How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Medicare crackdown proposed, diversity at the Oscars, South Carolina immigration law, more

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Crackdown Proposed to Prevent Illegal Immigrants From Obtaining Medicare - New York Times President Obama's proposed 2015 budget includes a proposal "to remove illegal immigrants from the Medicare rolls and explicitly require citizenship or lawful presence in the United States as a condition of getting Medicare." The step comes after a discovery "tens of thousands were improperly receiving benefits," although a 1996 law generally bars unauthorized immigrants from doing so.

Diversity at the Oscars: Is Hollywood coming around? - Southern California Public Radio Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony included several firsts, including the first Best Director award won by a Mexican and the first Best Picture winner with a director of African descent. The Academy has long been criticized for overlooking artists of color. Some critics are cautiously optimistic that the tide may be turning.

Supreme Court Refuses To Revisit Case On Anti-Immigrant Laws - NPR The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from Farmer's Branch, Texas, which passed a measure in 1996 that prevented people from renting property to unauthorized immigrants. An appeals court had ruled the measure unconstitutional.

SoCal Ukrainians divided over future of home country - Southern California Public Radio Ukrainian immigrants are divided over the tense political situation in Ukraine, once part of the Soviet Union. Many are angry that Russian president Vladimir Putin has ordered troops into the region in the wake of violent protests and the ouster of Ukraine's president. But others support Russian military intervention. 

Zuckerberg-linked group rips House GOP on immigration reform - The Hill A group affiliated with, a pro-immigration group co-founded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg,  has released a new 60-second ad that "scolds House leadership for not making moves to bring a comprehensive immigration bill to the House floor."

South Carolina, rights groups settle immigration law challenge - Reuters South Carolina state officials have agreed to no longer defend a so-called "show me your papers" provision of a strict 2011 state immigration law. The provision was blocked by a federal judge, a decision later upheld in appeals court. In court documents, the state made clear it did not agree with the rulings "but that it would not continue to fight them."

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