How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

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Demonstrators outside the White House following President Obama's announcement of executive action last November. The Obama administration is seeking a stay in court that would let its immigration plan move forward, pending its appeal of a ruling that has put the plan on hold. Immigrants seeking temporary legal status were to have begun applying for relief last week.

Justice Department seeks stay to implement Obama's immigration orders - The Hill The Obama administration is seeking an emergency court ruling that would allow President Obama's immigration plan to move forward pending an appeal. The plan, which would grant temporary legal status to millions, was put on hold last week following a ruling by a federal judge in Texas. From the story: "Lawyers for the Justice Department argued in their brief that delaying the immigration programs would cause 'irreparable harm,' both to national security and to the people who could be affected by the changes."

Obama Hopes to Score Points in Miami on Immigration - New York Times While visiting Miami on Wednesday, President Obama "plans to hold a town-hall-style meeting on immigration at Florida International University and to sit for an interview with Telemundo, the Spanish-language television network. It is a classic use of the bully pulpit — a presidential power not subject to the whims of the courts and Congress — to frame the immigration issue to his own, and his party’s, benefit."

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How our parents' political behavior shapes our own

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Research shows that politically engaged parents lead to politically engaged children. But parents' influence takes different forms.

Vicki Tamoush remembers growing up in a household where talk of Mideast politics and conflict was part of the daily conversation.

“I would overhear bits of conversations," Tamoush recalls, "and I could tell who felt strongly about politics and about the Middle East."

The strongest opinions, she says, came from her maternal grandparents. Both were Syrian immigrants who fled persecution under the Ottoman Empire.

After they settled in the United States, they became deeply political. Tamoush’s grandmother, a garment worker, became a union organizer. She voted religiously.

“She always made sure I knew when elections were coming up," said Tamoush. "She would tell me far in advance exactly when we were going to the polls, and how I had to make sure I was home from work on time.”

Her mother also voted regularly. And Tamoush, now 59, considers herself to be deeply political.

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In immigration news: Obama appeals executive action ruling, LA County weighs 'deferred action task force,' work permits for H-4 spouses, more

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The Obama administration has appealed a ruling by a federal judge that temporarily put the Obama's immigration plan on hold last week. The administration is asking the court to allow the program to move forward while the appeal is pending. The first group of immigrants seeking temporary legal status and work permits was set to have begun applying Feb. 18.

Obama administration appeals ruling on immigration orders - Washington Post The Obama administration has appealed a ruling by a federal judge in Texas last week that temporarily put President Obama's immigration plan on hold, just as immigrants were set to start applying Feb. 18. The administration is asking the court to let the plan, which could grant temporary legal status to millions, move forward while the appeal is decided.

LA County supervisors want to create 'deferred action task force' - Southern California Public Radio Three Los Angeles County Supervisors are introducing a measure Tuesday that would create a new immigration task force. The idea would be for county departments to work together for “optimal implementation” of President Obama’s executive immigration order, which for now is hung up in court. An estimated 466,000 eligible immigrants are thought to live in L.A. county. A vote is expected at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting.

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LA County supervisors want to create 'deferred action task force'

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Three Los Angeles County Supervisors want to create what they call a “deferred action task force” that would help implement President Obama's immigration plan. The idea would be for county departments to work together to assist immigrants with information, obtaining necessary documents and other services. Obama's executive order is temporary on hold following a court ruling last week; the administration is appealing the decision.

Update, 2:25 p.m. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors has voted 4-1 in favor of creating a task force to help implement the Obama administration's immigration plan, according to staff with the office of Supervisor Hilda Solis.

Three Los Angeles County Supervisors plan to introduce a measure today that would create a new immigration task force. The idea would be for county departments to work together for “optimal implementation” of President Obama’s executive immigration order, which for now is hung up in court.
 
Supervisors Hilda Solis, Shiela Kuehl and Mark Ridley-Thomas want to create what they call a “deferred action task force.” Departments like Consumer Affairs, the Registrar-Recorder and others would be directed to assist immigrants with information and whatever else they would need to apply for relief.

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In immigration news: Courts in crisis, LA County to weigh executive action task force, Iñárritu's Oscars speech, more

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Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu accepts the Best Director Award for "Birdman" onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. The director and screenwriter dedicated his Oscar to his fellow Mexicans, including those living as immigrants in the U.S.

Immigration Courts 'Operating In Crisis Mode,' Judges Say - NPR Delays in the immigration court system have not eased, as limited number of judges continue to handle cases: about 223 judges are handling more than 429,000 pending cases. The situation has worsened as the federal government tries to expedite that cases of recently-arrived child and teen migrants from Central America. From the story: "The administration made it a priority for those cases to be heard immediately. As a result, hundreds of thousands of other cases have been delayed until as late as 2019."

LA supervisors seek to start 'deferred action task force' -  bos.co.la.ca.us Los Angeles County Supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl plan to introduce a motion Tuesday that would establish a countywide  task force "to develop a plan for optimal implementation of the Obama Administration’s Executive Action by the County’s relevant Departments," according to the Board of Supervisors agenda. A vote is expected Tuesday morning. The Obama administration's executive immigration plan is temporarily on hold following a federal judge's order.

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