How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Zero tolerance at the border, what happened to the Minutemen, native-born Latinos on the rise, more

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At the border, 'zero-tolerance' leads to more deportations - Southern California Public Radio According to a new report looking at two decades of deportations, immigration laws "are not administered the same throughout the country, with enforcement applied more bluntly at the border." It's there that zero-tolerance policies have led to an increase in formal removals from the U.S. and also criminal charges; in the interior, agents have more flexibility, the report says.

Kids arrested in immigration protest at U.S. Capitol - USA Today Seven teenage and preteen youths whose families were separated by deportation were among 25 people arrested Wednesday in Washington, D.C., after protesters blocked an intersection outside the U.S. Capitol. The kids were flown in to Washington to protest by an immigrant rights group.

What happened to Minuteman Project? It's still roiling immigration reform - Christian Science Monitor The anti-illegal immigration activists who brought their binoculars and lawn chairs down to the U.S.-Mexico border almost a decade ago have by and large faded away. But the influence they had on the immigration discussion served to "forge a strident new movement against illegal immigration that continues to shape the political debate today."

Report: It's the native-born, not immigrants, who now drive US Latino population growth - Southern California Public Radio With migration from Latin America down from its peak several years ago, it's now second-generation Latinos who are fueling Latino population growth in the U.S. According to a new report, there were 9.6 million babies born to Latinos in the U.S. between 2000 and 2010, while the number of new arrivals from Latin America was about 6.5 million.

Desert Rescue Beacons Let Immigrants Call for Help - Associated Press U.S. Border Patrol officials in Arizona are calling attention to the "rescue towers" placed in remote desert regions along the U.S.-Mexico border. If migrants find themselves in trouble, then can press a button on the tower to alert U.S. authorities. The question is how many are willing to reveal their location.

Developer Scales Back Plans for Muslim Center Near Ground Zero - New York Times From the story: "The developer whose proposal to build a Muslim community center and mosque near the World Trade Center failed amid a national controversy three years ago said Tuesday that he now plans to construct a museum devoted to Islam in the same location." The planned museum would be smaller, with space for prayer services.

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