How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: 'Champion-in-chief,' Venezuelan immigrants react to crisis, FL court rules on who can practice law, more

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Obama: ‘I’m the champion-in-chief’ on immigration reform - Washington Post In a town hall meeting with Latinos on Thursday, President Obama pushed back against immigrant advocates who recently called him "deporter-in-chief." Obama defended his immigration record: "Since I ran for president, I've pushed for comprehensive immigration reform, and I will continue to push," Obama said. "I am the champion-in-chief of comprehensive immigration reform. But until Congress passes new laws, I am constrained in what I am able to do."

Florida Supreme Court: Immigrants in the U.S. illegally cannot be lawyers in Florida - Orlando Sentinel The Florida Supreme Court has decided that it will not allow law school graduates who are in the U.S. illegal to practice law. From the story: "Last year, the court ruled that a specific immigrant and Florida State University law school graduate, Jose Manuel Godinez-Samperio, a citizen of Mexico who had passed Florida's Bar examination, could not be admitted but put off the larger issue." The decision bars others like him from admission.

House Panel Bars Funds for Immigrant Advocate - Associated Press A House immigration bill is being considered that proposes eliminating money for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's public advocate position. From the story: "After hours of contentious debate, Republicans pushed through a bill in the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday night that would bar the homeland security secretary from using taxpayer dollars for the ICE position." The bill passed by a 17-14 vote.

As protests back home continue, Venezuelan immigrants react - Southern California Public Radio In recent weeks, demonstrators calling for the ouster of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro have taken to the streets, with protests turning violent as authorities have cracked down. So far, a reported 18 people have died in confrontations. In the U.S., Venezuelan immigrants have been speaking out and staging protests of their own.

Final Obamacare push focusing on Latino community - Politico With open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act closing on March 31, the Obama administration is trying to reach Latinos who have yet to sign up. From the story: "The White House is stepping up its Hispanic outreach efforts in the time it has left. On Thursday, President Obama will take part in an unusual multi-network, multimedia town hall as part of the effort to get Latinos signed up in Obamacare."

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