How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Anti-executive action strategy emerges in Congress, the immigrants who won't qualify, California driver's licenses, more


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People wait in line outside of the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles in Los Angeles, Calif. on February 13, 2009. As of this week, immigrants without legal status may make appointments with the DMV for January to apply for a special California driver's license under the new law known as AB 60, which takes effect after the start of the year.

Republican strategy to counter Obama immigration moves emerging - Washington Post Plans are emerging as GOP lawmakers look for ways to curb President Obama's recent executive action on immigration. From the story: "Aides privately described a two-step process that would begin with a bill to ban the White House from changing immigration laws, a largely symbolic effort to curb Obama's executive authority that would be quickly discarded by the Democratic-controlled Senate." But a second bill that would fund the government through the end of the fiscal year would "strip out parts related to immigration funding."

Jeh Johnson clashes with Hill GOP on immigration - Politico Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson defended the Obama administration's immigration plan Tuesday morning during a hearing in front of the House Homeland Security Committee, clashing with House GOP leaders unhappy with the move: “'I’m satisfied as a lawyer myself — and the person who has to come here and defend these actions — that what we have done is well within our existing legal authority,' Johnson told the House Homeland Security Committee Tuesday morning."


LA couple free to leave Qatar after acquittal in adopted daughter's death

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Nearly two years after the death of their adopted daughter in Qatar, Matthew and Grace Huang are free to leave the country.

Matthew and Grace Huang are free to leave Qatar nearly two years after they were implicated in the death of their adopted daughter.

Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the Los Angeles couple was cleared to travel Wednesday, just days after a Qatari appeals court exonerated the couple in the 2013 death of one of their three adopted children. Kerry laid to rest the Huangs' fears that their acquittal would be appealed in a statement:

The Attorney General of the State of Qatar has informed the U.S. Embassy in Qatar that no further appeal will be filed in the case of Matthew and Grace Huang. At the opening of business on Wednesday December 3, the travel ban will be lifted and Mr. and Mrs. Huang will be free to travel. The United States applauds this decision, and we look forward to seeing the Huangs reunited with their children at home.


Immigration reform: Who doesn't benefit from Obama's plan?

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Immigrant rights activists gather to celebrate President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration policy in Washington Square Park on November 21, 2014 in New York City. While millions of immigrants without legal status stand to benefit from temporary deportation relief under the plan, roughly 5.8 million will be ineligible.

It's well known by now who stands to benefit from President Obama's immigration plan: Immigrants without legal status who have lived in the United States at least five years and are parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents - and immigrants who arrived as children before 2010.  They are the two main groups eligible for deportation relief.

But what about those who don't stand to benefit? There are many of them, roughly 5.8 million according to data released Monday by the Pew Research Center. These include people who are relative newcomers, single immigrants without children and others.

According to Pew, those ineligible for temporary relief under Obama's executive action plan are more likely to be unmarried, and to not have U.S.-born children. And more are likely to be from countries other than Mexico.


Update: Couple held in Qatar since daughter's death blocked from leaving again

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Matthew and Grace Huang, from the Los Angeles area, have been barred from leaving Qatar, even after being exonerated in the death of their adoptive daughter. (File Photo)

Updated 1:07 p.m.: Couple held in Qatar since daughter's death stopped again

The Los Angeles couple trying to return to the United States after a Qatari court acquitted them in the death of their adopted daughter was reportedly stopped from exiting the country for the second time.

Matt and Grace Huang were blocked from leaving the Doha airport on Sunday, hours after they had been cleared of wrongdoing, and they were denied departure again on Monday, according to their representative.

Eric Volz of The David House Agency has been assisting the Huangs in Qatar and released a statement on behalf of the couple:

"Today in Qatar, Matt and Grace Huang were once again barred from leaving the country.  After being found innocent yesterday morning of all the charges leveled against them, they are still not allowed to return to their home in Los Angeles.

"We continue to plead with the U.S. Ambassador to Qatar Dana Smith, the Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama to call the Emir of Qatar to free these two innocent American citizens.

"It is important to note that all the proper paperwork has been filed to allow them to leave Qatar.  Any statements blaming Matt and Grace for these latest delays are not based in truth."


In immigration news: Executive action and 'dreamer' parents, the coming battle in Congress, Indian immigrants in the shadows, more


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One of several businesses on Pioneer Blvd. in Artesia, Calif., along the commercial strip known as Little India. Recent data released by the Pew Research Center shows immigrants from India as making up the largest number of unauthorized immigrants from Asia.

Why Obama’s executive action on immigration excluded parents of ‘dreamers’ - Washington Post Immigrant advocates sought to have the parents of young people who have temporary legal status under deferred action included in the immigration relief that will be offered under President Obama's new plan. But administration officials say it wasn't legally feasible: "...lawyers from the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department and the White House examined the legal arguments and decided against it. 'We looked at this pretty hard,' one senior administration official said in an interview last week.

Congress returns with immigration action threatening to fuel budget fight - Fox News Congress is back for two more weeks, and one issue that will come up is how members of the GOP-led House will deal with President Obama's recent action on immigration. The "lower chamber is more likely to attempt to craft a temporary spending bill that will limit President Obama’s ability to spend money to carry out the executive orders on immigration he announced in November."