How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Obama's new policy for military families, 'Linsanity' and faith, benefits of bilingualism, more

Sean Carberry

U.S. soldiers and Marines pose after being sworn in as U.S. citizens in a service in Afghanistan. A new Obama administration policy would spare some immigrant family members of U.S. military from deportation.

Obama relies on changes to immigration rules as chances dim that Congress will rewrite laws - Washington Post President Obama's latest administrative change: A new policy allowing immigration officials to "parole in place" the unauthorized immigrant spouses, children and parents of U.S. service members, reservists and veterans, sparing them from deportation and letting them apply to stay in the U.S. legally. It's the latest in a series of administrative tweaks, the most notable one being deferred action for young immigrants last year.

Detained legal residents urge hard line on immigration - Seattle Times Thirteen legal U.S. residents detained at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington have signed a letter asking lawmakers not to grant a path to citizenship to people in the U.S. illegally. They write that the government should focus "more on the needs of citizens and legal permanent residents like themselves, who they say grew up in and are products of this country." Legal residents who commit certain crimes can be deported.

As momentum for immigration reform dies in Washington, human costs build - Tampa Bay Times From the story: "Hundreds of thousands of people are deported annually — some 150,000 since the Senate bill was passed — the very people the bill would have legalized and put on a path to citizenship. Countless others fear they will be next."

Off the court, a film's lens on Asian American faith - New York Times The film "Linsanity," a documentary on basketball superstar Jeremy Lin, "offers a rare window into another part of the American religious landscape: Asian-American Christianity. In addition to its star, several of the film’s creators are active Christians. Their fervent faith typifies a trend for Asian immigrants and their families."

Study: Being bilingual may delay the onset of Alzheimer's - Fox News Latino From the story: "The study, published in the journal Neurology, examined the records of 648 people with three different types of dementia, including Alzheimer's, who attended a memory clinic in India between June 2006 and October 2012. Nearly half of the patients spoke more than one language since early childhood."

Illegal immigrant vote-fraud cases rare in Arizona - Arizona Republic Arizona state officials "swear it’s a problem" but: "...when state officials are pushed for details, the numbers of actual cases and convictions vary and the descriptions of the alleged fraud become foggy or based on third-hand accounts. An examination of voter-fraud cases in Maricopa County shows those involving illegal immigrants are nearly non-existent, and have been since before the changes to voter-ID requirements were enacted in 2004."

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