How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Union group to target House GOP in ads, immigrant driver licenses, Arizona fence plan failing, more

Courtesy of National Domestic Workers Alliance

AFL-CIO president Rich Trumka with domestic workers and their children, who rallied at the California state capitol for a successful state bill protecting domestic workers, many of them immigrants. The labor union group is now preparing to launch an ad campaign that criticizes House Republican leaders for not supporting a national immigration overhaul.

AFL-CIO targets GOP with immigration ad blitz - Politico The labor organization is preparing for a television ad campaign in Spanish and English "assailing House Republicans for their inaction on immigration reform, in an attempt to ensure that the congressional GOP pays a price if it continues to stall on an overhaul of the nation’s immigration system." Included will be controversial remarks that some GOP lawmakers have made about immigrants.

D.C. approves driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants - Washington Post District of Columbia officials have approved a bill that will create a driver's license for unauthorized immigrants. But unlike in previous proposals, these licenses will be different from conventional ones, marked as being "not valid for official federal purposes."

Supervisors stick with lenient Santa Clara immigration policy - San Jose Mercury News The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has voted to keep its no-holds policy for immigrants, and will remain one of the few jurisdictions that refuses to detain inmates for immigration officials unless the federal government pays the cost - which it doesn't. The council had considered a proposal to turn over immigrants with serious criminal histories to federal immigration agents.

Effort to build Arizona border fence appears dead - Associated Press From the story: "A plan by Arizona lawmakers to build a mile of fencing along the border with Mexico using private money may be declared dead Wednesday, more than three years after border security proponents crafted the proposal...The main backer has given up on the state fencing plan and hopes to transfer the money to border sheriffs, said Rep. David Stevens, R-Sierra Vista, the co-chair of the committee."

Report: More California Latinos getting high school diplomas, but not college degrees - The Fresno Bee According to a new report, Latinos still lag behind other groups in the state in terms of college degrees, although more have been completing high school. Among Californians over age 25, only about 11 percent of Latinos have four-year college degrees, a much lower percentage than white, black, or Asian American California residents.

Comic character Ms. Marvel is now a Muslim teen - TIME From the story: "Kamala Khan, a 16-year old daughter of Pakistani immigrants to the U.S., is about to assume to role of Ms. Marvel in Marvel Comics’ remake of its classic character from 1977. 'It’s for all the geek girls out there and everybody else who’s ever looked at life from the fringe,' writer G. Willow Wilson told the Associated Press. Ms. Marvel will be among the first protagonists to be both female and Muslim."

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