How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Homeland Security official accused of favoritism, child migrants in court, executive action lawsuit, more

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Top Homeland Official Alejandro Mayorkas Accused of Political Favoritism- ABC News A report from a Homeland Security investigation alleges that Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas fostered “'an appearance of favoritism and special access' in how the agency treated projects that would bring visas and Green Cards to wealthy foreign investors." Mayorkas formerly headed the EB-5 program; it offered a path to legal residency for foreign investors willing who put $500,000 into a business that created U.S. jobs.

Most child migrant cases still pending in court - Southern California Public Radio In the seven months that ended in February, more than 25,000 minors under 18 were given notices to appear in immigration court. Most of these were child migrants and teens who arrived at the border from Central America last year. Of those cases, nearly 19,000 are still pending, as young migrants pursue asylum and other forms of immigration relief. KPCC catches up with one teenage girl from Honduras who just won her asylum case.

Appeals court sets arguments in Obama immigration suit - The Hill From the story: "A federal appeals court announced Tuesday that it will hold an unusual oral argument session next month on the question of whether to stay a judge's order blocking President Barack Obama from carrying out new immigration executive actions he put forward last year. The 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said it will hold two hours of oral argument in New Orleans on April 17."

Cruz not always so sympathetic to immigrants - USA Today USA Today immigration reporter Alan Gomez on GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz's immigration record. Sen. Cruz, of Texas, speaks often of his Cuban, Irish and Italian descent, but he has a pro-enforcement record: "Cruz proposed an amendment to triple the size of the Border Patrol from the 20,000 currently patrolling the Southwest border to 60,000. He proposed quadrupling the number of drones, helicopters, radars and sensors along that border."

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