How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: A final push for reform, 'Virgencita Plis,' a pop star gets flak for her Asian boyfriend, more

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One last immigration push before Congress leaves town - CBS News On Thursday, immigration reform advocates "will gather for one last press conference in the U.S. Capitol and a visit with other activists who have been fasting to protest the lack of a vote in the House and have drawn visits from both President Obama and other congressional leaders." Immigration reform is pretty much off the table this year, but activists plan to continue their campaign in 2014.

Emanuel to fast for 24 hours in support of immigration reform - Chicago Tribune Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is the latest political figure to fast in solidarity with protesters in Washington, D.C. for immigration reform. Emanuel and Latino community leaders in Chicago plan to fast for 24 hours, from Thursday evening to Friday evening.

At USC, incubator program grooms Korean-American leaders of tomorrow - Southern California Public Radio On the Network of Korean-American Leaders, or NetKAL, a leadership incubator at the University of Southern California that "has turned out more than 150 fellows since its inception in 2006 - top professionals from the worlds of finance, technology, law and more."

Mexico's patron saint is also its Hello Kitty - NPR The Virgin of Guadalupe, whose feast day is celebrated Dec. 12, is the inspiration for the popular chubby-cheeked "Virgencita Plis" cartoon character found "on pens, notebooks, pajamas, plates and picture frames." (Plis is the phonetic sound for "please" as pronounced by native Spanish speakers.) The character is produced by a company in Mexico City that's doing brisk licensing business.

Dear Internet: Lorde is dating an Asian guy -- get over it - Los Angeles Times Lorde, the teenage singer from New Zealand, has been subject to cyber-bulling after a photo of her with her boyfriend James Lowe was posted to social media. The comments have attacked the couple on the basis of Lowe's race - he's Asian. From the story: "One Twitter user quipped, 'Come back to us when your boyfriend doesn’t look like PSY gone wrong.' ”

Biden: My ancestors 'didn't all come here legally' - Politico Using his Irish ancestors as an example, Vice President Joe Biden made a point during a conversation yesterday that it's difficult to compare illegal immigration today with "legal" immigration in the distant past because the current immigration system didn't exist yet:  “They didn’t all come legally. And the existence of the system isn’t all truncated like it is now."

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