How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Pressure on House GOP for reform, more co-sponsors for House bill, learning English as an adult, more

Immigration Rally

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Rep. David Valadao of California (R-Hanford) at a recent immigration rally in Washington, D.C. Valadao is one of three House Republicans so far who have agreed to co-sponsor a Democratic-backed House immigration reform bill.

The pressure's on California House GOP members to act on immigration - Southern California Public Radio Conservative business, church and other groups lobbied House Republicans for a vote on immigration reform this week in Washington, D.C. Among those facing pressure are California Republicans who represent agricultural, tech and other business interests.

Three Republicans back Democratic immigration bill in House - USA Today The GOP co-sponsors for the comprehensive House immigration reform bill now include Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., David Valadao, R-Calif., and Jeff Denham, R-Calif. The bill was introduced by House Democrats in early October, but has picked up steam after Denham recently became a co-sponsor.

What it takes (and means) to learn English as an adult - NPR Immigrants to the U.S. see learning English as the key to a better life, and "many hope learning the language will help lift them out of poverty and integrate them into American society. But gaining English proficiency is a difficult task amid everyday obligations."

Rubio's switch on immigration not winning fans - USA Today Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida helped draft the Senate's comprehensive immigration bill. Lately he's been saying he now favors a piecemeal approach, and it's turned off supporters on both the right and left. Some "view the move as a betrayal and an attempt by Rubio to revive his flagging presidential aspirations."

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