How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Mistrust over CA driver's licenses, discharge petition possible for reform vote, 'deporter-in-chief,' more

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Dems expected to move forward with discharge petition on immigration - Washington Post House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a radio interview Tuesday that "a decision will be made in the next few days about whether to forge ahead with a discharge petition designed to force a House vote on immigration reform." But the tactic may not work, as it would still require several Republicans to sign on in order to force a House vote on a reform bill.

California Driver’s License Program Hits an Unexpected Hurdle - New York Times A recent community forum in Bell, Calif. brought to light one big obstacle as California officials work on rolling out driver's licenses for unauthorized immigrants next year: mistrust of the government. Some immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally fear that if they apply for licenses and reveal their personal information, it could someday be used against them.

Proposed immigrant processing center roils Central Coast farmworkers - Los Angeles Times The federal government has proposed building a processing center for convicted criminals who are in the U.S. illegally near Santa Maria, Calif.  However, while it's not planned as an immigrant detention center, the plan is making immigrants who work on the region's farms uneasy, prompting protests from farm workers who want the facility to be placed elsewhere.

Border Patrol Faces Heat Over Use of Lethal Force on Unarmed Immigrants - Wall Street Journal From the story: "The agency, whose ranks have expanded rapidly since the 1990s, faces mounting questions about the use of lethal force. A critical report last year by the Homeland Security Office of Inspector General suggests an urgent need to improve training, strengthen supervision and transform the culture of the Border Patrol." Criticism has mounted following a recent fatal border shooting in California.

Latino Advocate Is Not Impressed With 'Deporter-In-Chief' - NPR National Council of La Raza president and CEO Janet Murguia explains why she publicly referred to President Obama by a label long used by immigrant advocates, "deporter-in-chief." It's been used for several years by advocates critical of the Obama administration's deportation record.

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