How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Illegal immigration still low, human smugglers laundering money, Latinos still feeling recession, more

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Despite Crush of Children, Illegal Immigration Low - Associated Press A reality check as Central American minors and families arrive at the border: "In the last budget year, Border Patrol agents arrested about 420,000 people, most of them along the Mexican border. That followed a three-year trend of near record low numbers of apprehensions...The number of people being arrested at the border remains dramatically lower than the all-time high of more than 1.6 million people in 2000."

U.S. investigators focus on money laundering linked to border crisis - Los Angeles Times From the story: "Agents from the Department of Homeland Security and the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, are targeting suspicious patterns of deposits and withdrawals through 'funnel accounts' held at U.S. banks, according to two federal law enforcement officials who were not authorized to speak publicly about the topic. Human-smuggling rings are using such bank transactions to fund their activities, officials said."

2008 law unexpectedly at center of border debate - Associated Press More on the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, which was intended to protect trafficking victims, but which also makes it more difficult to quickly deport minors from countries that don't share a border with the U.S. President Obama and several members of Congress are hoping to amend the law to speed deportations of Central American child migrants.

Immigration Judge Warns Against Swamped U.S. Courts: 'We Are Reaching A Point Of Implosion' - Reuters As more recently arrived Central American minors and families enter the already backlogged U.S. immigration court system, the president of the National Association of Immigration Judges warns: "We are reaching a point of implosion, if we have not already reached it." According to the Department of Justice, the federal immigration courts have a backlog of 375,373 cases.

Poll: Recession may be over, but not for Latino families - Southern California Public Radio A new poll from the National Council of La Raza points to how in spite of the economic recovery, many Latino families aren’t confident about regaining their own economic footing. More than half said they are anxious about someone in their household losing a job; half said that during the past year, they feared not having enough to pay basic monthly bills.

Man posed as cop, forced immigrants to commit sex acts, police say - Los Angeles Times From the story: "A 35-year-old San Francisco man has been arrested on suspicion of posing as a police officer and forcing Central American immigrants into committing sexual acts, authorities said Monday. Jeffrey Bugai reportedly placed handcuffs on some of his victims and targeted recently arrived immigrants with limited English skills, according to the San Francisco Police Department."

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