Multi-American

How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: 'Bring Them Home' protest, in-state tuition, trailer for 'Documented,' and more

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Obama Orders Immigration Enforcement Review Amid Pressure - Bloomberg Coming under harsh criticism for a record number of deportations under his administration, President Obama has ordered the Department of Homeland Security to review its immigration policy and see if there are ways to make it more humane. Immigration advocates say current enforcement of laws tear families apart. According to a White House statement released after the president met with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Wednesday night: “The president emphasized his deep concern about the pain too many families feel from the separation that comes from our broken immigration system."

"Bring Them Home": Activists fight for return of longtime illegal immigrants - San Jose Mercury News A new activist campaign called "Bring Them Home" was behind 30 people marching to the Otay Mesa border crossing in San Diego County and asking US border patrol for asylum. Those currently being detained pending a decision by an immigration judge include, according to the story, "a Honduran national from San Jose and a Mexican wife and mother from San Pablo who has been separated from her family for nearly three years -- including her son, a San Jose State student."

GOP outreach to Latinos overshadowed by conservative opposition to immigration reform - Washington Post  The Republican Party is trying to win over Latino voters but a major stumbling block is its "strenuous opposition — some say hostility — to immigration reform." Recent developments include a House committee's vote to eliminate the public advocate for immigrants going before Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Immigration activists are also upset that House Republicans are supporting the Enforce Act, which would potentially limit the president's ability to use "prosecutorial discretion," the argument Pres. Obama used when he created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in 2012.

FAU supports in-state tuition for immigrants - Sun Sentinel  Florida may join 15 other states that offer in-state tuition to students without legal status. Several bills are before the Legislature, and have won the support of high-profile college administrators such as the president of Florida Atlantic University John Kelly who wrote on his blog that it's unfair immigrants who've grown up in the US have to pay more than triple the in-state tuition. Kelly wrote on his blog: "For all intents and purposes they are Americans: "For all intents and purposes they are Americans."

'Clergy Academy' trains recruits on mental health - Southern California Public Radio The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health has teamed up with local clergy members, who as respected members of immigrant communities, can play a big role in reducing stigma around depression and other conditions. 'Clergy Academy' was officially launched this year, and will train clergy members how to counsel church members and where to refer them for additional services.

Immigration Doc 'Documented' Will Get Theatrical Release Prior to CNN Airing (Exclusive Video) - The Hollywood Reporter THR has the official trailer to 'Documented,' a documentary made by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas.  The film is about Vargas' experience advocating for immigration reform, starting with his decision to reveal his lack of legal status in a New York Times Magazine piece in June 2011. The film will be broadcast on CNN in the summer, but first will show in New York and Los Angeles theaters in May. Vargas wrote, produced and directed the film. The film has some big names backing it, including Napster co-founder Sean Parker, and producers Scott Budnick of The Hangover and The Joy Luck Club's Janet Yang. See the trailer below: 

 

 

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