How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning

A brief roundup of some of the top immigration-related stories this morning:

  • Fox News asks, "Is Virginia the next Arizona?" Perhaps so, now that the state Attorney General has ruled that police can inquire about immigration status during routine stops. The Washington Post reports that Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell said he "has spent months trying to reach an agreement with the federal government to train and deputize state troopers to act as immigration and customs agents," and CNN reports on a case adding fuel to the fire, the recent death of a nun after an accident involving an undocumented repeat DUI offender, which is prompting a federal investigation.

  • The controversy over a leaked U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement memo continues, with more GOP lawmakers calling for an inquiry, according to Fox News; meanwhile, Immigration Daily, a resource for immigration professionals, has an immigration attorney's interpretation of the memo, which outlines possible avenues for legal status for some classes of undocumented immigrants.

Meanwhile, in post-SB 1070 Arizona news:

  • The Christian Science Monitor has a good historical analysis of how Arizona became "ground zero for immigration reform."

  • NPR reports that even though the controversial anti-illegal immigration law was only partially implemented, some undocumented immigrants are still leaving the state.

  • In another story, NPR reports that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is refusing to cooperate in a federal civil rights investigation, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The department has threatened to sue.

And locally:

  • The Los Angeles Times reports that Mexicana Airlines has temporarily suspended four of its daily flights to Mexico from LAX following news of financial problems for the airline, a development that's sure to present an inconvenience for Mexican-born Angelenos and others who make regular trips south.

  • Lastly, an interesting story appeared a few days ago in the Pasadena Star-News about how minority seniors are particularly vulnerable to financial insecurity, an issue to which children of immigrants can relate.

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