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In immigration news: Obama supports House Dems on reform tactic, tech industry keeps up pressure, black immigrants, more

Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra (D-LA)

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House Democratic leaders that include Rep. Xavier Becerra of Los Angeles are using a rare procedure known as a discharge petition to try to force a House vote on immigration reform. President Obama has expressed his support for the move this week.

Obama endorses House Dem immigration push - Politico President Obama said in a statement that he “applauds” House Democrats' decision to file a discharge petition, a procedural move intended to force a vote on a broad House immigration reform bill. Filed Wednesday, the petition needs 218 signatures from House members, making it unlikely that there will be enough Republican support.

Despite setbacks, tech industry presses on immigration reform - Fortune/CNN An interview with Joe Green of, the tech industry political advocacy group founded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other tech leaders. The group recently "highlighted polls that suggest Republicans will not be hurt with their core voters for supporting immigration reform."

L.A. Girl With Dad In Deportation Asks Pope Francis To Push For U.S. Immigration Reform - Fox News Latino Ten-year-old Jersey Vargas was one of a delegation of immigration reform advocates who traveled to Rome to meet with Pope Francis. From the story: "The talkative and self-assured Vargas quickly handed Pope Francis the engraved good-luck charm she had brought from California and received a blessing and kiss from the pope, before pleading her family’s case to the pontiff."


Census: LA County surpassed 10M residents in 2013


New census data shows Los Angeles County as having the country’s biggest population of international migrants while, at the same time, native births are ticking slightly up.

New U.S. Census population estimates released Thursday confirmed that Los Angeles County broke 10 million residents in 2013, making it the nation's most populous.

The data confirmed what the California Department of Finance announced late last year.

The population of California as a whole also kept growing for the third straight year, adding more than 330,000 people between 2012 and 2013. In Southern California, growth occurred in Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties between 2012 and 2013; Los Angeles had the nation's third-largest population increase, with more than 65,000 new residents.

The new data — available on the Census' official website and highlighting the nation’s 10 fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the year ending July 1, 2013 — also found that Los Angeles County had the country’s largest increase of international migrants while, at the same time, native births in the region ticked slightly up.


LA immigration activists press Obama to stop deportations

Deportation March

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More than 150 activists descended on the the steps of the federal detention center in downtown Los Angeles to push the Obama administration to stop deportations.

Deportation march

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Deportation march

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Deportation march

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Deportation march

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Deportation march

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Waving banners and chanting, more than 150 immigration activists marched through downtown Los Angeles Wednesday demanding President Obama use his executive power to stop deportations.

With immigration talks at a standstill in Congress, activists have intensified pressure on the president to halt forced removals, which are coming up on 2 million since 2008.

"The president can do a lot to stop the suffering of families," said Neidi Dominguez, after marchers reached the federal Metropolitan Detention Center downtown for a rally. 

Dominguez, who represents car washers, said, "the message for today is: President Obama, we want you to stop the deportations as a downpayment. Do this now. You don't need Congress to do this."

President Obama has been fueling speculation about changes to White House deportation policy, since a March 13 meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, during which he said his administration would review immigration laws, and find how to “more humanely” enforce them.


In immigration news: House Dems file petition for reform vote, detainee hunger strike resumes, border town life, more

Farmworkers Mobilize In Miami For Immigration Reform

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Immigration reform protesters in Miami, Florida, August 16, 2013. House Democrats have introduced a petition in hopes of forcing a vote on a broad House immigration reform bill, similar to the one approved last year by the Senate.

Democrats Look to Force Vote on Immigration Reform - TIME House Democrats have introduced a discharge petition, a procedural move intended to force a vote on a House immigration reform bill. But the petition would have to be approved by a majority of the House - 218 members - and this is unlikely given the little Republican support that exists for a comprehensive immigration overhaul.

Immigrant detainees resume hunger strike at Washington state facility - Reuters From the story: "Dozens of detainees at an immigration holding center in Washington state have begun refusing meals, renewing a hunger strike launched by hundreds of inmates earlier this month...The protesters have been demanding improved conditions for the 1,300 inmates held at the privately run Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma."


In immigration news: House Dems plan petition to force reform vote, 'Dreamers' and DACA, Pacific Islanders in the US, more

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U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, left, discuss their immigration strategy with reporters at Los Angeles City Hall, Friday, March 7, 2014. They and other House Democrats plan to file what's called a discharge petition in hopes of forcing a vote on a House immigration reform bill. But there may not be enough Republican support for the procedural move to work.

Immigration reform: House Democrats try rare procedure to force a vote - Southern California Public Radio House Democratic leaders are planning this week to file what's called a discharge petition, a procedural move that could in theory force a vote on a House immigration reform bill similar to that approved by the Senate last year. But there may not be enough Republican support for this approach to work.

Supreme Court won't hear Frederick County sheriff's immigration enforcement appeal - Baltimore Sun The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review the case of Roxana Santos, a Salvadoran immigrant from Maryland who sued for violation of her constitutional rights after she was arrested by local authorities in Maryland in 2008 for an immigration violation. She won her case on appeal last year; the high court's decision leaves the lower court ruling intact.