How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: House leaves as reform push continues, a jump in asylum claims, visas and mental illness, more

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Immigrant advocates undeterred as House departs without action - New York Times The House of Representatives has closed up shop for the year with no consensus reached on immigration reform, although House GOP leadership insists immigration will be a "top priority" next year.

Immigration activists end fast, others take over GOP House offices - Southern California Public Radio From the story: "After 30 days of fasting, immigration activists ended their demonstration on the National Mall Thursday. The fast was one of a series of actions aimed at getting the House to vote on immigration reform." Also on Thursday, "nearly a thousand moms pushing strollers, teenagers carrying leaflets, and others took over the offices of 200 Republican House members."

Immigration claims for asylum soar - Los Angeles Times Asylum claims are at their highest level in two decades, with the number of immigrants seeking asylum nearly tripling since last year. The trend is "raising concerns that border crossers and members of drug cartels may be filing fraudulent claims to slow their eventual deportation." Most new claims came from immigrants from Central America, and a smaller number from Mexico, India and Ecuador.

Boehner gives immigration backers hope - Politico After Thursday's House vote in favor of a bipartisan budget deal, immigration reform advocates have become hopeful that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) "wants to get some kind of deal done on immigration, and any development that replenishes his political capital helps their cause."

Immigrants drive CA's higher growth rate - U-T San Diego A new state finance department report reveals that last year, "California had 66,294 more individuals moving into the state than moving out. That sum resulted from the Golden State gaining 169,266 immigrants who came from abroad while experiencing a net loss of 102,972 residents who moved to other states."

Tourists At The Border: Should Mental Illness Halt U.S. Entry? - NPR On the case of a woman recently denied entry and the law: "Part of the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act, the section stipulates, in part, that the U.S. shall not admit people who 'have a physical or mental disorder and behavior associated with the disorder that may pose, or has posed [our emphasis], a threat to the property, safety, or welfare of the alien or others.' "

Britney Spears Stereotypes Latinos During Univision Interview - Jezebel From Spears' interview on with Despierta America on Univision: "I've always loved Latinos. They make me think of a bad boy type that your father wouldn't let you go out with."

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