How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: White House talks with biz leaders, border militias, ag labor shortages, more

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Exclusive: White House meets with big biz on immigration - Politico White House officials are reportedly in talks with business leaders that "could expand the executive actions President Barack Obama takes on immigration...Representatives for high-tech, agriculture and construction interests have put forward a range of fixes, from recapturing unused green cards to tweaking existing work authorization programs."

Militias Complicate Situation on Texas Border - ABC News The presence of civilian militias on the busy South Texas border is complicating enforcement efforts, border officials say. From the story: "'How do they identify themselves? Do they have badges? How do we know who they are?' asked J.P. Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office. 'If they're all just dressed in camos, it's kind of hard to distinguish whether they're law enforcement or not... There's a lot of potential for stuff to go wrong.' "

Immigration crisis at border afflicts heartland harvest - McClatchy From the story: "States farther away from the U.S.-Mexico border..are reckoning with a different set of challenges: a skimpy agriculture labor market and cumbersome immigrant-worker programs that go unfixed amid partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill." Says one South Carolina grower: “Because we’re not a border state, it’s definitely harder to get people over this far from the border to work.”

Immigration judge sues over recusal from cases - Associated Press An Iranian American immigration court judge in Los Angeles who presides over the cases of juveniles has been recused from hearing the cases of Iranian immigrants "because of her involvement in the Iranian-American community." Judge A. Ashley Tabaddor has sued the federal Department of Justice, claiming she was targeted after attending a roundtable with community leaders.

Immigration reform activist Robert Gittelson of Tarzana dead at 54- Los Angeles Daily News From the story: "Gittelson, who was Jewish, served as a board member of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the nation’s largest Christian Hispanic organization, and as the organization’s vice president for government affairs. Gittelson took part in "hundreds of meetings in the nation’s capital in recent years, including with President Barack Obama and his advocate for a legislative solution to comprehensive immigration reform."

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