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How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Obama urges House to pass reform bill, policy change weighed for detainees, vigil for Korean ferry victims, more

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Obama urges GOP House to pass immigration bill - USA Today On Wednesday, President Obama urged the Republican-run House to act on immigration. From the story: "An overhaul of the immigration system 'would boost our economy, strengthen our security, and live up to our most closely-held values as a society,' Obama said in a written statement." House Democrats are pushing a petition that would force a vote on a House immigration reform bill.

Obama weighs bond hearings for detained immigrants - Los Angeles Times From the story: "Obama administration officials are considering allowing bond hearings for immigrants in prolonged detention, officials said, a shift that could slow the pace of deportations because immigration courts expedite cases of incarcerated immigrants." This could represent the release of several thousand immigrants from detention.

Local Korean Church Leaders Hold Vigil For Ferry Victims - CBS Los Angeles About a dozen Korean American church leaders held a vigil Wednesday to pray for the victims of a ferry shipwreck this week off the South Korean coast. At least six people have been found dead and close to 300, many of them high school students, are missing.

Philadelphia ends local cooperation with ICE detainers - CBS Philadelphia From the story: "Under the new policy, the Philadelphia police will no longer hold undocumented immigrants for ICE officials unless the individual is being released following a first or second degree felony conviction and federal officials obtain a warrant from a judge."

Federal ruling sparks policy change for jailed immigrants facing deportation in metro area - The Oregonian From the story: "Undocumented immigrants in the metro area will no longer be held in county lockups for the sole purpose of deportation, a change that has implications statewide. Wednesday’s announcement by sheriff’s agencies in Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties follows a federal judge’s ruling that Clackamas County violated one woman’s Fourth Amendment rights by holding her for immigration authorities without probable cause."

U.S. Border Patrol Agent Injured in Crash - NBC San Diego A Border Patrol agent was injured Wednesday after his vehicle rolled over in Otay Mesa, near San Diego. Authorities said no one else was involved in the accident and that the cause of the crash was still unknown.

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