How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Baca's retirement, a last push for reform, backlash to new European rules, black Latino identity, more

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LA County Sheriff Lee Baca to retire at end of January - Southern California Public Radio Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has announced that he is planning to retire. From the story: "The retirement comes amid a growing scandal over inmate abuse at the jails that saw numerous deputies charged with crimes. Some of those deputies are also accused of attempting to obstruct an FBI investigation into the Sheriff’s Department." Baca has also been a controversial figure among immigrant advocates over his support of federal-local enforcement partnerships.

For Obama, Congress, a last grasp at immigration - Associated Press President Obama and some Congressional leaders have signaled that they will keep pushing immigration reform this year. From the story: "...Obama has stopped insisting the House pass the Senate version. And two days after calling Boehner to wish him happy birthday in November, Obama made it clear he could accept the House’s bill-by-bill approach, with one caveat: In the end, 'we’re going to have to do it all.' ’’

British welcome of immigrants wears thin - Washington Post A lifting of restrictions on immigration from Bulgaria and Romania to wealthier European nations kicked in Jan 1. It's prompted backlash among the British, with immigrants "getting the cold shoulder." From the story: "Even with the economy here showing signs of revival after years of recession, the backlash appears to only be growing as the country becomes more internationalized."

Video: Docu-Series examines Latino identity among Afro-Latinos - Latina Lista Composed of thirty video shorts, the series explores black Latino identity and attitudes in Latin American countries where people of African descent remain marginalized. It includes interviews with black Latinos from the U.S., Colombia, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Peru, Panama and Costa Rica. 

4 suspected smugglers on jet skis arrested by Border Patrol agents at Black's Beach - ABC 10 News The latest maritime smuggling incident in Southern California involves jet skis: Four suspected smugglers were arrested Tuesday in the early morning hours on the beach in La Jolla, north of San Diego. They were arrested after authorities "spotted and tracked a pair of jet skis that ended up arriving at the beach." It wasn't clear what it was they were allegedly smuggling.

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