How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Baca's immigration legacy, US Chamber plans reform push, woman smuggled in suitcase, more

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LA County Sheriff Baca's legacy on immigration - Southern California Public Radio Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who announced his pending retirement Tuesday, has had a complicated relationship with immigrants during his tenure. He was a staunch supporter of federal-local immigration enforcement partnerships, only softening his position in the last year or so. Baca announced his retirement on the heels of an inmate abuse scandal within his agency.

Business lobby seeks major push on immigration - Associated Press U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Tom Donohue says the chamber is planning to "pull out all the stops" to pass an immigration overhaul this year: "We're determined to make 2014 the year that immigration reform is finally enacted," Donohue said during an address on Wednesday.

House GOP writing 'principles' for immigration reform - Los Angeles Times House Speaker John Boehner has reportedly told fellow House Republicans in a Wednesday meeting that "his leadership team was drafting 'principles' for overhauling immigration laws that will be presented in coming weeks." Boehner has so far been partial to piecemeal immigration bills, refusing to let the House vote on a massive bill approved by the Senate.

Border agents find woman hidden in suitcase - CBS News Another inventive human smuggling attempt, this time in Nogales: "Customs and Border Protection agents discovered 48-year-old Pornkamol Mongkolsermsak while inspecting a vehicle entering the United States on Dec. 30. Mongkolsermsak, from Bangkok, was hidden under clothing in the large suitcase in the back of the vehicle driven by a 56-year-old Phoenix man."

Swiss Anxiety Stoked by Immigration as Zurich Transformed - Bloomberg From the story: "Switzerland has attracted immigrants, with jobs plentiful, taxes low and the quality of living high: More than 20 percent of the country’s 8 million inhabitants are foreigners and a third of Swiss health-care workers aren’t citizens." But a Feb. 9 national referendum to stop "mass immigration" is supported by 35 percent of voters, according to one recent poll.

Why the 'Latino Vote' is a myth - Fusion On why in spite of the attention paid to Latino voters, many who are eligible to vote still don't. One of explanations offered: "Latinos are younger than the population at large...The median age of Latinos born in the United States is 18, just old enough to cast a ballot."

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