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How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: House Dems plan petition to force reform vote, 'Dreamers' and DACA, Pacific Islanders in the US, more

U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, left, discuss their immigration strategy with reporters at Los Angeles City Hall, Friday, March 7, 2014. They and other House Democrats plan to file what's called a discharge petition in hopes of forcing a vote on a House immigration reform bill. But there may not be enough Republican support for the procedural move to work.
U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, left, discuss their immigration strategy with reporters at Los Angeles City Hall, Friday, March 7, 2014. They and other House Democrats plan to file what's called a discharge petition in hopes of forcing a vote on a House immigration reform bill. But there may not be enough Republican support for the procedural move to work. Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC

Immigration reform: House Democrats try rare procedure to force a vote - Southern California Public Radio House Democratic leaders are planning this week to file what's called a discharge petition, a procedural move that could in theory force a vote on a House immigration reform bill similar to that approved by the Senate last year. But there may not be enough Republican support for this approach to work.

Supreme Court won't hear Frederick County sheriff's immigration enforcement appeal - Baltimore Sun The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review the case of Roxana Santos, a Salvadoran immigrant from Maryland who sued for violation of her constitutional rights after she was arrested by local authorities in Maryland in 2008 for an immigration violation. She won her case on appeal last year; the high court's decision leaves the lower court ruling intact. 

Harsh immigration realities set in for many 'dreamers' - Los Angeles Times Early results from a Harvard study find that since the launch of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in August of 2012, "more than 40% of participants have failed to land new jobs after receiving work permits, and only 45% reported getting pay increases." The program grants temporary legal status and work permits to qualifying young people who arrived in the U.S. as minors. 

Viewed by itself, Pacific Islander experience looks very different - Southern California Public Radio A new report separates the economic, education and other realities experienced by Pacific Islanders in the United States. The Pacific Islander population is often grouped together with that of Asian Americans, but there are wide gaps in terms of health, education, employment and other factors.

Poll: Immigration Reform Won’t Hurt Republicans - TIME A poll conducted by a Texas Republican firm "found that there is no measurable drop in voter turnout when comparing the immigration positions of three Texas congressional Republicans....Support of or opposition to immigration reform didn’t impact voter support at the polls, according to the survey."

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