Multi-American | How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning: Fans mourn Jenni Rivera, gay rights and immigrant advocates team up on same-sex marriage, more

Grieving fans remember singer Jenni Rivera as tough, unsinkable - Southern California Public Radio The Long Beach-raised banda singer, the daughter of Mexican immigrant parents, was loved by fans for her candid songs abour life and love and her powerful voice. But she was also respected for her personal strength, especially by her female fans.

Gay and immigrant rights groups join forces on marriage issue - New York Times In a letter to the White House, dozens of gay rights and immigrant advocacy groups have asked President Obama "to put a hold on immigration cases involving Americans seeking legal residency visas for foreign-born spouses of the same sex, until the Supreme Court issues a significant ruling on gay marriage next year."

Local jails may limit immigration holds to convicts - NBC News Many local jails in the state may soon begin limiting who is held for deportation, restricting it to convicted felons. Gov. Jerry Brown recently met with the California State Sheriffs' Association to discuss the issue; last week, State Attorney General Kamala Harris issued a directive to cops saying they were not legally obligated to comply with detainer requests from immigration agents.

Georgia to start enforcing tough new immigration law - Atlanta Journal-Constitution State and local cops may start enforcing a section of a state anti-illegal immigration law that allows police to check the immigration status of suspects. A federal judge has lifted an earlier hold placed on the controversial provision. 

'Pick up' vans found at Rancho Palos Verdes Beach where panga was headed - Los Angeles Times Details on the suspected human smuggling operation that landed 25 people in custody yesterday near Los Angeles. Human smuggling boats have been moving farther up the Southern California coast in recent years, at least as far as the Channel Islands.