How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning: Human smuggling by sea, Dream Act supporters not giving up, competing congregations and more

Illegal immigrants smuggled into Newport Beach on boat, authorities say - Los Angeles Times Eight to 10 people reportedly came ashore on a small boat yesterday and shed their life jackets and some clothes before scattering. The boat was a panga, a traditional type of fishing boat also used lately by smugglers.

DREAM Act Battle Lost, But War Continues for Activists in 2011 - Fox News Latino Students and other supporters say they will continue pushing for the defeated measure, which would have granted conditional legal status to undocumented youths attending college or joining the military.

Immigration Overhaul Is Unlikely Without a Shift in Public Attitudes - Capital Journal - Wall Street Journal A pollster's take on why broad reforms calling for legalization aren't going anywhere.

Md. legislation proposes in-state tuition benefits for some illegal immigrants - The Washington Post A proposed state law in Maryland would offer lower cost in-state college tuition to undocumented immigrants who have attended state high schools and whose parents are taxpayers.


Top five immigration stories of 2010, #4: Record deportations

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A man waits to be processed at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in Arizona.

It was the Obama administration's strategic trade-off on immigration: A stepped-up approach to enforcement which, the President hoped, would help win over Republican lawmakers for bipartisan support of a sweeping overhaul of the nation's immigration system.

In the end, with insufficient support for anything broader, the only thing to stick this year has been the enforcement. The Obama administration has deported nearly 800,000 immigrants in the past two years, more than during any other two-year period in the nation's history.

The exact numbers for this year have been disputed: The record figure released last fall of more than more than 392,000 deportations in fiscal year 2010, which topped the 2009 record, turned out to include more than 19,000 immigrants removed the previous fiscal year, as well as a small number of repatriations that would normally have been counted by the U.S. Border Patrol.


Immigration politics: What to expect next

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A stretch of border fence through the desert, Imperial Sand Dunes, California.

As the 111th U.S. Congress heads out the door without an immigration overhaul to its credit and a new Republican-led House takes over in January, what happens now?

In recent days, a series of requiems have emerged for the broad reforms that were promised by the Obama administration, as have predictions of two years of enforcement-based immigration measures.

Here are a few selections:

The Washington Post published an essay by University of Southern California journalism and public policy professor Roberto Suro, former director of the Pew Hispanic Center, titled "A lost decade for immigration reform." From the piece:

Like so much else about the past decade, things didn't go well. Immigration policy got kicked around a fair bit, but next to nothing got accomplished. Old laws and bureaucracies became increasingly dysfunctional. The public grew anxious. The debates turned repetitive, divisive and sterile.


In the news this morning: More migrants kidnapped, a 2010 immigration timeline, tighter laws expected, paisa bars and more

El Salvador: 3 migrants abducted in Mexico, 5 flee - The Associated Press El Salvador's foreign ministry reports that nine migrants were kidnapped from a train in Mexico last week; five escaped, one died and three are missing.

What Happened in 2010: Immigration - WNYC A timeline of immigration-related milestones from last January to the present.

Rep. Peter King to Ramp Up Immigration Crackdown - Fox News Latino The New York congressman and soon-to-be chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee plans to push for tighter border security.

More States Seeking to Follow Arizona's Push for Tougher Immigration Rules - Bloomberg Dozens of state legislators around the country are drafting laws that empower police to check for immigration status, similar to Arizona's SB 1070.

U.S. must provide incapacitated immigrants with lawyers, judge rules - Los Angeles Times A U.S. district court judge has ruled that two mentally disabled immigrants from Southern California who are fighting deportation must be given lawyers.