How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: House reform bill, Infosys faces immigration fine, offensive Halloween costumes, more

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A costume that sparked controversy in 2009, when offended immigrant advocates urged retailers to stop selling it. This year, an Asian American advocacy group is asking Pottery Barn to stop selling sushi chef and kimono Halloween outfits for kids.

Democratic immigration bill gets a GOP co-sponsor, but obstacles remain - Southern California Public Radio Rep. Jeff Denham of California (R-Turlock) has signed on to a House comprehensive immigration bill that combines elements of the Senate-approved immigration bill with a GOP-backed border security provision and Denham's ENLIST Act, which would allow unauthorized immigrants to join the military in exchange for legal status and a faster path to citizenship.

Embrace of immigration reform eases path for California Republicans - Los Angeles Times Republican Reps. Jeff Denham and David Valadao both have districts with large numbers of Latino voters. And both have expressed support for immigration reform. Denham has signed on to a House Democratic-backed immigration reform bill, which has revived hopes of possible action on an immigration overhaul in the near future. 

Infosys faces record U.S. immigration fine - Wall Street Journal The federal government is expected to announce a record fine of about $35 million for Infosys, an India-based outsourcing giant, for immigration violations: "An investigation by the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department found that the Indian company used inexpensive, easy-to-obtain B-1 visas meant to cover short business visits-instead of harder-to-get H-1B work visas-to bring an unknown number of its employees for long-term stays."

Asian American group asks Pottery Barn to pull Halloween outfits - Los Angeles Times It's that time of year again, when some people dress up for Halloween in "ethnic" garb that isn't theirs, often sold by major suppliers. From the story: "Asian American civil rights advocates are demanding an apology from Pottery Barn Kids, which has been selling two Halloween costumes -- a kimono and a sushi chef outfit -- that members say they find culturally 'offensive.' "

Ted Cruz looms large over comprehensive immigration reform - The Hill From the story: "Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has shaped the view of Republican leaders on immigration reform, and his sway with grassroots conservatives will make passing comprehensive legislation significantly more difficult. Cruz scored a victory in the battle for the hearts and minds of his party over the weekend when Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) backed away from the Senate’s overhaul of immigration laws."

'Skinny Asian-American' image can mask obesity-related problems, physicians say - Southern California Public Radio Asians have a lower obesity rate than the national average, but some public health experts say the statistics "are at best misleading, and at worst, harmful, because obesity-related disorders such as diabetes, hypertension and joint disease can strike Asian-Americans at lower weight levels than other Americans."

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