How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Mexico to step up enforcement, executive action plans, immigrants and housing, more

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Mexico To Increase Railroad Surveillance In Hopes Of Deterring Immigrants - Associated Press According to a federal official in Mexico, "the government plans to improve railway surveillance and increase the speed of northbound trains in hopes of deterring Central American migrants from riding on top of freight cars...the measures aim to fight human trafficking, strengthen railway security, and protect migrants who historically have jumped on the trains they call 'The Beast' to get to the U.S.-Mexico border."

Obama pressed to expand deportation program for millions - The Hill As the White House weighs executive action on immigration, advocates argue that President Obama has the authority to halt deportations. From the story: "Legal scholars promoting broad changes to Obama's deportation policy on Tuesday set out what they said was the legal basis for new executive action, including an expansion of DACA to cover thousands — perhaps millions — more illegal immigrants."

White House considers proposals to sharply increase legal immigration - Washington Post From the story: "The White House is considering proposals from business and immigrant rights groups that are pressing President Obama to provide hundreds of thousands of new green cards for high-tech workers and the relatives of U.S. citizens and permanent residents." President Obama is preparing to announce "a series of executive actions" on immigration, which include sparing millions from deportation.

John McCain Throws In The Towel On Immigration Reform Bill - Talking Points Memo McCain, a chief author of a bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill, now says that there must be "90 percent effective control" of illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border "before any other reforms are made to the immigration system."

Why immigrants weathered the housing bust better than the U.S.-born population - Wall Street Journal A new Fannie Mae study finds that "immigrants narrowed the homeownership rate gap between themselves and native-born Americans faster in the 2000s than in the 1990s, 'suggesting that the recent housing crisis may have had a lesser impact on homeownership advancement of immigrants.' " Studies have shown that the longer immigrants remain in the U.S., the greater their financial stability and their likelihood of buying a home.

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