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

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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."

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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. 

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Viewed by itself, Pacific Islander experience looks very different (Full report)

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Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders lag the rest of the country in attaining college degrees, according to a new report released jointly by Empowering Pacific Islander Communities and Asian Pacific Islanders Advancing Justice.

Pacific Islanders are often grouped with the much larger population of Asians-Americans. For one, their countries of origin are in relative proximity, and joining forces helps create the critical mass to advocate for shared policy goals.

But a new report released Tuesday morning underscores just how much more difficult the Pacific Islander experience can be when it comes to education and health, for example.

“Those are some of the issues that in many ways are undergirded by poverty,” said Iosefa Aina, an associate dean at Pomona College and a board member for Empowering Pacific Islander Communities, or EPIC.

EPIC, which is based in Los Angeles, co-authored the report with frequent collaborator Asian Americans Advancing Justice. The groups say the report is one of the most detailed looks at Pacific Islanders living in California and other parts of the mainland.

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In immigration news: Targeting Latino drivers, deported immigrant returns to to US, Asian-Americans and Obamacare

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Mexican immigration rights activist Elvira Arellano waits to enter the US in Tijuana, Mexico. Arellano has since returned to the Chicago church where she stayed for a year before she was deported in 2007.

DA: Cop accused of targeting Latinos faces hate crime charges - Newsday In another purported case of law enforcement targeting Latino immigrant drivers, a police sergeant in Long Island, NY surrendered Monday for stealing cash from Latino drivers at traffic stops. Charges against Sgt. Scott A. Greene of Shirley include counts of fourth-degree grand larceny as a hate crime.  From the story: "Authorities and advocates have said they believe Latino drivers were singled out because some may be immigrants living in the country illegally who are reluctant to complain." The case is reminiscent of an alleged scheme orchestrated by a police sergeant in the Salinas Valley town of King City to steal impounded cars belonging mostly to Latino immigrants.

Immigration protester back at Chicago church that sheltered her - Chicago Tribune Elvira Arellano, who made headlines for living at a Chicago church for a year before she was deported to Mexico, is back in the US. The immigration rights activist is among the group of 150 or so people without legal status who've been protesting U.S. immigration laws and deportation practices by entering the US through San Diego's Otay Mesa port of entry since last week. After she was paroled by immigration officials, Arellano made her way to Chicago with her baby son and said she plans to stay at the Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago, pending an immigration hearing she has later this year.

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ABC Family pilot 'Alice in Arabia' pulled after backlash, racism concerns

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A pilot for ABC Family was abruptly pulled from production this weekend after generating concern on Twitter that it was based on stereotypes of Saudi Arabia and Muslim women. 

The network confirmed the cancellation in a statement Sunday, saying the Twitter debate was not the discussion it had hoped to raise. 

“The current conversation surrounding our pilot was not what we had envisioned," the statement read. "And is certainly not conducive to the creative process, so we’ve decided not to move forward with this project.”

No episodes of "Alice in Arabia" were ever produced. The parts hadn't yet been cast, but ABC Family's description of the show was enough to set Twitter on fire last week, giving rise to concerns that the show relied on Muslim stereotypes. The show revolved around the kidnapping of its main character —American teenager Alice — by her extended Saudi family. 

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