How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: State laws, Supreme Court weighs 'aging out' visa case, immigrants and the ACA, more

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A growing number of states have been embracing immigrant friendly measures, such as laws allowing in-state tuition for unauthorized immigrant college students. But in states that enacted them, tough immigration measures adopted in recent years are still in place.

States take lead in boosting immigrants - Wall Street Journal More on how "state legislatures across the country are passing bills aimed at integrating illegal immigrants rather than cracking down on them." New Jersey is the latest of several states to approve measures that make it easier for unauthorized immigrant youths to pay for college.

As feds wander on immigration, S.C. blazes its own tough trail - Miami Herald Before some states began taking a more lenient approach, tough immigration measures were enacted in others and remain in place. From the story: "The South Carolina Illegal Aliens and Private Employment Act requires most employers to verify the legal status of new hires or risk getting their business licenses suspended. Farmers, maids and fishermen are exempt. State officials have conducted nearly 9,000 random audits of businesses in two years."

US Supreme Court may help ‘aged out’ immigrant kids get back on citizenship track - New York Daily News The Supreme Court is weighing a lawsuit that could change the rules as far as young people who "age out" of family visas. As it stands now, once children turn 21, they're no longer considered under their parents' visa petition and must petition on their own.

Immigrants without legal status remain mostly in healthcare limbo - Los Angeles Times The Affordable Care Act bars unauthorized immigrants from buying health insurance through the federal program. From the story: "The new healthcare law increases the number of people who can join Medi-Cal, the state's low-income health plan, and requires nearly everyone else to buy insurance. But those in the country illegally aren't eligible for either." Some counties provide more of a safety net than others.

Poll Focuses On Views From A Wide Array Of Latino Americans - NPR A new poll put together by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health focuses on health and other attitudes among Latinos. Diabetes and the affordability of health care are top concerns in general, but different nationality groups expressed different attitudes about their finances, employment, and other life issues.

Heritage tacks left on immigration - Slate The conservative Heritage Foundation think tank in Washington, D.C. has hired Stephen Moore, a member of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, as chief economist. Moore worked for Heritage in the 1980s and has demonstrated a relatively lenient view on immigration - much less so than former Heritage policy analyst Jason Richwine, whose Harvard thesis argued that some immigrants had lower IQs.

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