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Illinois GOP rep Aaron Schock broke from the party ranks in calling for a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally.

218: Kinzinger, Schock Plead for Immigration Overhaul - Roll Call Immigration reform may be anathema to Republicans in other states, but not in Illinois.  On Tuesday, both Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Aaron Schock each gave video testimonials for reform. The vidoes were played at a pro-immigration event sponsored by the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition which also featured another prominent Republican, former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert. Shock was the most demonstrative in his support, saying that “We need a clear path to citizenship for workers who are already here and a fair and efficient on-ramp for those who want to come here.” A reform bill passed the Senate last summer, and has been stalled in the House ever since.

Moderate Dems resist Obama on deportations - Politico  Within the Democrat party there's a divide over whether the president should stop deportations. Some moderate Democrats such as Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas say it's Congress' purview to change immigration law, not Obama's. Illinois Rep. Dan Lipinski, on the other hand, wants immigration reform but doesn't like the bill that's pending in Congress because, according to the story, "he doesn’t think it would do enough to stem illegal migration into the United States. He predicted that executive action on deportations would “cause more problems” than it would solve."


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Guatemalan immigrants are body searched before boarding a deportation flight to Guatemala City, Guatemala on June 24, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is reportedly considering limiting the deportations of people without serious criminal records, as the agency reviews its deportation practices.

DHS may limit deportations of illegal immigrants - CBS News  Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is reportedly considering limiting the deportations of people without serious criminal records, as the agency reviews its deportation practices. From the story: "The potential change could shield tens of thousands of immigrants now removed each year solely because of repeated immigration violations, such as re-entering the country after being deported."

Immigration reform: If Obama moves on his own, how big a political risk? - Christian Science Monitor If Homeland Security limits deportations of people without serious criminal records, political fallout could come from different directions. From the story: "Such a move would fall short of the larger changes pro-immigrant activists are hoping for...At the same time, any unilateral move by the administration that grants new rights to certain illegal immigrants would likely anger Republicans, who accuse Obama of abusing his executive powers."


In immigration news: Supreme Court declines to revive part of SB 1070, more Latinos admitted to UC system, more

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Kerckhoff Hall on the UCLA campus. Preliminary admittance numbers show that for the first time, the University of California system has admitted more Latino California residents as freshmen than non-Latino white state residents.

Supreme Court declines to revive Arizona immigration law - Reuters The high court has decided not to hear an appeal from the state of Arizona to revive a provision in SB 1070, a controversial 2010 state measure, that would criminalize harboring and transporting immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. Supreme Court justices upheld other parts of SB 1070 in 2012.

More Latino than white students admitted to UC schools - Associated Press For the first time, the University of California system has admitted more Latino California resident students than non-Latino white residents. From the story: "Preliminary admissions data show that 17,589 Latino students have been accepted as freshmen at one of the University of California's nine undergraduate campuses for the fall, or 29 percent of all 61,120 in-state applicants who were offered a spot. That compares to 16,378 white residents, who made up 27 percent of the admitted applicants."


A new night market kicks off in Koreatown

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Artist Lydia Paek rehearses Friday afternoon ahead of the debut of the KTown Night Market, billed by organizers as "KTown Coachella" - but with lots of food.

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A worker chops charcoal for Korean barbecue ahead of the KTown Night Market in Koreatown.

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Evelyn Kim peers from inside her Korean barbecue booth before the night market begins.

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K-Pop dancers stretch as they get ready to perform Friday night at the KTown Night Market, dubbed the "KTown Coachella" by organizers.

It’s been two years since the 626 Night Market started out in Pasadena, drawing regular crowds of foodie fans since. This weekend, Koreatown is getting in on the action with its own night market – one with a distinctly Koreatown vibe. 

The KTown Night Market debuts at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools complex starting Friday evening and runs through Saturday. Organizers say it’s inspired by the night markets that are a centuries-old tradition throughout Asia – and by the local success of the 626 Night Market, an unrelated event in the San Gabriel Valley that's done booming business since 2012.

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Ben Kang, one of the organizers of the KTown market, hopes this event will draw similar crowds to Koreatown and its businesses. But in keeping with Koreatown’s status as a local pop culture epicenter, food will be just part of the draw.

“We're calling it the KTown Coachella," Kang said. "But also there's going to be a lot of great food, which I don't think Coachella has."
There will be lots of food: Some 40 booths and trucks, with offerings ranging from staples like Korean barbecue to foodie food items, like ramen burgers and hot sauce that's billed as the “Mexican Sriracha.”
But it’s the KTown-chella aspect that’s makes this night market distinctly Koreatown. Some 30 hip-hop and K-pop performers will take stage between Friday and Saturday nights, including rising stars like L.A.-raised Korean American rapper Dumbfoundead and K-pop artists Z.Hera and Lydia Paek.


In immigration news: Obama urges House to pass reform bill, policy change weighed for detainees, vigil for Korean ferry victims, more

Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra (D-LA)

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House Democrats, including Rep. Xavier Becerra of Los Angeles, are hoping to force a vote on a House immigration reform bill using a procedural tactic known as a discharge petition. But with insufficient Republican signatures so far, the petition may not work. In a statement Wednesday, President Obama urged the GOP-led House to act on an immigration overhaul.

Obama urges GOP House to pass immigration bill - USA Today On Wednesday, President Obama urged the Republican-run House to act on immigration. From the story: "An overhaul of the immigration system 'would boost our economy, strengthen our security, and live up to our most closely-held values as a society,' Obama said in a written statement." House Democrats are pushing a petition that would force a vote on a House immigration reform bill.

Obama weighs bond hearings for detained immigrants - Los Angeles Times From the story: "Obama administration officials are considering allowing bond hearings for immigrants in prolonged detention, officials said, a shift that could slow the pace of deportations because immigration courts expedite cases of incarcerated immigrants." This could represent the release of several thousand immigrants from detention.