How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning

Good morning. There are several interesting stories out there today, including some locally:

  • The Los Angeles Times has a follow-up to a story that recounted the memories of a 92-year-old child of Greek immigrants who grew up in South Los Angeles, when his neighbors were "German, Polish, all different nationalities." In an immigrant town, all that changes is where people come from.

  • has a short piece with video about a group of East Los Angeles residents proposing that the unincorporated community incorporate as a city.

  • 89.3 KPCC reports that a coalition of union, education and Latino leaders is planning a nine-city bus tour as part of a statewide Latino voter registration drive.

  • A piece of staff commentary in The Atlantic asks a question that has also been asked about the legacy of SB 1070: "Will the 14th Amendment Talk Cost the GOP More Hispanic Votes?"

  • The Associated Press reports that attorneys for a former Iowa kosher slaughterhouse executive have filed a motion seeking a new trial, claiming that the judge who presided over his trial participated in the planning of a May 2008 immigration raid on his slaughterhouse.

  • Virginia continues to be an immigration-debate flash point following the recent death of a nun in a DUI collision, in which the driver who hit her is undocumented. The Washington Post reports that Prince William County officials are now asking Congress to subpoena records from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and also that the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia is warning local cops there not to follow a state legal opinion that empowers them to check for immigration status.

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