How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: House reform bill dead, a Minuteman revival, indigenous migrants, more

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House GOP kills last hope for immigration bill - USA Today On Thursday morning,  Florida Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart announced that the House immigration reform bill he was largely responsible for crafting will not be considered this year: "...unfortunately I've been told we're not going to be able to pursue it. And I think that's highly unfortunate."

Texas immigrant flood will worsen, officials warn - CNN From the story: "Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told the Senate Appropriations Committee that $3.7 billion in emergency funding requested by President Barack Obama anticipated up to 90,000 of the unaccompanied minors this fiscal year, which ends September 30, and another 145,000 in fiscal year 2015." The wave of Central American minors and families recently arriving at the border has strained holding facilities and further backlogged the immigration courts system.

Minuteman Project ready to return to border amid wave of illegal immigration - Fox News The civilian patrol movement that launched in the mid-2000s at the U.S.-Mexico border may be coming back to life amid the current border crisis. From the story: "Minutemen founder and president Jim Gilchrist said preparation for 'Operation Normandy' will take place over the next 10 months as the dormant group seeks to recruit and organize as many as 3,500 volunteers."

Immigrant children find refuge at Fontana church - Los Angeles Times A Catholic church in Fontana has become a temporary shelter for 46 recently arrived migrants, who were brought in on Homeland Security buses. Faith-based groups have been volunteering their services as more migrants arriving from Central America cross the border in Texas; some have been brought to Southern California for processing in order to relieve pressure on border agents.

Immigrants Who Speak Indigenous Languages Encounter Isolation - New York Times Indigenous immigrants from Latin America whose first language is not Spanish encounter difficulties in the U.S. From the story: "The phenomenon, sometimes called linguistic isolation, affects many immigrant populations to varying degrees. But its prevalence among the fast-growing population of newly arrived immigrants from Latin America...has made them an increasing concern to local service providers and government agencies."

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