How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning

Now that the battle over Arizona's SB 1070 is set to take place in federal appeals court this fall, the immigration-related news this week is no longer all Arizona, all the time. But there are a number of other interesting stories unfolding, among them these:

  • Controversy continues over a leaked U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services memo proposing means to legal status for certain undocumented immigrants, criticized as a plan for "backdoor amnesty," by GOP leaders, some of who are now calling for a hearing, according to the Arizona Republic. In recent days, various news outlets explained the contents of the memo. Groups it would benefit include immigrants from Central America and the Caribbean who hold temporary protected status, the Miami Herald reports.

  • The Hill is one of several publications in recent days to report on at the looming battle over the 14th Amendment, which grants citizenship to those born in the United States. Several GOP lawmakers, including Sen. Russell Pearce of Arizona, the architect of SB 1070, favor the idea of amending the constitution so as to deny birthright citizenship to children of undocumented immigrants.

  • Meanwhile, while some states are rethinking their strategies, efforts to pursue Arizona-style anti-illegal immigration measures continue, including in Virginia, the Washington Post reports.

From Arizona, a couple of follow-up stories:

  • The Arizona Republic has bad news today for those who want to leave the state to return to Mexico: They could be ensnared in a southbound check by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which has been conducting them at border ports of entry since last year.

  • The man behind many protesters' wrath last week in Phoenix, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, is saying that drug cartels have put a bounty on his head, according to the Associated Press.

Lastly, on a tangential note:

  • The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a vote from New York City Landmarks Commission has cleared the way for a proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque two blocks from Ground Zero, a plan that has drawn heated opposition. While the significance of the site has propelled the debate over the mosque to national prominence, it's not the only planned Islamic house of worship facing resistance: Closer to home, plans for a mosque in Temecula drew protesters last weekend.

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