How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Women and child migrants, kids in emergency shelters, where tech talent comes from, more

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Faces of an Immigration System Overwhelmed by Women and Children - New York Times As more women and children arrive at the border in Texas from Central America, the federal government is struggling to cope. Some families are taken to bus stations and dropped off, with orders to appear in immigration court. And two emergency shelters for unaccompanied migrant children have been opened so far, one in Texas and the other in Ventura County.

Surge of Children Crossing Border Alone Filling Lackland AFB - ABC News A look inside an emergency shelter for unaccompanied migrant children at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, the first of two emergency shelters for migrant kids opened in recent weeks by the federal government. An official with the Office of Refugee Resettlement said some 60,000 kids are expected to be taken in by the federal agency this year, "some just toddlers."

Rumors of U.S. haven for families spur rise in illegal immigration - Los Angeles Times The surge of Central American migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border includes many who are being "drawn by reports circulating throughout Central America that parents with children are allowed to stay in the United States indefinitely, according to Guatemalan consular officials and parents who are making these trips. But these families, U.S. officials say, are getting only half the story."

Tech Immigrants: A Map of Silicon Valley's Imported Talent - Bloomberg BusinessWeek Where the foreign-born workers who power Silicon Valley's tech industry come from, in visual form. The places many of these workers come from isn't necessarily what one might expect: For example, Mexico ranks first among "top sources." In 2012, more than half the Valley's population exclusively spoke a language other than English at home.

Momentum Builds To Repeal Calif. Ban On Public Benefits For Illegal Immigrants - CBS Los Angeles California State Sen. Kevin de Leon and other state lawmakers have introduced SB 396, which would formally repeal language from 1994's Proposition 187. That measure, which sought to bar unauthorized immigrants from public services, died in the courts. But Prop 197's language remains on the books, argues the proposal, which seeks to remove "its stain from the  state's statutes."

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