How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: House Dems file petition for reform vote, detainee hunger strike resumes, border town life, more

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Democrats Look to Force Vote on Immigration Reform - TIME House Democrats have introduced a discharge petition, a procedural move intended to force a vote on a House immigration reform bill. But the petition would have to be approved by a majority of the House - 218 members - and this is unlikely given the little Republican support that exists for a comprehensive immigration overhaul.

Immigrant detainees resume hunger strike at Washington state facility - Reuters From the story: "Dozens of detainees at an immigration holding center in Washington state have begun refusing meals, renewing a hunger strike launched by hundreds of inmates earlier this month...The protesters have been demanding improved conditions for the 1,300 inmates held at the privately run Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma."

Immigration protester back at Chicago church that sheltered her - Chicago Tribune Activist Elvira Arellano has returned to the Chicago church that sheltered her several years ago while she fought deportation. Arellano was eventually deported to Mexico in 2007, but has returned to the U.S. seeking asylum. She plans to stay at the church until she has an immigration hearing later this year.

"Happy Ending" Billboard Near LAX Offends Some Asian Americans - LA Weekly A billboard near Los Angeles International Airport for the Tao Nightclub & Asian Bistro in Las Vegas is drawing criticism for its message and image: "Happy ending, of course, refers to the sexual denouement at some illicit massage parlors. The billboard's image of a woman's back, covered in Chinese tattoos, drives the sexual point home."

From Pancho Villa To Panda Express: Life In A Border Town - NPR A look at life in Columbus, New Mexico: "It's an official border crossing. Its history centers on a cross-border raid. In more recent years, it was a transit point for illegal weapons heading south into Mexico. It's also the destination for children heading north to a U.S. school." Part of a series.

Ex-Border Officer Sent To Prison For Almost A Decade For Helping Smugglers Of People And Drugs - Associated Press From the story: "A longtime U.S. border inspector was sentenced Monday to 7 1/2 years in prison for corruption after a jury convicted him of working with smugglers who brought drugs and people into country for nearly a decade. Lorne Jones, 50, said he was resigned to the verdict after a two-week trial."

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