How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: House bill aims to end deferred action, churches press for reform, Asian Americans and affirmative action, more

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House GOP Passes Immigration-Related Bill That Goes After Dreamers - Huffington Post House Republicans have passed an immigration-related bill called the "ENFORCE Act," which would allow Congress to sue the executive branch and could potentially force an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Deferred action, as it's known, has since 2012 offered temporary legal status to young immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as minors under age 16.

Immigration Doesn’t Have the Votes Yet, Ryan Says - Roll Call From the story: "House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan told his local newspaper that Republican leaders do not have the votes yet to pass a rewrite of the nation’s immigration system. 'We don’t have the votes right now,' the Wisconsin Republican told his local newspaper, the Janesville Gazette, in an interview Monday."

Catholics, evangelicals press GOP on immigration - Associated Press Several Catholic bishops, evangelical leaders and immigration advocates held private meetings on Wednesday with House Republicans, urging them to vote for an immigration overhaul. They said later that "they received neither assurances of a vote this year nor definitive word that it won’t happen."

Complicated relationship: Asian-Americans and affirmative action - Southern California Public Radio Asian Americans are divided over a California proposal that would ask voters to decide if they want affirmative action back in higher education. From the story: "Supporters of the SCA 5 legislation sponsored by Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, say this would allow schools to freely recruit talented students from underrepresented groups such as African-Americans, American Indians and Latinos. "

Mixed-status families highlight immigration issue - Philadelphia Inquirer On families with mixed immigration status, in which one or both parents lacks legal status while their children are U.S. citizens. Many families like these have been separated when one parent is deported, with the children left behind in the U.S. with the remaining parent, or with other relatives.

Judge: Some Immigrants Can't Be Held Without Bond - Associated Press From the story: "Certain immigrants can't be held in detention without a chance at a bond hearing, a federal judge ruled late Tuesday. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Richard Jones stems from a complaint filed on behalf of three men who were held for months at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma with no chance at a bond hearing." The center has also been the site of a detainee hunger strike, which has been winding down.

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