How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Two years of DACA, 'suspect' border shootings, detained child a US citizen, more

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2 years after the start of DACA, haves and have-nots - Southern California Public Radio The federal program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals kicked off two years ago today, providing more than 560,000 young immigrants so far with temporary legal status and work permits. But among the 10 million immigrants that the program doesn't cover are young people who narrowly missed eligibility. Since 2012, their lives have taken different paths.

Immigration rights groups pressure Dems to stick with Obama - Politico In a letter, a coalition of immigrant rights groups has warned Senate Democrats "not to back away from demands that President Barack Obama act on immigration before the midterm elections. The letter is a response to growing concern among the groups that the Senate leadership will pressure the administration to hold off on taking some of the boldest action until after November." Some Democrats have expressed concern about executive action on immigration affecting their reelection chances.

Ousted CBP official: 7 fatal border shootings 'suspect' - Arizona Republic A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection internal affairs official has stated in an interview that at least seven agent-involved deaths since 2010 were "highly suspect," with "an effort by Border Patrol leadership to make a case to justify the shooting versus doing a genuine, appropriate review of the information and facts at hand."

Child's detention despite citizenship reveals immigration case woes - Los Angeles Times From the story: "An 11-year-old boy — one of hundreds who have been shuttled to an immigration detention facility in the middle of the New Mexican desert — was released this week after it was discovered that he is a U.S. citizen, according to the child's attorney. The boy spent more than a month at the detention center in Artesia, N.M., before an immigration attorney who happened to be visiting the facility discovered his status last week."

In Court, Immigrant Children Are Moved to Head of Line - New York Times More on how recently arrived child migrants' immigration cases are being expedited, a policy that has become known as "rocket dockets." Some officials believe quicker deportations will send a strong message home that discourages more departures, but critics fear the kids aren't getting fair representation and enough time to plead their case for staying.

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