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A fence runs along the U.S.-Mexico border between the Otay Mesa and San Ysidro ports of entry in and near San Diego, across from Tijuana. A House committee is set to begin marking up a new border bill this week that, among other things, would authorize 27 new miles of border fence.
A fence runs along the U.S.-Mexico border between the Otay Mesa and San Ysidro ports of entry in and near San Diego, across from Tijuana. A House committee is set to begin marking up a new border bill this week that, among other things, would authorize 27 new miles of border fence.
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House Homeland panel to take up border security bill this week - USA Today The House Homeland Security Committee is set to begin marking up new border security legislation this week. The bill "would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to prevent all unlawful entries into the U.S. along the entire southern border within five years, and high-traffic areas within two years. Such an achievement is known as "operational control.'" It would also authorize 27 miles of new border fence. 

Majority of Americans Back Obama on Cuba, Immigration — Wall Street Journal According to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, "President Barack Obama has broad popular support for his plans to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba and grant legal status to four million more undocumented immigrants." Obama’s economic approval rating is 49 percent, better than it has been since January of last year.

Alhambra police use WeChat as bridge to Chinese immigrants - Southern California Public Radio In an effort to reach Chinese immigrants, the Alhambra Police Department has opened an account on WeChat, China's biggest mobile messaging service: "The move comes a year after police joined Weibo, the popular microblogging site that is a cross between Facebook and Twitter. The goal is to improve communication with the estimated 30,000 Chinese immigrants in the city who prefer Chinese social media platforms to American ones."

Calif. has novel view of health care for undocumented immigrants - USA Today California has more lenient policies toward health care for immigrants without legal status than do most states. From the story: "Several counties — including Los Angeles, where Torres lives — offer these immigrants free coverage at local clinics. In addition, as many as 500,000 low-income immigrant parents eligible for President Obama's new deportation relief likely will qualify for Medi-Cal, California's version of Medicaid."

Amid outcry, News-Press is adamant on provocative term for immigrants - Los Angeles Times More on the "illegals" debate taking place after the Santa Barbara News Press used the term in a headline, prompting harsh criticism and an online petition for the newspaper to apologize. The  politically loaded term, as used to describe immigrants, is not approved under Associated Press style guidelines for media. But News-Press directors have defended their choice of words.