How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: CA bill proposes professional licensing for some immigrants, DMV regulations for driver's licenses, more

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California bill would ease professional licensing rules for immigrants - Los Angeles Times Just as a California law that kicked in this year allows certain unauthorized immigrants to practice law, a new bill that's moving through the state legislature proposes easing licensing rules for those seeking to work in other professions, including as healthcare professionals and about two dozen other occupations.

California DMV releases proposed regulations for immigrant driver's licenses - Southern California Public Radio The state Department of Motor Vehicles has released proposed regulations for documents the agency would accept from applicants for a special driver's license available to people who are in the U.S  illegally. Public comments will be taken for 45 days; the licenses are set to be available in January, although federal officials recently rejected a prototype design.

Boehner turning to immigration reform? - The Hill House Speaker John Boehner is expected to discuss immigration reform when he addresses the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in San Antonio on Monday. He was recently criticized for mocking fellow Republicans' reluctance to embrace an immigration overhaul.

Jose Antonio Vargas on his film, 'Documented,' and why personal stories are the hardest to tell - Southern California Public Radio The former journalist, who revealed in 2011 that he's lived in the U.S. illegally since he was brought to California from the Philippines at age 12, discusses a new documentary that chronicles his experience. The film opened in Los Angeles this weekend.

New York Police Recruit Muslims to Be Informers - New York Times Records show that Muslims detained for citations and other legitimate reasons are questioned: "They showed that religion had become a normal topic of police inquiry in the city’s holding cells and lockup facilities. Some reports written by detectives after debriefing sessions noted whether a prisoner attended mosque, celebrated Muslim holidays or had made a pilgrimage to Mecca."

Asian-Americans Are Successful, But No Thanks To Tiger Parenting - NPR More on two researchers' findings that the academic success of Asian American students is fueled by hard work and a reluctance to be an outlier, and not necessarily by parental pressure, as some have argued.

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