How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Enforcement priorities, deportation holds, additional 'Dream 30' protesters released, more

U.S. Immigration And Customs Officials Deport Undocumented El Salvadorians

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A man is prepared for a deportation flight bound for El Salvador, December 2010. The Obama administration's deportation policies have focused on immigrants with criminal records, although many non-offenders and low-level offenders have been deported.

Officials target immigrants with criminal records - USA Today From the story: "Deportations and so called "sweeps" by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents remain a part of life all over the country, but it's a quieter approach. It targets specific individuals rather than workers or a place of business. Those individuals targeted primarily have serious criminal records or had run-ins with immigration authorities in the past."

Policy on detaining illegal immigrants under review - San Jose Mercury News Santa Clara County was among a handful of jurisdictions that had adopted a no-holds policy on detaining immigrants, declining to hold them for deportation at the request of  immigration officials. However, "three recent developments increase the chances that the board, which is scheduled to review the policy at a public meeting Tuesday, could very well back away from one of the nation's most lenient immigration policies."

UK scraps 'discriminatory' immigration bond plan after outcry - Reuters From the story: "Britain has scrapped a plan to force people from India, Pakistan, and some African countries to hand over a cash deposit in return for a six-month visa, after the policy caused outrage at home and abroad and exposed a divide in the governing coalition."  The money was to be refunded when visitors from these countries left upon the expiration of their visas.

Five immigration protesters released - USA Today Five more of the so-called "Dream 30" protesters, young people who attempted to re-enter the U.S. in late September after leaving for Mexico, have been released from detention. But eight of the protesters remain detained, seven of them having been denied asylum. One protester was deported last week to Mexico.

60 years after Korea, a forgotten Latino regiment seeks Congressional Gold Medal - NJ.com On "the Borinqueneers, the segregated 65th Infantry Regiment of Puerto Rican soldiers that fought bravely and longer than some combat units in the Korean War." The little-known regiment was begun in 1920; it played a role in nine major military campaigns during the Korean War. A filmmaker who documented their history is part of a push to win them a Congressional Gold Medal.

Ad depicting U.S. soldier and Muslim wife met with mixed reactions - Al Arabyia The Los Angeles billboard ad pictures a solider and a fully-veiled woman wearing a wedding ring with the hashtag #betogether, promoting the sleeping aid SnoreStop. From the story: "Social media users responding to the ad’s twitter hashtag #betogether had mixed feelings about the billboard, with many praising its message of equality and diversity while retaining its shock value."

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