the aisle. This may be overly naïve, but I suspect there are members of both parties who are genuinely abashed by how badly Congress has come across in recent weeks, not to mention recent years, and would like to be able to show that they can come to Washington and address a major national problem."

Garden Grove drops popular Vietnamese lunar new year celebration - Southern California Public Radio The city's annual Vietnamese Tet festival has been canceled after a financial dispute between the city and organizers: "The city said it ended negotiations with the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations (USVA), after the student group on Wednesday rejected a proposal that it pay $145,000 to cover the cost of the festival."

Immigration activists look to deportees for help - Fronteras Desk Protesters who blocked buses from taking immigrant detainees to federal court early this month in Arizona now hope these immigrants will help them in their defense. The protesters were charged with hindering the prosecution of the bus passengers, a felony. But the detained immigrants were deported, and some might be hard to locate.

Latino, immigrant construction workers are more likely to die on job in NYC - New York Daily News From the story: "Latino and immigrant construction workers are dying on the job in New York City in disproportionate numbers...A review of all of the fatal falls on the job investigated by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration from 2003 to 2011 found that 74% of construction workers who died were either U.S. born Latinos or immigrants."

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