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How our parents' political behavior shapes our own

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Research shows that politically engaged parents lead to politically engaged children. But parents' influence takes different forms.

Vicki Tamoush remembers growing up in a household where talk of Mideast politics and conflict was part of the daily conversation.

“I would overhear bits of conversations," Tamoush recalls, "and I could tell who felt strongly about politics and about the Middle East."

The strongest opinions, she says, came from her maternal grandparents. Both were Syrian immigrants who fled persecution under the Ottoman Empire.

After they settled in the United States, they became deeply political. Tamoush’s grandmother, a garment worker, became a union organizer. She voted religiously.

“She always made sure I knew when elections were coming up," said Tamoush. "She would tell me far in advance exactly when we were going to the polls, and how I had to make sure I was home from work on time.”

Her mother also voted regularly. And Tamoush, now 59, considers herself to be deeply political.

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In immigration news: Obama appeals executive action ruling, LA County weighs 'deferred action task force,' work permits for H-4 spouses, more

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The Obama administration has appealed a ruling by a federal judge that temporarily put the Obama's immigration plan on hold last week. The administration is asking the court to allow the program to move forward while the appeal is pending. The first group of immigrants seeking temporary legal status and work permits was set to have begun applying Feb. 18.

Obama administration appeals ruling on immigration orders - Washington Post The Obama administration has appealed a ruling by a federal judge in Texas last week that temporarily put President Obama's immigration plan on hold, just as immigrants were set to start applying Feb. 18. The administration is asking the court to let the plan, which could grant temporary legal status to millions, move forward while the appeal is decided.

LA County supervisors want to create 'deferred action task force' - Southern California Public Radio Three Los Angeles County Supervisors are introducing a measure Tuesday that would create a new immigration task force. The idea would be for county departments to work together for “optimal implementation” of President Obama’s executive immigration order, which for now is hung up in court. An estimated 466,000 eligible immigrants are thought to live in L.A. county. A vote is expected at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting.

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LA County supervisors want to create 'deferred action task force'

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Three Los Angeles County Supervisors want to create what they call a “deferred action task force” that would help implement President Obama's immigration plan. The idea would be for county departments to work together to assist immigrants with information, obtaining necessary documents and other services. Obama's executive order is temporary on hold following a court ruling last week; the administration is appealing the decision.

Update, 2:25 p.m. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors has voted 4-1 in favor of creating a task force to help implement the Obama administration's immigration plan, according to staff with the office of Supervisor Hilda Solis.

Three Los Angeles County Supervisors plan to introduce a measure today that would create a new immigration task force. The idea would be for county departments to work together for “optimal implementation” of President Obama’s executive immigration order, which for now is hung up in court.
 
Supervisors Hilda Solis, Shiela Kuehl and Mark Ridley-Thomas want to create what they call a “deferred action task force.” Departments like Consumer Affairs, the Registrar-Recorder and others would be directed to assist immigrants with information and whatever else they would need to apply for relief.

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In immigration news: Courts in crisis, LA County to weigh executive action task force, Iñárritu's Oscars speech, more

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Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu accepts the Best Director Award for "Birdman" onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. The director and screenwriter dedicated his Oscar to his fellow Mexicans, including those living as immigrants in the U.S.

Immigration Courts 'Operating In Crisis Mode,' Judges Say - NPR Delays in the immigration court system have not eased, as limited number of judges continue to handle cases: about 223 judges are handling more than 429,000 pending cases. The situation has worsened as the federal government tries to expedite that cases of recently-arrived child and teen migrants from Central America. From the story: "The administration made it a priority for those cases to be heard immediately. As a result, hundreds of thousands of other cases have been delayed until as late as 2019."

LA supervisors seek to start 'deferred action task force' -  bos.co.la.ca.us Los Angeles County Supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl plan to introduce a motion Tuesday that would establish a countywide  task force "to develop a plan for optimal implementation of the Obama Administration’s Executive Action by the County’s relevant Departments," according to the Board of Supervisors agenda. A vote is expected Tuesday morning. The Obama administration's executive immigration plan is temporarily on hold following a federal judge's order.

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In immigration news: Executive action appeal could take time, immigrants go back to shadows, more

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Marita Beteta of San Fernando holds photographs of her two sons, both of who received temporary legal status under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, during a Los Angeles Press Conference last fall. The DACA program was to be expanded from its current age cap of 30 to no age cap, beginning Feb. 18. This and other Obama administration plans to offer temporary legal status to unauthorized immigrants have been temporary put on hold, following a federal judge's order.

Immigration advocates press Obama to act quickly - The Hill Obama administration officials say that on Monday they plan to appeal a decision by federal judge Andrew Hanen that has put their executive immigration plan on hold. But the appeals process takes time, and so "advocates want the White House to jump-start the immigration programs by asking the courts for an emergency order — known as a 'stay' — that would essentially undo Hanen's ruling and allow the new initiatives to launch while lawsuits against them proceed."

Immigration delays likely as DOJ weighs legal options - Politico From the story: "Deferring Obama’s new initiatives to the fall might be manageable, lawyers and immigration experts said, but beyond that the effort could encounter practical problems in processing applications from up to five million illegal immigrants before he leaves office. In addition, such a delay would push much of the effort into the presidential campaign year."

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