How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

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Immigration reform supporters march last year in Los Angeles. An immigration reform template expected this week from House Republicans is likely to call for a path to legal status for unauthorized immigrants, but not U.S. citizenship.

House Republicans to Offer Broad Immigration Plan - New York Times An immigration reform template that's expected from House Republicans this week "is expected to call for border security and enforcement measures, as well as providing a path to legal status — but not citizenship — for many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country."

The latest ideas on changing U.S. immigration law - Wall Street Journal The House GOP plan for immigration reform is expected to allow a strict path to legal status that would "require illegal immigrants to go through some sort of adjudication process, by which they admit guilt for their immigration crimes, pay fines and any back taxes owed. Republicans call this getting 'right with the law.' After this, they could get a probationary legal status."

Obama set to announce 'practical' agenda focusing on immigration, income equality - Fox News From the story: "President Obama is expected in his annual address Tuesday to detail what he calls 'practical' proposals to advance the country in 2014, including ones to address 'income inequality' and the nation’s immigration system. But Obama will also make clear his intentions to use his executive powers to achieve his goals when Congress fails to pass legislation."

Slaying of Asian American woman at club not hate crime, officials say - Los Angeles Times From the story:  "Police and Santa Ana city officials said Friday they don't believe the slaying of Kim Pham outside a local nightclub was a hate crime. The mayor of the predominantly Latino city urged Vietnamese American residents to remain calm." Santa Ana Mayor Mayor Miguel Pulido called Pham's beating death "an isolated incident."

Salvadoran Americans vote in national election by mail for first time - Southern California Public Radio Salvadorans living abroad are able to vote by mail for the first time in their native country's national election, having been granted the right to do so last year. But many complain that the process has not been going as smoothly as they hoped.

Michigan Governor: Immigrant Influx Could 'Jump-Start' Detroit - NPR More on Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's hope to bring more immigrants to Detroit as a way of helping fix the city's failed economy, and counter a dramatic population loss.

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