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



Former Department of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano told the Washington Post in an interview that she supports the idea of President Obama taking executive action on immigration. Napolitano is now president of the University of California system.
Former Department of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano told the Washington Post in an interview that she supports the idea of President Obama taking executive action on immigration. Napolitano is now president of the University of California system.
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Janet Napolitano throws her support behind executive action on immigration - Washington Post The former Department of Homeland Security chief, now president of the University of California system, told the Post in an interview: “If Congress refuses to act and perform its duties, then I think it’s appropriate for the executive to step in and use his authorities based on law . . . to take action in the immigration arena.’’ President Obama has indicated he'll act on immigration after the November midterm elections.

Ahead of 2016, Immigration Activists Want Answers From Clinton - New York Times Some young Latino activists are urging peers "not to automatically support" Hillary Clinton if she runs for president in 2016. From the story: "The targeting of Mrs. Clinton comes amid growing disillusionment about Mr. Obama’s failure to enact immigration change and his handling of the arrival of thousands of Central American children on the United States border."

Spurned by Obama on Immigration, Will Latino Voters Stay Home? - National Journal From the story: "Many Latinos feel that four Democratic Senate candidates in close races—in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Hampshire, and North Carolina—have chosen reelection over Latino interests. They feel Obama has done the same as his vulnerable colleagues, delaying executive action that could defer the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants."

An American dream deferred - Washington Post The story of Javier Flores, a 31-year-old Ohio father deported back to southern Mexico after 13 years in the United States. Now living in a small town without cell phone service or high-speed Internet, he communicates with his wife and U.S.-born children via an unreliable land line. He had been hoping to gain legal status via immigration reform, which has stalled.

LA’s Thai Town, only one in US, turns 15 - Southern California Public Radio It's been 15 years since the city of Los Angeles dubbed a section of East Hollywood "Thai Town." The neighborhood with its roughly 60 businesses has evolved into "a hub for social services and a gathering spot for L.A. County's Thai population — estimated at 30,000. It's also a port of entry for new arrivals."