How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Churches and business press for reform, financial aid for immigrant students expected in WA, more

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Religious Leaders Pressure GOP on Immigration - Wall Street Journal From the story: "This weekend, Hispanic evangelical pastors will preach a 'call to action,' asking churchgoers to call members of Congress to demand passage of a broad immigration bill. The program is being organized by the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, which encouraged its 34,200 member churches, representing 16 million members, to participate."

U.S. Chamber of Commerce pushes House GOP on immigration reform - Washington Post More than 600 business organizations have "signed onto a letter from the chamber to House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday. The businesses included Facebook, Caterpillar, Halliburton and Hewlett-Packard." The letter urges House Republicans to act on immigration and that "immigration reform is an essential element of a jobs agenda and economic growth."

Obama hosts Boehner in discussing immigration, trade - Bloomberg Immigration was one of several issues discussed during a Tuesday meeting at the White House between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). A Boehner aide said they "agreed it is important to work together on issues where they find common ground."

King City police arrests: Latino immigrants victimized, D.A. says - Los Angeles Times From the story: "In a predawn sweep that stunned the Salinas Valley town of King City, the acting police chief, a former chief, other police employees and a towing company owner were arrested Tuesday, some on charges connected to a scheme to steal impounded cars belonging mostly to Latino immigrants, authorities said." Charges against those arrested include bribery, embezzlement and conspiracy.

Washington state expected to enact college aid for undocumented immigrants - Reuters From the story: "Washington is set to become the fifth state to offer college financial aid to students brought into the country illegally by their parents. Democratic Governor Jay Inslee is expected on Wednesday to sign legislation that provides grants to students whose families meet income and residency guidelines." California is among the states with similar measures.

The creation of a gaffe - Slate On a controversial statement made by Alex Sink, a Democratic candidate for the Florida House of Representatives: "We have a lot of employers over on the beaches that rely upon workers and especially in this high-growth environment, where are you going to get people to work to clean our hotel rooms or do our landscaping? We don’t need to put those employers in a position of hiring undocumented and illegal workers."

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