How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Reform opinion poll, more shelters for child migrants, big business pushes for immigration action, more

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Americans still favor immigration reform, despite political friction, study finds - Washington Post A new survey finds that "62 percent of Americans favor allowing illegal immigrants a way to become citizens, compared with 63 percent a year ago. An additional 17 percent said in the new poll that illegal immigrants should be able to become legal residents but not full citizens. Nineteen percent said they should be deported."

Supreme Court: Children over 21 go to back of visa line - Politico More on the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision that federal law does not necessarily protect youths who "age out" of their parents' immigration petition; young people who turn 21 before their parents' petitions are approved must start the process over again on their own. Those who age out and start over must continue waiting several more years for an immigrant visa.

U.S. to open third military base to illegal child immigrants - Reuters Obama administration officials have announced they will open a third emergency shelter at a military base to house unaccompanied child migrants, this one at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. It's the third such shelter to open in recent weeks, the first at an Air Force base in San Antonio, Texas and another at a Navy base in Port Hueneme, Calif. Others have been housed in a makeshift detention center in Arizona as a growing number of Central American youths arrive at the southern border.

Feds look to Baltimore to shelter immigrant children - Baltimore Sun In addition to opening shelters in Texas, Arizona, California and Oklahoma, federal officials are also reportedly weighing sending unaccompanied child migrants farther north. From the story: "Federal officials are eying a large, vacant office building near Lexington Market on Baltimore's west side as a potential shelter for children caught entering the country illegally, an idea that met with resistance from several Maryland lawmakers on Monday."

Questions surround surge in migrant kids left at border - USA Today Why are so many unaccompanied minors arriving in the U.S.? A closer look at the phenomenon. From the story: "The violence is one of the drivers in Honduras," said David Scott FitzGerald, associate director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies in California. "Just looking at the homicide rate, it has tripled in the last decade. It's the highest in the world for a country not at war."

Big Employers Push Congress on Immigration - Wall Street Journal Top executives from mega-companies like McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Tyson Foods and others have written a letter to members of Congress calling for enforcement to help determine if workers are in the U.S. legally, but also urging a 'practical solution' for those in the U.S. illegally. From the letter: “We should provide them with an opportunity to come forward and earn their way onto the right side of the law."

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