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How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Family visas and DACA, terrorism rule change could benefit refugees, Switzerland immigration vote, more

Inside the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices in downtown Los Angeles. Some family members of U.S. citizens awaiting visas are waiting longer as the agency deals with additional paperwork, following the start of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in 2012.
Inside the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices in downtown Los Angeles. Some family members of U.S. citizens awaiting visas are waiting longer as the agency deals with additional paperwork, following the start of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in 2012. Ruxandra Guidi/KPCC

Program Benefiting Some Immigrants Extends Visa Wait for Others - New York Times Some immigrants waiting to arrive in the U.S. on family visas, including spouses and children of citizens, are facing longer waits as immigration officials struggle with additional paperwork. From the story: "The long waits came when the agency, Citizenship and Immigration Services, shifted attention and resources to a program President Obama started in 2012 to give deportation deferrals to young undocumented immigrants, according to administration officials and official data."

US easing immigration rule for terrorist support - Washington Post Federal officials now say that people who are believed to have provided “limited material support” to groups deemed terrorist organization no longer face an automatic bar from the country. The change eases the rules for immigrants arriving as refugees or seeking asylum; it allows U.S. officials more latitude in determine the extent of support as part of an immigrant's background.

Companies recruiting undocumented immigrants who came to U.S. as children - New York Daily News From the intro: "Teach for America, which places recent college graduates at low-income urban or rural schools for two years, now lists deferred-action status on its website as another way applicants can meet eligibility requirements. But other companies are also seeking out those whose ‘life circumstances’ may be a benefit, due to them being ‘extremely resourceful and creative.’ "

Switzerland bucks European Union, votes to limit immigration - Associated Press Voters in Switzerland have approved a plan to limit immigration, which complicates the country's relationship with the rest of the European Union: "The decision means that the Swiss government will need to renegotiate treaties on the free movement of workers that it had painstakingly hammered out with the EU. Until now, citizens from most EU member states could live and work in Switzerland with little formality, while Swiss citizens could do the same in the 28-nation bloc that encircles the Alpine nation."

Schumer: Start immigration reform in 2017 - MSNBC Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) suggested on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Congress ought to pass an immigration reform plan that doesn't take effect for three more years. From the story: “Let’s enact the law this year, but simply not let it actually start ‘til 2017, after President Obama’s term is over,” Schumer said... “I think the rap against him that he actually won’t enforce the law is false—he’s deported more people than any other president. But you could actually have the law start in 2017 without doing much violence to it.”

Household Worker Trips Up Britain’s Immigration Minister - New York Times British immigration minister Mark Harper has stepped down after admitting that he employed someone to clean his home for six years who was in the country illegally. Harper had led an immigration crackdown that included a controversial "go home" campaign, which included vans emblazoned with posters urging immigrants to self-deport.

Mexican national to be sentenced for killing border agent Brian Terry - Los Angeles From the story: "Manuel Osorio-Arellanes pled guilty in October 2012 to first-degree murder. He was part of a group of bandits who engaged in a shootout with Terry and three other Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona." Agent Brian Terry died in 2010. Osorio-Arellanes could get 30 years to life in prison.

 

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