How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Conservative activists lobby for reform in DC, 'Dream 30' protester deported, Alabama law settlement, more

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Business-conservative alliance presses for immigration action - New York Times A group of more than 600 people from 40 states that include "business executives, evangelical groups and prominent conservatives" has traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby House Republicans for a vote on immigration reform. From the story: "They are largely taking aim at House Republicans who they think could support a broad immigration overhaul, including some sort of legal status for the 11 million immigrants in the country illegally."

11 immigrant protesters released; 1 deported - Associated Press Immigration officials have released 11 of the 25 so-called "Dream 30" protesters in detention, young immigrants who in September attempted to re-enter the U.S. after leaving for Mexico. But one woman, 23-year-old Rocio Hernandez Perez, was deemed ineligible for immigration relief by a judge and deported to Mexico City. Like most of the group, she was raised in the U.S. but still had no legal status.

Settlement would block controversial parts of Alabama immigration law - CNN According to a settlement filed Tuesday in federal court, Alabama state officials have "agreed to block the enforcement of portions of the law, which was described as one of the nation's toughest measures aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration when it passed in 2011. The proposed deal blocks several parts of the law, including a requirement for public schools to collect information on the immigration status of students."

Can a permissive immigration law be legal if a punitive law wasn't? - Washington Post An opinion piece addresses states' rights in the wake of Arizona's SB 1070, which was challenged by the federal government, and California's recently-signed Trust Act: "We shall see if anyone challenges California’s new laws in federal court and what position the Obama administration takes — though, because they are permissive by nature, it’s not clear how the California laws could produce a victim with the requisite legal standing."

Mexico detains a growing number of undocumented Cubans - Miami Herald In the eight months since the Cuban government eased its strict travel restrictions for its citizens, the number of Cuban migrants apprehended in Mexico has more than doubled, according to the Mexican government. Most were reportedly headed for the United States.

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