How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Fight over military legalization measure, the plight of immigrant Boomers, cultural appropriation, more

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Conservatives Prepare to Go to Battle Over ENLIST Act - Roll Call Groups like the Heritage Foundation are putting pressure on lawmakers to vote down a broad defense authorization bill if it contains a provision that would let some unauthorized immigrants obtain a path to citizenship by serving in the military. Republican California Rep. Jeff Denham is hoping to attach his bill known as ENLIST Act to the defense bill.

Tea party leader argues for immigration reform - CNN Sal Russo, co-founder for the Tea Party Express, recently wrote in a Roll Call opinion piece: "Conservatives should be at the forefront of reform so the law reflects the just interests of the United States, not misty-eyed ideals of some of the liberal do-gooder reformers. What is good for America should be the sole criteria for immigration reform."

For Many Boomer Immigrants, Rough Times Ahead - Forbes On the uncertain financial prospects of Baby Boomer-age immigrants, many of whom will soon be retirement age: "Many leading-edge boomer immigrants have toiled in low-wage jobs, often two or three at a time. Their employers typically didn’t offer retirement savings plans; sometimes these employees worked off the books."

Smugglers head north, with bigger boats and more drugs - Southern California Public Radio The maritime smuggling trend that began close to a decade ago in San Diego has evolved, with smugglers pushing boats from Mexico to as far away as Monterey County. They've adapted as they travel farther north, using bigger boats and carrying more drugs as opposed to people. Drug seizures from maritime smugglers have nearly doubled since last year.

U.S. Border Patrol's Response To Violence In Question - NPR More on how agent-involved shootings and allegations of abuse have met with little accountability. One recent report from an advocacy organization tallied "809 complaints of excessive force and physical abuse. In the cases that were resolved, 97 percent led to 'no action.'"

Anti-immigration party is shaking up the political order in Britain - Washington Post From the story: "The rise of the U.K. Independence Party has shaken up British politics in a way rarely seen here. While far-right parties have long been influential across continental Europe, they have always been relegated to the fringe in this country, which sees itself as open and inclusive."

The Absurd History of American Pop's Asian Fetish - PolicyMic Avril Lavigne's recently released "Hello Kitty" video drew jeers, but it's by no means the first time that non-Asian artists have appropriated Asian culture in ways that deeply offend. A look at who's done it and why it happens.

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