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Charlene Gomez of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles asks passers-by on Broadway in downtown L.A. if they're willing to leave messages for a member of Congress during an immigration "call-a-thon" on Thursday, Feb. 20. It's one example of more aggressive tactics that some immigrant advocates have promised in hopes of pressuring lawmakers to vote on immigration reform.
With immigration reform stalled in Congress, possibly for the rest of the year, some immigrant activists have vowed tougher, more confrontational protest tactics against conservative members of Congress - unless they agree to support an immigration overhaul.
How will this play out? Take an event in downtown Los Angeles on Thusday morning billed as an immigration "call-a-thon." Members of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles set up a table on a busy street and flagged down passers-by, urging them to call a member of Congress and demand immigration reform.
"Will you make a call for us?" pitched Charlene Gomez in Spanish, cell phone in hand.
It doesn't take long for one man passing by to say yes to her pitch. Gomez dialed the office of House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, a Republican and today's call-a-thon target.
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Guatemalan nationals are body searched in Arizona before boarding a deportation flight to Guatemala City. With no agreement reached so far on immigration reform, a growing number of immigrant advocates have been putting pressure on the White House to curb deportations.
White House faces rising grass-roots heat on immigration - Politico A growing number of immigrant advocates are demanding that President Obama take executive on immigration, primarily to halt deportations. From the story: "Nearly all of the grass-roots-led organizations that shape the immigration debate on the left now see the White House — and the potential for Obama to act on his own — as the most likely avenue for progress on the issue, given the GOP’s control of the House and election-year jitters."
In Mexico Meeting, a Show of Friendship With Few Results on Immigration and Trade - New York Times During a so-called "Three Amigos" summit Wednesday in Mexico between President Obama, Mexican and Canadian leaders, divisions continued on key issues. From the story: "Although they announced agreements to make it easier to travel among the three countries and to find ways of protecting the Monarch butterfly, the divisive issues of trade, immigration and the hotly disputed proposed Keystone XL pipeline were left largely unresolved."
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Members of the Asian Pacific Coalition from UCLA and USC convened to “end the targeting of people of color, especially the often ignored racism against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.” This town hall meeting was organized weeks after both schools received identical copies of racist fliers aimed at the Asian-Pacific Islander community.
The mystery of who recently mailed racist and sexist fliers to Asian-American organizations at UCLA and USC may never be solved, but students from both campuses say they are working to make sure it never happens again.
More than 120 people attended a town hall meeting Wednesday night to discuss identical fliers sent to each school. Racist and sexist language, laced with expletives, was mainly used to attack Asian-American women for dating white men.
"The objectification of Asian women’s bodies was very apparent in that Asian racist flier," said UCLA student Jazz Kiang. "And those are things that people in our community suffer from on a daily basis."
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the incidents along with campus police from both schools, said spokesman Cmdr. Andy Smith, but so far there have been no breaks to report.
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A fence runs along the U.S.-Mexico border between the Otay Mesa and San Ysidro ports of entry across from Tijuana, Mexico. A rock-throwing suspect was shot and killed Wednesday by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in a rural area east of the Otay Mesa border crossing. The agent was reportedly struck before opening fire.
Border Patrol agent shoots, kills rock-throwing suspect - NBC San Diego Investigators say the man, suspected to be crossing the border illegally, was followed by the federal agent up a ravine and a hillside before he began throwing rocks. One rock was "estimated to be the size of a basketball." The agent was reportedly struck in the face before opening fire. The man shot died at the scene, in a rural area about four miles east of the Otay Mesa Port of Entry near San Diego.
For Boehner And GOP, Path To Immigration Reform Is A Muddle - NPR On the "political hot potato" that immigration reform has become for Republicans: "Last year, the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill, and the House decided not to take it up. But then House Republicans changed their minds briefly until they gave up again."
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According to a new Gallup survey, Americans are placing less of an emphasis on border security than they were in 2011, and are more concerned with addressing unauthorized immigrants in the U.S.
Polls: Public's immigration priorities changing - CNN According to a new Gallup survey, 44 percent of respondents said it's "extremely important" for the U.S. to come up with a way of dealing with unauthorized immigrants. In 2011, Americans leaned more heavily toward establishing border security as a priority.
Immigration Protest Near White House Ends in Arrests - NBC News From the story: "A protest led by immigration-reform activists ended in arrests on Monday as religious leaders, immigrants, and supporters gathered in front of the White House to call for change in deportation policies that they believe are inhumane and immoral."
The debate over Little Arabia: What’s in a name? - Southern California Public Radio In Anaheim, Calif., some Arab American small business owners are hoping to get the city council to designate their neighborhood as "Little Arabia." The idea has been gaining traction, with the Anaheim Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau including the informal designation for the first time in new visitor guides. But not all locals are thrilled about the idea.