How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning

Good morning. Here are a few of the top immigration stories from the weekend and for today.

  • The New York Times reported on the resistance to various planned mosques around the country, including in Temecula. Great story.

  • The NYT also reports on how amid an increase in deportations, students who came to the United States illegally as children are being spared.

  • In a related story, the Arizona Daily Star reports on the case of Marlen Moreno Peralta, a young mother whose case had become a cause célèbre among DREAM Act supporters and who has been granted a last-minute reprieve from deportation.

  • USA Today visits Apache Junction, Ariz., a border town where the arguments over the newly implemented state anti-illegal immigration law SB 1070, as viewed by residents, aren't so simple.

  • In this interesting item in The Huffington Post, a North Carolina sociologist debunks myths about birthright citizenship, and also discusses a fascinating Supreme Court decision from 1898 regarding the 14th Amendment as applied to a San Francisco-born son of Chinese immigrants.

  • From the Associated Press via Salon: Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona is doing quite well in that state's gubernatorial race due to her very-tough-on-illegal-immigration stance.

  • Lastly, though she lives abroad in the jungle and is not an immigrant: Little Ms. Dora Marquez, aka Dora the Explorer, is the subject of a great story in the Los Angeles Times. She is celebrating her 10th year on television.

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