How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Obama hints at executive action, unaccompanied minors and social media, more

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Obama: I'll act on my own on immigration - Associated Press In his address Monday, President Obama blamed Republicans for obstructing progress on immigration reform and hinted he'd take action on immigration on his own, saying "The only thing I can't do is stand by and do nothing." He also called on Congress to grant the administration additional funds and authority to counter the critical mass of unaccompanied minors and families arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Social media rumors fuel surge in immigration of minors - Southern California Public Radio How a combination of violence in Central America, family ties between there and the United States, a law designed to help trafficking victims that works to protect Central American kids, and miscommunication via social media all form part of the mass migration of unaccompanied minors and families with children from Central America to the U.S.

Protest held over immigrants coming to Murrieta - ABC 10 San Diego The U.S. Border Patrol facility will process "family groups" of migrants apprehended at the border in South Texas. Immigration officials say the idea of transferring them here and to other Border Patrol facilities outside Texas for processing is to ease pressure on agents along the busiest stretch of the border.

Little-known law allows abused immigrant children to stay in the U.S. - CNN On what's known as Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, a law first enacted by Congress in 1990 and expanded in 2008. The law gives some minors who arrive illegally in the country - in particular, youths who have been abused, abandoned or neglected by their parents - the opportunity to stay.

Body Found in Texas Near Border Was Guatemalan Boy - TIME On the story of 11-year-old Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez, a Guatemalan boy whose decomposed body was found in the brush earlier this month near the Rio Grande in Texas. Authorities say the boy, part of a mass migration of child migrants from Central America, was planning to join his brother in Chicago.

Jeff Denham presses GOP on immigration - Politico In an interview, Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) pointed to the unaccompanied child migrant crisis as a reason for Congress to continue with an immigration overhaul, saying "it’s a key reason why immigration reform is not dead this year." Denham recently pushed a House proposal that would let unauthorized immigrants serve in the military in exchange for legal status.

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