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Asian-American voter engagement on the upswing in California

A new report suggests civic engagement among the nation's fastest growing racial group, Asian-Americans, is steadily improving.

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In immigration news: Dems' Latino support slips, activists push executive action, tapping Asian American voters, more

A new poll shows Latino voters disappointed over President Obama's handling of immigration. This and more.

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Old con resurfaces in LA: 'Chinese blessing' scam targets the elderly

Investigators say Chinese criminals on tourist visas exploit elderly, superstitious women. Here's how the scam works and how to avoid being a victim.

In immigration news: Ariz. town works for ICE, church sanctuaries, TV's families of color, more

An Arizona town will manage the largest detention center being built in South Texas. A Mexican man facing deportation stays at a Denver church. Are there more families of color on TV?

In immigration news: Napolitano backs executive action, Latino voters and the midterms, LA's Thai Town, more

Former Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano says she supports the idea of President Obama taking action on immigration. This and more.

LA’s Thai Town, only one in US, turns 15

Thai immigrants started settling around neighborhood half a century ago, drawn by Hollywood.

In immigration news: Fewer border deaths, Ebola-related discrimination, military program on hold, more

Reported border-crossing deaths are at their lowest point in 15 years, in part as more Central American migrants crossing through Texas have been presenting themselves to authorities, seeking asylum. This and more.

Gang tensions upset LA’s Pacific Islander community

Community leaders and police are trying to quash rumors of a Samoan-Tongan gang war.Two shooting incidents and social media speculation have heightened the conflict.

Newly naturalized citizens get to vote right away

Voting officials register new U.S. citizens right after the naturalization ceremony. While everyone else had to register by Monday, the newly naturalized are excepted.

In immigration news: Executive action said not to be final, Oregon driver cards, federal detainers, more

The White House says not to jump to conclusions about executive action. Oregon voters will decide whether to allow drivers' licenses for immigrants in the country illegally, and more.

In immigration news: The diverse 'second great wave' of immigrants, executive action, Hawaii's Latino population, more

As immigrant networks have spread out in recent decades, parts of the US far beyond the urban centers have become increasingly diverse. This and more.

LA get-out-the-vote phone bank operates in 17 languages

In L.A.'s growing Asian American community, many potential voters are foreign-born, and language has proven an obstacle to turnout at the polls.

In immigration news: Fewer immigration holds, new detention center for families, more

A growing number of police agencies are denying federal requests for immigration holds on immigrants in their custody; immigration officials say some agencies have released people with previous criminal convictions. This and more.

In immigration news: Haitian family reunification, Kansas election battle, unaccompanied minors

The Obama administration expedites family reunification for Haitians, Kansas Democrats target "immigration warrior" in the mid-terms, and more.

In immigration news: Ebola as political border threat, the complexity of 287(g), a binational family, more

The latest political border threat may be moving from terrorists to disease in the wake of Ebola virus. This and more.

Complex rules govern LA Sheriff's Dept. partnership with ICE

Exactly what type of crime can land a LA County inmate in federal immigration detention after time served? Critics say the rules aren't clearly defined.