How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: CA affirmative action proposal draws controversy, detainee hunger strike, more

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Affirmative action amendment has some Asian-Americans furious - Southern California Public Radio A Democratic-backed state proposal that would reinstate affirmative action in California universities has upset some Asian Americans, primarily Chinese American groups who believe their children would lose their spots in college to other ethnic groups. Backers of the proposed state constitutional amendment say this isn't the case.

Immigrant detainees continue hunger strike - Associated Press Hundreds of detainees at a Tacoma, Wash. immigrant detention center have been on a hunger strike since Friday, protesting their treatment. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees are being housed at the Northwest Detention Center, a contract facility operated by a private prison company.

Border Patrol ordered to stop shooting at vehicles, rock throwers - Los Angeles Times From the story: "Border Patrol Chief Michael J. Fisher ordered customs and border agents not to step directly in front of a moving vehicle, or use their body to block it, in order to open fire on the driver. He also barred shooting at vehicles whose occupants are fleeing from agents." The agency has been under fire after a series of agent-involved shooting deaths.

Immigration could play key role in Senate races - USA Today From the story: "Immigration reform could play a key role this year in about a half-dozen Senate races from Colorado to South Carolina. The outcome of those races will help decide which party controls the Senate and whether that chamber will be willing to take up immigration reform again if the House fails to pass it in this session of Congress."

Immigrants turn to job agencies for the American Dream - Los Angeles Times Employment agencies that cater to the Chinese immigrant community "are gateways to a hidden economy, supplying Chinese-run businesses around the country with cheap labor." Some employers demand legal work papers, while others are willing to hire immigrants under the table.

A Frat Of Their Own: Muslims Create A New Space On Campus - NPR On Alpha Lambda Mu, the first Muslim fraternity in the U.S. It was founded last year at the University of Texas at Dallas; there are now two additional chapters at Cornell University and the University of California. Founder Ali Mahmoud says that while they're not into drinking, he "just wanted to provide Muslim American men with a place to have fun and be themselves."

For G.O.P., Hard Line on Immigration Comes at a Cost - New York Times From the story: “ 'If we don’t pass immigration reform this year, we will not win the White House back in 2016, 2020 or 2024,' ” John Feehery, once a top aide to former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, wrote recently. Even if that prediction proves hyperbolic, recent history gives Republicans ample reason to take the danger seriously."

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