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How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Post-Cantor loss, alleged Border Patrol abuse, driver's licenses

A mother and son in Arizona who've entered the US illegally, sitting at the bus station. Immigration officials say they are dealing with an influx of migrants coming from Central America, many of them unaccompanied minors.
A mother and son in Arizona who've entered the US illegally, sitting at the bus station. Immigration officials say they are dealing with an influx of migrants coming from Central America, many of them unaccompanied minors. Rick Scuteri/AP

Immigration Reform Activists Pressure Obama After Cantor Loss - Reuters  Immigration activists are voicing plans to shift their focus entirely to the White House after U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary loss. Frank Sharry, executive director of the America's Voice immigration advocacy group, predicted Republicans would interpret Cantor's ouster as reason to avoid immigration legislation before November's congressional elections. But President Obama maintained that legislation is still alive. 

Two New Polls Show Continued U.S. Support for Immigration Reform - NBC News Despite how Congress may feel about immigration with Cantor gone, polls show that conservative Americans support some form of reform according to one new poll, though it is not the comprehensive approach to legislation that immigrant rights groups want.

Advocates charge Border Patrol with abusing 'unaccompanied minors' - Southern California Public Radio L.A.'s Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project is part of a coalition of advocacy groups that lodged a complaint about the way Customs and Border Protection is treating the influx of children moving illegally into the US from Central America and Mexico. The minors are coming without their parents, and in fact, many are trying to reunite with relatives in the U.S. The complaint, which cites the cases of more than 100 minors, alleges Border Patrol agents are not properly feeding and housing the children, and in some instances, subjecting them to physical and verbal abuse. The agency maintains that it does not allow "mistreatment or misconduct."

What Happens to Kids Caught by Border Patrol? Exclusive Video Shows - Fusion The concerns around the treatment of unaccompanied minors has centered on the detention centers run by CPB. But advocates say they have heard complaints about the agency that takes the children after their initial detention with CBP: the Office of Refugee Resettlement within the Department of Health and Human Services. New video released by DHHS shows children exercising outside and reading in a classroom setting, a stark contrast to the photos of children living in CBP's overcrowded facilities.

NJ immigrant driving bill held for revisions - Associated Press  A bill to allow immigrants in New Jersey who are in the country illegally has hit a roadblock. Its sponsor Assemblyman Reed Gusciora pulled the bill himself, saying it needs some work. New Jersey would join 11 states and the District of Columbia in granting driving privileges to immigrants without legal status. His proposed program would only apply to people who are eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, meaning they would have to meet requirements like having been in the US for at least five years and to have graduated from a U.S. high school or be a veteran.

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