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How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: New poll on American attitudes, influx of migrant children eases, court backlog continues, and more

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Americans Deeply Worried Illegal Immigration Is Threatening U.S. Way Of Life, Economy - Reuters A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that 70 percent of American see immigrants in the country illegally as posing a threat to U.S. culture and beliefs, with New Englanders registering the most concern. The 2,014 people polled were split over current immigration policy: 45 percent say the number of  immigrants legally allowed to enter the US should be reduced; 38 percent wanted the status quo; 17 percent sought an increase. From the story: "The findings suggest immigration could join Obamacare - the healthcare insurance overhaul - and the economy as hot button issues that encourage more Republicans to vote in November's congressional election."

For unaccompanied immigrant children, a shortage of lawyers - CBS News  Navigating the immigration courts can be tough as an adult, even more so for a minor who came to the US on their own. A study by Syracuse University looking over the past 10 years found that just 48 percent of unaccompanied minors had representation. That's not necessarily a strike against them, though. In the first half of June 2014, according to the story: "two-thirds of children with attorneys were allowed to stay in the U.S., as were 42 percent of children who did not have a lawyer." But advocates say that there is still a severe need for pro-bono legal representation, "especially as the administration picks up the pace of hearings and deportations."

Expediting child immigrant cases disrupts docket, due process, judge says - Houston Chronicle  The head of the National Association of Immigration Judges, said it doesn't make sense to speed up the deportations of the migrant children. Judge Dana Leigh Marks said juveniles' cases are complex, and hearing them first will delay other cases. According to Marks:  "If you ask any judge which cases should go fastest, juvenile cases would be last on the list."

NC up next in debate over immigrant children - Citizen-Times A handful of states are leading the country when it comes to finding sponsors for the unaccompanied minors. They include North Carolina, which has taken 1,200 unaccompanied children from the beginning of the year to early July. Gov. Pat McCrory, however, is voicing concern that the high numbers will have a negative impact on social services and the state residents who use them.

Feds nix Massachusetts immigrant shelter offer - Associated Press  Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, on the other hand, has been offering to host unaccompanied children. But the federal government told the two proposed shelters aren't needed because fewer unaccompanied children are coming through the southwest border.

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