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How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Secure Communities examined, deportation and politics, migrants' kids in tobacco fields, more

Protesters rally against deportations and the federal Secure Communities immigration enforcement program at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in Los Angeles, August 15, 2011. After meeting with Obama administration officials, some law enforcement leaders believe the controversial program could be overhauled.
Protesters rally against deportations and the federal Secure Communities immigration enforcement program at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in Los Angeles, August 15, 2011. After meeting with Obama administration officials, some law enforcement leaders believe the controversial program could be overhauled. Corey Moore/KPCC

Obama administration likely to refocus deportation policy, police chiefs say - Washington Post After meeting with Obama administration officials, some law enforcement leaders believe the administration may likely retool the controversial Secure Communities immigration enforcement program, which has been blamed for record deportations. Said one police chief: “The sense I got is that we are going to see a reboot of Secure Communities, and once that comes out, you’ll see a singular focus in state and local counties on violent criminals.”

Slowing deportations could hurt chances for House immigration action - Los Angeles Times President Obama recently responded to accusations of taking too hard a line on deportations by ordering a review of practices. But some now think it could backfire. From the story: "Now, some of those same advocacy groups are quietly urging the White House to slow that effort down, warning that ordering changes without congressional approval could spook House Republicans and kill any chances of a legislative fix this year."

Biz, faith leaders see window for immigration reform - Arizona Republic A coalition of agricultural, religious and law enforcement leaders in half a dozen states throughout the West is pressuring members of Congress to act on immigration reform, sending them a letter citing projections that over a decade, an immigration overhaul would add $1.5 trillion to the nation's economy.

Latino Children As Young As 7 Laboring In U.S. Tobacco Farms - NBC News According to a new report from Human Rights Watch, children as young as seven are being exposed to nicotine and pesticides on U.S. tobacco farms, and some are working more than 50 to 60 hours a week. Most are the children of Latino migrants who came to work on the farms, the report says.

Immigrant Facing Deportation Seeks Sanctuary at Tucson Church - Arizona Public Media Daniel Neyoy Ruiz, 36, received a letter about a month ago telling him he had 30 days to depart the country voluntarily. He and his family have taken refuge as he fights his deportation at Tucson's Southside Presbyterian Church, where an immigrant sanctuary movement took root in the 1980s. It is the first time the church has allowed a family to stay for sanctuary in more than 30 years.

Pakistan cracks down on Afghan immigrants, fearing an influx as U.S. leaves Afghanistan - Washington Post From the story: "Pakistani authorities have started to crack down on the flow of Afghans, as fears mount that the U.S. pullout from their war-torn neighbor could trigger chaos on the border." Afghan refugees fled to Pakistan after the Soviet invasion in 1979, although many returned home afterward. Now there are fears of another exodus.

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