How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Reform plans from GOP due out soon, #HowIMetYourRacism, an effort to recognize Muslim holidays, more

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Immigration reform supporters gather during a May Day protest in downtown Los Angeles, May 1, 2013. House GOP leaders are expected to unveil 'principles' for immigration reform this month. A legalization component for unauthorized immigrants is expected, but the plan won't go as far as the bill approved last summer by the Senate.

GOP Leaders Set to Embrace Legal Status for Immigrants - Wall Street Journal From the story: "As early as next week, House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) and other GOP leaders will release a one-page set of principles outlining how they hope to overhaul the immigration system, people familiar with their plans say. It will stop short of offering the sort of path to citizenship endorsed by the Senate, but represents a major step toward what immigration advocates and Democrats have long sought."

#HowIMetYourRacism: How Asian-Americans on Twitter are telling Hollywood to back off - Southern California Public Radio On the social media backlash to a recent episode of the CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother,” in which its white stars "dressed up as Asian grandmasters who drank tea, ate noodles, killed flies with chopsticks — all the while Asian extras hovered in the background."

Bills open military to some illegal immigrants - On bills being sponsored by two House Republicans that would allow young unauthorized immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to enlist. One would allow them to obtain permanent legal status after completing their service.

Canadian multiculturalism - The Economist Canadians "overwhelmingly back mass immigration," and have traditionally tended to see newcomers as an economic plus. But how they feel about immigrant integration is another, more polarizing issue: For example, the backlash that's been felt since the government of Quebec introduced a measure last fall to ban public servants from wearing "religious symbols," such as religious attire like the hijab worn by Muslim women.

Petition seeking recognition of Muslim holidays in schools fails - Southern California Public Radio A petition that three middle-school students posted on's "We the People" page failed to meet its signature deadline on Thursday; it was the latest in a series of efforts by activists seeking official recognition of Muslim religious holidays in public schools.

Rock thrown over U.S.-Mexico border, hits Border Patrol agent in head - ABC San Diego The latest rock-throwing incident on the U.S.-Mexico border - many of which agents have responded to with lethal force - involved someone throwing a stone about six inches in diameter across the border near Tecate. It hit a helmeted U.S. Border Patrol in the head; the agent was taken to a hospital for treatment.

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