How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In immigration news: Sanctuary movement, Asian Americans on affirmative action, new detention center, more

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A growing number of churches are reviving what's called the Sanctuary Movement, with houses of worship opening their doors to immigrants facing deportation.

Growing religious movement shields undocumented immigrants - MSNBC A growing number of religious leaders are reviving what's called the Sanctuary Movement, with churches opening their doors to immigrants facing deportation. From the story: "Since the start of the summer, church leaders said more than two dozen congregations have come forward to offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants in Phoenix, Tucson, Chicago and Portland." Other churches have offered their support.

UC Riverside key in effort to survey Asian-Americans - Riverside Press-Enterprise After a California state measure involving affirmative action in universities divided Asian American voters earlier this year, a new Field Poll finds nearly 7 in 10 Asian American voters surveyed saying they support affirmative action. The survey was conducted using interviewers who speak Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and Vietnamese, with grant funding from UC Riverside.

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In immigration news: GOP voters on immigration, another family detention center, ISIS border campaign ads, more

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A new Pew Research poll has a majority of Republican and right-leaning voters saying that the GOP does not well represent their immigration views; a third say the party has been too lenient on allowing immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally to legalize their status.

Poll: GOP struggles on immigration- Politico A new Pew Research poll has "37 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning voters believe the GOP does a good job representing their views on illegal immigration, while 56 percent say the party does not do a good job. Thirty-three percent of Republicans say the GOP has been too willing to allow undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. to achieve legal status."

US to open fourth detention center for migrant families crossing Mexico border - The Guardian U.S. immigration officials have announce that they will open a fourth detention center for families, a 2,400-bed facility in Dilley, Texas. From the story: "The South Texas Family Residential Center will be the fourth such facility, three of which have opened in recent months following a surge in the number of immigrant families crossing the south-west border."

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In immigration news: California DMV gears up for license demand, empty prisons and detention profits, anti-Muslim ads in NYC, more

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The California Department of Motor Vehicles could hire as many as 1,000 new employees to meet demand as new driver's licenses for immigrants in the US illegally become available in January.

California DMV hiring 900 to serve immigrant drivers - Southern California Public Radio The state Department of Motor Vehicles has hired more than 400 people and plans to hire another 500 in preparation for the beginning of next year, when immigrants without legal immigration status may begin applying for a special driver's license. An estimated 1.4 million could be eligible for the licenses; up to 1,000 new DMV employees could be hired to meet demand.

Texas Town Sees Immigrants as Answer to Prison Debt: Muni Credit- Bloomberg On the town of Littlefield, Texas, which "sees the influx of Central American immigrants across the U.S. border as a chance to ease its debt costs for an empty 382-bed prison" that's been vacant since 2009. It's part of a longstanding practice in which jurisdictions with empty prison space contract it out to the federal government, often through a private prison company that acts as a middleman.

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California DMV hiring 900 to serve immigrant drivers

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California's DMV is hiring more than 900 workers in preparation for an influx of immigrant drivers.

California's Department of Motor Vehicles is on a massive hiring blitz as it prepares for a new customer base: an estimated 1.4 million immigrant drivers living in California illegally.

AB 60, a new law taking effect Jan. 1, allows immigrants to apply for licenses despite their lack of legal status. DMV spokeswoman Jessica Gonzalez said the agency has hired more than 400 people and plans to bring on another 500 by January.

"It's a huge undertaking and we've really been working on this since Gov. Brown signed the bill in October 2013," Gonzalez said.

The new hires will help staff four temporary DMV sites created for the expected uptick in business. Offices in Lompoc, Stanton, Granada Hills and San Jose will stay open for three years, though Gonzalez said leases could be extended depending on demand. More workers could also be hired; the governor's budget allows for up to 1,000 new positions, Gonzalez said.

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In immigration news: Children of immigrants speak out, California can move ahead on licenses, Afro-Latinos and the census, more

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Homeland Security officials have tentatively signed off on a design prototype for California driver's licenses that will be available to immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. The California DMV is to start taking applications in January.

Children of immigrants - New York Times A photo essay on young adult children of immigrants, who share their thoughts on identity. From Akshai Ajit, 21, who is Indian American: "Something that I haven’t been able to call my own lately is my last name, just because I feel like I haven’t earned it. I feel like religion was lost on me because I ate meat and could never speak my parents’ native language, and that was always hard growing up with. I was kind of the black sheep of the family."

California DMV to 'move forward' with immigrant driver's licenses - Southern California Public Radio Homeland Security officials have tentatively signed off on a design prototype for California driver's licenses that will be available to immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. The federal government has rejected a previous design because it was not sufficiently different from standard licenses and didn't comply with federal law. The California DMV is to start taking applications in January.

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