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How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: State immigration laws, border gadget searches, Obamacare Spanish language website woes, more

A growing number of states have been allowing in-state college tuition for students who don't have legal status in the U.S., among them California and most recently New Jersey. It's part of a trend in recent years as more states have begun adopting immigrant-friendly policies.
A growing number of states have been allowing in-state college tuition for students who don't have legal status in the U.S., among them California and most recently New Jersey. It's part of a trend in recent years as more states have begun adopting immigrant-friendly policies. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

States taking the lead in immigration reform - Philadelphia Inquirer The other big news out of New Jersey lately is that the state will now provide in-state tuition to college students who lack legal immigration status, becoming one of a growing list of states with similar policies. Immigrant advocates predict "lots of movement at the state level" on immigration around the U.S. this year.

Supreme Court limits gadget searches at U.S. border - Wired The justices have let stand an earlier appeals court ruling that allows U.S. border agents to search travelers' electronic content. However, the upheld ruling also offers some protection from deeper searches: "...in essence, the authorities must have some facts, rather than a hunch, that illegal activity is afoot to perform a forensic analysis on electronics seized along the border of the western United States."

Health care website frustrates Spanish speakers - Associated Press The Spanish-language Obamacare website, CuidadoDeSalud.gov, has been plagued by its own problems: "A Web page with Spanish instructions linked users to an English form. And the translations were so clunky and full of grammatical mistakes that critics say they must have been computer-generated — the name of the site itself can literally be read 'for the caution of health.' "

Yearning for briefs and fees - The Economist A feature on Sergio Garcia, the California law school graduate who fought years for a law license while waiting for his green card; he was granted a license earlier this month after a state law allowed him to obtain one. He's still not eligible to be hired by a law firm because of his status: "However, he can be self-employed, and plans to work as an independent personal-injury lawyer in civil court. 'There’s no law against someone being an entrepreneur and job creator,' he says."

Italy rescues more than 400 migrants in 24 hours - Times of Malta From the story: "The Italian navy rescued more than 400 migrants from two boats south of Lampedusa...as the immigration crisis that killed hundreds in shipwrecks last year continues." The mostly African passengers of a boat carrying 236 men, women and children were rescued Saturday; about 200 other migrants were rescued Sunday.

Border Patrol agents to demonstrate new tunnel robots - Fox News Agents in Nogales, Arizona are to demonstrate how so-called "tunnel robots" will be used to help detect cross-border tunnels. The plan is to use "new robot technology to catch illegal activities inside tunnels at the Arizona-Mexico border."

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