How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning

With Arizona and SB 1070 mostly off the radar for now, there's a little more variety this week in immigration-related news, and the debate over the 14th Amendment and birthright citizenship is at the top of the list.


  • Politico has several reports on the movement to revise the 14th Amendment as more GOP lawmakers join in. Arizona Sen. Russell Pearce, who introduced SB 1070, in quoted in one story as saying, "it doesn’t take a constitutional amendment. It just takes a clarification.” In another story, Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal finds himself getting dragged into the debate on account of his own background as the U.S.-born child of Indian parents.



  • On the good-news front, Latino and Asian L.A. County residents can make a toast to health and long life: The Los Angeles Times has a story on a new county health report's findings that despite high numbers of uninsured, fewer county residents are succumbing to chronic illnesses. Among ethnic groups, Asians had the lowest death rate. Latinos had a lower death rate than black and white residents. A "Latino paradox" - in which less smoking and healthier eating (for the first generation, at least) outweigh low income and lack of insurance - is cited as a possible explanation.



  • Back to immigration, a Marketplace segment featured an American Nobel Laureate's bizarre solution to the visa shortage: Auction off green cards to the highest bidder, with those who can't afford it up front able to borrow and eventually pay off their debt. Of course, paying off debts incurred to come to the United States - in this case, to smugglers - is nothing new.



  • There are also a couple of interesting opinion pieces that deal with the role of race in the immigration debate, one involving SB 1070 by Arizona writer Terry Greene Sterling in the Orlando Sentinel and another on CNN.com - this one regarding the birthright citizenship issue - by regular contributor David Gewirtz.



  • Lastly, The Monitor of McAllen, Tex. reported on a new study out of Syracuse University showing, as has been previously reported, that deportations under the Obama administration are exceeding those under the Bush administration. The university's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse analyzed newly released data from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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