How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: GOP reform 'principles,' CA Latinos to surpass non-Latino whites, whether Bieber can be 'deported,' more

Eric Fischer

A race and ethnicity map of the Los Angeles area by artist Eric Fischer, based on the 2010 census. Red dots stand for white, blue for black, green for Asian, orange for Latino and yellow for "other." California's Latino population is now expected to surpass that of non-Latino white Californians by March of this year.

Inside the House GOP's immigration push - Politico A set of immigration reform "principles" soon to be released by House Republicans will reportedly call for "beefed-up border security and interior enforcement, a worker verification system for employers and earned legal status for the nation’s undocumented immigrants," as well as visa reforms and entry-exit tracking. It will also call for reforms to be carried out step by step - and "foreclose the possibility" of conference negotiations on the bill approved last year by the Senate.

Could Bieber be deported? Don't hold your breath - USA Today Pop star Justin Bieber could face felony vandalism charges after allegely being involved in an egg-throwing incident, and yes, this could technically affect the 19-year-old Canadian's ability to live in the U.S. But: "...police and prosecutors have a lot of discretion in charging, so a case might not ever reach the level of immigration court. Also, Bieber is a rich and famous foreigner and they generally tend to have good lawyers."

Latinos set to surpass whites in California in March - San Francisco Chronicle From the story: "The Latino population is projected to surpass that of whites in California in March to become the single largest "race or ethnic group," according to a report on shifting demographics in Gov. Jerry Brown's 2014-15 budget proposal. Also, the number of residents 65 and older will jump by 20.7 percent over the next five years, the report said."

Prosecutorial discretion on the rise in immigration courts - Los Angeles Times So far in fiscal year 2014, which began in October, about seven percent of deportation cases nationwide are being dismissed due to prosecutorial discretion. Percentages are higher in some cities, including Los Angeles, and lower in others. These tallies, analyzed in a Syracuse University report, don't include cases that are closed before they reach immigration court.

Asians up in arms over 'How I Met Your Mother' episode - CNN The CBS sitcom is under fire after an episode that's offended Asian Americans and triggered a social media backlash: "... some reacted angrily to the decision to recast lead character actors -- all of them white -- in yellowface and to dress them in stereotypical Asian attire."

Interior border checks spur suit - Arizona Republic A complaint filed to Homeland Security by the American Civil Liberties Union alleges that U.S. Border Patrol agents "routinely violate the constitutional rights of local residents in southern Arizona when they stop drivers at interior checkpoints on major highways and state routes near the border."

Family and nostalgia draw immigrants back to Mexico - Fusion According to one new survey, it's not just the unappealing U.S. job market that's sending some Mexican migrants home: "Returning migrants said family and nostalgia drew them back to Mexico, trumping joblessness, health and other concerns."

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