How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: GOP's next move, ME governor blocks aid, Pittsburgh puts out welcome mat

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Immigration a Political Quandary for Republicans - Associated Press  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary loss underscores how little incentive there is for the GOP to act on immigration reform, according to this analysis: "Almost all (legislators) represent districts that are home to few minorities and they are in greater danger of losing to a primary challenger than to a Democrat in the general election." But not passing immigration legislation "could cripple the party in a White House race before a more diverse electorate." 

How Will Eric Cantor's Potential Successor, Kevin McCarthy, Handle Immigration Reform? - Fox News Latino California Rep. Kevin McCarthy is poised to take over from Eric Cantor as House Majority Leader. He's expressed support for giving immigrants here illegally a path to legal status, although not citizenship. But that's not hard-line enough for some activists who want strict immigration enforcement.

U.S. in talks with Central American officials about immigrant children - LA Times  Faced with a massive influx of unaccompanied minors, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he's been talking to ambassadors in Latin America, where many of these children are coming from. Johnson said he wants to more quickly repatriate these minors while targeting the human smugglers who bring them to the border, and "searching for additional facilities to temporarily house children who are fleeing primarily from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras — countries with long-standing poverty and escalating violence." 

El Salvadoran girl's illegal migration highlights America's 'urgent' problem - CNN (Video)  This CNN segment shows the path many unaccompanied minors are taking, crossing the Rio Grande River in floatation devices, hoping to make it to a south Texas city such as McAllen.  A border agent walks the reporter through the journey these kids make, pointing out the footprints  and discarded clothing they leave along the way.

Portland’s immigrants fear losing food, place to live - Portland Press Herald  Maine's Gov. Paul LePage plans to stop providing General Assistance benefits for immigrants in the country illegally. The move has alarmed immigrants across the state, but particularly in Portland, the state's largest city where many families have settled. Mia Ntahobari, who leads the Burundian Women’s Commission, said "people will have nothing to feed their kids.” Immigrants without legal status are already barred from receiving federal aid, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Medicaid. The plan is expected to affect about 1,000 families.

Pittsburgh officials put out welcome sign for immigrants - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette City leaders are making a big push to attract immigrants to the area.  Two local nonprofits, Global Pittsburgh and Vibrant Pittsburgh, help fill that role. But there's a sense that more needs to be done and a state senator has introduced legislation to create an Office of New Americans within state government. The office would be modeled after a similar one in Michigan, where that state's governor is working to "win 50,000 visas for skilled foreign workers in the economically ailing state."

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