How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

In the news this morning

Good morning. I have bilingual code-switching on the brain after posting on the phenomenon yesterday. So here are las últimas noticias:

  • Several media outlets have followed yesterday's Association Press story on the federal Secure Communities fingerprint-sharing program, which has led to tens of thousands of deportations. The Los Angeles Times reports on Homeland Security director Janet Napolitano's announcement that immigration officials now have access to the fingerprints of every inmate booked into jails in all 25 counties along the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • A visit by Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz. to a country club in the San Diego area, where he was speaking, drew almost as many protesters as people attending the speech, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took a dig yesterday at some GOP leaders' anti-illegal immigration politics while speaking to Latino supporters in Las Vegas: "I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, OK?" Politico has the story.

  • There are also several stories today regarding a $600-million federal border security bill approved yesterday by the House of Representatives, but which will be held up by a procedural glitch, according to the Los Angeles Times. Fox News had a piece on the bill also, with a headline that should resonate: "More Resources, but Still No Reform."

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