How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Reform requiem, immigrants seek news after Typhoon Haiyan, enforcement by attrition, more

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Damage in the aftermath of deadly Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Many Filipino Americans have yet to get word of loved ones' fate.

How immigration died - Part 1 - The Hill The first in a two-part series on how comprehensive reform at first made progress in the Senate this summer, but later came to a standstill. From the piece: "Immigration reform is widely seen as dead in this Congress, and the finger-pointing has already started. Both parties are responsible for the effort’s demise."

Immigration reform backed by voters in Republican-led swing districts, poll shows - Huffington Post According to a new poll, "a majority of likely voters in 20 Republican-represented swing congressional districts support the broad outlines of comprehensive immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship." About three-fourths said they supported eventual citizenship for unauthorized immigrants. 

Typhoon Haiyan: Local Filipino community desperate for news about survivors - Southern California Public Radio With communications and electricity down in the most affected areas, Filipino Americans in Southern California have been desperately trying to get word of relatives' fate in the Philippines. Some efforts to put people in touch are starting up, but the lack of infrastructure after the storm is a problem. 

Study: Local immigration policing efforts caused few exits from U.S. - Los Angeles Times A new study suggests that "when state and local officials took on the power to enforce some immigration laws by investigating immigration violations on the street, immigrants were more likely to relocate within the country," as opposed to leaving the country. Immigrants in Arizona's strictly enforced Maricopa County were the only ones more likely to self-deport.

Army vet expelled from U.S. fights deportation - CBS News From the story: "Arnold Giammarco was deported to his native Italy over drug possession and larceny convictions, his attorneys said. The former Connecticut resident is seeking to reverse his deportation, arguing in a federal lawsuit he planned to file Tuesday that immigration authorities never acted on his citizenship application in 1982." He says he lived legally in the U.S. for more than 50 years.

New York court to weigh law license for illegal immigrant - New York Times From the story: "Cesar Vargas, who moved to the U.S. from Mexico at age 5, applied to practice law in New York roughly a year ago. The committee that evaluates would-be lawyers recently recommended against granting him a law license. Mr. Vargas...would have received a recommendation for admission to the state bar, but for his immigration status." A similar case in California was recently resolved by a new state law.

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