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In immigration news: Reform proponents press on, immigrants less prone to violence, Obama's uncle can stay, more

Southern California participants last month in a nationwide
Southern California participants last month in a nationwide "Fast for Families" to call attention to immigration reform, in hopes that Congress will act on legislation.
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Supporters of new immigration law remain focused - NPR Although the legislative year is soon coming to a close, advocates of immigration reform have kept trying. Some have taken drastic measures to call attention to the issue, like the activists who began a hunger strike Nov. 12 on National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Immigrants less prone to violence, 'antisocial' behavior, study says - Los Angeles Times According to a recently published national study, immigrants are "less likely to shoplift, skip work or school, hurt people or engage in other 'antisocial' behaviors, despite being poorer, more urbanized and less educated than people born in the United States."

Bar exam passed, immigrant still can't practice law - New York Times The story of Cesar Vargas, a New York law school graduate who can't practice law because he's in the U.S. illegally, although he arrived in the country at age five. A similar case was resolved recently in California via the state legislature; a new California law was recently approved that allows certain unauthorized immigrants to practice law.

Obama's uncle wins immigration battle, gets OK to stay in U.S. - CNN A federal immigration court has allowed Onyango Okech Obama to stay in the United States. Obama, an Kenyan-born uncle of the President Barack Obama, arrived with a student visa decades ago which lapsed, and he had been living and working in the U.S. since 1963. Federal immigration officials have 30 days to appeal the decision.

Asian-Americans outspend average US household, especially online, report shows - South China Morning Post A new Nielsen study finds that Asian-American households "outspend US households in general by an average of 19 per cent. They are also the No 1 demographic among online shoppers. Seventy-seven per cent of Asian-Americans had made an online purchase within the last year, as against 61 per cent of all Americans."