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In immigration news: Some immigrants feel Ebola backlash, fewer jails holding immigrants for feds, family detention center criticized, more

A mock patient is wheeled in an isolation pod during a drill at the biocontainment unit in the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

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A mock patient is wheeled in an isolation pod during a drill at the biocontainment unit in the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

In Dallas, African immigrants worry about backlash from Ebola case -Reuters After a Liberian man was admitted to a hospital last month in Dallas with Ebola virus, making him the first known U.S. patient, African immigrants there say they've noticed changing attitudes toward them: "Some African immigrants in Dallas, while saying they are thankful to the United States and its people for taking them in, say handshakes are fewer and curious glances more frequent since Thomas Eric Duncan was admitted to hospital last month with Ebola. "

New Mexico Immigration Lockup Draws Criticism - Associated Press From the story: "The detainees at the Artesia Family Residential Center...are growing increasingly frustrated that they are being held with no end in sight while earlier border-crossers were released with orders to contact immigration officials later." Officials say the facility could stay open until next summer; it was initially planned as a temporary place to hold women and children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America.

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In immigration news: Obama promises executive action, private lawyers take on child migrant cases, border agent charged, more

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Speaking Thursday night at a Congressional Hispanic Caucus event, President Barack Obama insisted he'd take solo action on immigration, and expressed frustration with the lack of movement on legislation.

Obama: I’ll take executive action on immigration between the midterms and end of the year - Washington Post Speaking Thursday night at a Congressional Hispanic Caucus event President Obama insisted he'd take solo action on immigration and expressed frustration with the lack of movement on legislation: "...if anybody wants to know where my heart is or whether I want to have this fight, let me put those questions to rest right now. I am not going to give up this fight until it gets done," Obama said. "I know the pain of families torn apart because we live with a system that’s broken."

New Mission for Lawyers: Free Aid to Young Immigrants - Wall Street Journal Some attorneys at large private firms and corporations have been volunteering their time to represent unaccompanied child migrants, many of whom are now in immigration court proceedings with no legal counsel. From the story: "Since late July, when a wave of Central American minors surged at the border, lawyers who regularly bill hundreds of dollars an hour have been packing training sessions to learn immigration law and take on the children's cases."

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A crackdown on illegal pharmaceuticals prompts warnings to consumers

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Seized illegal pharmaceuticals on display at the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, Oct. 2, 2014.

Law enforcement officials in Los Angeles are cracking down on black market pharmaceutical sales, prosecuting sellers and warning the public to steer clear of illicit medicines.

The Los Angeles City Attorney's office announced Thursday that it has filed criminal charges in several recent cases involving illegal pharmaceuticals, which vary from antibiotics to pain medicines to birth control pills. These unregulated drugs can found for sale at swap meets, even at mom-and-pop stores.

"It's very important that those who would dispense these medications know that we are coming after them, and we will vigorously prosecute them," said City Attorney Mike Feuer. "And it's important for us to educate the community about stopping the demand altogether for these medications, and that there are other ways to get these medications than relying on a swap meet or a neighborhood store."

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In immigration news: Record deportations, Mexico assists DACA applicants, Banksy immigration mural, more

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Honduran migrants deported from the United States walk on the tarmac after being repatriated in August, 2011. Newly released numbers from Homeland Security show that Obama administration deported 438,421 immigrants in fiscal year 2013, which ended Sept. 30.

U.S. deportations of immigrants reach record high in 2013 - Pew Research Center Newly released numbers from Homeland Security show that Obama administration deported 438,421 immigrants in fiscal year 2013, which ended Sept. 30. That's more than in any previous year of the administration, resulting in more than 2 million removals since Obama took office. There was an increase in the number of non-criminals removed, and in the number of people quickly removed after being apprehended at the border.

Mexico Pays To Help Its Citizens Avoid Deportation From The U.S. - NPR The steep cost of applying for temporary legal status through deferred action has stopped some young people from applying. But "Mexican consulates around the U.S. have been paying those fees for some applicants through a little-known program for Mexican citizens with financial need."

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Hong Kong protesters get Los Angeles support

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Hong Kong Forum Los Angeles organizer Donald Choy takes part during a vigil on Wednesday night, Oct. 1 at Grand Park in support of pro-democracy demonstrations happening in Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong Forum Los Angeles organizer Donald Choy helps roll out a banner before a vigil on Wednesday night, Oct. 1 at Grand Park in support of pro-democracy demonstrations happening in Hong Kong.

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USC freshman James Tseng, 18, left, and junior Terrence Leung, 20, sing a song at the conclusion of a vigil on Wednesday night, Oct. 1 at Grand Park in support of pro-democracy demonstrations happening in Hong Kong. Both Tseng and Leung are from Hong Kong and spoke to attendees about how important it is to support their friends back home.

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Attendees open umbrellas as a symbolic gesture during a vigil on Wednesday night, Oct. 1 at Grand Park in support of pro-democracy demonstrations happening in Hong Kong.

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Kingson Man of Los Angeles takes part during a vigil on Wednesday night, Oct. 1 at Grand Park in support of pro-democracy demonstrations happening in Hong Kong. Man has family still in Hong Kong.

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Alan Wan of San Gabriel takes part in a chant during a vigil on Wednesday night, Oct. 1 at Grand Park in support of pro-democracy demonstrations happening in Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong Forum Los Angeles organizer Albert Choy speaks to attendees before a vigil on Wednesday night, Oct. 1 at Grand Park in support of pro-democracy demonstrations happening in Hong Kong.

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Jim Lau of West Los Angeles takes part during a vigil on Wednesday night, Oct. 1 at Grand Park in support of pro-democracy demonstrations happening in Hong Kong.


About 500 Hong Kong natives met in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday night to show solidarity with pro-democracy protesters in their home city. And, as in Hong Kong, the demonstration in Grand Park drew many young faces.

With L.A. City Hall gleaming in the background, student after student took turns with the megaphone, some speaking in Cantonese, some in English.

"Call your friends back in Hong Kong," said USC student Terrence Leung, 20. "Tell them no matter how long this takes, we have to stand firm, and we have to fight on."

Other demonstrators came in from UCLA, Occidental College, Pasadena City College and Pepperdine University. 

"I felt kind of powerless sitting behind my screen," said Nicole Pun, a recent CalArts graduate whose immediately family is in Hong Kong. "Even though we're just chanting slogans, at the same time, we are united here letting Hong Kong people know we care."

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