How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Executive action not part of Obama's plan, NYPD drops Muslim spying unit, 'Border Guards,' more

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No Executive Action on Immigration Overhaul for Now - ABC News Faith leaders who met with President Obama on Wednesday said they learned that taking executive action to reform immigration, as many activists have hoped, is not part of his plan. Obama has asked the director of Homeland Security to review deportation practices, but a White House spokesman says this "is different from implementing immigration overhaul on his own."

Jeb Bush Won't Be an Outlier on Immigration by 2016 - U.S. News & World Report Former Florida governor and possible 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush has not backed down from recent statements in which he expressed sympathy for immigrants who come illegally to the U.S. One possible reason why? From the story: "Part of his gamble is the assumption that the Republican primary of 2016 is not going to look like 2012. Bush might face a backlash early on, but he is hardly sunk if he decides to dive into the race."

New York Drops Unit That Spied on Muslims - New York Times The New York Police Department has decided to disband the squad known as the Demographics Unit, "a secretive program that dispatched plainclothes detectives into Muslim neighborhoods to eavesdrop on conversations and built detailed files on where people ate, prayed and shopped." The controversial program became the subject of two federal lawsuits.

An Asian American turn to the right? - Los Angeles Times An op-ed from a former Mitt Romney policy staffer examines recent opposition by many Asian Americans to a Democratic-backed California proposal that would have restored affirmative action in state universities, and its potential political implications. From the piece: "A majority of Asian Americans has consistently affiliated with Democrats since the early 1990s. But before that, they regularly supported Republicans. In fact, George H.W. Bush won 54% of the Asian American vote in 1988."

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in Talks to Become ‘Border Guards’ for Sony - Variety The comic duo is reportedly in talks to reunite for some border security-themed humor. How Variety describes it: "Pic follows two friends who decide to patrol the U.S. border to keep out illegal immigrants only to find themselves in trouble after getting stranded across the border in Mexico."

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