How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Ebola as political border threat, the complexity of 287(g), a binational family, more

Health Care Worker In Dallas Tests Positive For Ebola Virus

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A hazmat worker prepares to enter an apartment where a second person diagnosed with the Ebola virus resides on October 13, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. Meanwhile in politics, some have been invoking Ebola as as the latest border threat.

Scott Brown: Anyone with Ebola can ‘walk across’ our ‘porous’ border - Washington Post The latest political border threat may be moving from ISIS terrorists to disease in the wake of Ebola virus. From the piece: "Case in point: Scott Brown, who is running against Senator Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire. In an interview with WGIR radio...Brown was asked whether he favored travel restrictions on some passengers in and out of West Africa. He replied: '...For example, we have people coming into our country by legal means bringing in diseases and other potential challenges. Yet we have a border that’s so porous that anyone can walk across it.'"

Complex rules govern LA Sheriff's Dept. partnership with ICE, triggering criticism - Southern California Public Radio  Now that the Los Angeles County board of supervisors has voted to renew a controversial federal-local partnership known as 287(g), Sheriff's Department officials say they'll focus on identifying and detaining only immigrant jail inmates convicted of felonies and serious crimes. But who gets identified and turned over to to immigration agents hasn't always been well defined; some critics say the rules still aren't specific enough, and misconceptions abound.

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Complex rules govern LA Sheriff's Dept. partnership with ICE, triggering criticism

LA Supes Protest 287G

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Protesters turned their backs on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to show disapproval of a motion to renew what's known as 287(g), a controversial partnership between the county Sheriff's Department and federal immigration officials that lets trained deputies screen convicted inmates for immigration status in the jails. While county officials say the new agreement approved last week is intended to focus on more serious offenders, critics are skeptical.

Now that the Los Angeles County board of supervisors has voted to renew a controversial federal-local immigration enforcement partnership known as 287(g), Sheriff's Department officials say they'll focus on identifying and detaining only immigrant jail inmates who were convicted of felonies and serious crimes.

But the rules governing who gets identified and turned over to federal agents for deportation haven't always been well defined. Some critics say they still aren't, and misconceptions abound.

Since 2005, the 287(g) program has allowed trained deputies to perform immigration enforcement duties in local jails. Convicted inmates are checked for immigration status. Before their release; those deemed deportable are turned over to immigration officials once their time is served.

L.A. County Sheriff's officials say the new contract approved last week reflects their current policy: As of the start of this year, they say they've limited their scope to immigrants who can be detained under the Trust Act, a new state law that restricts deportation holds to only those who have committed violent crimes, along with a few specified nonviolent offenders.

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In immigration news: Economy spurs US-bound migration, most child migrants attending court hearings, more

Central Americans Freed By Border Patrol Depart For Destinations Around The U.S.

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Recently arrived migrants embrace at a Greyhound bus station before departing to various U.S. destinations on July 25, 2014 in McAllen, Texas. According to census data, the number of foreign-born people in the United States is up over the previous year, making for the biggest gain since 2006.

Wave of Immigrants to U.S. Resurges - Wall Street Journal As the economy recovers, immigrants from Asia and Latin America are leading "the largest pickup in immigration since before the recession." From the story: "The number of foreign-born people in the U.S. grew by 523,400 last year, according to the Census Bureau. That beat the previous year’s net gain of roughly 446,800 and is the biggest official jump since 2006. The numbers don’t distinguish between authorized and unauthorized immigrants."

Most unaccompanied immigrant children attending deportation hearings - Atlanta Journal-Constitution Most recently arrived unaccompanied migrant minors have been showing up for their deportation hearings, according to the U.S. Executive Office for Immigration Review. From the story: "Between July 18 and Sept. 30, 85 percent of them showed up as required for their first appearances in court, called 'master calendar hearings.' "

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In immigration news: Uncertainty over executive action, the fate of migrant kids, long-distance immigration hearings, more

Farmworkers Mobilize In Miami For Immigration Reform

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Protesters stand together as they hold a protest to ask their congress people to make immigration reform a reality on August 16, 2013 in Miami, Florida. President Obama indicated last month that he would take some sort of executive action on immigration after the midterm elections. But some observers think he may wait longer, depending on election outcomes.

Why Obama may punt on executive action on immigration, even after the election - Christian Science Monitor Last month, President Obama indicated there would be some sort of executive action on immigration after midterm elections. Since then, "the underlying assumption has been that we would indeed see some kind of action from the president after the election, perhaps during the lame-duck period before the new Congress takes office." But some pundits think that depending on the outcome, he may wait longer. 

White House doubts shutdown fight over immigration reform - The Hill From the story: "The White House would be 'surprised' if congressional Republicans link efforts to block any forthcoming executive actions on immigration to future budget or debt ceiling measures, press secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday. 'I don't think that there are many analysts that believe that the political standing of the Republican Party was enhanced by shutting down the government,' Earnest said."

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In immigration news: LA County renews 287(g) contract with ICE, Asian American voters, unidentified migrants, more

ICE Holds Immigrants At Adelanto Detention Facility

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Immigrants prepare to be unshackled at the Adelanto Detention Facility on November 15, 2013 in Adelanto, California. Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to stick with a controversial federal-local immigration enforcement program known as 287(g), which allows trained deputies to screen inmates' immigration status in local jails.

LA County Supes renew controversial partnership between Sheriff's Dept. and ICE - Southern California Public Radio The Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to stick with a controversial federal-local immigration enforcement program known as 287(g), which allows trained deputies to screen inmates' immigration status in local jails. Los Angeles one of just two counties in the state to still use the program, and one of a relative handful in the country.

The increasingly important Asian-American vote, in 5 charts - Washington Post Despite historically low turnout, "in a 2014 contest that will come down to voter turnout and engagement and will likely be decided on the slimmest of margins in some states, Asian Americans could punch above their weight. In a state like Virginia, for instance, they are 6 percent of the population. In Illinois and Minnesota, they are 5 percent, and in Georgia they are 4 percent."

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