How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Calif. DMV prepares for immigrant driver's licenses, Goodlatte talks reform, a deported father's story, more

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DMV gears up to issue driver's licenses to unauthorized immigrants next year - Southern California Public Radio Next Jan. 1, unauthorized immigrants will be able to start applying for special driver's licenses in California. The new proposed state budget lays out $64.7 million dollars for the DMV to implement the program. State officials anticipate high demand, with about 1.4 million applicants within the first three years.

Bob Goodlatte pushes immigration solution - Politico From the story: "House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) says he sees 'no reason' why current undocumented immigrants shouldn’t gain legal status as long as Congress enacts tougher border-security and enforcement measures." Goodlatte will talk about this and the immigration reform "principles" that House Republicans soon plan to release in a Telemundo interview to air Sunday.

Immigration reform must be top priority, Commerce secretary says - Los Angeles Times U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker expressed support for immigration reform Thursday in Los Angeles, at an event for the Los Angeles World Affairs Council attended by several foreign consuls. Pritzker, the great-granddaughter of a Russian immigrant, said an immigration overhaul should be "at the top of our to-do list."

Family torn asunder by dad's deportation - USA Today The story of Marco Gonzalez, a Detroit pool builder and father of five who complied with a deportation order and left the country for his native Guatemala after 20 years in the U.S.

Dominicans Send More Of Income To Family Abroad Than Other Immigrants - Fox News Latino A scholar calculates that "among migrants earning $25,000 a year or less, those coming from the Dominican Republic set aside an average of 19 percent of their pay to send home in the form of remittances." Among those who earn more than $25,000 per year, Ecuadorans are reportedly top senders.

Feds in Ajo for Border Patrol home cost audit - Arizona Republic Homeland Security officials are investigating whether $15 million in tax dollars to build housing for Border Patrol agents in Arizona was "improperly spent." Auditors from the agency's Office of Inspector General traveled to the former mining town of Ajo on Thursday to interview residents, real-estate agents and border officials.

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