How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: White House pressured on deportations, 'Three Amigos' summit, Latinos and Covered California, more

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Guatemalan nationals are body searched in Arizona before boarding a deportation flight to Guatemala City. With no agreement reached so far on immigration reform, a growing number of immigrant advocates have been putting pressure on the White House to curb deportations.

White House faces rising grass-roots heat on immigration - Politico A growing number of immigrant advocates are demanding that President Obama take executive on immigration, primarily to halt deportations. From the story: "Nearly all of the grass-roots-led organizations that shape the immigration debate on the left now see the White House — and the potential for Obama to act on his own — as the most likely avenue for progress on the issue, given the GOP’s control of the House and election-year jitters."

In Mexico Meeting, a Show of Friendship With Few Results on Immigration and Trade - New York Times During a so-called "Three Amigos" summit Wednesday in Mexico between President Obama, Mexican and Canadian leaders, divisions continued on key issues. From the story: "Although they announced agreements to make it easier to travel among the three countries and to find ways of protecting the Monarch butterfly, the divisive issues of trade, immigration and the hotly disputed proposed Keystone XL pipeline were left largely unresolved."

Washington state lawmakers pass measure giving immigrants college aid - Reuters Washington state legislators have approved a bill that will let college students brought to the country illegally as minors apply for need-based financial aid. Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee has promised to sign the measure.

Covered California: Latino enrollment jumps in January - Southern California Public Radio Enrollment got off to a slow start, but more Latinos have been applying for health insurance in California under the Affordable Care Act: "In January, 28 percent of those who enrolled were Latino, a "marked improvement" compared with the first three months of signups, said Peter V. Lee, executive director of Covered California."

Exit Stage Left: School Skit On Immigration Scuttled Following Complaint - Fox News Latino A classroom skit called "The Uninvited Guest" was dropped in Maryland after a parent complained. The skit "details a short story about Uncle Sam and guests at his 'Country Haven' for a party. After brief pleasantries, the character who serves as a metaphor for the United States quickly makes it known exactly who is welcome."

The Artistic History of American Anti-Asian Racism - The Atlantic Ethnic minorities were savaged in openly racist political cartoons during the 19th and early 20th centuries, among them Asians. An new anthology called "Yellow Peril! An Archive of Anti-Asian Fears" explores how this took place, and why it "was acceptable in America for so long."

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