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President Barack Obama waits for a meeting with business leaders in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building near the White House on July 11, 2014 in Washington, D.C. After meeting with business leaders and others pushing for action on immigration, Obama is reportedly contemplating changes that go beyond relief from deportation for immigrants.

Obama Weighs Broader Move On Legal Immigration -Associated Press After meeting with business leaders and others pushing for action on immigration, President Obama is reportedly contemplating changes beyond relief from deportation for immigrants, and is "considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the president's go-it-alone approach to immigration."

Immigrant children may get free legal help - San Francisco Chronicle California Attorney General Kamala Harris is seeking pro bono help for Central American migrant children, asking private law firms to provide free legal assistance. From the story: "The idea is to find private sources to help the children in their deportation hearings in Northern California, similar to an effort under way in Southern California."


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Border Agents Struggle To Keep Immigrants From Illegally Crossing AZ Border

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent drives along a fence which separates the cities of Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora Mexico. U.S. investigators are reconstructing the scene of an agent-involved shooting that killed 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez in 2012, on the Mexican side of the fence. The teen's family has sued the U.S. government.

U.S. prosecutors investigating 2012 cross-border shooting in Nogales - Tucson Sentinel U.S. investigators are reconstructing the scene of a cross-border shooting that killed 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez in 2012. From the story: "The teen was walking along a street in Nogales, Son., when he was shot approximately 10 times by U.S. Border Patrol agents. Most of the bullets struck him in the back and the boy died on the sidewalk just four blocks from his home." His family has sued the U.S. government.

How an Executive Order on Immigration Could Help Startups - Slate As President Obama weighs executive action on immigration, some possible changes could wind up benefiting small businesses owned by immigrant entrepreneurs. From the story: "An executive order might, for example, remove the dependents of green card holders from the official caps, which could increase worker green card numbers to nearly 300,000."


CicLAvia and gentrification: Eastside expansion troubles some residents

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East LA business owners Endy (l.) and Jesus Huerta (r.) urge CicLAvia organizers to get more community input as they plan their October event.

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CicLAvia spokesman Robert Bard reassured residents from the Eastside that cyclists come from all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.


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Cyclists and pedestrians climb Wilshire Boulevard in downtown L.A. during the seventh CicLAvia event on June 23, 2013.

Outsiders. Hipster invaders. Gentrifiers.

These are images of CicLAvia riders painted by Eastside residents concerned about the cycling event expanding into their community for the first time on Oct. 5.

These residents say that CicLAvia casts a worrisome spotlight on Boyle Heights and East LA, as the communities grapple with rapid gentrification. With home prices in Los Angeles among the country’s highest, people are increasingly turning to more affordable housing Eastside, to the dismay of long-time residents.

To them, CicLAvia feels like another example of outside forces coming into their community without consulting them.

“It is a genuine concern — the issue of gentrification and the fear that people have that when outsiders come in it’s not with an eye to appreciate what’s there but to snap up what they can,” said Sahra Sulaiman, a community journalist who covers Boyle Heights.


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A boys holds a U.S. flag as President Barack Obama speaks on immigration at the Chamizal National Memorial on May 10, 2011 in El Paso, Texas. Lawmakers, advocates, experts, lobbyists and business leaders hope to have a stake in what kind of executive action on immigration comes out of the White House in the near future.

Behind Closed Doors, Obama Crafts Executive Actions - New York Times Lobbyists and interest groups have been making their cases privately to President Obama, who stated earlier this summer that he would take action on immigration in the near future. From the story: "White House officials say Mr. Obama has been inclusive as he looks to wield his authority, reaching out to an array of lawmakers, experts and business leaders for a wide range of perspectives to inform his plans for executive actions."

GOPers take on different immigration strategies to woo voters - MSNBC On how Republican candidates might handle immigration as the midterm elections approach. From the story: "A strict stance will still likely play well with the conservative base. But it goes against the GOP’s autopsy report following Mitt Romney’s loss in 2012, and the party’s acknowledgement that it needed to be more inclusive of minorities – particularly Latinos – if it wants to increase its chances of a Republican win in 2016."


As fewer child migrants arrive, Ventura County emergency shelter closes — for now

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

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A Salvadoran family waits at a Greyhound bus station for their trip to Houston on July 25, 2014 in McAllen, Texas. After a surge in recent months, the number of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America has dropped sharply, and emergency shelters set up on military bases have closed for the time being. It's unclear if more child migrants will arrive after the summer.

Just two months after it opened, an emergency shelter for unaccompanied child migrants on a naval base in Port Hueneme has closed, at least for the time being.

The 600-bed shelter for minors over age 12 closed Aug. 7, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Many of its occupants have already been reunited with relatives. Those left were placed at existing HHS shelters, said Kenneth Wolfe, a department spokesman.

"We were able to take this step because we have proactively expanded capacity to care for children in standard shelters, which are significantly less costly facilities," Wolfe wrote in an email. "At the same time, we have seen a decrease in the number of children crossing the southwest border."

Ana Garcia of the Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles said that she and other service providers recently met with HHS officials, and was told the majority of the kids at the shelter had been placed with family, with relatively few being transferred to other shelters.