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In immigration news: Senate approves DHS funding bill, settlement may let some repatriated immigrants return, 110K AB 60 driver's licenses, more

The DMV says it has issued 110,000 driver's licenses to immigrants without legal status so far under the law known as AB 60. This and more.

Nahun Villagomez Sanchez washes freshly dug Red LaSoda potatoes at T&D Willey Farms near Madera, Calif.

Farmers fear legal status for workers would lead them off the farm

Produce growers often rely on workers who are in the U.S. illegally. Some farmers worry that if those workers gain legal status, they will leave agriculture.

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Spouses of skilled foreign workers can now get US jobs

A new immigration policy will let spouses of certain H-1B work visa holders apply for work permits starting in May.

In immigration news: Obama seeks emergency ruling on executive action, DHS funding, racially diverse emojis, more

The Obama administration is seeking an emergency court ruling that would let its immigration plan go forward pending an appeal. This and more.

How our parents' political behavior shapes ours

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

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

The Obama administration is appealing a ruling by a federal judge that has temporarily put its immigration plan on hold. This and more.

County supervisors push immigration task force

Three LA County supervisors want to create a task force to help implement President Obama's immigration plan, which is temporarily on hold. A vote is expected today.

Justice Department appeals ruling blocking Obama's immigration plan

The Department of Justice filing says the a federal judge lacked authority to issue an injunction on President Obama's executive action on immigration.

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

Mexican director and screenwriter Alejandro González Iñárritu gives a shout-out to countrymen and Mexican immigrants in the U.S. during his Oscars speech. This and more.

For TSA officers, Congress' inaction on funding could hit home

If Congress doesn't fund the Department of Homeland Security this week, most DHS employees will likely be ordered to stay on the job — without a paycheck.

Immigration courts 'operating in crisis mode,' judges say

Immigration courts are jammed with asylum cases of 60,000 unaccompanied minors who crossed the border last year. There are 429,000 cases pending and only 223 judges.

In immigration news: Executive action appeal could take time, immigrants go back to shadows, more

Because an appeal could take time, advocates are asking the Obama administration to seek an emergency order that would still let immigrants apply for temporary legal status. This and more.

In immigration news: Executive action in limbo, Lunar New Year, California issues nearly 60,000 AB 60 licenses, more

The California DMV issued 59,000 driver’s licenses in January to immigrants in the U.S. illegally who applied under the law known as AB 60. This and more.

Next generation of Vietnamese Americans lead Tet Parade in OC

A younger generation of Vietnamese Americans will take the lead on a long standing tradition in Little Saigon — the Tet Parade.

Children of Chinese immigrants juggle New Year superstitions

Second and third-generation Chinese and Vietnamese-Americans don't necessarily believe traditional Lunar New Year superstitions. But they couldn't hurt...

California issues 59,000 driver's licenses to immigrants

Overall, a total of about 236,000 immigrants in the country illegally began the application process during January, the state Department of Motor Vehicles said in a statement.