Multi-American

How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: DHS nixes CA immigrant driver's license design, H-1B visa spouses, Latinos leaving Catholicism, more

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Feds: California's immigrant license needs tweaks - Associated Press A design for a special California driver's license that unauthorized immigrants may start applying for next January was rejected by Homeland Security officials, who said it doesn't comply with the federal REAL ID Act. California DMV officials must now redesign the prototype; they have been under pressure from immigrant advocates who fear that if the licenses look too different, it could lead to discrimination.

U.S. Plan Aims to Draw Immigrants With Technology Skills - New York Times More on the proposed federal rule changes that would ease restrictions for high-skilled work visa holders and their families: "The proposals address visa rules that have long caused difficulties for the spouses of skilled immigrants, mainly from China, India and the Philippines, who are working here on temporary visas known as H-1B. The spouses, mainly wives, often have skills and education, too, but are not authorized to work in the United States, causing their careers to languish."

Three Reasons Immigration Reform Could Pass in 2014 - Wall Street Journal Might the next month or so reveal where the immigration debate in Congress is headed? According to this analysis, a combination of initiative from the business lobby, House Speaker John Boehner, and political timing might yet spur movement on a reform bill.

Why One In Four U.S. Latinos Now Identify As Former Catholics - TIME A new Pew Research study finds that nearly one in every four Latinos in the U.S. is a former Catholic, a departure rate higher than among Catholics in the general public. Many are joining what the study characterizes as Protestant churches, chiefly evangelical and Pentecostal charismatic churches, which have in recent years drawn a growing number of Latinos.

Nebraska town's anti-immigration rule stands, but furor persists - Los Angeles Times On the dynamics behind the controversial renter's permit rule that took effect last month in Fremont, Nebraska. It requires renters to pay $5 for a permit and to "swear that they have permission to live in the United States legally." The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided not to review an appeal, a victory for supporters of the ordinance.

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