Multi-American

How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Path to citizenship v. legal status, WA county limits deportation holds, Obama uncle fights deportation, more

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Citizenship vs. legal status: Some immigrants willing to take less, but advocates warn against it - Southern California Public Radio President Obama's recent comment about being willing to work on immigration reform piecemeal has raised questions about the compromises different sides could push. Some people who stand to be affected most - unauthorized immigrants - say they're willing to settle for less than a path to U.S. citizenship. But advocates say it's not a solution.

County: No more immigration holds for low-level offenders - Seattle Times Officials in Washington's King County, home to Seattle, have voted 5-4 not to comply with federal officials' requests to hold immigrants for deportation if a person's offense only involves a low-level crime: "Supporters of the new policy said it will build trust between local police and immigrants who don’t report crimes for fear they or a family member will be deported."

Obama's uncle to fight U.S. deportation order - Boston Globe Onyango Obama, 69, is the half-brother of President Obama's late father. He arrived in the U.S. in his late teens as a student, but his visa lapsed; he was ordered deported in 1992. He's now fighting deportation after a 2011 arrest on drunk driving charges in Massachusetts. A court appearance is set for Tuesday.

Rep. Kennedy joins immigration fast - CNN Rep. Joe Kennedy, a Democrat from Massachusetts and grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, is among six people who will replace activists that have been on a hunger strike since Nov. 12. "Fast for Families" activists protesting the lack of movement on immigration reform have been camped since on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.; some have ended their fast after growing too weak to continue.

Christie: I didn't flip-flop on immigration - Washington Post Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is under fire for switching his stance on in-state college tuition for young unauthorized immigrants. He said he backed the idea during his 2013 reelection campaign - and won 51 percent of the Latino vote. Now, he's "saying he continues to support the idea but won't sign the specific bill passed by the state legislature."

Latinos want gov't to look into LA County voting - ABC News From the story "...the Justice Department has not moved on evidence that the latest round of redistricting in Los Angeles County unfairly reduces the influence of Latino voters. Nearly half the 10 million people in the nation's largest county are Latino. But political boundaries redrawn in 2011 make it possible for Latino voters to elect just one of the five supervisors."

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