How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Fewer deportations holds under CA Trust Act, Jeb Bush on illegal immigration as 'act of love,' more

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Jeb Bush: Many illegal immigrants come out of an ‘act of love’ - Washington Post From former Florida governor Jeb Bush's speech on Sunday: "The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn’t come legally, they come to our country because their families -- the dad who loved their children -- was worried that their children didn’t have food on the table." Bush is considered to be a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2016.

AP Exclusive: California Immigration Holds Drop - Associated Press The Trust Act, which took effect in January, is reducing the number of immigrants turned over for deportation by local authorities. While not all county agencies supplied data for the first two months of 2014, "among the 15 that did, there was a 44 percent drop, from 2,984 people to 1,660. Those 15 counties included four of the five largest in the state — Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino."

More Deportations Follow Minor Crimes, Records Show - New York Times A Times analysis of internal government records "shows that since President Obama took office, two-thirds of the nearly two million deportation cases involve people who had committed minor infractions, including traffic violations, or had no criminal record at all. Twenty percent — or about 394,000 — of the cases involved people convicted of serious crimes, including drug-related offenses, the records show."

DHS document: 68,000 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions released in 2013 - The Hill From the story: "An internal Department of Homeland Security document compiling statistics on arrests and deportations in 2013 showed that ICE agents encountered 193,357 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions but issued charging documents for only 125,478. More than 67,800 were released. The data came from an end-of-year 'Weekly Departures and Detention Report.' ”

Immigration Bill Splitting House G.O.P. - New York Times From the story: "Republican advocates of loosening immigration laws are moving to attach the measure to the annual defense policy bill. It would offer a path to permanent residency for undocumented immigrants who came to the country before the age of 15 and enlist in the military. But they are running into vociferous opposition from anti-immigration hard-liners."

Immigration reform becomes a Catholic ‘pro-life’ cause - Boston Globe On the recent border Mass in celebrated in Nogales, Ariz., where nine American prelates commemorated the thousands of people who have died over the years crossing into the U.S. and held a news conference urging immigration reform.

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