How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Reform a year later, lawyers for child migrants proposed, border stash houses, more

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A year later, bright hopes quashed on immigration - USA Today It's been a year this week since the sweeping immigration bill presented by the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" cleared the Senate. But with legislation stalled in the House, chances of an immigration overhaul this year have become more or less nonexistent. Meanwhile, lawmakers are struggling with how to handle the critical mass of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Democratic lawmakers propose lawyers for immigrant children - Reuters Democratic House members have announced legislation "that would provide lawyers for thousands of undocumented minors streaming across the border into the United States, saying forcing children to face deportation proceedings alone goes against fundamental American values." Sponsors say that under current law, close to half these minors could have legitimate claims to stay.

Human Cargo: Stash Houses for Immigrants - Wall Street Journal A look at the places where human smugglers hide newly arrived migrants in Texas after they've illegally crossed the border. From the intro: "U.S. authorities are busting more houses along the Texas-Mexico border where smugglers hold immigrants they charge to get into the country. Some of the migrants say they are being held hostage until they come up with more money."

Kids at the border alone: What families believe about fleeing to U.S. - San Jose Mercury-News Why are so many unaccompanied minors and families coming from Central America? From interviews with migrants: "A vast majority said they were fleeing gang violence that has reached epidemic levels in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador in recent years. The migrants also uniformly said they decided to head north because they had heard that a change in U.S. law requires the Border Patrol to swiftly release children and their mothers and let them stay in the United States."

New York City Council Expected to Approve 2 Plans Aiding Immigrants - New York Times Municipal leaders in New York City will be weighing a municipal identification card, available to those without legal immigration status, as well as a $4.9 million plan "to provide a lawyer for every poor, foreign-born New Yorker who has been detained by immigration authorities and is facing deportation."

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